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Helena Rodrigues


Helena Rodrigues

Assistant Professor

Helena Rodrigues is Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and the founder of Laboratory for Music and Communication in Infancy of the research unit CESEM at the same institution. She has been the organizer of multiple innovative initiatives, as diverse as the Bebé Babá Project and the annual International Colloquium Arts for Childhood and Human and Social Development.

The author of a number of publications of different kinds, she introduced in Portugal the ideas behind the theory of musical learning by Edwin Gordon.

Colwyn Trevarthen has been another strong infuence on her work. She has been practicing on voice and body searching for organic and primary ways to communicate. Aiming to improve artistic practices for infancy, she has been developing innovative approaches to training that she defines as “opening the gates on communicative musicality”.

She was a Research Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. She has got several prizes, namely the American Club Award and a Santander prize for academic excellence. She is the artistic director of Companhia de Música Teatral, a group that has specialized in creating artistic and educative projects that have music at the root of interdisciplinary practice. She coordinated Opus Tutti, a project that aimed to create and implement good practices in community for infancy and early childhood. Currently, she coordinates the GermInArte Project which main goal is to design and experiment musical and artistic training addressed to the early years. She is often invited to lecture and give workshops over the world in the topics of early chidhood education, music development, music learning theory, music as a tool for social and human development and arts for infancy.


Helena RODRIGUES, Paulo Maria RODRIGUES, “Collective Musicality: Stories of Healing from Companhia de Música Teatral and other Musical Projects”, in Rythms of Relating in Children’s Therapies, ed. Colwyn Trevarthen and Stuart Daniel, (London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017), pp. 294-31, ISBN 978 1 78592 035

Helena RODRIGUES, Paulo Ferreira RODRIGUES, Paulo Maria RODRIGUES (eds.), Ecos de Opus Tutti – Arte para a Infância e Desenvolvimento Social e Humano, (Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2016), ISBN 978-972-31-1565-9

Helena RODRIGUES, Paulo Ferreira RODRIGUES, Paulo Maria RODRIGUES (eds.), Manual para a Construção de Jardins Interiores (Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2016), ISBN 978-972-31-1564-2