Dr Heidi Partti works as Professor of Music Education at University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy. Her research interests are initiated by a need to better understand the surrounding culture of music making, learning, and teaching, so as to help the music education profession adapt and understand the rapid changes transpiring in today’s popular and participatory cultures. Her articles and book chapters on topics such as music-related learning communities, digital technology, peer learning, collective creativity, and the development of music teacher education have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She has also coauthored a book on composing pedagogy.

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BIO

Current Employment

Professor of Music Education, The University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music.

Previous Employment

​Acting Professor of Music Education, The University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music, 2017-2019

 

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The Global Visions Research Initiative, 2015–2017

 

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The ArtsEqual Research Initiative, 2015–2016

 

University Teacher (tuntiopettaja) The University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music, 2012–2016

 

Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, MuTri Doctoral School, Finland, 2015

 

Grant period: Postdoctoral Researcher, Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2014–2015

 

Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, MuTri Doctoral School, Finland, 2013–2014

 

Grant period: Postdoctoral Researcher, The Finnish Composers’ Copyright Society Teosto, 2013

 

Grant period: Visiting Researcher at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Brisbane, Australia, Sibelius Academy: Pentacon Foundation, 2012

 

Grant period: Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 2011–2012

 

Grant period: Sibelius Academy: Selim & Minna Palmgren Trust, 2011

 

Grant period: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, 2010–2011

Qualifications

Doctor of Music (Music Education)

Sibelius Academy, Finland, 2012

Dissertation title: Learning from cosmopolitan digital natives: Identity, musicianship, and changing values in (in)formal music communities.

 

Master of Arts in Applied Music Psychology

Roehampton University, UK, 2009

Thesis title: A case study of digital musicians learning to make music.

 

Master of Music

Sibelius Academy, Finland, 2008

Thesis title: Mikserielämää. Etnografinen tutkimus muusikkoidentiteetin rakentumisesta musiikin verkkoyhteisössä. [Mikseri life – An ethnographic study of the construction of musical identity in an online music community.]

 

Teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 ECTS)

Sibelius Academy, Finland, 2008

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Dr Heidi Partti is known for her work in the areas of music-related learning communities, digital technology, peer learning, collective creativity, and the development of intercultural competencies in music teacher education.

 

As Professor of Music Education at Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, she is actively involved in developing music (teacher) education in Finland, and holds leadership positions with international organizations such as the International Society for Music Education.

 

As a scholar, Heidi is involved in two major projects: The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality (ArtsEqual), and Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal (Global Visions).

 

She has published widely in distinguished peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored Säveltäjyyden jäljillä, a book on composing pedagogy. In addition to academic journals and books, Heidi writes a blog and regularly presents her work in conferences, seminars and various media outlets. Heidi teaches music education students at the Bachelor and Masters Level, and supervises PhD students at the Mutri Doctoral School.

 

Prior to her career in academia, Heidi has worked as a music teacher, musician and in the music business.