International Music Village

The International Music Village course is held from 21st July to 26th July 2019 at Mooste Manor in Estonia. The theme of this year is "Hand in Hand - Käsi kätehen - Käsikäes". The main presenters 2019 are Polo Valléjo (Spain), Christa Coogan (German/USA), Elisa Seppänen & Soili Perkiö (Finland). The course will be held in English.


The Music Village is an intensive training course for all people using music in their work, with participants from all around the world. The Music Village is an inspiring place for music pedagogues to deepen their knowledge and expand their skills. During the years the course has become an important cultural exchange point in the field of Orff-pedagogy. The International Music Village is a great global networking arena for many music educators around the world.

“Hand in Hand – Käsi kätehen – Käsikäes”

Fully booked! If you want to sign up for a waiting list, send an email to

Price: All inclusive including room & board

*Accommodation in triple rooms 499€ (hostel, shared toilet and shower in the hallway)
*Accommodation in the suite for double (living room, bedroom, private toilet and shower) 659€
only one suite at the hotel
*Accommodaton 10-bedded mixed room 459€ with mattresses (shared toilet and shower in the hallway)
* FULLY BOOKED Accommodation in double room 599€ (hotel, included own toilet and shower, limited amount)

*Price only for teaching 350€ (meals are not included)
-Unfortunately we don’t have the possibility to sell meals separately due to limited restaurant seating. If you choose only the teaching, please bring your own packed lunch etc.

*Bus: Return Tallinn-Mooste-Tallinn 49€

Bus departure at Merepuiestee/Tallinn at 12 pm on 21st July.
Bus departure from Mooste at 11 am on 26th July.
Mooste is located about 3 hour drive away from Tallinn.

Location: Mooste alevik, Mooste vald, Põlva maakond, Estonia


Key Presenters 2019

Christa Coogan is on the faculty of the Department of Elemental Music Pedagogy at the Conservatory for Music and Theater in Munich, Germany. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the conservatory coordinator for outreach work with refugee populations. Her extensive experience with children and youth includes creating dance and music performances in schools and in theaters. Christa taught at the Orff Institute in Salzburg from 1993-2002 and continues to teach in the Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education program (Special Course) at the Institute. Christa is on the faculty of the San Francisco professional training Levels Certification program and presents seminars and workshops throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas as a movement specialist in Orff-Schulwerk. Christa received her BFA degree in dance from the Juilliard School in New York City and her Masters Degree in Dance Studies from the University of Salzburg.

Soili Perkiö is a trailblazer of Finnish music education and children’s music. She studied music education, piano and voice at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and advanced studies in dance and music education at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg in the Carl Orff-Institute. She is specialised in music and movement, folk music, and early childhood music education. Soili  makes annual educational visits all over the world and permanently lectures at the Department of Music Education in Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Soili has worked for the Finnish Broadcast Company and made TV and radio programmes for children. She has also written over 70 music books and audio material for general music education, elementary school and early childhood music education. Soili has written the finnish part of the new Nordic Sounds webmaterial together with Elisa Seppänen.

Elisa Seppänen is an experienced music educator from Finland. She has a Master’s degree in Music and has further specialised in Orff education in Finland, Austria (Salzburg) and the United States (San Francisco). She is a versatile musician whose interests encompass different rhythm groups from folk music to various styles of classical music. She runs workshops specialising in music and movement both nationally and internationally. You can peek into her lessons from here: or for example:

Polo Vallejo is Doctor in Science of Music, ethnomusicologist, Pedagogue and composer. Internationally renowned in the field of Experimental Pedagogy and Ethomusicology, he is developing research works in Africa since 1988 and in the Caucasus since 2006. Author of abundant didactic materials, musicological works, books, documentary films like “Africa The Beat” selected and awarded in International Film Festivals, and a recent edition of his field log book “It Ends when I get There” (Tanzania 1995-2015), National Award in Art Books in Spain. He teaches in international music courses all over the world, and currently is holding two experimental works: one related to children repertoires and teachers-researchers training in the region of Kedougou, Senegal, and another based on secular and religious vocal polyphony in Georgia.