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Convenor of the Popular Music Education SIG
Aleksi Ojala is a music teacher working at the Tapiola General Upper Secondary School in Espoo, Finland. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies in the department of Music Education Jazz and Folk Music at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. In his applied study Ojala is developing theoretical standpoints and e-learning materials for a new pedagogical approach to general classroom music education, ‘Learning Through Producing’. His research interests include popular music pedagogies, musical creativities, collaborative learning, blended learning, and mobile music technologies. Ojala has held numerous workshops and presentations related to his research interests in Finland and abroad. He is also a musician, songwriter, and music producer who has released two solo albums through Universal Music Finland and written songs for various Finnish mainstream artists.