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.

Paul Takahashi: At the core of everything is your personal artistic practice

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What is your study programme and what year are you on?
I’m at my second year of my master’s programme in the Painting department. I started directly at master’s level in autumn 2014. I’m due to graduate in the spring of 2016.

Where did you study before?
I studied in Lyon, the Lyon School of Fine Arts, at the bachelor’s level for four years. I studied fine arts there.

Questioning Heterogeneous Stage with Jeroen Peeters and Jennifer Lacey

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In the beginning of March 2016, Jeroen Peeters and Jennifer Lacey visited MA Programmes in Choreography and in Dance Performance giving an international seminar and workshop that dealt with and questioned the theoretical and methodological premises for some contemporary dramaturgical and compositional ideas, such as performance dramaturgy and heterogenous stage. Jeroen Peeters is a Belgian dramaturge, performer and writer and Lacey is a renowned American choreographer and teacher based in Paris.

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