Research in NAIP

By Working Group 2 in the Strategic Partnership "NAIP - Innovation in Higher Music Education", funded by the Erasmus+ programme

Rineke Smilde, chair (Prince Claus Conservatoire, Groningen)
Berglind María Tómasdóttir (Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík)
Þobjörg Daphne Hall (Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík)
Gjertrud Pedersen (Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo)
Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London)
Carlos Lopez-Real (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London)
Magdalena Bork (University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna)
Renee Jonker (The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague)

Edited by Guy Wood
Coordinated by Þorgerður Edda Hall

Published in September 2016

This publication was supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.


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The working group on research in the strategic partnership NAIP: Innovation in Higher Music Education served as a platform to discuss the role of research within the NAIP programme or NAIP-style courses. The aim of the working group was to further develop the research component in the NAIP programmes or NAIP-style courses, provide valuable information for NAIP teaching staff as well as food for thought for further curriculum development.

The output of the group is varied and ranges from reflective documents to hands-on tools. A comprehensive literature list is provided as well as a reader with relevant articles.

In its work the group has focused on three different areas:

I. Texts about research and reflection, covering: - rationale and overarching reasons for research to be embedded in the NAIP programme; - the relationship between reflective practice and research and - the role of reflexivity in (qualitative) research and the role of the researcher.

II. Interrelated topics in the (content of the) current NAIP programmes, including some practical approaches, entailing - exercises for reflective practice; - the (biographical) self-reflection of the NAIP student; - a thick description drawn from narrative interviews with NAIP students from the various institutions; - a reflective document on critical theory underpinning research in NAIP and – an overview of research approaches and types.

III. Knowledge about the qualities of coaching the research, leading to a comprehensive document about the research coaching in the NAIP programme.

These three areas are further addressed in:

IV. Relevant literature, divided into literature on – NAIP concepts and research; - Methodology; and – Research coaching. The literature overviews are corresponding with I, II and III.

V. A reader with articles related to I and II.