(pianist, PhD in Psychology of Music, University of Keel, UK) has been engaged in music teacher education at the Music Department of the College of Education in the Polytechnic Institute in Porto, Portugal, for more than 25 years, while maintaining a regular activity as a pianist in a Piano duet with the pianist Nelly Santos Leite.Currently, she is Director of the CIPEM (Research Center in Psychology of Music and Music Education) that has been recently integrated in the INET-MD as the Polytechnic Institute in Porto’s branch. She is a member of the direction of INET-MD and coordinates de Research Group ‘Education and Music in the Community’. Graça’s research work is concerned with innovation in music education, musical practice and social inclusion, community music, and music in women’s prisons. Recent publications include: “Thorns and joys in creative collaboration: A project with music education and visual arts students” in In M. S. Barrett (Ed.), Collaborative creative thought and practice in music, 221-238. Farnham, UK: Ashgate (2014); “Thirty years of music and drama education in the Madeira Island: facing future challenges” (co-authored with Liliana Abreu), International Journal of Research in Music Education, Vol. 32(3), pp. 360-37 (2014); “Music and drama in primary schools in the Madeira Island – narratives of ownership and leadership” (co-authored with Maria José Araújo), Music Education Research, Vol. 15, (3), pp. 275-289 (2013); “Initiating music programs in new contexts: in search of a democratic music education” (co-authored with Sergio Figueiredo) in G. McPherson and G. Welch (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. Oxford: OUP (2012); “Voices of two young women – Listening to a growing selfhood” in M. S. Barrett & S. Stauffer (Eds.), Narrative Soundings: An anthology of narrative inquiry in music education. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer (2012); “Music in higher education after the Bologna Treaty: Or, in search of a new educational culture” in C. Benedict & P. Schmidt (eds.), NSSE Yearbook, 111(1), pp. 112–132 (2012). She was Chair of the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and was recently elected to the ISME Board for the biennium 2014-2016.