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Norwegian Centre of Excellence

The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo has been awarded a Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) from 2014 to 2018. The vision of the centre is to support and enhance the education of excellent music performers in a rapidly changing globalised music community.

The Centre is one of three centres awarded as part of a new scheme established by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in 2010. Innovation, development and dissemination of new knowledge and expertise are core goals of the scheme.

This is therefore a major initiative in the development of learning processes within specialist music education and will have international significance. I am delighted to serve on its Advisory Committee.

CEMPE will concentrate on three interrelated objectives:

• To enhance music performance teaching and learning by incorporating a wide range of individual and group experiences for the students,

• To enhance the quality of the students' instrumental practice through a combination of individual and group teaching approaches, and by looking for transfer of practice knowledge between students in different genres.

• To prepare the students for proactive action in a diverse and rapidly changing globalised music community.



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In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.