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Eeva Siljamäki

2012 - present

 

Siljamäki is currently a post doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and the lead- PI of a research and development project funded by the Kone foundation.

Her theoretical and practical applications range from improvisation pedagogy to design of social learning environments in the arts, learning and collaboration, as well as curriculum development and professionalism in the socially engaged arts practice. Her research interests also include socially sustainable futures, improvisation pedagogy, social learning environments,  transprofessional collaboration and group work, socially engaged art, societal value and meaning of the arts, arts and wellbeing. 

A professional profile picture of a woman standing inside a building against the railing

1995 - present

Siljamäki holds artistic and pedagogical expertise in music and improvisation, and has contributed to the development of new methods and pedagogies at the interface of art, well-being and learning.Before research Siljamäki has worked as a musician (singer, choir director, pedagogue & arranger of music), improviser and educator with decades of experience in supporting and guiding diverse groups of people. She holds extensive experience in facilitating and leading groups in contexts ranging from secondary school to adult education and higher education.

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Researcher

2023 - Present

Post doctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies

2023 - Present

Post doctoral researcher, Koneen säätiö

2021-2023

Post doctoral researcher, University of the Arts Helsinki

CERADA Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Project researcher in two EU+ funded research development projects focusing on the expanding professionalism of artists, the artwork and Fast45

2019-2020

2013-2017

Doctoral researcher, Sibelius Academy

University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, to finalize doctoral dissertation "Plural possibilities of improvisation in music education: an ecological perspective on choral improvisation and wellbeing" as part of the Artsequal project

2014

Coordinator

CERADA Center for Educational Research and  Academic Development in the Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. 

Academic
pedagogical responsibilities 

2023

Supervisor of Master's thesis

University of the Arts Helsinki

2022 - Present

Introduction to Socially Engaged Arts Practice - self-study online course

Open Campus of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland (Further education and Master's level). Responsible developer and teacher with Kai Lehikoinen.

2020 - Present

External examiner of Master's thesis

University of the Arts Helsinki

2020 - Present

Casual lecturer

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Further education),  Department of Music Education (Masters level), University of the Arts Helsinki (bachelor and master level education and further education), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Opinkirjo, Helsingin Evankelinen Opisto (HEO); Exploratorium Berlin

2016

Research Ethics

University of the Arts Helsinki (Doctoral level), responsible teacher with Dr. Marja Heimonen and Prof. Lauri Väkevä.

2013-2014

Choral pedagogue

Responsible teacher in the trans-professional collaboration between the University of the Arts Helsinki and Finnish Students Health Society

Academic
positions of trust

2022 - Present

Finnish Society for Research in Arts Education

Board member,  Suomen Taidekasvatuksen Tutkimusseura (STTS)

2014-2017

Research Ethics Committee

Board member, University of the Arts Helsinki

2013-2016

Steering group memberships

Several interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary improvisation seminars and conferences at the University of the Arts Helsinki

Research
funding

2021

Kone foundation 150 000 €

Funding for research and development project Improvisation as Transformational Momentum for Equity and Safety in School Communities. Eeva Siljamäki (PI) and research group. 

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Music pedagogical responsibilities

2018 - Present

Workshop leader

e.g. Kansalaisfoorumi (Rovaniemi, Tampere, Helsinki); Espoo Adult Education Centre; Olotila, Helsinki

  • Also voluntary work at Niemikotisäätiö and Pienperheyhdistys

2002-2015

Choral Conductor

e.g. Escappella, Espoo; Espoon laulu, Espoo; Kumpula choir, Helsinki;
Evita -musical, Turku conservatory, Turku

Recordings

2014 Pepe & Saimaa

2012 Hectorin lauluja - tarinoita elämästä

2012 Suupoppia

2008 Ennen viimeistä pisaraa - lauluja elämän kauneudesta ja kauheudesta

2002-2009

Music teaching

e.g. Theater Academy, Uniarts Helsinki; Matinkylä upper secondary school, Espoo; Turku Conservatory, Palmgren Conservatory, Sibelius Academy (music education), professional studies and basic music education, Keravan opisto

Musician

1995 - present

Vocalist, freelancer

Singer and performer of vocal music since 1995. Performances on television, radio and in theatres. Most recently she has been the vocalist member of the Ääni-ilmiö collective

 

Recordings as a vocalist

2018 Oudot laulu vol 2. (Mental Beauty Records)

2011 Riisutut roolit - Sirkka-Liisa Sass'n lauluja (Global Music Centre)

2011 Ruuskanen Railio Strings : Samassa unessa (Groovy Chamber Pop / Maija Ruuskanen

2008 Ennen viimeistä pisaraa - lauluja elämän kauneudesta ja kauheudesta (Espoon laulu)

2002 - present

Arranger of Choral Music, freelancer

Arrangements of choral music have been performed by several choirs and published in music booklets (Sulasol) and on recordings. 

Recordings

2012 Suupoppia (Avain säätiö)

2012 Hectorin lauluja - tarinoita elämästä (Espoon laulu)

2008 Ennen viimeistä pisaraa - lauluja elämän kauneudesta ja kauheudesta (Espoon laulu)

Booklets

Sulaloi 12 Viihdyttäviä lauluja sekakuorolle.

Sulaloi 11 Viihdyttäviä lauluja sekakuorolle.

Sulaloi 8 Viihdyttäviä lauluja sekakuorolle.

Sulaloi 7 Viihdyttäviä lauluja sekakuorolle.

Sulaloi 6 Viihdyttäviä lauluja sekakuorolle.

Education

2021

Music Education | Doctoral Degree

Doctor of Music, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

- With distinction

”I have examined over 60 PhD internationally and this is one of the best I have read” (Examiner Prof. R. MacDonald, University of Edinburgh)

2021

Culture and Media Entrepreneurship  | Master's Degree

Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland

2003

Music Education | Master's Degree

Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

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