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Dr Karolien Dons is a teacher and researcher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire and its research group Lifelong Learning in Music of the Research Centre Arts & Society. Karolien’s expertise hovers at the interface of music and quality of life and the contribution that musicians can make here. She is interested in innovative forms of musicking for and with people within specific social contexts, specifically in health care. Her recent research activities were situated in care homes, refugee centres, nursing homes for people with dementia and hospital wards. 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 co-creative musicking with vulnerable elderly people. Apart from her research activities, she teaches music pedagogy, music psychology and research methodology at the conservatoire's Bachelor in Music, Bachelor in Music in Education and Master of Music.
Innovative music practices, musical co-creation, new audiences, person-centred music making, culture participation, ethnography
Member of the Ethical Review Board of the Hanze University (HEAC)
Member of the Exam committee Minerva Art Academy
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
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, (Accepted/In press) 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-review
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 AccessFile208 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
14 Jan 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Persoonsgericht musiceren met mensen met dementie: een kroniek van een nieuwe relatie tussen de musicus en het publiek
Karolien Dons (Speaker)25 Sep 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk