ESA VIRKKULA

T E A C H E R
R E S E A R C H E R
M U S I C I A N

ABOUT ME

B E H I N D   T H E   D R U M S

A Possibility to combine three professions, lecturer – researcher – musician, in my work is a benefit. Contacts to musicians’ worklife provide important substance to my work as a teacher educator.

Direct contacts to the working life give me up-to-date information about what goes on in the field, an essential aspect of worklife-based education and research.

I have been fortunate to be able to combine teaching, learning and music in my research. I have over two decades’ experience as a musician and lecturer, which has continuously challenged me to rethink learning and teaching concepts. However, my feet are kept on the ground by researching, and my attitudes are being questioned.

I am still searching for new perspectives on professional issues: How can the motivation to learn be promoted? What is a good musicianship? How can it be developed in formal education?