Krista graduated as Bachelor of Classical Music Education at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2010. After graduating Master of Music in 2013, Krista continued to pursue her pedagogical master's degree, which she completed in June 2015 under the supervision of Professor Cecilia K. Hultberg at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In September 2015, Krista is focusing currently on her phD-studies in the field of music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Her anticipated date of graduation is in December 2020.
In 2010 Krista started working at Meri-Helsinki Music School as a violin teacher. After moving to Stockholm, Sweden, Krista begun teaching privately in 2013, as well as in Arcobaleno Music School. Later the same year Krista taught violin groups at Immanuelskyrkans Musikskola for children, as well as at the Folkuniversitetet with (older) adult violinists in Stockholm. Today, Krista teaches music pedagogy for master students at Prince Claus Conservatoire of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen.
In her string pedagogy, Krista is concerned about instrument teaching for left-handed pupils. She is a left-handed violinist, but plays the right-handed way. Krista has written her music pedagogical master thesis and bachelor thesis on left-handedness in relation to violin pedagogy (see publications), and has been lecturing about left-handedness and violin playing in Finland and Sweden 2011-2015.
Musicality and creativity
Krista believes that music belongs to everyone in all ages and abilities, and can be created by anyone. A person doesn't need highly trained instrument skills to create music. Music only needs inspiration and will to be made. That is why Krista is using improvisation, composition and other art forms in her teaching.
She also finds it important to introduce pupils and workshop participants to different musical genres, cross-genre music making and ensemble playing. She believes in "holistic musicianship", which means flexibility and adaptive skills in working as a musician in different assignments and projects.
Creative collaborative music workshops
Krista has worked as mentor and teacher in creative participatory music practices for NAIP-master students at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm since 2013. The aim of a creative collaborative music workshop is to increase communication or cooperation within a group of people, or to support the people's sense of ownership and participation.
Krista is an educated creative music-workshop leader. She worked as a community art pedagogue at Mänttä Music Festival in Finland in 2015-2017.