ISME 2024

Special Music Education

and Music Therapy

Pre-Conference Seminar

Resonaari soi -konsertti 2015

Welcome to the seminar

Commission Chair Dr. Matthew Breaden welcomes you to the 2024 pre-conference seminar together with your local host Music Centre Resonaari. University of Helsinki is co-hosting the event with Resonaari. Click the topic to read message.

​The Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission pre-conference seminar focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion with particular reference to special music education and music therapy. Its purpose is to advance practice, research and theory, as well as to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between practitioners and scholars in the wider field of music and health. ​ While retaining the overall conference theme at its heart, the Commission pays specific attention to contemporary pedagogical practices and curricula with and for disabled people; therapeutic interventions and applications of music within diverse settings within and beyond special education; socio-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on music practices for promoting people’s health and wellbeing. I warmly welcome you to the 2024 pre-conference seminar of the ISME Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy which will be hosted together by The University of Helsinki and Music Centre Resonaari. Building on the Commission’s history of practice innovation and international development, this seminar aims to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue within the broader music and health arena. We welcome the voices of practitioners and scholars from diverse areas within and around the fields of Special Music Education and Music Therapy, including those of music psychology, community music and ethnomusicology. We also welcome participation by people of all abilities, in line with our theme of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and sustainability. ​ Dr. Matthew Breaden (Commission Chair) on behalf of the Commissioners

Four years ago, the ISME World Conference and the Special Music Education & Music Therapy Pre-Conference Seminar were scheduled to take place in Helsinki, but Covid-19 changed the plans. The Commission’s seminar had to be held remotely, hosted by Music Centre Resonaari. This year, however, we have the opportunity to meet each other in summery Helsinki. We can look forward to a rewarding and diverse seminar, and there will also be time for sharing and togetherness. Professional sharing and networking provide ideas, strength and enthusiasm for our own work. At the same time, friendships are strengthened and new ones are formed. Music Centre Resonaari will serve as the local host organization for the Commission’s seminar, in collaboration with the University of Helsinki. The main seminar will take place in the Metsätalo building of the University of Helsinki, but on the final day of the seminar, we invite you to visit Resonaari’s facilities. Welcome to the 2024 pre-conference seminar of the ISME Commission for Special Music Education and Music Therapy in Helsinki! Markku Kaikkonen Director Music Centre Resonaari

DAYS 1-3

July 24-26, 2024

Metsätalo-building, University of Helsinki

Photo shows outside view of University of Helsinki's Metsätalo building in Helsinki.
  • Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki (accessible entrance)
  • Fabianinkatu 39, Helsinki (entrance with stairs, 15 steps)
  • Registry and seminar: 3rd floor
  • About accessibility: elevator and accessible WC available. In the seminar halls one or two steps in the front of the room for presenters, portable ramps are available.


July 27, 2024

Music Centre Resonaari

Photo shows the outside view of Music Centre Resonaari building and front yard.
  • Kulosaaren puistotie 26, Helsinki
  • About accessibility: 1st floor is accessible, no fully accessible WC. Stairs to second floor, no lift.

Good to know

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Public transport is a great way to get around the Helsinki metropolitan area. TICKETS You can use the same ticket to travel by tram, bus, metro, commuter train, light rail and the Suomenlinna ferry. Easiest way to buy tickets and find routes is HSL app. Buy tickets, find routes and stay up-to-date with any service changes. You can download the HSL app from your app store for free. TICKET ZONES Zone AB is for city centre area, including seminar venues. Single ticket costs 2,95 Euros and is valid for 80 minutes. Zone ABC ticket is needed if you travel from the airport to the city centre. Airport train station is located in the corridor between Terminals 1 and 2. Tickets can also be bought from ticket machines at the airport. Board the P or I train towards Helsinki Central Railway station. Journey takes about 30 minutes. A single ABC-ticket costs 4,10 € and is valid for 90 minutes. There are also day tickets and multi-journey-ticket available. NOTE The metro station “Central Railway Station” is closed due to renovations. Metro line does not operate between Kamppi shopping center and University of Helsinki stations in the city center. Distances in the center are walkable, but for example tram no 9 operates between these stations. HSL journey maps as well as GoogleMaps will show tram and bus options as well as walking routes.

In addition to hotels the city center has several places (cafés etc) where you can connect your computer or mobile phone to a free wireless network. It is good to be aware of data protection and confidentiality when connecting to free wifis. Free wifi at the University (days 1-3). Eduroam is an international wireless roaming service for staff, students, and members of the eduroam network. Eduroam can be used on both computers and mobile devices. The HelsinkiUni Guest network is intended for users who do not have university credentials and do not have access to the eduroam network. Free guest wifi at Resonaari (day 4).

Helsinki is a modern city, which is perfectly situated on the Baltic Sea and home to more than half a million residents. Together with its neighbouring cities, Helsinki is part of a larger metropolitan area, which encompasses more than one million inhabitants. Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors. Helsinki is one of the safest cities in Europe and friendly towards residents and visitors alike thanks to its cleanliness and functional urban planning. Food hygiene and the quality of drinking water are of the highest order. Tap water in Finland is of very high quality. Therefore, tap water is drinkable. For more inspiration and tips, visit MyHelsinki and Visit Finland websites.

Contact info

  • For issues with registration, payment or ISME membership, please contact the ISME International Office: Email: or visit 
  • During seminar Kati from Resonaari will help, tel. +358 45 341 0597 (also WhatsApp)