Pedagogies, Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education II Conference

Organised by the Folk Music Department, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Location: Kallio-Kuninkala, Järvenpää, Finland

Date: 28-30 November 2018

CFP: The extended deadline for sending in a proposal is October 31st before midnight Finnish time.


Pedagogies, Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education is a double conference collaboratively organised by the folk music departments at The Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

The event gathers together the practitioners and researchers of folk music pedagogy in higher education from all around the world. The first part of this conference was held in Glasgow, hosted by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland during January 2018, and the second part in November 2018 is now organised by the Folk Music Department of Sibelius Academy.

The purpose of the double conference is to facilitate the collaboration of the practitioners and develop the discussion about the pedagogical issues of folk music education at the university level.

Folk music performance has been present in select third level educational institutions around the world for over 30 years. A generation of contemporary folk music professionals has emerged, and folk music has taken its place among other contemporary art forms. Folk music still exists in many rural communities in its orally learned forms, while in other places it has become more of an urban music culture, with roots in the historical styles of folk music, song and dance. The world is changing rapidly and so are the environments for folk music and dance.

The three decades have wittnessed another profession to develop – the folk music educators. Folk music pedagogy aims to educate musicians with the specific skills, mindset and knowledge typically needed for folk music performance. What are the central issues that everybody is dealing with? How much do we share about how to teach folk music? What do we feel is most important?


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Contact information:

Kristiina Ilmonen
Professor of Folk Music
Head of Folk Music Doctoral Programme
Sibelius Academy
University of the Arts Helsinki