Maija Karhinen-Ilo is a musician, teacher, and Assistant Head at Käpylä Music Institute. Maija is a multi-instrumentalist who sings, plays, dances, composes, arranges, and performs. She has performed with the band Freija and as a vocal soloist since 2005, and she is well known for her children's music. Karhinen-Ilo has a Doctor of Arts from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She works as a folk music educator focused especially on early music educators and has edited two children's songbooks with audio for the book publishing house Tammi.