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Houmann_Anna_PBAnna Houmann

Email: anna.houmann(at)
Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University



I am a music teacher, a researcher as well as a musician and a composer. I have worked as a music teacher in many different school forms mainly in high school and municipal music and art schools. I have worked as a teacher trainer in higher music education for fourteen years. I’ve been a national coordinator representing Sweden in EAS since 2009.

In my work at the Malmö Academy I have been developing, during these fourteen years, three new teacher training programs, curriculums and courses. My work includes teaching pedagogy, psychology, music education, educational science, tutoring exam papers etc. I have also developed websites, study materials and exercises together with and for my students.

Together with Gunnar Heiling and Vietnamese colleagues I have built a Music Education Department in Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. I have during the years 2008-2010, amongst other things, had in-service courses, master programs and tutored exam papers during this very successful project. In 2013 we got new funding to continue our project.

During 2010 I was a school inspector, apart of a national evaluation of music as a subject in general schools in Sweden.

During 2009-10 was apart of a research project (NSHU) which aim was to investigate assessment criteria used in the Higher Arts Education.

In December 2010 I finished my PhD in Music Education. The title of my dissertation was “Music teachers’ discretionary power – possibilities and limitations. The aim of the thesis was to investigate the working conditions of music teachers by focusing on their experiences of and ideas about discretionary power in their professional lives. The meaning of discretionary power in the interplay between knowledge, action and motivation. The creation of discretionary power develops when the inner reality of a music teacher corresponds to the shape and nature of external reality. In relationships with pupils and colleagues different proportions of power, control, demand, social support and trust can be identified. These illuminate the social processes through which discretionary power is created, and they are also enabling and constraining in various ways.

Together with my colleague Eva Saether I started a research project called “Creativities – transcending boundaries in Higher Education” in 2010. Based on the condition that a project like this has to involve both students and teachers, we initiated the work that impregnated the new teacher education, and gave empirical material for research projects. We have made a general overview of creativity research, national and international, developed concrete proposals on HOW creativity can be the overriding perspective in the music teacher education. This has been done by workshops and a questionnaire to students and teachers. We have generated new course content for the courses in educational science and in the courses for instrumental teaching. Alongside with this we have developed a hub for the project, the website, which contains a library, and arenas for ideas, tools, methods and internet based course modules. This is done with the teachers and students involved. The website ( is available both in English and Swedish. We have also started a network together with Pamela Burnard, Ann Bamford and Liora Bresler.

As a teacher, researcher and musician I do a lot of lectures, seminars, workshops and concerts.