Finnish Journal of Music Education

The journal publishes articles and reviews on the research and practice of music education in Finnish, Swedish and English. Please read "Instruction to contributors" if you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the journal. If you would like to subscribe the journal, please contact Single copies are sold at Ostinato. You can read the first issue (vol. 1 no 1, 1996), the special issue on praxialism (vol. 5, numbers 1–2, 2000) and all the issues from year 2006 free on the homepage (Archive/Arkisto) app. a year after the issue is published in print.

The journal is published in co-operation with Finnish Society of Research in Arts Education and the Hollo-Institute.

The journal is included in the RILM Full-text Music Journals Collection.

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies has subsidized this journal.

Special Issue of the Finnish Journal of Music Education 2024 – Call for Papers

The Finnish Journal of Music Education (FJME) is inviting papers for a special issue, Sustainability in Music Education.

The focus of this issue is sustainability, understood as the ecological, cultural, social and economic conditions that constitute the foundation for human existence. Sustainability is the global challenge of our time. At the midpoint of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the United Nations have urged world leaders and civil society to raise ambitions towards accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. As music educators and music education researchers, we share the responsibility for renewed efforts, renewed hope, and transformative action.

The concept of sustainability has been criticised for being imprecise and so wide that it could be used to frame any policy or development that is claimed to be positive; however, fragmented and narrow definitions of sustainability are also problematic (Renn, 2023; Renn et al., 2009). From the perspective of music education, the chances that a person will develop a musical and meaningful life are influenced by many interactions and interdependencies in the micro- and macrosystems that sustain teaching and learning. The same ecological conditions and shared values are essential for meeting basic human needs and for the arts to flourish. Some  connections are immediate and glaring, as expressed in the motto “No Music on a Dead Planet” chosen by the international group Music Declares Emergency. But there are also complex professional and personal contexts in which the tenable needs to be distinguished from the untenable; in music education, many important  concerns are related to intergenerational ethics. In this issue, we encourage discussion and knowledge production on the extent to which values and practices related to sustainability are – or could be – embodied in music education. Article proposals can be empirically or philosophically oriented.

We welcome full-text submissions in English, Finnish and Swedish. Articles should meet general research article criteria. The maximum length is 7,000 words (including references). All proposals will be double-blind peer-reviewed, and required revisions will be checked by three referees with relevant topical or methodological expertise.

Authors are responsible for anonymization of their manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted following the FJME referencing style guidelines. For further instructions, please read the guidelines for contributors:

Please submit your text to the guest editor by e-mail as a MS Word document.

In accordance with the current policy, the journal issue becomes full open access within a year from the publication. All authors have the right to parallel publish the article’s Author Accepted Manuscript version in a repository immediately on publication with a CC BY-ND license.

  • The deadline for full-text submissions is 10 December 2023.
  • The deadline for resubmission after requested revisions is 10 February 2024.

Texts can be submitted directly via email to the guest editor,

On behalf of the FJME editorial board,

Dr. Cecilia Björk