Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts

CERADA aims at developing the quality of research-based arts pedagogy within the University of the Arts Helsinki and in other institutions and contexts. It is a network of teachers, researchers and units within the University of the Arts Helsinki that are interested in developing arts pedagogy through international collaboration.


For more information, please explore our website or contact us via coordinator Marja Aho-Pynttäri +358 40 710 4321 and marja.aho-pynttari (at) uniarts.fi


CERADA Steering Group

Kai Lehikoinen


Professor, CERADA -focus area, University of the Arts Helsinki
kai.lehikoinen (at) uniarts.fi, +358 50 439 0517


Chair and member of the CERADA steering group


Professor Kai Lehikoinen leads CERADA Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts at the University of Arts Helsinki. He is also Vice-Director of ArtsEqual research project and Team Leader for the research group Arts, Welfare, Health & Care. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey, UK in 2004. His doctoral dissertation focused on discourses of masculinity in dance education for young males. Stepping Queerly? Discourses in Dance Education for Boys in Late 20th-Century Finland was published by Peter Lang in 2006. Currently, his research interests stretch from cultural and social meanings of choreography and performance to boundary work between the arts, arts pedagogy, democracy, gender, health, welfare, care, work development, and innovations.


His academic work includes publications on dance analysis, competence analysis and curriculum development in artistic boundary work, and discourses of well-being in the service activities of third sector organisations in the arts, culture, sport and youth work. His recent publications include a research article on justification discourses of the arts in eldercare, two co-edited anthologies – one on training artists for innovation, the other on artists as developers in organisations – and a textbook on approaches to dance analysis.   In recent years, he has contributed to a number of national and European development projects including Kolmas Lähde, Training Artists for Innovation, Quality of Life, Portolano, and the on-going NXT Making a Living from the Arts –project, which focuses on higher arts education development and incubator development. Currently, he chairs the steering group of CERADA – Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts, and is a board member of the Finnish Society for Research in Art Education. He also serves as an expert for the Nordic Culture Fund, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kone Foundation's Saari Residence.

Heidi Westerlund


Professor, Sibelius Academy
heidi.westerlund (at) uniarts.fi, +358 50 501 5622,


Member and Administrative Chair of the CERADA steering group


Heidi Westerlund is a professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, where she is also responsible for the music education doctoral studies. She has published widely in international journals and books and she is the co-editor of Collaborative learning in higher music education (Ashgate) as well as the Editor-in-chief of the Finnish Journal of Music Education. Her research interests include higher arts education, music teacher education, collaborative learning, cultural diversity and democracy in music education. She is currently co-editing Perspectives on Music, Education and Religion: A Critical Inquiry (Indiana University Press) and Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education as well as leading two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (2015-2020) and Global visions through mobilizing networks: Co-developing intercultural music teacher education in Finland, Israel and Nepal (2015-2019).


Eeva Anttila


Professor, Theatre Academy Helsinki
eeva.anttila (at) uniarts.fi, +358 40 585 8415


Member and Chair of the CERADA steering group


Eeva Anttila works as a professor of dance pedagogy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She completed her Doctor of Arts degree in dance at the Theatre Academy, Finland in 2003. Her research interests include dialogical and critical dance pedagogy, embodied learning, embodied knowledge and practice-based/artistic research methods. Anttila is actively involved in national and international dance and arts education organizations and journals. She served as the Chair of Dance and the Child International (2009–2012), and has published several articles and book chapters nationally and internationally. Currently, Anttila is also the editor of the Nordic Journal of Dance: Practice, Education and Research, and co-editor of the International Journal of Education in the Arts.


Responsible for the Academic Development in the Arts (60 ECTS) program

Patrick Furu


Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki
Head of Department, Arts Management, Sibelius Academy
patrick.furu (at) uniarts.fi, +358 50 350 6717,


Member of the CERADA steering group


Patrick Furu is Assistant Professor at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki as well as the Academic Director of Hanken & SSE Executive Education. Previously, he has held visiting positions at, for example Uppsala University and Copenhagen Business School, as well as a top management position in the ICT industry. Furu’s academic work includes publications on knowledge creation and sharing in multinational companies. Recently he has studied the role of the board of directors in medium-sized companies, and in particular leadership models in improvising jazz bands. Furu’s professional activities include consultancy and executive education for management concerning strategies, change processes and leadership development. He has worked with several large and medium-sized companies.

Tarja Pitkänen-Walter

Professor, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
tarja.pitkanen-walter (at) uniarts.fi, +358 50 384 4318,


Member of the CERADA steering group


Tarja Pitkänen-Walter is a practicing artist and professor of painting at the University of the Arts Helsinki. She completed her Doctorate in Fine Arts in 2006, exploring haptic visuality and multisensoriness in painting. Her art practice, which spans thirty years, investigates the painting process through material thinking, resulting in expanded paintings. Her work is exhibited internationally and in Finland. She has a wide variety of experiences teaching art in diverse levels of art education institutes since the 1980s, and has incorporated her artistic research into her teaching to varying degrees, depending on the appropriateness for the course. Pitkänen-Walter has held several trustee and art expertise positions, for example the vice-chair of the National Council for Visual Arts in Finland (2004–2009), and is a member of the board of directors for Frame Finland (2012–2014).

Riikka Stewen

Docent in Art History, University of Helsinki
riikka.stewen(at)helsinki.fi, +358 45 635 7692


Member of the CERADA steering group


Riikka Stewen is an art historian and theoretician. In her research, she addresses topics such as theories of memory and subjectivity and genealogies of contemporary art. She is also writing on an alternative tradition of aesthetic thought – Deleuze called it a minor tradition –  and is currently fascinated by Félix Ravaisson, an almost forgotten predecessor of Henri Bergson, Jacques Derrida, François Laruelle, Catherine Malabou, among others – and Ravaisson’s theory of art education based on a conception of foundational movement, la ligne serpentine.


She has supervised several doctoral dissertations in modern and contemporary art history as well as directed doctoral studies in practice-based artistic research. She has also curated exhibitions and worked as a translator. She believes in the power of fiction and imagination and has published an art historical novel inspired by a fragment of a letter by Serge Diaghilev she discovered in the dusty archives of the university library in Helsinki.


She is interested in questions of critical pedagogy, psychoanalysis, theories of subjectivity, and the relationship between art and philosophy.


She is inspired by interdisciplinarity in science and in art and it is her ambition to redefine genealogies of contemporary art by rewriting modern art history from the point of view of interdisciplinarity.

Helena Gaunt

Professor, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
helena.gaunt (at) gmsd.ac.uk, +44 (0)7960 700335,


Visiting Professor in CERADA 1.9.2014-31.12.2017

Visiting Professor Helena Gaunt (MBA) is Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, providing strategic leadership in research, academic development, enterprise and internationalisation. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2009) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Her research focuses on one-to-one and small group tuition in conservatoires and orchestral musicians in the 21st century, and she devised the new Creative Entrepreneurs scheme for Guildhall School alumni, run in partnership with Cause4. Having been a professional oboist and member of the Britten Sinfonia, she has more recently developed research expertise, and current interests focus on ensemble practices in the performing and fine arts, and on creative entrepreneurship.


She is an Associate of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), a co-editor of Music Performance Research and a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education. Helena is the Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) partnership, providing pioneering professional development internationally for conservatoire teachers.


She lives in London and has five children, including two sets of twins.

CERADA coordinator

Marja Aho-Pynttäri

marja.aho-pynttari (at) uniarts.fi, +358 40 710 4321

CERADA projects

Please click on the links below for introductions to CERADA research projects and their respective team members.



CERADA's Collaborative Projects:












  • Helena Gaunt (Assistant Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Visiting Professor, University of the Arts Helsinki)
  • Patrick Furu (Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics; Lecturer, Sibelius Academy)
  • Riikka Stewen (Professor of Art Theory and General Studies, Academy of Fine Arts; Docent of Art History, University of Helsinki)
  • Heidi Westerlund (Professor of Music Education, Sibelius Academy)
  • Leena Rouhiainen (Professor in Artistic Research; Head of the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy)




Opening the teaching in the University of the Arts Helsinki / Taideyliopiston opetuksen avaaminen​


  • Maria Westvall (PhD, Senior lecturer, Örebro University Sweden and Guest researcher at University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)
  • Marja Heimonen​ (DMus, Senior Ass. University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)​
  • Jan-Erik Mansikka (PhD, Senior lecturer, University of Helsinki / University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)

Other CERADA Projects:





  • Laura Miettinen (Responsible Researcher, Research Assistant, Doctoral Student, Sibelius Academy)
  • Claudia Gluschankof (Senior lecturer, Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Sidsel Karlsen (Professor of Music Education, Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway; Docent, Sibelius Academy)
  • Heidi Westerlund (Professor of Music Education, Sibelius Academy)







On this page you can find information about CERADA visitors
On this page you can find CERADA's news&events
On this page you can find CERADA's publications
On this page you can find CERADA's pedagogical studies

Partnerships & Collaboration

Please click on the links below for CERADA's partnerships and collaboration.



Editorial and review collaboration

Editorial and review collaboration

Editorial and review collaboration

Finnish Journal of Music Education: Heidi Westerlund, Editor-in-chief, 2007– present

Finnish Journal of Music Education: Heidi Partti, Member of the Editorial Board


Research Studies in Music Education (SAGE): Heidi Westerlund, Associate Editor, June 2013 – present


International Journal of Music Education (Research) (SAGE): Heidi Westerlund, Member of the International Editorial Board, 2004–2014


International Journal of Music Education (Practice) (SAGE): Marja-Leena Juntunen, Member of the International Editorial Board


Philosophy of Music Education Review (IUP): Heidi Westerlund, Member of the Editorial Board, Spring 2014– present


Music Performance Research: Heidi Westerlund, Associate Editor, 2011–present


Journal of Popular Music Education: Heidi Westerlund, Member of the Editorial/Advisory Board, Spring 2015– present

Journal of Popular Music Education: Heidi Partti, Member of the Editorial/Advisory Board


Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education: Heidi Westerlund, Reviewer, 2017–present


Media Journal in Music Education: Heidi Partti, Member of the Editorial/Advisory Board


International Journal for Education in the Arts: Eeva Anttila, co-editor 2012-present


Nordic Journal of Dance: Practice, Education and Research: Eeva Anttila, editorial board member 2010-2013; Editor-in-chief 2013; co-editor 2014


Landscapes: Aesthetics, the arts, and education, book series (Springer): Eeva Anttila, member of editorial board, 2009- present


Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook: Lauri Väkevä, Member of the editorial board

CERADA's strategic partners

CERADA's strategic partners

CERADA's strategic partners


The Hollo Institute is a collaborative network of ex perts that promotes, furthers and engages in the pedagogical research and teaching of the arts. It develops globally significant multi-disciplinary collaboration based on artistic and pedagogical knowledge, expertise and experience, as well as research-based teaching. The institute strengthens the societal influence of the pedagogy of the arts. CERADA collaborates with Hollo-institute in organizing an annual seminar and research symposium in the field of arts education.


University of Tampere, School of Education

The University of Tampere is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. The profile of the University of Tampere accentuates the university’s ultifaceted research and education on society and health. In its research, the University addresses the central issues in contemporary society. By providing critical knowledge and education, the university helps people and societies to improve their health and their cultural, social and economic well-being. The basic values of the University are academic freedom, creativity and social responsibility. This means that everyone has an equal right to learn, to acquire knowledge, to participate and to make an impact on society. 

CERADA collaborates with University of Tampere’s School of Education in organizing and developing pedagogical studies for art teachers. (see Pedagogical studies)


Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, The Department of Art

The tasks of the Department of Art are research into contemporary art and art education and the provision of research-based graduate and post-graduate training of art pedagogues and professionals and experts in contemporary art. Among the core tasks of the department are high-quality artistic and art pedagogical activities that have both national and international effectiveness on all levels of society.

CERADA collaborates with Aalto’s Department of Art in organizing and developing pedagogical studies for art teachers both as degree education and as in-service professional development. (see Pedagogical studies)

Other CERADA partners

Other CERADA partners

European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO)

The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) connects knowledge centres in European countries. It aims to facilitate the exchange of research findings and innovative practice, to stimulate new research in arts and cultural education and to support the development of arts education within the framework of global UNESCO-policies and guidelines for education, culture and sustainable development.


Anna Lindh Foundation

The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding.



The Innovative Conservatoire. International Collaboration in Higher Music Education. Partner Institutions: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; Institute of Education, University of London, London; Stadia Polytechnic, Helsinki; The Royal Conservatoire, the Hague; Sibelius Academy, Helsinki; The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Stockholm; Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, Malmö; Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.


Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA), SIG for research in arts and crafts education   

The aim of the Finnish Educational Research Association is to enhance educational research and dissemination of the findings in the field. The three cornerstones of the association’s activities are: organizing the annual conference, publishing, and enabling the functioning of the Special Interest Groups (SIG). The association also promotes conference and publication activities and strives to increase national and international co-operation between researchers in the field. In addition, it aims at increasing the visibility of educational discipline in the society and at communicating with other national and international actors in the field.

CERADA collaborates with the SIG in promoting research in arts education. Researchers connected with Hollo-institute, the SIG, and CERADA are actively exchanging ideas and developing ways to enhance discussion in the field. 


University of Helsinki, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

The mission of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is to engage in research and offer the highest education in order to direct and increase understanding about human growth, development, behaviour, learning and activities.  The scientific knowledge produced by the Faculty adds to cultural and social capital, prevents social exclusion and helps manage and direct change. The Faculty interacts with society on a national and international level. It actively promotes research and the impact of its expertise on social decision-making.

CERADA collaborates with the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences in promoting research in arts education and art pedagogy.


New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

At NYU Steinhardt we believe that the successful professional is one who sees connections between communities and cultures. Education is an instrument for change and the means for a better quality of life for people throughout the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of human learning, culture, development and well-being.

We create synergies and connect our fields of study to create new research, scholarship, models for change, and works of art. In research, scholarship, and artistic creation, our faculty work to connect theory and practice, to build communities beyond the classrooms, and nurture the human spirit. The breadth of professional programs we offer is unusual. The innovation and sense of involvement our community offers is truly unique.

CERADA and NYU Steinhardt have a common interest to promote research in dance education, in close collaboration with international dance research organizations, such as daCi and WDA.


World Alliance for Arts Education

International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), International Society of Education through Art (InSEA),  International Society for Music Education (ISME) and World Dance Alliance (WDA) have joined together to create the World Alliance for Arts Education – a powerful voice for advocacy, networking and research. WAAE will work to accomplish,  for example, the following:  lobbying governments on behalf of arts education;  encourage further arts education alliance building around the world;  consider creating special interest groups or strategic action groups working across the arts.


Taiteen perusopetusliitto

Taiteen perusopetusliitto TPO ry edistää taidekasvatusta ja eri taiteiden välistä yhteistyötä sekä tarkastelee taidekasvatusjärjestelmää kokonaisuudessaan. Liiton päämääränä on, että laadukas ja korkeatasoinen taidekasvatus on jokaisen lapsen ja nuoren perusoikeus varallisuudesta ja asuinpaikasta riippumatta. Taiteen perusopetusliitto TPO ry:n jäseninä ovat kaikki taiteen perusopetusliitot. TPO-liiton taustajärjestöt edustavat yhteensä 290 jäsenoppilaitosta.  Taiteen perusopetusta antavissa oppilaitoksissa maassamme on oppilaina n. 134 000 lasta ja nuorta.   

Taiteen perusopetusliitto on tärkeä partneri edistettäessä mm. taidekasvatuksen saavutettavuutta ja taidepedagogiikan kehittämistä maassamme.


Nordic Network for Music Education – NNME

NNME is a network within Nordplus. The partners in the network are all among the leading institutions in the Nordic and the Baltic countries, within the academic field of "music education" (in the Nordic countries called "music pedagogy"). The network comprises 20 institutions, carefully selected, and represent all the five Nordic and the three Baltic countries. For a number of years Bergen University College has been the network coordinator.

For more information contact Marja Heimonen, marja.heimonen (at) uniarts.fi


Nordisk Nettverk for Musikkpedagogisk Forskning

NNMPF facilitates music education research in the Nordic countries and supports communication between Nordic music education researchers.

For more information contact Marja-Leena Juntunen, marja-leena.juntunen (at) uniarts.fi


Dance and the Child international

Dance and the Child International (daCi) is a non-profit making association, founded in 1978, dedicated to the growth and development of dance for children on an international basis. daCi believes that every young person should have equal access and opportunity to dance regardless of ethnic, gender and cultural identity. To that end, the association provides opportunities for young people to experience dance as creators, performers and spectators, fosters the inclusion of all forms of dance in both general education and community programs, and facilitates exchange and collaboration related to young people's dance both within and between countries through a triennial conference, projects and funding.

Over the years, daCi has been a significant partner in developing dance education in Finland. Many practitioners and researchers in dance education have attended the triannual conferences, and through annual national workshop activities, Finnish dance educators have had a possibility to exchange ideas and develop their practices with international experts. DaCi maintains an online reader that includes all conference proceedings since 1978. The daCi Reader contains the abstracts and papers of all daCi conferences since 1978, with a search function that operates by titles, theme, author or year.


World Dance Alliance

WDA is an independent, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization.

WDA is to serve as a primary voice for dance and dancers throughout the world, and encourages the exchange of ideas and the awareness of dance in all its forms.  World Dance Alliance operates via its three regional centres with an overarching global executive bringing the three regions together in matters of policy and global projects.

WDA is the official dance organization in WAAE (World Alliance for Art Education). It organizes a biannual global summit and is an important forum for sharing dance research, including research in dance education.


Nordic Forum for Dance Research

The Nordic Forum for Dance Research, NOFOD, is a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration between dance scholars and practitioners. This it does by arranging seminars and conferences as well as spreading information through discussions, performances and publications on dance. The purpose of the organization is to enhance, empower and bring together diverse forms of dance research, knowledge and practice especially in the Nordic context. NOFOD defines dance in the broadest possible terms; ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, new dance, post-modern dance, salsa, tango, hip-hop, folk dance, ballroom dances, line dancing, etc. Thus the field encompasses a range of theatrical and participatory dance forms constitutive of Scandinavian as well as Non-Scandinavian cultures. To study the significance of the dance event for participants and spectators, NOFOD embraces a wide range of research methods.  NOFOD has arranged a Nordic research conference every second year since 1990.


University of Arizona State, Herberger institute for Design and the Arts, School of film, dance and theatre

The Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre focuses on questions, like

What is the role of dance in the 21st century?
How can dance help build a healthy society?
How does dance help us understand ourselves and the world around us?
What might dance really be like in 20 years?
What skills, knowledge and experiences will best enable a dance artist to thrive in years to come?

The dance programs in ASU and the MA program in dance pedagogy of the Theatre Academy are developing a bilateral exchange program. The researchers affiliated with these programs have collaborated previously in, for example, collaborative writing projects.


University of Copenhagen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports, Unit of human and social sciences

Psychology and Educational Studies primarily attends to psychological and pedagogical research in sport, movement, physicality and related fields. The research is often based on praxis and has often an application-oriented perspective. Through our research we wish to document, analyse and create transformation processes in relation to the body, learning and development. The starting point for the Section's research is often in qualitative analyses, where a holistic view of the body places the individual, creativity, movement, joy, development, health and well-being in a central position. Moreover, interdisciplinary designed studies, using quantitative and/or qualitative approaches, are part of the work of the research group.

Collaboration with Finnish dance education researchers takes place through many international and Nordic networks, including daCi, WDA, and Nofod.


University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, because of its unique position, has the main responsibility for conducting research in the field of sport sciences in Finland. The faculty also has an important role in the development of research activities within health sciences. The entire human life span is studied in the various departments and the separate research institutes. The aim is to maintain and increase the knowledge on health, functional capacity and well-being.

The faculty offers studies in dance pedagogy. Dance pedagogy is one research area within the Faculty. Close collaboration with the field has been going on for past decades in form of collaboration in doctoral studies and publications.


The Association of Finnish Music Schools

The Finnish Association of Music Schools is an umbrella organisation and its purpose is to develop the music education in Finland and to strengthen the Finnish society through it. Its aims are to ensure everyone’s right to participation in quality music education, to develop learner centric and goal orientated music education, to create conditions for diverse music education with diverse values, and to introduce the function and goals of music schools.  


Levinsky College of Education

Levinsky College of Education was the first to use Hebrew as the language of instruction for teacher training, the first to formalize Jewish teacher education in Israel and the first to receive academic accreditation of all its teacher education programs. Levinsky College of Education (LCE) was also one of the first colleges in Israel to receive accreditation for its Master's degree program. LCE offers a variety of Bachelor's and Master's programs in its Faculty of Education, Faculty of Music Education, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, International School and School for Continuing Education.


The Nepal Music Center

The Nepal Music Center (NMC) is a non-profit organization established by Music Nepal to undertake non-commercial activities in the fields of music and culture for the preservation of the intangible heritage of Nepal. In collaboration with Rikskonsertene(Concerts Norway), NMC works to preserve, teach, and promote the music and dance of various ethnic groups of Nepal at the national and international levels. As such, its four areas of focus are formal music education; research, documentation, preservation and dissemination; international exchange; and the promotion of local musicians.