Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions

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Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions held two sessions at the IAML-IAMIC-IMS Conference in Goteborg: The first on Wednesday June 21, with the theme Artistic Research and the second on Friday June 23 on the topic Rare Collections in Conservatories.

Artistic Research

Artistic research as an academic discipline has expanded during the last decade. It is now firmly established at many art colleges and universities in Europe, USA and Australia. In its research policy bill of 2000/01, the Swedish Government identified the arts as one of eight high-priority research fields. Since then, artistic research has developed rapidly at institutions of higher education in Sweden. Most of the students (ca. 70) are presenting projects consisting of works of art or other artefacts, exhibitions, performances, concerts, recordings, sketches, models, documents or other artistic or practical components.

The first speaker was Henrik Karlsson, former research secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, who is now a freelance writer. He discussed whether it is really possible or meaningful to combine the study of the arts with the sciences. Is it just a matter of status and money or will it lead to better artists and increased quality development within the schools? Perhaps it may even lead to increased creativity within the arts and be beneficial for other scientific fields? Henrik Karlsson pointed out the need for national tutoring, metatexts, handbooks and anthologies.

Our second speaker was the research secretary at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Goteborg University, Johan Oberg, who spoke about the research activities at the faculty. …