Grieg Research Scool of Interdisciplinary Music Studies was established in December 2010, and it's a result of the cooperation between the institutions in the network MusicNet West.
The University Colleges of Western Norway and the University of Bergen have formed an institution network called UH Net West. Activities in the field of music are defined as one of four areas of commitment in UH Net West for the period 2009-2012. This has vitalised the cooperation within the network MusicNet West. The network consists of the University of Bergen, Bergen University College, Volda University College, Sogn & Fjordane University College, Norwegian Teacher Academy, Stord/Haugesund University College and the University of Stavanger.
In March 2009 MusicNet West formed a group that would work with plans for a regional research school run by the institutions in the network. The group consisted of Professor Brynjulf Stige, University of Bergen, Professor Magne Espeland, Stord/Haugesund University College and Associate Professor Tiri Bergesen Schei, Bergen University College. 1 May 2010 this group presented a note about aims, content and forms of cooperation for such a research school, and they suggested establishing the research school during 2010. Thinking about the regional anchor, the international profile and the interdisciplinary orientation, the group suggested the following name for the research school: Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies.
MusicNet West sent an application for funding to UH Net West. A grant for establishment was given in September 2010 and the research school was officially opened 1 December 2010.
A research school in music studies is anchored in UH Net West’s plan of action. The research school belongs to Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergen, in collaboration with the following institutions in MusicNet West: Volda University College, Bergen University College, Stord/Haugesund University College, and the University of Stavanger (the latter joined as a partner in 2013).
The research school will include the following disciplines: Music education, music therapy, musicology (inclusive ethnomusicology) and music performance/composition. The cooperating institutions all have strong academic milieus within research and artistic development. What we hope for by establishing the research school is both that the academic milieus will grow even stronger both nationally and internationally if the competencies are coordinated, and that this will give a solid and versatile milieu of candidates.