Tuesday, June 9th


19:00 Nepal Aid Concert  (Camerata)

Tickets for this concert can be purchased online here


Wednesday, June 10th


8:30-9:30 Conference Registration (Lower Foyer Level 1)


9:30-10:30 Opening (Black Box)

Conference committee: Heidi Westerlund, Sidsel Karlsen, Heidi Partti, Iman Shah and Danielle Treacy


Cultural Diversity in Music Education 1990-2015: A Very Short History - Huib Schippers (Griffith University, Australia)


Performance: Improvisation as a Vehicle for Transcultural Collaboration - Nathan Thomson (Sibelius Academy), Kristiina Ilmonen (Sibelius Academy) and Adriano Adewale (freelance musician and educator, Brazil/UK)


10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12.30 Session 1

1A. Globalization, new media and sociocultural change in music education

(Vilma Timonen chair)


1B. Intercultural skills in music education

(Hanna Nikkanen chair)

Black Box

1C. Cultural diversity in general music education

(Minja Koskela chair)


Glocal interpretations of El Sistema – playing with frictions

Eva Sæther

Lund University, Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)

Artistic Identity and the Process of Collaboration in a Transcultural Context

Nathan Riki Thomson

University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

Effects of Singing Traditional Songs on the Level of Cultural Understanding Among Children in Brazil, Canada, China and Kenya

Lily Chen-Hafteck  


El Sistema in Montreal: Exploring Accessible Classical Music Education

Emily Hopkins

McGill University (Canada)

Intercultural competences in music teacher education programmes: co-constructed discourses amongst teacher educators in Finland and Israel

Laura Miettinen

University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

Promoting Young Children's Local Cultural Literacy in Macau through Cantonese Opera Activities: Experience from Two Kindergartens

Barry Kwok-yeung Lee

The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Hong Kong)

Sharing our Musical Heritages: An American Vocal Ensemble as Musical Ambassador

Jay White

Kent State University (USA)

Informal Musical Practices, Intercultural Creativity and Institutional Culture: A Study of Musicians Experiences at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

Alan Crawford

University of Cambridge

SOAS, University of London (UK)

Children's Creativity: Exploring the Influence of World Music Education

Shari Lindblom  

Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Australia)

12:30-13:30 Lunch


13.30-15.00 Session 2


2A. Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

(Katja Thomson chair)


2B. Cultural diversity and music education policy

(Laura Miettinen chair)

Black Box

2C. Music teacher education and cultural diversity in developing countries: Nepal

(Heidi Westerlund chair)


Intercultural Music Education at a Tertiary Level in Oaxaca, Mexico

Sergio Navarrete Pellicer

CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social) (Mexico)

Cultural Diversity in Policy and Practice: A Critical Reading of Israel's New (2012) National Music Curriculum

Amira Ehrlich

Boston University (USA) & Levinsky College of Education (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Assessment as manifestations of culturally constructed conceptions of knowledge and values in music education: Challenges for envisioning practices in Nepalese schools

Iman Shah, Danielle Treacy & Vilma Timonen

Nepal Music Center (Nepal) & University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

Music education and the cultivation of ethnocultural empathy

Chairat Chongvattanakij

University of Toronto (Canada)

What musics are valued in senior secondary music curricula? A comparison of three systems

Pip Robinson

The University of Melbourne (Australia)

Co-Creating Music Teacher Education in Nepal

Vilma Timonen

University of the Arts Helsinki


Tintinyane: Being from Africa

Daniela Heunis

Rhodes University (South Africa)

The Implications of the Emphasis on Cultural Diversity in Taiwanese School Music Education and Learners' Perceptions of Music in Taiwan

Yuri Ishii

Yamaguchi University (Japan)

Co-constructing visions for inclusive music education in Nepal: Methodological choices and ethical considerations for cross-cultural research

Danielle Treacy

University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)


15:00-15:30 Coffee Break


15.30-17.00 Session 3

3A. Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

(Marja Heimonen chair)


3B. Visions of culture in music education

(Tuulikki Laes chair)

Black Box

3C. Cultural diversity in general music education

(Laura Miettinen chair)


Community music activities for Palestinian refugee children in South-Lebanon. Perspectives on how a musical material can contribute in experiencing mastering and inclusion

Brit Ågot Brøske Danielsen & Vegar Richter Storsve

Norwegian Academy of music (Norway)

Multicultural and Transcultural Paradigms of Music Education: An Integral Vision

Ed Sarath

University of Michigan (USA)

Musical Diversity in African Curriculum Policies: Where is the path?

Mandy Carver

Rhodes University (South Africa)

Juxtapositional Pedagogy: A Framework for Reconceptualizing Music Teacher Preparation

Frank Heuser & Lily Chen-Hafteck


The Relevance of Amartya Sen's Philosophy of Cultural Identity for Music Education

Eero Hämeenniemi

University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

Diversity and Similarity: A proposal that takes music universals into account

Francisco Castillo

Universidad Distrital (Colombia)

The Effectiveness of Collaborative learning in the learning and performing of Gamelan

Carmen Chan


Music Education and the Transmission of Interior Athabascan Singing

Siri Tuttle & Håkan Lundström

University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA) & Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University (Sweden)

Translating Culturally Diverse Practices into 21st Century North American K-12 Music classrooms

Jennifer Walden

Griffith University (Australia)


17.00 -18:00 Welcoming address and wine reception (Lower Lobby)

Faculty Dean Elina Laakso (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)


18.00-19.00 Keynote performance (Black Box)

Nhuchhe Bahadur Dangol "Sounds of diversity and inclusion"  

with musicians from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Introduction: Heidi Westerlund and Heidi Partti




Thursday, June 11th



9.00-10:00 Navigating musical diversity in the Sibelius Academy music education degree: Presentation and performance by bachelor degree students (Black Box)

Chair: Heidi Westerlund



10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Session 4


4A. Globalization, new media and sociocultural change in music education

(Marja Heimonen chair)


4B. Cultural diversity in general music education

(Lauri Väkevä chair)

Black Box

4C. Panel: Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

(Alexis Kallio chair)


Navigating Multiple Musical Worlds

Lori-Anne Dolloff & Nasim Niknafs

University of Toronto (Canada)

Get Up, Stand Up: Exploring Protest Music to Facilitate Critical Inquiry in the High School Music Classroom

James Trybendis & Michael Albertson

Teachers College, Columbia University (USA)

Creativity, Diversity, and Integration: Transforming Musical Study from Its Foundations

Patricia Campbell, David Myers & Ed Sarath

University of Washington, University of Minnesota & University of Michigan (USA)

**This is an extended panel session and will be one hour long

Making Music via Global Connections

Carolyn Burns


Advancing Popular Culture in the Music Classroom: A Case Study and Comparison Between Two Teaching Approaches in Singapore

Ng Hoon Hong

National Institute of Education Singapore (Singapore)


11:30-12:30 Lunch


12:30-13:45 Session 5


5A. Workshop

(Vilma Timonen chair)

Dance Studio

5B. Workshop

(Katja Thomson chair)

M7115 Kapuluokka

5C. Panel

(Hanna Nikkanen chair)


"Multi-Functions-Score". Musical Material for Inclusion and Adjustment for a Large and Mixed Group in a Community Music Project with Palestinian Refugee Children in South-Lebanon.

Brit Ågot Brøske Danielsen & Vegar Richter Storsve

Norwegian Academy of Music (Norway)

"Fireworks and Fishes"

Paul Grosse


World Music Education and Sustainability: The Role of Public Authorities, Institutions and Curricula

Huib Schippers, Patricia Campbell & Håkan Lundström

Griffith University (Australia), University of Washington (USA) & Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University(Sweden)

13:45-14:00 Short break

14.00-15.30 Session 6


6A. Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

(Lauri Väkevä chair)


6B. Cultural diversity in general music education

(Minja Koskela chair)

Black Box

Musical Bodies in Transit

Stefan Östersjö & Nguyen Thanh Thuy

Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)

Early Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean: Comparative music education enquiry; the conceptual journey in intercultural and multicultural music education; proposed rational and teaching methodologies from Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus

Avra Pieridou Skoutella, Zoe Dionyssiou, Paola Anselmi,

José Luis Aróstegui & Amaya Epelde Larranaga

Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music (Cyprus), Department of Music Studies, Ionian University (Greece), SPM Donna Olimpia (Italy) & University of Granada (Spain)

Teaching Diversity in an Online Space: Pop Music as a Pedagogical Tool

Claire M. Anderson

University of Washington (USA)

Cultural Passivity and Cultural Competence:

Multicultural Sensitivity in Children's Musical Learning

Karen Howard

University of St. Thomas (USA)


World Music and Project Method: a way to develop the intercultural awareness in the classroom

Cristina Gonzalez-Martin & Assumpta Valls

Universitat de Barcelona & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Keynote presentation (Camerata)

Chantal Mouffe "An agonistic approach to cultural diversity"

Chair: Sidsel Karlsen


19.00 Conference Dinner (Villa Kivi, Töölö Bay)

A walking map from the Music Center to Villa Kivi is available by clicking here




Friday, June 12th

9.00-10.30 Session 7  


7A. Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

(Susanna Mesiä chair)


7B. Cultural diversity, intersectionality and inclusion in music education

(Heidi Partti chair)

Black Box

7C. Cultural diversity in general music education

(Alexis Kallio chair)


Making it Simple and Interesting: Using a variety of music transmission methods from diverse cultural traditions to enhance pre-service generalist primary teachers' confidence in teaching music

Rohan Nethsinghe

RMIT University (Australia)

Inclusion – of what and of whom? A problematization of music education practice in multicultural society

Sidsel Karlsen

Hedmark University College (Norway)

World Music Content in Elementary Classroom Music over the Past 20 Years: Which Musics? Why? and How are they Taught?

Kathy M. Robinson

University of Alberta (Canada)

Expanding Pluralistic Understandings: Incorporating Cultural Diversity into an Online MME Degree

Craig Resta

Kent State University School of Music (USA)​

Eurhythmics and Body-based Music Education - Methods for Increasing Mutual Integration

Katarina Lundberg

Church of Sweden, Kristianstad (Sweden)


Comparing Teaching and Transmission Practices of Two Cultures: Similarities, Differences, and Applications

Bryan Burton

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (USA)


Hear and Be Heard: Learning with and Through Music as a Space for Co-Creating Youth Led Conflict Transformation

Shoshana Gottesman

Teachers College, Columbia University

Musical diversity in the classroom: Ingenuity and integrity in sound exploration

Melissa Cain & Jennifer Walden

Griffith University (Australia)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:00 Keynote presentation (Camerata)

David Hansen "Cosmopolitanism and the Art(s) of Educating"

Chair: Heidi Partti


12:00-13:00 Lunch


13.00 Symposium: "CDIME 2050? Visions for the future" (Black Box)

Led by Eva Saether (Lund University, Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden)


Melissa Cain (Griffith University, Australia)

Patricia Campbell (University of Washington, USA)

Sidsel Karlsen (Hedmark University College, Norway)

Håkan Lundström (Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden)

Huib Schippers (Griffith University, Australia)

Iman Shah (Nepal Music Center, Nepal)

Nathan Thomson (University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)

Danielle Treacy (University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)


Introducing the 2017 conference site in Kathmandu:

Stuti Sharma (Nepal Music Center), Iman Shah (Nepal Music Center) & Heidi Westerlund (University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)




15.00 Closing of the conference