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About Kaarina Ritva Marjanen Dr.

Ph.D. Kaarina Marjanen, Finland
Current affiliation: Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Senior lecturer/Social services/ music education and early childhood education
Expertice fields:
- music education
- early childhood music education
- music and language integration
- early mother-child interaction
- musical development
- music curricula, music education goals
- teacher training
- music education methodology
- child well-being
My philosophical background lies in the phenomenological philosophy with prelingual and
premusical processes to serve as a ground for the huge possibilities to learn of the prenatal development and learning processes.
The breaking through research philosophy lies in the interests of recreating
child-centered methodologies with the wide possibilities to combine musical, cultural
traditions with new music technological possibilities; through a confidential
relationship between the researcher and the child as the object; the fascination of
addressing the information on the learning processes vs. experiences and methodology,
through natural communicating and the ability to be present as a basis to share an
understanding; music teaching; the development of music education methodology; and
gaining from practices to learn for recreating the study methods.
EDUCATION: PH.D (30.12.2009) in Music Education, University of Jyväskylä Lic.Phil
(14.6.2005) in Music Education, University of Jyväskylä Master of Arts (27.1.1999): Music
education: Music Teacher, University of Jyväskylä Music Playschool Teacher (31.5.1995)
The Conservatory of Central Finland Nursery school/Kindergarten teacher (31.5.1983)
Jyväskylän lastentarhanopettajaopisto Stated as a teacher for higher education (9.6.2005,
University of Jyväskylä) Continuing training: Piano Improvisation and accompaniment,
Sibelius Academy, Finland 20.4.2001 – 31.1.2002.
International collaboration, to further develop music education methodology and integrated teacher
training in discussion with:
- The European Music Portfolio 2009-2012, (
- Effective processional development of in-service teachers, 2012-
lead by Ph.D. Kaarina Marjanen (Dr. Kaarina Marjanen Finland; Prof. Markus Cslovjecsek,
- MMADD 2012-2014. A study on integrated arts within the curricula and contents of
teacher training lead by Prof. Deirdre Russell-Bowie (Deirdre Russell-Bowie, Australia; Kaarina Marjanen,
- Creative Education in India. Developmental collaboration lead by CCE Finland (
- Peers 2013-2014. Teacher-student collaboration between Switzerland (teachers: Sabine Chatelain, HEP Vaud Lausanne) and Finland (Kaarina Marjanen, UEF Joensuu, Finland)
- The Carnival of the Animals (2013-) International study project lead by Dr. Jessica Perez, Spain & Prof. Markus Cslovjecsek, Switzerland
Collaboration also with SIG Prime ( and Musik und Mensch (
Memberships in the International Society for Music Education, ISME (2004-), Early
Childhood Music Education Commission, ECME (2004-); The European Association for Music in
Schools, EAS (2012-), The European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young
Children, MERYC (2004-)


Present Faculty Member, Laurea University of Applied Sciences

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