Panel Discussion: Did Music Education Prepare Me For My Career?
• Tomas Djupsjöbacka
• Markus Hohti
• Anssi Karttunen (via video)
• Dr. Juho Laitinen
• Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez (chair)
• Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
• Heidi Peltoniemi
• Prof. Martti Rousi
To develop broad career previews and maximize the support available to students at the Sibelius Academy as they “learn how to become” performing arts professionals, the ‘Transforming Musicianship Research Project’ has organized this panel with multi-profiled musicians based in Finland and representing a diversity of professional roles, covering a wide cultural spectrum both nationally and internationally. The guest speakers will share their learning stories in pursuing a career of their choice and/or important for the society.
The following questions will be addressed:
• Did music education prepare you for your career? What was particularly useful?
• What do you wish you had learned when you were studying?
• What else, apart from high quality music skills, is needed to be employable?
• What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career?
• How does your career differ from what you had expected?
• What was your idea of success when you were a music student?
• How do you define success for a musician, now that you have experience?
• To what extent is a diversity of professional roles encouraged in higher music education?
• What does it take to make a career in music? Advice for the attendants
The panel is part of Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez’s postdoctoral project ‘Transforming Musicianship’ funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2021) and carried out at the Sibelius Academy. The panel is hosted by the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA), and organised in cooperation with Prof. Dawn Bennett as Director of the research initiative ‘Developing Employability’ at Curtin University in Australia.
The panel language is English.
Note: Even though the cello is the main instrument of all speakers, in this context it is used as an example of how—after being exposed to the typical classical music training of Western countries—the learning of a single instrument can result in a multiplicity of careers. Therefore, any person involved in music making is welcome to join the event, as the experiences shared by the speakers go beyond the cello as an instrument.