Music Education & Sustainability: a practice-based research project

Project: Dissertation

Project Details


Schools play a major role in the United Nations' Agenda 2030 for sustainable development (2015): inclusive, quality education for all is the key to well-being. It also enables children's active participation in a just transition towards a sustainable society. The research project aims to create an understanding of how music education in school can be linked to sustainable development and how it can be conceptualized. By including UNESCO's educational program for sustainability and through group discussions with music teachers, an interpretation is formed of what music education for sustainability looks like from an ideological perspective. Moreover, a collaboration with music teachers in schools is set up to create an account of how music teaching in sustainability can be developed in practice. The pupils’ perspectives and their commitment to sustainability issues must also be included. Their music learning in this context is studied both in the classroom and in society through a teaching method that wants to address societal needs through academic learning goals (service-learning). In addition, perspectives and ambitions from teacher students are taken into account during their last semester of the music teacher education program. Two years later, all music teacher students will be invited for an interview to reconcile their ambitions for sustainability in music education with the reality of their job as a music teacher. As such, an understanding of music teaching for sustainable development is developed and created from different perspectives.
Short titleMusic Education & Sustainability
Effective start/end date2020/02/202024/06/30

UKÄ subject classification

  • Pedagogy
  • Music

Free keywords

  • Music Education
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Transformative learning
  • Service-learning