Professor at the Department of Music of the LMTA Klaipėda Faculty, Doctor of Humanities. Subjects: Pedagogy of Creativity, Cultural Education, Didactics of Music Education, Research Methodology. Languages: English (C1), Russian (C1).
- Prof. Dr. Rūta Girdzijauskienė
Department of Music, LMTA Klaipėda Faculty
Short biography: Rūta Girdzijauskienė is actively involved in the field of music education. She is President of the Lithuanian Music Teachers Association, a board member of the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS), and a board member of the European Network for Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (EuNET MERYC).
For many years, Rūta Girdzijauskienė has been a secondary school teacher and a leader of a children’s choir. Every year, she creates over 10 customer-designed seminars for teachers and school communities; gives numerous live and on-line presentations at national and foreign conferences, trainings, and workshops; and delivers open lessons for music teachers and the whole educational community.
Rūta Girdzijauskienė is a co-author of various Lithuanian music education programmes and music textbooks. Recently, she has participated in five national and international projects related to innovations in music education, integration of arts, and development of creativity. On Rūta Girdzijauskienė’s initiative, the Lithuanian Music Olympiad for Students has been organised since 2012. Professor Girdzijauskienė is also a member of the organising committee of the International Student Music Olympiad.
Besides, Rūta Girdzijauskienė is dedicated to organising professional development trainings for teachers, researchers, and students. Her publications include two monographs, ten teacher handbooks, and more than a hundred research studies and practice-based articles. Professor’s research interests lie in the fields of research methodology, methodology of music education, musical creativity, vocal pedagogy, and teacher education.