I hold a doctoral degree in music education (research study programme, University of the Arts Helsinki). I completed my doctoral dissertation with a pass with distinction in May 2018. My dissertation examines the ‘impossibility of inclusion’ in democratic music education through challenging the assumptions of appropriate music education in terms of ‘special’ and ‘regular’ education.
My research interests cover inclusive education and adult education, critical disability studies and critical educational gerontology. Methodologically I am oriented towards narrative inquiry, post-qualitative research, policy analysis and activist scholarship.
Currently I’m holding a Post doctoral research fellow position at the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA) where my post doctoral project deals with transformative politics of music education in aging society. I am also involved in a national research initiative funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (ArtsEqual) working in two research teams: Arts education for all, and Visions - Systems analysis and policy recommendations. As part of the latter, I have assumed the role of a Visiting Scholar at the International Institution of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
I have published my research in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and I have presented in numerous international conferences and as an invited keynote lecturer in Finland, Norway and Holland.
Before entering scholarly life I worked several years as a music instrument teacher for students of all ages and with different learning disabilities at the Resonaari Music Centre. After leaving my teaching position I have continued collaboration with Resonaari through research and development projects together with Resonaari’s teachers and musicians.
I have served as a casual lecturer at the UniArts Helsinki since 2014. I teach on bachelor, master, and doctoral level and my courses relate to teachers’ pedagogical studies and research studies in music and arts education. I have contributed to the curriculum design at the Department of Music Education by bringing forward issues of special education, disability, and older adults within pedagogical contexts.
Other societal impact
I am a board member of the Finnish Society of Music Education (FISME ry.) and Chairperson of the Finnish Association of Arts Education Research (STTS). I am also a board member of Kukunori ry, an umberella organization for 17 mental health NGOs in Finland with the aim to bring cultural activities available for mental health rehabilitators and differently abled individuals.
I am also the Founder and CEO of RockHubs Ltd. The idea of RockHubs is to create a platform for multigenerational music learning in a rock band context that will provide possibilities for public (live and online) performances, community development, and individual and collective identity construction in and through musical agency. The initiative is being developed together with research collaborators, business partners and NGOs.
I have been appointed several expert assignments in Finnish media and I am an experienced presenter.
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