Contact And Researchers

For more information about the Music Teacher Education Development Project in Nepal, please contact:

Heidi Westerlund



Heidi Westerlund is professor at the Sibelius Academy, Finland, and the Chair of the Doctoral School of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music and CERADA research center of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Her research concentrates on philosophical and theoretical research, and studies on teacher education, higher music education, collaborative learning, multiculturalism, and democracy in music education. She has published widely in international and national journals, written numerous book chapters, and she also has served in the leadership of national and international organizations, such as the International Society for Philosophy of Music Education. She has served as review reader in several international journals, and she is the managing editor of the Finnish Journal of Music Education.

Photo: Joonas Kurppa



Heidi Partti is a music education researcher and writer. She works as a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy in Finland. Heidi’s research interests revolve around phenomena related to learning and teaching music in rapidly changing and diverse sociocultural environments, and, in particular, to questions related to diversity, digital media, cultural pluralism, and intercultural interaction in music teacher education. She has been the first author in several scientific articles published in internationally recognized journals and peer-reviewed books and handbooks, and serves as a review reader in journals of music education and education. In addition to her research work, she actively contributes to Finnish music teacher education by teaching and supervising music education students writing their masters and doctoral theses at the Sibelius Academy. Heidi is currently involved in two research projects: The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps Towards Equality and Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal.

Photo: Sini Pennanen

Vilma timonen 


Vilma Timonen is a lecturer of folk music in the Sibelius Academy. She has worked in various musical settings and has been one of the pioneers using the traditional Finnish instrument kantele in different ways. She was one of the first kantele artists to play the electric kantele and has especially focused on developing the role of the kantele as a diverse band instrument. Vilma Timonen has given concerts in Spain, Venezuela, Columbia, the USA, Japan, Portugal, Zambia and Tanzania and has had a comprehensive career as a kantele musician in dance and theatre productions.

Danielle Treacy



Danielle Treacy completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the University of Toronto in 2002, a Bachelor of Education from Queens’ University (Canada) in 2003, and a Master of Arts (Education) from the University of Jyväskylä in the Programme in Development and International Cooperation in 2010. She also completed her Orff Level 3/Orff Specialist from The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Danielle has lived in Toronto, Canada; Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya; Singapore; and Helsinki, Finland; and has worked as an elementary school music teacher, instrumental teacher, classroom teacher and English as an Additional Language teacher. Danielle’s research interests include themes of music education in the ‘majority world’ (developing countries) and cultural diversity in music education.  

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music/MuTri
Doctoral School

PO Box 30
FI-00097 Uniarts

Contact persons

Heidi Westerlund  heidi.westerlund(at)
Alexis Kallio  alexis.kallio(at)
Danielle Treacy  danielle.treacy(at)