Katja Thomson

Job description

Lecturer in Music Education

Postdoctoral Researcher in the project Music education, Professionalism, and Eco-politics 

Hourly-paid teacher in the Global Music programme


Doctor of Music, Sibelius Academy, Music Education


Subjects in Music Education include the bachelor seminar, research methods, basics of music education, and music cultures of the world. Teaching in the Global Music programme involves community engagement studies and regional youth department projects.

Artistic activities

Viola player in Helsinki Middle Eastern Orchestra.

Research and publications

Thomson, K. (2021). Reciprocal Integration in a Musical Thirdspace: An Ethnographic Study with Refugee Musicians and Higher Music Education Students. (Doctoral dissertation). Studia Musica 87. University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy.

Thomson, K. (2021). World In Motion ensemble: My professional journey with refugee musicians and music university students. In H. Westerlund & H. Gaunt (Eds.) Expanding professionalism in music and higher music education – A changing game (pp. 129-142). Routledge.