Heikki Ruismäki


Curriculum Vitae

My interest relating to research is directed for the music teacher education, its development as well as music technology, working conditions and well-being of music teachers and music. On research I also have focused on examining open learning environments, pedagogic possession of music as a school subject and problems of evaluation in basic education and in post-graduate education.

In my last studies I have concentrated on more widely on field of arts and crafts education. Especially I have focused on students’ conceptions and experiences of teaching arts and crafts in early childhood education.

Homepage: http://www.mv.helsinki.fi/home/hruismak/



  • Matriculation examination, University of Oulu the 31of May 1973
  • Bachelor's degree in Arts, University of Oulu the 22 of February 1977
  • Class teacher’s education, University of Oulu the 30 of May 1977
  • Music teacher’s education, Sibelius Academy the 16 of may 19811
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy, University of Helsinki the 3 of April 1984
       -speech doctrine
       -social policy
  • Master’s Degree in Arts, the 12 of April 1984
  • Studies in Behavioral Sciences 59 credits; as a unit in University of Helsinki the 28 of October 1987
  • Licentiate’s Degree in Philosophy, music education, University of Jyväskylä the 20 of June 1989
  • Doctor’s degree in Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä the 18 of June 1991
  • Docent in Behavioral Sciences, especially in music education, University of Helsinki 1995


Career in nutshell 

  • Lemminkäinen Ltd; work in asphalting altogether 24 months in Oulu and its surroundings
  • Kindergarten seminar in Oulu; part-time teacher in piano playing 1976-1977
  • Music school in eastern Helsinki; part-time teacher in piano playing 1980-1982
  • Arcadia Secondary School; leading music teacher 1979-1980
  • University of Helsinki; full-time lecturer 1981-1982
  • University of Helsinki: lectureships of music education 1982-1993
  • Management duties in summer colonies 1979-1981.
  • Teacher in various Summer Universities and Supplementary Education 1984-
  • Sibelius Academy; tutoring of a thesis seminar 1990-1991
  • University of Oulu; Professor in Music Education the 1st of March 1993-2003
  • University of Helsinki: Professor of Arts and Crafts Didactics, autumn 1995
  • University of Helsinki; Docent lecturers and lecturers in music education 1993-
  • University of Helsinki; Professor of Arts and Crafts Didactics, temporary service, from the 1st of August 2003
  • University of Helsinki; Professor of Arts and Crafts Didactics from the 1st of June 2005, permanent post

Latest publications

  1. Musical restriction as a transfer burden between generations

    Lehtonen, K., Juvonen, A. & Ruismäki, H. S. J. 4 Dec 2016 In : Problems in music pedagogy. 15 , 2, p. 47-63 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Awakening students’ entrepreneurial selves: case music in basic education

    Hietanen, L. & Ruismäki, H. 1 Aug 2016 In : Education & Training. 58, 7/8, p. 832-848 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Musiikkirajoitteisuus sukupolvien välisenä siirtotaakkana

    Lehtonen, K., Juvonen, A. & Ruismäki, H. 1 Aug 2016 In : Musiikkikasvatus. 19, 1, p. 29-42 14 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Uudet oppimisympäristöt musiikin opiskelussa

    Ruismäki, H. (Speaker: Keynote)
    4 Feb 20165 Feb 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Enhancing children's participation in early childhood education through participatory pedagogy

    Ruismäki, H. (Supervisor)
    19 Feb 2016

    Activity: ExaminationSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

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Latest projects

  1. Säpe -Säveltämisen pedagogiikka

    Väkevä, L., Unkari, L. & Ruismäki, H.


    Project: Other projectEducation

  2. Taiteiden, erityisesti musiikin opetuksen kehittämis- ja tutkimusprojekti

    Ruokonen, I. & Ruismäki, H.


    Project: Research project_Research

  3. Taito ja taide opettajankoulutuksen ytimessä

    Juvonen, A., Ruismäki, H. & Lehtonen, K.


    Project: Research project

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