1st Edition

Expanding Professionalism in Music and Higher Music Education A Changing Game

Edited By Heidi Westerlund, Helena Gaunt Copyright 2021
    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the need to rethink the concept and enactment of professionalism in music, and how such concepts underpin professional higher music education. There is an urgent imperative to enable the potential of professional musicians in our contemporary societies to be more fully realised, recognising both intense challenges that are currently threatening some traditional music practices, and significant scope for new practices to be imagined in response to deep veins of societal need. Professionalism encompasses the conduct, aims, values, responsibilities and ongoing development of a practising professional in the field. Professional higher music education engages both with providing future professionals with relevant education in particular craft skills, and with nurturing their visions for their work as artists in future societies. The major focus of the book is on performance traditions that have dominated professional higher education, notably western classical music.


    Helena Gaunt and Heidi Westerlund

    1. Expanding professionalism in and through Finnish local opera

    Liisamaija Hautsalo

    2. Practicing civic professionalism through inter-professional collaboration: Re-connecting quality with equality in the Nordic music school system

    Tuulikki Laes, Heidi Westerlund, Eva Saether and Hanna Kamensky

    3. Making space: Expanding professionalism through relational university-community partnerships 

    Ailbhe Kenny

    4. Fostering transformative professionalism through curriculum changes within a Bachelor of Music

    Gemma Carey and Leah Coutts

    5. Rewriting the score: how pre-professional musical work can develop student thinking

    Jennifer Rowley, Dawn Bennett and Anna Reid

    6. Conflicting professional identities for artists in transprofessional contexts: Insights from a pilot programme initiating artistic interventions in organisations

    Kai Lehikoinen, Anne Pässilä and Allan Owens

    7. Moving encounters: Embodied pedagogical interaction in music and dance educators’ expanding professionalism  

    Katja Sutela, Sanna Kivijärvi and Eeva Anttila

    8. Towards ethically responsible musicianship. Reflections on navigating power dynamics in co-curating a collaborative music practice in a hospital 

    Karolien Dons and Helena Gaunt

    9. Making our way through the deep waters of life

    Taru Koivisto

    10.  World In Motion ensemble: my professional journey with refugee musicians and music university students

    Katja Thomson


    Professor Helena Gaunt is Principal at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

    Helena is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education

    Academy. Research interests include one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition in

    music, ensemble practices and collaborative learning in the performing arts, and

    creative entrepreneurship. Helena directs the international Refl ective Conservatoire

    Conference hosted triennially at the Guildhall, and is the Chair of the Innovative

    Conservatoire (ICON), an international partnership dedicated to curriculum and

    leadership development in specialist music education. She is also co-editor of

    Music Performance Research and a member of the Editorial Board of the British

    Journal of Music Education. Alongside research, she is an oboist, was a member

    of the Britten Sinfonia for many years, and is a Trustee of the National Youth

    Orchestra of Great Britain.

    Heidi Westerlund is Professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts

    Helsinki, Finland, where she is responsible for the music education doctoral studies.

    Her research interests include music teacher education, collaborative learning,

    cultural diversity and democracy in music education, and philosophy of music

    education. She is the Editor-in-chief of the Finnish Journal of Music Education and

    has served in the editorial and reviewer boards in numerous international journals.

    She is the co-editor of Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education (Ashgate,

    2013), Music, Education, and Religion: Intersections and Entanglements (Indiana

    University Press, 2019), and Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education

    (Springer, 2019). She is currently leading two research projects funded by the

    Academy of Finland that have engaged altogether over 100 researchers: ArtsEqual -

    The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality (2015-2021) and Global

    Visions through Mobilizing Networks: Co-developing Intercultural Music Teacher

    Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal (2015-2020).