The Concept of the Faroese in Music Education - Negotiating Identity and Notions of Tradition

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


An introductory presentation and reflection on the PhD project to be undertaken by Knút Háberg Eysturstein at University of the Faroe Islands, starting in February 2023. The project’s main objective is to examine how notions of tradition are negotiated in curriculums in a music educational context. In order to do this, the project must both discuss the concept of the Faroese as it pertains to music, i.e., the role of notions of tradition and identity, and uncover how music education is practiced in the Faroese educational system. Therefore, this project will be done as a two-part study. First, a theoretical part will construct the conceptual map of the project, including key terms, concepts, and theory, which will be further outlined in a literature review. Second, an interview part where the project leader will conduct qualitative in-depth interviews, both individually and in focus groups with teachers and musicians selected across age and gender groups on the issues of negotiation between traditional music and contemporary approaches to music education and practice. The interviewees’ answers will then be subjected to theoretical analysis, interpretation, and reflection based on the conceptual map put forth in the first part of the project. These questions and matters will furthermore be discussed, analyzed, and put to the test through lectures, seminars and workshops at the University of the Faroe Islands, and at relevant institutions abroad.
Period7 Oct 2022
Event titleMenntakvika, School of Education, University of Iceland
Event typeConference
LocationReykjavík, IcelandShow on map


  • music education
  • music tradition
  • traditional music
  • vocal music
  • instrumental music
  • folk music
  • popular music
  • nation-building
  • communal singing
  • digital culture