Katharine Hao: Learning professional tools for a life of music

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During her studies at the Sibelius Academy Canadian flute student Katharine Hao has had several opportunities to work with professional orchestras and perform at different events. These have provided her with the tools she needs to achieve her personal goals as musician.

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.

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