Performing the Political: Public Pedagogy in Higher Music Education

The project aims to expand the notion of the political in music professionalism by advancing eco-artistic imagination and transformative systems thinking within higher music education.

Project introduction

The project will be conducted with international collaborators in the Nordic higher music education contexts and with students, teachers, and leaders at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Through participatory processes, the project will construct new practices for music professionalism and visions for responsible higher music education politics significant to society. 

The University of the Arts Helsinki Ethical Review Committee reviewed the ethical acceptability of this study on 23.10.2023.

Data pro­tec­tion state­ment and pri­vacy no­tice for re­search par­tic­i­pants – Per­form­ing the Po­lit­i­cal pro­ject

Project events

Musicians in society – society in musicians event in Helsinki Music centre 8.2.2024

Opening speech by Tuulikki Laes, Uniarts Helsinki, and keynote lecture by professor Gert Biesta, University of Edinburgh, UK.

For the English subtitles, please open Youtube to watch the video.

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Project name

Performing The Political: Public Pedagogy In Higher Music Education




The Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Council of Finland


Principal investigator: DMus Tuulikki Laes, Academy Research Fellow, Senior Researcher

Project researcher: DMus Taru Koivisto, Post Doctoral Researcher