Elina Laakso is currently responsible for Music Education, Jazz Music, Folk Music, Music Technology and Arts Management departments at the Sibelius Academy. She was the head of the Academy's Kuopio Department from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2011. Since 1997, she has been an instructor in church music, and in 1999, she became a lecturer of music education in church music in the Kuopio Department. She has educated music teachers and taught free accompaniment and ear training. Laakso has taken organizational and representative positions in the international music education organization ISME for a decade. Laakso's educational qualifications include Cantor-Organist and a Music Teacher Diplomas from Sibelius Academy.