David Johnson

Doctoral Student


The forces shaping repertoire selection in Swedish music education today come from many diverse sources inside and outside the classroom: from both students and teachers, central government directives, commercial interests, demographic shifts and current research in voice development. Because singing is such a fundamental aspect of music training for young children, much is at stake.

My doctoral study aims to describe current song repertoire and singing practices in Swedish compulsory school and to set these findings in an international and historical perspective. Data will be collected through a survey of music teachers, conducted on a national level between April and June, 2016; in an online questionnaire, teachers will be asked to provide a complete list of songs sung during the 2015-16 school year with a chosen grade (grade 4), as well as information such as chosen key, sources of repertoire, and other issues surrounding repertoire selection and classroom singing. The results will be analysed according to such factors as vocal range, genre, musical content, lyrical content, and country of origin. These findings will be compared with archival material such as song books, textbooks, broadcasts and recordings, to set current repertoire and teaching methods in an historical perspective. 


Recent research outputs

David Johnson (ed.), Heidi Westerlund, Eva Sæther, Phanindra Upadhyaya, Krishna Nagaraja, Anna Dantchev, Prakash Maharjan, Roshan Maharjan, Megan Stubbs, Venla Ilona Blom, Katja Thomson, Ramesh Maharjan, Roope Aarnio, David Johnson & Päivi Hirvonen, 2018 Jun 27, 1 ed. Lund: Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Lunds universitet. 111 p. (Perspectives in Music and Music Education; no. 12)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)

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