In this research we seek to open a wide perspective on the productive and creative music education paradigm and test it in a broad range (N=184) of respondents that comprises of classroom teacher students in University in Eastern Finland (UEF). Teacher students who do not have music as a minor subject, were selected as the target group because they do not have a special musical orientation (Juvonen 2000) or relationship with music. Our objective is to demonstrate that there is a paradigm shift ongoing which already reflects in music education’s practice and research. Creative and productive musical activity is an important part of the Finnish school’s music education (The Finnish National Core Curriculum 2004) but still a minority of teachers carry out these activities in the classroom on a regular basis. This research also seeks to increase productive music education in schools and in teachers’ education.
Siiri Ahtola is a university teacher of music education, singing pedagogue, choir conductor and and a researcher. Ahtola published her first article “Towards a Paradigm of Productive Music Education” in 2021 and the second article “Is the Music Education Paradigm Changing? – Testing the Elements of Creative and Productive Music Education Approach with Teacher Students” will be published in fall 2022.