Songs in school broadcasting 1934-1969

SND-ID: SND 0701

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Boel Lindberg - Växjö University, School of Education


In the autumn of 1934 programmes dedicated to teaching of singing were introduced in the Swedish School Broadcasting. In the following decades, right up to the 1960s, these 'singsongs' were the most popular of the programmes broadcast by this official institution. In 1955, when interest was at its peak, they were followed by approximately 800,000 school children, i.e. 85-90 percent of all Swedish elementary school pupils. This study gives an account of the development of these 'School Broadcasting singsongs' and demonstrates how they both qualitatively and quantitatively reflected the changes simultaneously occuring in Swedish musical and - in a broader perspective - social life. The study is part of the interdisciplinary research project 'Welfare state, media and modernisation', dealing with the history of educational programmes on Swedish radio and television. The project looks into the pedagogical efforts of these media and how they have influenced the development of the Swedish welfare state and the modernisation process. The empirical material, collected from the Swedish Broadcasting Corp

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Linnaeus University

Responsible department/unit

School of Education


  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
Protection and ethical review

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Method and time period

Unit of analysis

Time period(s) investigated

1934-09-01 – 1969-05-31

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Topic and keywords

Research area

Compulsory and pre-school education, Cultural activities and participation (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Educational Sciences, Music, Cultural Studies (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


Lindberg, B. (2002) "Våra glada visor klinga" : skolradions sångstunder 1934-1969. Lund: Arkiv förlag; Stockholm: Stiftelsen Etermedierna i Sverige.
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ISBN: 9789188830104

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Songs in school broadcasting 1934-1969

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Boel Lindberg - Växjö University, School of Education

Data collection

  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1934-09-01–1969-05-31
  • Source of the data: Communications: Public



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Published: 2008-01-01
Last updated: 2018-11-21