Research at the Academy of Music and Drama is conducted in the subjects of musical performance and interpretation, performance practices, music education, and arts education. The research strives to expand understanding and create meaning around learning, teaching and artistic practice, and it is based on both artistic knowledge practitioners and different social and scholarly fields.
Research and publication platforms
... at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and the Academy of Music and Drama
About our research
Practices within performative arts and critical action
Research within acting revolves around several different types of stage arts. It explores questions relevant to the field of acting while interacting with other research fields and society at large. This includes research on acting and directing methods and their application within and outside of theatre (including medical and health care and in urban settings), acting strategies within immersive opera, development of psychophysical methods and physical agency within location-specific acting, gender critical and intersectional practitioners, and exploration of new dramaturgic and narrative methods. Research methods are often performative, action-oriented and experience-based, and they focus both on making visible and analysing the artistic process and on staging new experimental situations.
Musical performance and interpretation and experimental practices
Artistic research in musical performance and interpretation examines questions of musical practice, the links between musical performance and interpretation and society at large, and other questions where musical practice can make up a part of the research. A touchstone research field is experimental expression and sound creation. This is a broad field that includes instrument and materials research (including about and with historic organs and other keyboard instruments), research on music technology, electroacoustic music, improvisation and computer aided composition. It also includes research on musical expressivity and performance concepts, social and political branches in the urban sound landscape, other sound environments, and research that breaks with conventional roles for music creation. The research methods are often experimental and are taken both from scientific and artistic fields.
Educational research within the arts, practice-based and relevant to society
Research in education and educational sciences in music, theatre and dance at the Academy of Music and Drama include teaching, influencing, fostering and socialising in different types of learning methods, both formal and informal. The research has an interdisciplinary character and is focused on problems relevant for society. This includes research on gender systems and knowledge regimes within higher education in the arts, research on control, social justice and equality in schools and arts and music schools, and subject matter education with a focus on subject conception, expertise and assessment in schools and teacher education. The research is practice-based and often ethnographically inspired, where field notes, observations, interviews and focus group discussions are common methods for achieving interesting research results.