Music in education makes the world go ´round

September 13, 2013 by Juha Merinen

Finland is known for its state-of-the-art education. This has been “The Truth” for a very long time. Finland´s teacher education programme – heavily backed up by the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) success –
has placed Finland on the top of the pyramid – year after year. The 21st Century teaching and learning paradigm shift will have a dramatic impact on the seamless integration of the social media based learning experience.

Finland – the land of Sibelius, education, gamification and pedagogy

We Finns are known for our world class education system, pedagogical know-how and gaming industry. At the same time, music industry with all its ingredients, even integrated into educational gaming solutions will be one of the future segments for Finland to capitalize on. Why music and how can it be pedagogically sound? What does the combination of pedagogy in music education means in reality?

Definitions of pedagogy and music

Pedagogy is the science and art of education, specifically instructional theory. An instructor develops conceptual knowledge and manages the content of learning activities in pedagogical settings.

Music is the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships
to produce a composition having unity and continuity.

  • Sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments
  • Written or printed symbols showing how music should be played or sung
  • The art or skill of creating or performing music

Mubik – The musical puzzle game for education

One of the best Finnish state-of-the-art examples is Mubik Entertainment ( The company has developed a revolutionary musical puzzle game for mobile devices which is more than ideal for education.

See a true live case study (The Mubik iPad orchestra in action)

Epilogue: Social media mashup will be the dominant factor in education

It would be wise to understand that all the education being in curricula cannot prepare the students to any future jobs. This is because no-one really knows what are the jobs available or needed within the next 20 years. So, what are the skills and competencies that should be taught (besides the obvious ones) within the 21st Century Schools?

If I would bet on few things – and few things only; my vote would go to intercultural interactions, creative thinking
and problem solving skills improvement. Music is most likely one of the most important tools to enable all of this.


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