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 practices and methods in music lessons: a comparative study of Estonian and Finnish general music education

    Sepp, A., Ruokonen, I. & Ruismäki, H. Jul 2015 In : Music Education Research. 17, 3, p. 340-358 19 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Socialization Into Teaching Physical Education – Acculturative Formation Of Perceived Strengths

    Valtonen, J., Reunamo, J., Hirvensalo, M. & Ruismäki, H. 17 Jan 2015 In : The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences . 12, 1, p. 1683- 1695 13 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Artists at School – Developing Pupils’ Social Interaction through Artist-teacher Co-operation

    Ruokonen, I. & Ruismäki, H. 16 Jan 2015 In : Procedia : Social and Behavioral Sciences. 171, p. 590-595 6 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Kohti yhdessä oppimista ja toiminnallisuutta (Tiedekulma)

    Heikki Ruismäki (Speaker: Presenter), 6 Mar 2014

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsPublic Talks

  2. Vastaväitös

    Heikki Ruismäki (Opponent), 22 Mar 2014

    Activity: Thesis supervision, mentoring and examinationOpponent of doctoral dissertation

  3. Sointumerkeistä soitto ja vapaa säestys (piano) 9.6.-13.6.2014

    Heikki Ruismäki (Speaker: Keynote), 9 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest projects

  1. Taito ja taide opettajankoulutuksen ytimessä

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


    Project: Research project

  2. Voices for Tomorrow

    Ruokonen, I. & Ruismäki, H.


    Project: Research project

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