Karin Johansson



As professor at Malmö Academy of Music, my research interests focus on musical learning and creativity. My research and developmental projects are made in the fields of improvisation, choral singing and Higher Music Education (HME).

At present I am one of the participants in the Swedish-Norwegian-German research project Discourses of Professionalisation and Academisation in Higher Music Education (DAPHME), funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The overarching aim of DAPHME concerns the impact of processes of academisation on European HME.

Together with Dr. Phil. Ursula Geisler I initiated and organised the international choral research network Choir in Focus 2009-2012 and the transdisciplinary Pufendorf project Artistic Vocal and Choral Orders (AVaCO) 2014-2015.

Following my dissertation study on professional organists’ improvisation (2008), I was part of the project (re)thinking improvisation, funded by Vetenskapsrådet 2009-2011 and continued the study of strategies and conditions for improvisation. In the recently concluded artistic research project Rituals I investigated the relationship between performance praxis in new and older music, and between composers and interpreters.

In several studies on HME and one-to-one teaching I have applied the perspective of cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), with a particular interest in theoretical and methodological development in the area of artistic education and performance.   

I’m engaged in issues for the future and 2018-2020 I am one of the participants in the Lund University academic think tank LU Futura.

Recent research outputs

Karin Johansson & Eva Georgii-Hemming, 2020 Dec 21, In: British Journal of Music Education. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eva Georgii-Hemming, Karin Johansson & Nadia Moberg, 2020 May 15, In: Music Education Research. 22, 3, p. 245-256 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Jonas Granfelt & Karin Johansson, 2020, I Pallas Athenas huvud: Hundra år av humaniora. Rahm, H., Dunér, D., Jonsson, B. & Hidal, S. (eds.). Makadam förlag, p. 163-170 17 p. (Vetenskapssocietetens skrifter; no. 98).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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