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Current Affiliations

Professor of Music Education
University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Finland, 2019–(ongoing)


Docent of Music Education
University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 2021–(ongoing)

Heidi Partti headshot

I work as Professor of Music Education at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. I am also Docent of Music Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.


As Professor of Music Education, I am actively involved in developing music (teacher) education, and teach and supervise music education students at the Masters and Doctoral Level. I also hold leadership positions with international organizations such as the International Society for Music Education (ISME).


My research interests are initiated by a need to better understand the surrounding world so as to help the music education profession understand and response to the rapid changes and global challenges.


I have published widely in distinguished peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored Säveltäjyyden jäljillä, a book on composing pedagogy, as well as co-edited Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education anthology. 

My articles on topics such as music-related learning communities, digital technology, composition pedagogy, and the development of intercultural competencies in music teacher education have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited anthologies. Lately, I have become increasingly interested in questions related to equality, ethics, and socio-ecological justice.

I am specifically interested in advancing ethical and sustainable research practices within music education. I am a certified VIRT2UE Research Integrity and Ethics Trainer. I also serve as the Research Integrity Adviser at Sibelius Academy. 






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), 2008

VIRT2UE Research Ethics Trainer, 2021

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