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Dr Karolien Dons is senior researcher at the Research centre Art & Society where she currently gives shape to the research group Music in Context. Her expertise consists of innovative music practices in social contexts. Recurring themes in Karolien’s recent research activities are a.o. participatory making processes, the engaged musician and ethical aspects, for example about inclusion and autonomy. Karolien was connected to the research group Lifelong Learning in Music where she substantially contributed to numerous research and innovation projects in capacity of researcher and project leader, such as Music and Dementia, Music at the Odense house and Meaningful Music in Healthcare (MiMiC). Karolien studied musicology at Ghent University and music psychology at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). In 2019, Karolien obtained her doctoral degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) with an ethnographic study into the facilitation of co-creative musicking with vulnerable elderly people.
Innovative music practices, musical co-creation, new audiences, person-centred music making, culture participation, participatieve kunstpraktijk, ethnography
Member of the Ethical Review Board of the Hanze University (HEAC)
Music, Doctor of Philosophy, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2013 → 2019
Award Date: 31 Jul 2019
Music, Master of Arts, University of Jyväskylä
Award Date: 31 Jul 2010
Music, Master of Arts, Ghent University
Award Date: 31 Jul 2007
PhD student, Guildhall School of Music & Drama2013 → 2019
Vice-chair Working Group Youth, European Music Council31 Dec 2008 → 31 Dec 2013
- M Music
- new audiences
- professional musicianship
- music practice
- culture participation
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Can you hear us? Virtual person-centred music making with vulnerable elderly people, and their carers and family
1/01/21 → 31/01/22
Learning art through many voices: diversity in thinking and acting in art education study programmes
1/10/20 → 30/09/21
1/09/19 → 28/02/23
Music near you - Person-centred music making for vulnerable elderly people living independently and their carers
1/02/20 → 30/11/20
Dons, K. & Gaunt, H., 2021, A changing game: expanding professionalism in music and higher music education. Westerlund, H. & Gaunt, H. (eds.). Routledge/Taylor & Francis, p. 102-114 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access
Can you hear us? Person-centred music making through video-calls with vulnerable isolated elderly people and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemicDons, K., de Wit, K., Sevindik, B. & Taekema, R., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of music, health and wellbeing.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
Musician, friend and muse: an ethnographic exploration of emerging practices of musicians devising co-creative musicking with elderly peopleDons, K., 2019, 206 p.
Research output: Ph.D. Thesis › PhD Research external, graduation externalOpen AccessFile271 Downloads (Pure)
Smilde, R., Heineman, E., de Wit, K., Dons, K. & Alheit, P., 2019, Utrecht: Eburon Academic Publishers. 159 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Academic
Karolien Dons (Speaker)5 Oct 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
14 Jan 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation