The conservatoire and the society
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- Artikler og bokkapitler 
Original versionI: Verden inn i musikkutdanningene. Utfordringer, ansvar og muligheter, s. 139-154
In the anthology’s last chapter, Geir Johansen, discusses the relationship between music conservatoires as institutions of higher education and the society of which they are part from a sociological perspective. Based on theory borrowed from the sociology of education, he argues that music conservatoires may be seen, not only as reflecting society, but also as contributing to shaping society. As such, Johansen finds music conservatoires to be overly occupied with their role of conserving music as cultural heritage and too little engaged in discussing music and music education as a societal issue. Although music conservatoires, over the past 20 years, have put forward an increasing number of social outreach projects directed toward different disadvantaged social groups, Johansen suggests moving beyond such projects and toward taking “part in the general, public conversation and debate about society and democracy” (p. 151). In addition, conservatoires must include societal perspectives in their own study programmes and strategically fund and conduct research addressing societal issues in music education.
Utdanningsforskning i musikk – skriftserie fra CERM (Centre for Educational Research in Music);Vol. 3