Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe project 1.9.2017–31.3.2019

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7.–9.2.2019 Final Seminar of the Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe project

The international final seminar for the IPA-E project will be held in Kuopio, Finland on 7–9th of February 2019. We’re excited to present the results of the IPA-E project and discuss about our future goals.

Click here to see the program of the Final Seminar! Rights for changes in the Final Seminar program are reserved.

Online registration for the final seminar is open from 15th of November 2018 to 31st of January 2019.

  • Register early and save! “Early Bird” rate (avalaibale only from 15th of November 2018 to 15th of January 2019): 80€
  • Standard rate (available from 16th to 31st of January 2019): 100€
  • Discount rate for students only: 60€ (available from 15th of November 2018 to 31st of January 2019)
  • See payment instructions in the online registration form!

Click here to register online! (Registration is open from 15th of November 2018 to 31st of January 2019)


Further info

Project Coordinator Annukka Knuuttila,, tel. +358 50 4634 848

Project Coordinator Elina Vetoniemi,, tel. +358 45 1393 918

Click here for information in Finnish concerning the Final Seminar in Kuopio 7.–9.2.2019


About the Project

There is one primary question that has triggered the discussions that have resulted in the project called Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts – Europe (IPA-E): Who is entitled to high class music education? This question is especially tough in civilized Europe where there is a long pedagogical tradition in music education and yet students with special needs are a rare sight in music schools. This is true also in other art institutions (dance, drama, visual arts).

Education, experience of diversity and the availability of necessary support are the main factors behind attitudes of inclusion.  There are seven partners in this IPA-E project: Kuopio Conservatory (Finland), Siauliai 1st Music School (Lithuania), Kreismusikschule Vechta (Germany), Savonia University of Applied Sciences Music and Dance (Finland), Siauliai Universitetas (Lithuania), Universität Vechta (Germany) and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW) (Austria). The project aims to promote equality to support the students with different kind of special needs (for example physically and mentally disabled, different dimensions of immigration and multi-cultural background, elderly people).

Project partners are pioneers in developing inclusion in their own countries both in music schools and art pedagogue education. Each organization has a slightly different approach to inclusion which is the richness in this project. All these partners have same values and willness to develop inclusive pedagogy in arts.  Sharing experience will advance each partner’s theoretical and practical knowledge. In addition, mixing different approaches always promotes new innovations and best practices which will deepen inclusive thinking, teachership and curriculum work.

All this will lead to a new European model of in-service training in inclusive art pedagogy. This all is very relevant, current and most needed. That’s why the dissemination of  IPA-E project is very high and it will develop inclusive art pedagogy in equal and civilized Europe.

IPA-E project is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


Project personnel

Project Manager Esko Kauppinen, Principal, Kuopio Conservatory,,  tel. +358 44 7279 213

Project Coordinator Annukka Knuuttila, Kuopio Conservatory,, +358 50 4634 848

Project Coordinator Elina Vetoniemi, Kuopio Conservatory,, tel. +358 45 1393 918

Manager of Public Relations Anu Piispanen, Kuopio Conservatory,, tel. +358 44 7279 216