Record-breaking amount of incoming exchange students welcomed to the Sibelius Academy

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This academic year, a record-breaking amount of exchange students – altogether 85 students - are arriving to study at the Sibelius Academy. In late August and early September, they have been orientating to their studies and getting to know the ways of the university. One of them is music education master student Michiel Dondeyne from LUCA School of Arts in Leuwen, Belgium. He is spending this Autumn as an exchange student at the Sibelius Academy Music Education department.

Boredom is a creative force for the choreographer

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Master of Arts (Choreography) Jana Unmüßig’s doctoral research examines studio-based choreographic composition practice that focuses on seeing and visuality from the perspective of the choreographer-director.

Unmüßig highlights the action of seeing, while also considering time as boredom. Seeing is discussed in terms of contemplation and as a way of thinking. Boredom is considered as fundamental for the composition practice that Unmüßig enquires into. Boredom, in fact, can act as a creative force.

Finnish Music Quarterly has its eye on the Sibelius Academy

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The second special feature of Finnish Music Quarterly in 2018 focuses on Finland’s only university-level music institution, the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

In its online article the FMQ takes a look at composition teaching, doctoral programs, the classical accordion class, the Orchestra Academy, and the principal goals and key figures at the Sibelius Academy in 2018. In addition, it dives a little deeper in composer Riikka Talvitie’s ongoing doctoral project.

Anna Kuoppamäki on adolescents’ musical learning paths

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Children and young people should be allowed to get involved with music with varying intensity at different ages. It is also important to challenge gendered ideas of musicianship, says music education researcher Anna Kuoppamäki.


"I am a music educator, music education researcher, and a songwriter. I am also a researcher in the ArtsEqual project of the University of the Arts Helsinki, where I study young people’s musical learning paths in different musical contexts, for example, within basic education in the arts and within cultural youth work.

Call for Applications for MA in Choreography!

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Master's Degree Programme in Choreography calls for applications for its next intake in 2017. The application period is 10th of January to 25th of January, and the admission guides have already been published!

In spring 2017, three to five new students will be accepted into the programme to study in Helsinki 2017-2019.

Art at Flow: Interviewing artists behind Iskuin

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Sound sculpture, chair instrument, interactive installation - four artists are working on a project titled "Iskuin" that will be exhibited at Flow Festival in August. People behind the idea are Antti Suomalainen, Stephen Webb and Francisco Garcia Coronado, students of Uniarts Helsinki, and Jani Hietanen, a student at Aalto University's Media Lab.

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Art at Flow: Interviewing Joljin de Wolf

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Jolijn de Wolf’s Minotaur is a mythical creature who is new in this world and alien to the rules and the social grids in this environment. Meeting the Minotaur can be a way to meet yourself and your surroundings in a different way, de Wolf says.

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James Kahane: With freedom comes responsibility for your development

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Could you tell about your background?
I’m 20 years old and I come from Paris. I studied conducting at first in France in a private school, with Adrian McDonnell. After finishing high school I went to Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music to study in the bachelor’s programme for orchestral conducting. After two years there I decided to apply to Sibelius Academy and got accepted to study orchestra conducting. Right now I’m in my first year in the programme.

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