Heikki is a native of Finland and has played, composed and taught music on all levels for 40 years. He completed his primary education in Finland, including private music studies, and an MS degree in civil engineering. After receiving scholarships to study music at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Koskinen moved to San Francisco in 1977. He has extensive experience in applying Orff techniques to his teaching and children’s performing groups. Koskinen’s teaching is enhanced by his familiarity with computers and his professional arranging skills, acquired during a long career in performing music of all styles, both in Finland and in the Bay Area. Currently, Koskinen teaches music in a K-8 school and teaches private piano and trumpet students. He also composes and produces music in his “Music Vision” studio.
- Conducted music workshops for children and teachers at the international Jyväskylä Summer Jazz Festival, Finland, 1997 & 1999
- Music teacher and resident artist in the San Francisco Bay Area schools, 1979-present
Teacher & Band Director:
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Palo Alto 2003-present; Gateway High School, San Francisco, 1999-2003; Live Oak School, San Francisco, 1989-2001; Claire Lilienthal Middle School, San Francisco, 1995-1999; The Freeman School, San Francisco, 1997-2000; Earth’s Music Friends, San Rafael, 1993-1996; Cazadero Music Camp, 1986; East Bay Center For The Performing Arts, Richmond, 1981-1984; Blue Bear Music School, San Francisco, 1978-1979; Pleshakov-Kaneko Music Institute, Palo Alto, 1978-1979; Finnish State Sponsored Music Clinics & Camps, 1972- 1976; Jazz Department of Sibelius Academy, Finland, 1971-1974.
- Member of Commission for Restructuring Finnish Jazz and Pop Education, 1972-1974.
- Guest lecturer at UC Berkeley on Nordic music, 2007-2009
KIDS’ MUSIC – KALEIDOSCOPE ENSEMBLE – grades 1…5