The European Music Portfolio Music, sound and languages: holistic interaction and inclusive learning

We are sorry to announce, that unfortunately the course has been cancelled, due to a low number of pre-registrations made. Thank you for your interest! 

21.-25.11.2017 Vantaa, Finland

This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course is created on the ground of the European Music Portfolio – a Creative Way into Languages –project (EMP-L, 2009-2012). Please see the materials of the project to learn about the approach in This course has been planned to meet the purposes of the fresh new EMP-participants, with the purposes of the prior EMP-CPD-experienced participants, and the confronting of the European teaching professionals with the Finnish teachers and students. The aim is also to support the possible interaction towards the possibilities for later job shadowing or eTwinning projects.

The aim of this week in November 2017 in the dark Finland is to enlighten the darkness of November via the tools, comprehension and motivation gained from the multicultural understanding of the elements of music, as the rays of the sun towards the teaching interaction with the target group (children/students). It is deepened and supported with the comprehension of the connections of music and languages, and the artistic and bodily-emotional-cognitive learning interests, to foster motivation towards inclusive learning. Music as a wide phenomenon, and as a creation through sounds, is comprehended as an additional value for learning through integration with language, directed by the same elements. Music, sounds and human practice-oriented research function in a close dialogue. At the core of this CPD we aim to support the experience of well-being while learning about the musical-linguistic interaction in teaching and learning.

Why we think this course is worth attending

Teaching more music in language classes benefits the learning process, and vice versa. This understanding can be benefitted more widely, to gain from the sound education based on the understanding of sounds as a human innate resource and as a shared net available for anyone.  

It is about making more of what is already there.  This syntegrated way of teaching is a skill that needs time to develop. It depends on the ability of a teacher to recognise learning opportunities, to recognise the potential of the learners in their class, and to use this potential, to benefit from the understanding of transversal learning processes. It involves the ability to improvise, take risks, combine existing knowledge and skills in new ways. It demands a good understanding of how to guide learning processes in different subjects in a holistic way, to start from the child.  This form of teaching asks teachers to think out of the box. It is creative, exciting but can also be frustrating, especially if new ideas do not work the first time round and if teachers are working alone. An individual needs the social interaction to learn. 

You already have the basics and you have been working on developing your skill in this area. This course gives you the opportunity to learn, work and share with others who are in a similar situation. This can be an encouraging and a motivating and confidence-building experience.  We hope this course will help you to find your path to making learning a richer experience, and to find partners to join you on this way. We also hope the equation of motivation, learning and well-being would be inspired. 

The course performance

The performance of the week will be constructed of workshops, discussion lectures, school/preschool and cultural visits, to share and exchange innovative pedagogical and methodological approaches to support intercultural learning. The idea is to explore innovative, experience-based processes that promote intercultural encounters in child-oriented educational settings. It is supported by Laurea Learning by Developing (LbD) pedagogies, to create the connections between the working life, learner's individual understandings with practice and theory, and research evidence. The new Finnish curriculula for the early childhood, preschool, comprehensive school and for the arts education support the aims of the CPD. The participants will be invited in a process towards the development of course materials as a result of the CPD. The ground for this aim is set from the materials of the EMP-L –project, offering the course participants to create a tailored toolbox for the individual educational needs. The participants are suggested to look at the EMP-L project documents and resources beforehand, when possible. They can be found in several languages in

The course is hosted by Laurea UAS in Southern Finland, in association with FHNW Switzerland and The Aegean University, Greece. The course venue is located in Tikkurila, half an hour from Helsinki. The course trainors at the fields of education, music, arts and creativity, come from European Universities (and a Finnish school).

Basic details

  • The training team is multinational and multilingual
  • Training is provided in English
  • Original project materials can be choosen from many languages, with a basic orientation in English
  • Certifiation of the attendance will be provided

What we hope to achieve

  • Offer a creative space for further development of ideas, activities and projects.
  • Combine resources and learn from each other.
  • Develop ideas for exchange projects, build and strengthen networks to support more collaboration in the future, with the focus to start from child-centred processes.
  • Give various teachers/professionals have who have the opportunity to work together in the same school the opportunity to get to know the teaching styles and principles of each other better and to develop ideas for new school projects that combine music and language learning with cultural accommodation, various kinds of learners and well-being

To participate at the CPD

Please pre-registrate by June 15th, 2017, to reserve your place and to express about your interest to us:

Registration confirmation by September the 1st 2017:
-  After having your funding decision, please confirm or cancel your registration at the latest by September the 1st 2017. You will have the registration confirmation instructions in your e-mail after the pre-registration.
-  Please inform us also if you did not receive the Erasmus –funding/ (Okka-funding for the Finnish participants). This is to delete your pre-registration from our system, to not send you the invoice of the course, unless you will find some other way to fund the participation and confirm your registration.
- Make sure to arrange your flights and hotel reservations in good time. You will be given more details after the pre-registration according to the special prices and possibilities for the hotel.
-  Further details:  and ; GSM +358 40 668 4632

Learning environments

  • Besides the face-to-face meetings during the course week, learning processes are supported and benefitted by the possibilities of the modern ICT, to exchange ideas and thoughts before, during and after the CPD
  • Basic materials (the Teacher's Handbook, pupil's portfolio cards, activities and videos) can be found in These will be complemented by materials and tools developed further during the course, and shared on the e-platform.
  • The course caters for different backgrounds and interests by offering parallel workshops and open-ended tasks. Much emphasis is placed on collaborative/peer learning and teaching. Small group work allows for intensive exchange in individual fields of interest.
  • New participants  (1) are supported in their activity design processes by mentors, the experienced EMP participants (2) – please see below
  • Visits besides the cultural targets will be organized for the local schools and day care centers, in collaboration with the local pre-primary, preschool and primary school teachers, and in the secondary schools, on the basis of the interests expressed
  • Interaction with the Finnish teaching profession is encouraged
  • These approaches are supported by the comprehension of the Laurea LbD pedagogies.


The target group

  • All educational professionals from kindergarten to higher education levels
  • Partnership organizations and companies both in Finland and abroad
  • Students from various fields with an interest in developing their own intercultural working methods
  • Possibility to attend the workshop as Erasmus teacher exchange

This course is suitable for you, with the focus of sounds as interaction - when

  • you are interested in music, languages and holistic education, starting from the understanding of the child-centered processes
  • you are interested in working with the multicultural layers such as the immigrants, and the facing of cultural diversities to focus on the inclusion through music, to support wellbeing
  • you focus on music and/or languages as a specialized teacher, or as a part of your whole teaching work (kindergarten, classroom or other)
    • In a kindergarten/day care or
    • In a primary or secondary school or
    • Among socially oriented organizations (immigrants, multicultural families, child-oriented respects)
    • Among cultural education (music or arts schools)
    • In a teaching college or university
      • In the field of early childhood education
      • Primary/secondary education
      • Intercultural education
      • Work targeted towards migrant children and - adolescents
  • Maybe you have also
    • Attended on an EMP-L course between 2012-2014 or
    • interest in collaborating with someone already experienced in EMP-L
    • tried out and/or developed different activities in your class to encourage more language learning or music learning, and
    • a possibility to test some material before the CPD in November 2017, to prepare yourself for the CPD
    • interests to exchange experiences and build on what you know; you are willing both to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of the others as a basis for the developmental work
    • ideas or projects you would like to develop further with other similar minded teachers, or you are eager to join some other's ideas and projects, to further develop them together
    • interests towards the possibilities to exchange ideas after the course with the support of a closed virtual environment aimed for the course participants
    • a possible interest in starting up an eTwinning exchange project or are looking for a Job Shadowing possibility.


Teacher tandems or pairs from the same school are encouraged to register together. The course also offers a field to collaborate further with eTwinning or job shadowing partners.

Practical information

The CPD will take place from 21st of November to 25 th of November 2017 at  Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Ratatie 22,  Tikkurila, Vantaa, Finland. A full schedule will be sent closer to the event once you have registered, on the basis of the responses given.

The last day of pre-registration is 15th of June 2017, and the registration confirmation 1st of September, 2017.

Price for the course 690 € (including VAT 24%)

You have the possibility to apply for a grant:

  • international participants:  Erasmus +fundings  over your institution of employment, instructed by the national Comenius offices
  • Finnish participants: OKKA funding (dl 31.3.2017)

Funding support possible from Erasmus/ the national Comenius offices (international participants) and OKKA (Finnish participants), to pay the

  • Course costs: 690 € (including VAT 24%, the course participation, materials, lunches, coffees, an excursion/cultural program)

Accommodation & course venue

The CPD is offered to a minimum of 30 and to a maximum of 50 participants. This price includes workshops, lectures, study visits and additional materials plus refreshments during coffee breaks. This price excludes accommodation and transportation.


The programme

The program is constructed of two main streams with the focus on the integration of music and languages to support learning and wellbeing through experiences and active participation:
1) The program for the new beginners on the EMP-L
2) The continuing participants with a prior experience already on the EMP-L, with earlier CPD participation as a ground

The program follows this basic structure:
• Tuesday  Memories, tuning and orientation; goal-oriented musical-
   cultural experience, input and exchange;
• Wednesday  Collaborative activity and project design (group work with    mentoring); input and exchange
• Thursday  Cultural visits to support the
   collaborative group projects, input and exchange
• Friday   Peer teaching and evaluation; projects and visions – next     steps (follow-up)
• Saturday  Closing with sauna & Dinner

List of workshop themes as a basis to specifically develop the program to respond to your needs and expectations furhter (the final selection will be based on the survey of needs)

  •  Language learning & musical support
  •  Music learning & sound interaction
  •  Tools for sound education
  •  Various learners and inclusion
  •  Exploring the cultural dimension
  •  eTwinning & Job Shadowing - basics
  • Working with a story-line
  • Body percussion and instruments as tools in language learning 
  • Active listening - strategy training in music and language work
  • Child well-being and multisensory learning
  • Child-centred/phenomena-oriented curricula and teaching plans
  • Encouraging learners to think and ask questions (progression in thinking)
  • Activity and task design - basics 
  • Activity and task design – advanced
  • European Music Portfolio Portfolio – A Creative Way into Languages – basics
  • European Music Portfolio Portfolio – A Creative Way into Languages – advanced & development
  • Value of portfolio work

Pre-course preparation

(further details provided for the course applicants after the application left in the national Comenius office):
Task 1:
Please make a presentation video e.g. with your mobile phone (max 5 minutes) or present yourself in the form of a short written text (max 150 words) with a photo (self-portrait), when possible. Send this presentation data by e-mail to  and by November the 1st at the latest. Also, bring them with you on a memory stick. 

Task 2:
On the basis of the list given below, please plan, implement, record and document at least one music integrated musical, general learning or well-being focused, or linguistic activity or project you do with your class(es)/group(s) or with your students . This will be the starting point for your group collaboration.

  • Start by presenting yourself
  • Focus on one of the following categories below.
  • Share the activity and the results with the other participants during the course, either in the form of a video (preferred) or when not possible, in the form of e.g. a power point presentation or other. 
  • Explain how language and music learning took place, and what were the consequences.
  • Formulate ideas for further development of your activity or project. 
  • If it is not clear what you should do, then please contact:, or

Rhythmic vocalisation
Body percussion
Playing instruments
Dancing and moving
Exploring, improvising and composing
Listening to music
Painting, writing and reading music
Using ICT
Conducting - teaching music

Task 3:

Please bring material with you, that you would like to develop further in the group (a story, song, dance, poem or similar). This will be used as a support for / a part of the collaborative group projects. 

Post-course follow-up opportunities

  • Use the time during the course to build up a personal network to initiate an e-Twinning exchange project, a job-shadowing placement or a personal exchange project.
  • Post videos, ideas and activities on the new EMP-L exchange platform: (access rights will be given after the course participation confirmed).
  • Start-up or join an existing Facebook group.
  • Possible exchange workshop and CPD in 2018
  • the adaptation of the EMP-comprehension processed further also in the Eapril organization yearly conferences, within the Cloud 9 "Sounds and arts in transversal learning"


Course team (core team)

The course leader:

Kaarina Marjanen, Dr., music education, Senior lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland (especially pre-primary, pre-school and lower primary level), GSM +358 40 668 2724

Päivi Leevelahti, student and trainee, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland GSM +358 40 668 4632

Aleksandra Pavlovic,, student and trainee, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland  GSM +358 40 668 4632

Sini Seppä-Korpelainen, lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Markus Cslovjecsek, Professor of Music Education, School of Education, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (especially secondary level)

Françoise Hänggi, Senior lecturer in foreign language didactics, School of Education, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (primary level)

Maria Argyriou, Ph.D. Music education, Dr, music education. University of Aegean, Greece

Ritva Metso, language teacher, city of Lahti, Finland

Päivi Paulus, language teacher, city of Lahti, Finla




Contact details

Kaarina Marjanen,

Sini Seppä-Kortelainen,

Päivi Leveelahti, Tel:  +358 40 668 4632

Aleksandra Pavlovic, 
Tel: +358 40 668 4632


Please pre-register by June 15, 2017