Krista Pyykönen


Krista Pyykönen works as a community music pedagogue at Mänttä Music Festival. She is leading creative participatory music workshops and interactive concerts for different local focus groups. In the workshops, the participants are invited to improvise and collectively compose music together with the musicians. The aim of the project is to bring music and creative musical collaboration close to the people in the community, and thus promote cultural equality.

Krista Pyykönen (born 1986) graduated as Master of Music Education in June 2015 at KMH, supervised by Professor Cecilia Hultberg, after finishing her Master of Music degree in the international NAIP-European Master of Music program at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) in 2013. Her master thesis was awarded the Kerstin Eliasson prize of Excellent in Master Research at the Royal College of Music in 2013. Krista completed her classical violin studies with Cecilia Zilliacus as her teacher.

Krista is currently working at Prince Claus Conservatoire of Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen in the Netherlands as a teacher and a member of the Lifelong Learning in Music- research group. She is doing her PhD research at the University of Music and Perfor­ming Arts Vienna on music as a resource for healthcare workers in elderly care, and continues to perform and lead creative music workshops in the Netherlands next to her academic engagements. Her PhD research is supervised by Professor Rineke Smilde. Pyykönen has previously lectured on her research subjects at the National Gerontology Conference of the University of Helsinki in 2013, at the Music & Dementia symposium in Amsterdam, 2014, and at the Swedish String Teachers’ Annual Convention in Malmö 2015.


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