Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Accordion, guitar and kantele

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, ACCORDION

3hk ACCORDION PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)
3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3hk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music) (10 ECTS credits)
3hm ACCORDION PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,815 hrs)
3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3hm  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits)

THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS STUDIES
 
HISTORY OF MUSIC, THEORY OF MUSIC AND SOLFÈGE

PEDAGOGY, ACCORDION

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)
3ha19 ACCORDION PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)
3ha20 ACCORDION PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

OTHER ACCORDION STUDIES

3ha15 ACCORDION CONSTRUCTION, TUNING AND REPAIR (2 ECTS credits, 54 t)
3ha14 ACCORDION STUDY (2 ECTS credits, 54 h)
3h1 SIGHT READING / ACCORDION (5 ECTS credits, 134 h)
3ha21 STUDIES IN THE FINNISH ACCORDION CULTURE (3–8 ECTS credits 80–214 hrs)
3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
3ha2 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/ACCORDION (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3ha22 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/ACCORDION (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, GUITAR

3kk GUITAR PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)
3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3kk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music) (10 ECTS credits)
3km GUITAR PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,815 hrs)
3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3km  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

MUSIC THEORY AND SOLFÈGE, HISTORY OF MUSIC, RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

3ka17 HISTORY OF GUITAR MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

PEDAGOGY

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)
3ka10 GUITAR PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hours)
3ka11 GUITAR PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hours)

OTHER GUITAR STUDIES

3ka25 GUITAR DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3ka23 GUITAR CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3ka24 SIGHT READING / GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
3ka21 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3ka22 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/GUITAR (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
3ka26 ENSEMBLE PLAYING/GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, KANTELE

3gk KANTELE PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)
3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3gk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music ) (10 ECTS credits)
3gm KANTELE PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,816 hrs)
3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3gm  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) ( 20 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

CHAMBER MUSIC, ENSEMBLE PLAYING

3ga1 ENSEMBLE PLAYING / KANTELE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs) (1st year module)

HISTORY OF MUSIC, THEORY OF MUSIC AND SOLFÈGE/AURAL SKILLS RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

PEDAGOGY

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)
3ga9 KANTELE PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)
3ga10 KANTELE PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

OTHER KANTELE STUDIES

3ga5 KANTELE CONSTRUCTION, TUNING AND REPAIR (2 ECTS credits, 54 h)
3ga6 KANTELE KNOWLEDGE 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 h)
3ga7 KANTELE KNOWLEDGE 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 h)
3ga4 REPERTOIRE PRACTICE / KANTELE (4 ECTS credits, 107 h)
3ga17 BASICS OF ELECTRIC KANTELE (6 ECTS credit, 161 hours)
3ga18 ELECTRIC KANTELE AS A SPECIALISATION AREA (6 ECTS credits) 161 hours)
3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
3ga3 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/KANTELE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3ga12 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/KANTELE (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

 

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, ACCORDION  

3hk ACCORDION PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass / Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion

 

3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3hk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music) (10 ECTS credits) 

Content
For the Demonstration of Proficiency, students will demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level B performance examination including related repertoire and other requirements
  • A maturity essay in writing: Writing an essay (four standard pages) related to the field of study on a general exam day. The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.
The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument or another teacher appointed by the department head. The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.
 

3hm ACCORDION PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,815 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform independent artistic work
  • qualify for the Master of Music Level A performance examination
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study
  • qualify for further studies

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion
  • Performance in every academic term

 

3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • qualify for further studies

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3hm  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits)

Content
With the Demonstration of Proficiency, students demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level A performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • A maturity essay in writing: The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). A student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity essay for a master's degree if he or she has already demonstrated his or her language skills in a maturity essay in the same language for the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites
Other studies included in the individual study plan.

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.

The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument, the chair of the performance examination jury, or some other teacher appointed by the department head on a scale of Pass/Fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.

 

THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS STUDIES

For more details on the content, see the model individual study plan (HOPS) and the course description for Theoretical Studies and Research and Writing Skills Studies in the Master's Degree provided by the Composition and Music Theory Programme.

 

HISTORY OF MUSIC, THEORY OF MUSIC AND SOLFÈGE

See the Degree Programme in Composition and Music Theory, as well as the other degree programmes.

 

PEDAGOGY, ACCORDION

 

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)

Objectives
Students acquire:
- fundamental knowledge of teaching, sectors of teaching and related working methods
- the ability to analyse teaching situations
- an understanding of teaching interactions
Recommended year of completion: First year, spring semester
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
- a maximum of 10 hours of lectures
Working methods
- lecture attendance
- observation of teaching (a maximum of 10 hours)
- individual work (7 hours)
Requirements and evaluation methods
- lecture attendance or make-up assignments
- observation of teaching and reports

 

Accordion Pedagogy 1 is included in the minor studies at the bachelor-level.
Accordion Pedagogy 2 and Instrument Pedagogy 3 are optional studies.

3ha19 ACCORDION PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have a command of the basic accordion techniques and of teaching them;
  • be familiar with the ergonomics of guitar playing and know how to apply them while teaching their own classes;
  • be familiar with the central teaching methods and materials at the beginner and basic levels (also for ensemble playing);
  • learn to assess the applicability of teaching material;
  • learn to arrange and compose small-scale exercises;
  • learn to set pupil-oriented goals and plan lessons accordingly:
  • learn to guide their pupils during practice;
  • learn to interact flexibly with their pupils;
  • learn to assess their pupils' progress and to give constructive feedback;
  • learn to support the development of the pupil's artistic expression;
  • learn to plan a pupil-oriented repertoire (also for adult amateur guitarists);
  • learn to prepare their pupils for level performances and to assess them constructively;
  • learn to plan lessons and related work for an entire academic year;
  • be familiar with the structure, care and maintenance of the accordion; and
  • qualify for Accordion Pedagogy 2.

Recommended year of completion
First year (orientation period) and second year

Prerequisites
2ip11 Introduction to Pedagogy

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study    

  • Lectures, demonstrations and supervised group work: 52 hours
  • Supervised teacher training and 2 hours of individual feedback on teacher training
  • Methods     
  • Practice teaching 30 hours, of which up to 15 hours will be supervised.
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Other individual work 167 hours, including group work and other assignments or essays

Performances and assessment
Active participation and completion of the assignments is required

Learning outcomes

  1. lecture examination
  2. assessed board work training, assessed assignments
  3. assessed teacher training
  4. assessed teaching demonstration

The teacher will assess items 1, 2, and 3; the teacher with a colleague will assess item 4. The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher evaluates the practice teaching lessons and the assignments on a scale of pass/fail.The teacher evaluates the teaching demonstration with the help of a colleague on a scale of pass/fail .

 

3ha20 ACCORDION PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop their earlier skills with more advanced pupils;
  • know how to teach both amateur and professionally oriented pupils;
  • be familiar with the didactic characteristics of accordion music as well as music arranged for the accordion and know how to assess and apply teaching materials; 
  • know how to analyze playing and the different factors of playing techniques and interpretation;
  • know how to guide their pupils in building a versatile and natural guitar technique with an ergonomic approach;
  • know how to promote the pupils' expressive ability, creativity and the development of their performance skills;
  • know how to plan their teaching, set goals with and for the pupil, and to assess the pupils' progress in light of their own teaching;
  • be able to interact naturally with pupils at different levels and of different ages and backgrounds (including adult pupils);
  • know how to plan, prepare and assess level performances (at music school and Level C performances);
  • be familiar with the work of a music school teacher;
  • be familiar with ensemble playing material and know how to guide groups at different levels;
  • know how to develop professionally; and
  • qualify for Accordion Pedagogy 3.

Recommended year of completion
Third year.

Prerequisites
Accordion Pedagogy 1 and Accordion Performance C or the equivalent level.

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and supervised group work: 52 hours
  • Six lectures in the lecture series on general pedagogy, a total of 12 hours
  • Supervised teacher training and 2-4 hours of individual feedback on teacher training

Methods    

  • Practice teaching 30 hours, of which up to 15 hours will be supervised.
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Other individual work 153 hours, including group work and other assignments or essays

Performances and assessment
Active participation and completion of the assignments is required

Learning outcomes

  1. lecture review
  2. assessed board work training, assessed assignments
  3. assessed teacher training
  4. assessed teaching demonstration

The teacher will assess items 1, 2, and 3; the teacher with a colleague will assess item 4. The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail.The teacher evaluates the practice teaching lessons and the assignments on a scale of pass/fail.The teacher evaluates the teaching demonstration with the help of a colleague on a scale of pass/fail.

 

OTHER ACCORDION STUDIES

3ha15 ACCORDION CONSTRUCTION, TUNING AND REPAIR (2 ECTS credits, 54 t)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the structure, maintenance, and tuning of the accordion and related terminology

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Performances
Class attendance, review test

 

3ha14 ACCORDION STUDY (2 ECTS credits, 54 h)

Course contents

  • history of the accordion
  • manual systems
  • the accordion's role in different styles
  • traditional notation and registration
  • supplementary literature (if applicable): Kjällström-Ellegaard: Dragspel, Kymäläinen: Harmonikka taide-musiikissa

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the key points of the accordion's history, different types of accordions, and the basic principles of different manual systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the uses of the accordion in different styles, different traditional notation systems, and the use of registers.

This course can be included in pedagogy studies.

Assessment
on a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion
1st / 2nd year

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and group work up to 28 hours
  • Guided exercises 24 hours
  • Performances           
  • Participation in the lectures and rehearsals
  • Review test

 

3h1 SIGHT READING / ACCORDION (5 ECTS credits, 134 h)

Course contents
Principles of efficient music and sight reading,  exercises on the perception of rhythms and melodies, identification and implementation of typical melodic and harmonic formulas of different styles on the accordion.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to effectively sight read more than simply accordion textures
  • learn to perceive notation with as little preparation as possible
  • acquire the skills for practical accompaniment and sight reading tasks in teaching.

Assessment
Evaluation of the group work by the teacher on a scale of 0–5.

Requirements
Participation in group work

 

3ha21 STUDIES IN THE FINNISH ACCORDION CULTURE (3–8 ECTS credits 80–214 hrs)

Course contents
This course is intended for international exchange students. In this course, students will become familiar with the Finnish accordion culture, current pedagogical methods, student repertoires, and the Finnish music school system, as well as Finnish compositions and composers. Independently or with the teacher, the student may visit, for example, the Finnish Accordion Institute and attend the "Minä soitan harmonikkaa" (I play the accordion) competition for children and youth, or observe music playschool and accordion classes at different schools.

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the different sides of Finnish accordion culture, its pedagogic methods, the music school system and related accordion repertoires, accordion organizations and competitions.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Lectures and demonstrations up to 56 hours
  • Analysis of elementary accordion books and basic repertoires Observation of teaching and examination assessments: up to 20 hours
  • Participation in and reports on accordion events.
  • Collaboration with Finnish composers if possible.

 

3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will have a reliable basic technique and skills for resolving technical issues.
Students will be familiar with systematic and goal-oriented practice methods.

Content
This workshop will focus on developing the students' basic technique on the piano through technical exercises, and it will explore technical problems in piano music. Students are invited to introduce problematic instances in piano music and solve them in the workshop. This study module will also discuss practice techniques and different methods of successful practice.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Group instruction, a maximum of 28 hours

Method of completion
Class attendance

 

3ha2 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/ACCORDION (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes

Students will

  • learn to use three or four-note chords in typical chord progressions and in accompaniment
  • become familiar with different styles and improvisation in popular music
  • learn to play without notation and accompany by ear and without chord symbols

Recommended year of study
1./2./3.

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher with a colleague: Pass/Fail

Transferable credits
At the instructor's discretion, Practical accompaniment 1 completed at a university or other institute of higher education.

Instruction and study
Instruction in small groups between 56 hours

Method of completion

  • Class attendance
  • Completion of the assigned tasks
  • Transcription (melody, chord symbols, and a solo part)
  • Exam:
  1. Harmonisation and accompaniment of a set melody
  2. Accompaniment of a given piece from chord symbols according to the style in question
  3. An accompaniment assignment with so called compound chords (includes II-V sequences played in major and minor keys)
  4. Prepared ensemble or solo piece of the student's own choice
  5. Three pieces of different styles from a prepared repertoire

Preparation time for items 1. and 2. 15 minutes total.

 

3ha22 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/ACCORDION (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • deepen their knowledge of styles with regard to harmonies, rhythms, phrasing, and the different uses of the accordion
  • become familiar with the use of compound chords in different keys
  • learn to perceive rhythm and melodies internally and acquire the skills for versatile accompaniment and performance tasks

Recommended year of study
2./3./4.

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher and a colleague on a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
3ha2 Practical Accompaniment 1

Instruction and study
Instruction in small groups between 56 hours

Method of completion

  • Class attendance
  • Completion of the assigned tasks
  • Transcription (melody, chord symbols, and a solo part)
  • Exam:
  1. Harmonisation and accompaniment of a set melody
  2. Accompaniment of a given piece from chord symbols according to the style in question
  3. An accompaniment assignment with so called compound chords (includes II-V sequences played in major and minor keys)
  4. Prepared ensemble or solo piece of the student's own choice
  5. Three pieces of different styles from a prepared repertoire

Preparation time for items 1. and 2. 15 minutes total.

 

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, GUITAR

3kk GUITAR PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • obtain a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion

 

3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3kk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music) (10 ECTS credits)

Content
For the Demonstration of Proficiency, students will demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level B performance examination including related repertoire and other requirements
  • A maturity essay in writing: Writing an essay (four standard pages) related to the field of study on a general exam day. The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail. The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument or another teacher appointed by the department head. The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.

 

3km GUITAR PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,815 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform independent artistic work
  • qualify for the Master of Music Level A performance examination
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study
  • qualify for further studies

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion
  • Performance in every academic term

 

3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • qualify for further studies

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3km  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits)

Content
With the Demonstration of Proficiency, students demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level A performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • A maturity essay in writing: The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). A student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity essay for a master's degree if he or she has already demonstrated his or her language skills in a maturity essay in the same language for the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites
Other studies included in the individual study plan.

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail. The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument, the chair of the performance examination jury, or some other teacher appointed by the department head on a scale of Pass/Fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.

 

RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

See the Composition and Music Theory Programme. Students can also choose courses from other programmes.

 

MUSIC THEORY AND SOLFÈGE, HISTORY OF MUSIC,
RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

See the Degree Programme in Composition and Music Theory, as well as the other degree programmes

 

3ka17 HISTORY OF GUITAR MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main lines of the guitar's history
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the developments of the guitar
  • become familiar with the history of the key composers and instrumentalists

Syllabus
Literature examination on the following readings:

  • H. Turnbull: The Guitar from the Renaissance to the Present Day
  • J. Tyler: The Early Guitar
  • G. Wade: Traditions of the Classical Guitar

Other material as agreed.

Evaluation
On a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion
1st/2nd/3rd year

Method of completion
Required reading exam

 

PEDAGOGY

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)

Objectives
Students acquire:
- fundamental knowledge of teaching, sectors of teaching and related working methods
- the ability to analyse teaching situations
- an understanding of teaching interactions
Recommended year of completion: First year, spring semester
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
- a maximum of 10 hours of lectures
Working methods
- lecture attendance
- observation of teaching (a maximum of 10 hours)
- individual work (7 hours)
Requirements and evaluation methods
- lecture attendance or make-up assignments
- observation of teaching and reports

 

Guitar Pedagogy 1 is included in the minor studies. Guitar Pedagogy 2 and Instrument Pedagogy 3 are included in the optional studies.

3ka10 GUITAR PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have a command of the basic guitar techniques and of teaching them;
  • be familiar with the ergonomics of guitar playing and know how to apply them while teaching their own classes;
  • be familiar with the central teaching methods and materials at the beginner and basic levels (also for ensemble playing);
  • learn to assess the applicability of teaching material;
  • learn to arrange and compose small-scale exercises;
  • learn to set pupil-oriented goals and plan lessons accordingly:
  • learn to guide their pupils during practice;
  • learn to interact flexibly with their pupils;
  • learn to assess their pupils' progress and to give constructive feedback;
  • learn to support the development of the pupil's artistic expression;
  • learn to plan a pupil-oriented repertoire (also for adult amateur guitarists);
  • learn to prepare their pupils for level performances and to assess them constructively;
  • learn to plan lessons and related work for an entire academic year;
  • be familiar with the structure, care and maintenance of the guitar; and
  • qualify for Guitar Pedagogy 2.

Recommended year of study and completion
First year (orientation period) and second year

Assessment
The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher will evaluate the practice teaching lessons on a scale of pass/fail and one or two colleagues will evaluate the teaching demonstration on a scale of pass/fail as well. One member of the jury at the teaching demonstration may be the teacher of another instrument or another type of instructor with pedagogical insight into the evaluation of teaching.

Prerequisites
2ip11 Introduction to Pedagogy

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and group work: up to 56 hours
  • Observation of teaching at the beginner level and of examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Teacher training: 30 hours, with 15 hours supervised
  • Performances           
  • Review a lecture, a methodological examination, or previous literature
  • Participation in group work
  • An oral presentation of a topic related to guitar teaching
  • Observation of teaching at the elementary and basic levels
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching demonstration

 

3ka11 GUITAR PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop their earlier skills with more advanced pupils;
  • know how to teach both amateur and professionally oriented pupils;
  • be familiar with the didactic characteristics of guitar music as well as music arranged for the guitar and know how to assess and apply teaching materials; 
  • know how to analyze playing and the different factors of playing techniques and interpretation;
  • know how to guide their pupils in building a versatile and natural guitar technique with an ergonomic approach;
  • know how to promote the pupils' expressive ability, creativity and the development of their performance skills;
  • know how to plan their teaching, set goals with and for the pupil, and to assess the pupils' progress in light of their own teaching;
  • be able to interact naturally with pupils at different levels and of different ages and backgrounds (including adult pupils);
  • know how to plan, prepare and assess level performances (at music school and Level C performances);
  • be familiar with the work of a music school teacher;
  • be familiar with ensemble playing material and know how to guide groups at different levels;
  • know how to develop professionally; and
  • qualify for Guitar Pedagogy 3.

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Assessment
The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher will evaluate the practice teaching lessons on a scale of pass/fail and one or two colleagues will evaluate the teaching demonstration on a scale of pass/fail as well. One member of the jury at the teaching demonstration may be the teacher of another instrument or another type of instructor with pedagogical insight into the evaluation of teaching.

Prerequisites
Guitar Pedagogy 1 and Guitar performance, Level C, or equivalent level

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and group work up to 56 hours
  • Attendance at six lectures in the lecture series in general pedagogy
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Teacher training: 30 hours, with 15 hours supervised
  • Performances           
  • Review a lecture, a methodological examination, or previous literature
  • Participation in group work
  • Observation of teaching and evaluation
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching demonstration
  • A literature summary or presentation

 

OTHER GUITAR STUDIES

3ka25 GUITAR DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to control their playing in relation to the ensemble
  • become familiar with repertoires composed for an ensemble
  • examine guitar duo work

Assessment
III Evaluation by the student's own teacher plus one colleague on a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd year

Transferable credits
Can be substituted by equivalent studies/skills upon approval.

Instruction and study

  • Exercises
  • Instruction: up to 28 hours
  • Performances           
  • Class attendance
  • Performances
  • One evaluated, public performance

 

3ka23 GUITAR CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the structure and sound production features of the guitar
  • become familiar with basic maintenance of the guitar
  • learn to assess the quality of luthierism
  • learn to assess the condition of a guitar and to repair minor faults

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd or 3rd year

Instruction and study

  • Exercises
  • Instruction: up to 28 hours

Performances   

  • Class attendance
  • Performances
  • One evaluated, public performance

 

3ka24 SIGHT READING / GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to implement notation quickly and accurately
  • become familiar with clefs other than the G clef
  • acquire fingering skills to support sight reading
  • become familiar with the fingerboard

The objective is for the students to be able to sight read a notation as accurately as possible, even with music written for instruments other than the guitar.

Course contents

  • command of the fingerboard
  • fingering skills, position changes
  • one-part and multi-part playing
  • playing in the bass clef
  • exercises on the perception of rhythms and melodies
  • identification of intervals and chords

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher and a colleague, pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd or 3rd year

Instruction and study
Group instruction of 2-3 students, 28 hours

Method of completion
Sight-reading test

 

3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will have a reliable basic technique and skills for resolving technical issues.
Students will be familiar with systematic and goal-oriented practice methods.

Content
This workshop will focus on developing the students' basic technique on the piano through technical exercises, and it will explore technical problems in piano music. Students are invited to introduce problematic instances in piano music and solve them in the workshop. This study module will also discuss practice techniques and different methods of successful practice.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Group instruction: a maximum of 28 hours

Method of completion
Class attendance

 

3ka21 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with three and four-note chords
  • become familiar with typical chord progressions and comping
  • become familiar with the different styles of and improvisation in popular music
  • acquire the skills for accompaniment from chord symbols, and by ear without chord symbols

In this course, students will become familiar with typical chord progressions, comping, and the different styles of and improvisation in popular music. The aim is for the students to free themselves from being tied to the score and for them to be able to accompany on the guitar from chord symbols and by ear without chord symbols.

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher with a colleague, Pass/Fail

Recommended year of completion
1st–3rd year

Transferable credits
At the instructor's discretion, Practical Accompaniment 1 completed at a university or other institute of higher education.

Instruction and study
Instruction in small groups, 56 hours

Performances          

  • Class attendance
  • Completion of the assigned tasks
  • Transcription assignment: a lead sheet with chord symbols and the structure of the piece

Exam

  • Harmonisation of a given melody
  • Accompaniment of a given piece
  • Playing easy chorales from a figured bass
  • Traditional 12-bar blues pattern (up to 3#/b)
  • Diatonic circle of fifths in minor (C, D, E, F, G, A, and B Minor) with comping selected by the jury
  • 2-3 pieces of different styles from a prepared repertoire
  • Total preparation time for items a., b. and c: 15 minutes.

 

3ka22 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/GUITAR (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • deepen and expand their knowledge of styles with regard to harmonies, rhythms, phrasing, and the different uses of the guitar
  • become familiar with the use of compound chords in different keys
  • develop their inner perception of rhythm and melody
  • acquire the skills necessary for practical accompaniment and performance tasks

In this course, students deepen and expand their knowledge of styles with regard to harmonies, rhythms, phrasing, and the different uses of the guitar. They will also become familiar with the use of compound chords in different keys. The goal is for students to develop their inner perception of rhythm and melody, and for them to acquire the skills necessary for practical accompaniment and performance tasks.

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher and a colleague on a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion
2nd–4th year

Preceding courses
3ka21 Practical Accompaniment 1

Instruction and study
Individual instruction: 56 hours

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • Completion of the assigned tasks
  • Transcription (melody, chord symbols, and a solo part)

Exam

  • Harmonisation and accompaniment of a given melody
  • Accompaniment of a given piece from chord symbols according to the style in question
  • Accompaniment with compound chords (incl. chord sequences II-V in major and minor)
  • Prepared ensemble or solo piece of the student's own choice
  • 3 pieces of different styles from a prepared repertoire
  • Total preparation time for items a. and b: 15 minutes.

 

3ka26 ENSEMBLE PLAYING/GUITAR (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to control their playing in relation to the other members of the ensemble
  • learn to lead a small ensemble
  • acquire the skills necessary for ensemble playing

Assessment
On a scale of pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
1st–3rd year

Transferable credits
Equivalent course at a university or other institute of higher education, or equivalent skills/studies.

Instruction and study
Ensemble rehearsals 56 hours, up to 28 hours of which are guided

Performances           
Participation in rehearsals and a minimum of one public performance.

 

MAJOR SUBJECT AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROFICIENCY, KANTELE

3gk KANTELE PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 + 28 ECTS credits, total 84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion

 

3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3gk  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Bachelor of Music ) (10 ECTS credits)

Content
For the Demonstration of Proficiency, students will demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level B performance examination including related repertoire and other requirements
  • A maturity essay in writing: Writing an essay (four standard pages) related to the field of study on a general exam day. The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.
The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument or another teacher appointed by the department head. The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.

 

3gm KANTELE PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12 ECTS credits, total 68 ECTS credits 1,816 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • obtain the necessary skills to perform independent artistic work
  • qualify for the Master of Music Level A performance examination
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • become familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • come to an agreement with the teacher about the annual goals of instrument study
  • qualify for further studies

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for a 56 hours for no more than three academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at discretion
  • Performance in every academic term

 

3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the necessary skills to perform artistic work
  • qualify for the Bachelor of Music Level B performance examination
  • have a command of the necessary playing technique
  • be familiar with the key styles of their instrument
  • qualify for further studies

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3gm  Demonstration of proficiency, classical instrument (Master of Music) ( 20 ECTS credits)

Content
With the Demonstration of Proficiency, students demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject. Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level A performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • Kantele as the main instrument: Students who have chosen Level A2 Kantele as the topic of their master's Demonstration of Proficiency
  • A maturity essay in writing: The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency and language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). A student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity essay for a master's degree if he or she has already demonstrated his or her language skills in a maturity essay in the same language for the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites
Other studies included in the individual study plan.

Assessment
The artistic performance examination is assessed by a jury appointed by the dean on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.
The essay is evaluated by the teacher of the main instrument, the chair of the performance examination jury, or some other teacher appointed by the department head on a scale of Pass/Fail. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.

 

RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

See the Composition and Music Theory Programme. Students can also choose courses from other programmes.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC, ENSEMBLE PLAYING

See also Common Studies for Classical Music Performance, Chamber Music 1–3.

 

3ga1 ENSEMBLE PLAYING / KANTELE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs) (1st year module)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to control their playing in relation to the other members of the ensemble
  • have the skills necessary for leading a small ensemble and rehearsing pieces of music

Assessment
A jury of two members will assess the performance on a scale of Pass/Fail.

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd year,

Instruction and study
Ensemble rehearsals 56 hours, up to 28 hours of which are guided
In addition to working on composed material, the group may improvise as a group.

Performances          
Participation in rehearsals and a minimum of one public performance

 

HISTORY OF MUSIC, THEORY OF MUSIC AND SOLFÈGE/AURAL SKILLS RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS 

See the Degree Programme in Composition and Music Theory, as well as the other degree programmes.

 

PEDAGOGY

2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)

Objectives
Students acquire:
- fundamental knowledge of teaching, sectors of teaching and related working methods
- the ability to analyse teaching situations
- an understanding of teaching interactions
Recommended year of completion: First year, spring semester
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
- a maximum of 10 hours of lectures
Working methods
- lecture attendance
- observation of teaching (a maximum of 10 hours)
- individual work (7 hours)
Requirements and evaluation methods
- lecture attendance or make-up assignments
- observation of teaching and reports

Kantele Pedagogy 1 is included in the minor studies. Kantele Pedagogy 2 and Instrument Pedagogy 3 are included in the optional studies.

3ga9 KANTELE PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have a command of the basic techniques for the 5-string and the big kantele and be able to guide their pupils in building a versatile and natural kantele technique; 
  • be familiar with the ergonomics of guitar playing and know how to apply them while teaching their own classes;
  • be able to teach kantele tuning, care and maintenance;
  • be familiar with the central teaching methods and materials at the beginner and basic levels (also for ensemble playing);
  • learn to assess the applicability of teaching material;
  • learn to arrange and compose small-scale exercises;
  • learn to set pupil-oriented goals and plan lessons accordingly:
  • learn to guide their pupils during practice;
  • learn to interact flexibly with their pupils;
  • learn to assess their pupils' progress and to give constructive feedback;
  • learn to support the development of the pupil's artistic expression;
  • learn to plan a pupil-oriented repertoire (also for adult amateur guitarists);
  • learn to prepare their pupils for level performances and to assess them constructively;
  • learn to plan lessons and related work for an entire academic year;
  • be familiar with material for 5-string kanteles used at music play schools;
  • qualify for Kantele Pedagogy 2.

Recommended year of completion
First year (orientation period) and second year

Assessment
The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher will evaluate the practice teaching lessons on a scale of pass/fail and one or two colleagues will evaluate the teaching demonstration on a scale of pass/fail as well.One member of the jury at the teaching demonstration may be the teacher of another instrument or another type of instructor with pedagogical insight into the evaluation of teaching.

Prerequisites
2ip11 Introduction to Pedagogy

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study

  • Observation of teaching at the beginner level and of examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Teacher training: 30 hours, with 15 hours supervised
  • Students individual work includes for example: keeping a learning diary of the teaching process

Performances           

  • Review a lecture, a methodological examination, or previous literature; "
  • Attending beginner-level teaching
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Writing small-scale practice pieces
  • Teaching demonstration

 

3ga10 KANTELE PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credit, 267 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • know how to develop their skills with more advanced pupils;
  • know how to teach both amateur and professionally-oriented pupils;
  • be familiar with the didactic characteristics of kantele music as well as music arranged for the kantele and know how to assess and apply teaching materials; 
  • know how to analyze playing and the different factors of playing techniques and interpretation;
  • know how to guide their pupils in building a versatile and natural guitar technique with an ergonomic approach;
  • know how to promote the pupil's expressive ability, creativity and the development of his/her performance skills;
  • know how to plan their teaching, set goals with and for the pupil, and assess the pupils' progress in light of their own teaching;
  • be able to interact naturally with pupils at different levels and of different ages and backgrounds (including adult pupils);
  • know how to plan, prepare and assess level performances (at basic and music school levels);
  • be familiar with the work of a music school teacher;
  • be familiar with ensemble playing material and know how to guide kantele groups at different levels;
  • know how to develop professionally

Recommended year of completion
Third year.

Assessment
The examination is evaluated on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher will evaluate the practice teaching lessons on a scale of pass/fail and one or two colleagues will evaluate the teaching demonstration on a scale of pass/fail as well. One member of the jury at the teaching demonstration may be the teacher of another instrument or another type of instructor with pedagogical insight into the evaluation of teaching.

Prerequisites
Kantele Pedagogy 1 and Kantele Performance Level C or equivalent

Transferable credits
Studies in pedagogy taken at a university or another institute of higher education may be substituted for this course, as applicable.

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and group work up to 56 hours
  • Attendance at six lectures in the lecture series in general pedagogy
  • Observation of teaching and examination evaluation 15 hours; it is recommended that 10 hours be used for the observation of kantele teaching
  • Practice teaching up to 30 hours, up to 15 hours supervised

Performances           

  • Review a lecture, a methodological examination, or previous literature
  • Observation of teaching and evaluation
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching demonstration
  • A literature summary or presentation

 

OTHER KANTELE STUDIES

3ga5 KANTELE CONSTRUCTION, TUNING AND REPAIR (2 ECTS credits, 54 h)

 

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be familiar with the functional structure of the concert kantele and the factors that affect its sound
  • be familiar with the main structural features of small kanteles
  • become familiar with the most common tuning methods of the kantele (equal tuning, narrowed fifth tuning, small kanteles)
  • become familiar with the basic maintenance of a concert kantele (cleaning, changing a string, looping a string, changing the leavers of the tuning mechanism, changing and adjusting a lightening spring, adjusting a string screw)
  • be able to assess the condition of a kantele and repair minor faults

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Recommended year of completion
1st, 2nd, or 3rd year

Instruction and study
Individual or instruction for small groups 28 hours

 

3ga6 KANTELE KNOWLEDGE 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 h)

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main lines of the kantele's history
  • become familiar with the traditional kantele models and playing styles
  • be familiar with and understand the history of kantele performance (kantele construction, teachers, and instrumentalists)
  • be familiar with the kantele family, other zither-type instruments, and their history and current situation

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd year

Transferable credits
Equivalent course at a university or other institute of higher education

Instruction and study
Periodic lectures 1-2 times a year for 28 hours

Instruction and study
Periodic lectures 1-2 times a year for 28 hours
Performances            

Class attendance

  1. Listening exam
  2. Examination

Kantele knowledge 1 and 2 can be completed either as separate courses, or as workshop-style joint studying, combining knowledge and studying while playing

 

3ga7 KANTELE KNOWLEDGE 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 h)

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • be able to play different types of kanteles (5- and 10-string kanteles, traditional kantele models, 15-string kantele, and other instruments of the kantele family) in practice
  • be familiar with traditional folk music styles and their modern applications (archaic kantele tradition, Perhonjokilaakso style,  Saarijärvi style,  and various styles of individual instrumentalists, e.g., Antti Rantonen's or Martti Pokela's style and repertoires)
  • become familiar with a small selection of old and new folk music repertoire

Assessment
II Evaluation by the teacher with two colleagues: pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
1st or 2nd year

Transferable credits
Equivalent course at a university or other institute of higher education upon approval

Instruction and study
Individual or instruction for small groups 28 hours

Performances          

  1. Class attendance
  2. Solo or group performance for the 10-string kantele and two self-selected styles of playing

Kantele knowledge 1 and 2 can be completed either as separate courses, or as workshop-style joint studying, combining knowledge and studying while playing. Kantele knowledge 2 - course can be completed a maximum of 2 times, the first year focusing on acquiring basic level skills on the subject, and the second focusing on further learning according to set goals.

 

3ga4 REPERTOIRE PRACTICE / KANTELE (4 ECTS credits, 107 h)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be familiar with the technical, stylistic, and interpretative questions of kantele performance
  • be familiar with the key kantele repertoires, including contemporary music  
  • know how to develop their sight–reading skills
  • have the necessary presentation skills for contacts with the audience

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
Kantele Level C or the equivalent

Transferable credits
Equivalent course at a university or other institute of higher education

Instruction and study
Workshops and discussions up to 28 hours

Performances          

  1. Attendance at classes, discussions, and workshops
  2. A brief report on learning outcomes 1– 2.

 

3ga17 BASICS OF ELECTRIC KANTELE (6 ECTS credit, 161 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be familiar with the structure and sound production of the electric kantele (i.e., a 39-stringed electric kantele and a smaller instrument, such as a 15-stringed electric kantele);
  • be familiar with the sound amplification and reproduction systems as well as microphones and amplifiers suitable for kantele;
  • have practical skills for sound engineering and live electronics and be familiar with related software
  • be familiar with different tuning systems, with special focus on pure tunings
  • be familiar with the electric kantele in different genres and the use of the electtric kantele in different ensembles and orchestras

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Lectures, practice and rehearsals, and work in small groups for a maximum of 60 hours
Work in small groups will include workshops with musicians specialised in electronic music and the electric kantele (with a focus on the big kantele; possibly also on smaller instruments)

Performances         
Class attendance and participation in group work, exercises
A written examination on the theory

 

3ga18 ELECTRIC KANTELE AS A SPECIALISATION AREA (6 ECTS credits, 161 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • enhance their knowledge and skills on the electric kantele;
  • be able to apply the skills learned in the Basics of Electric Kantele course and develop their skills in a project of their own choice.
  • The project may include, for example:
  • studio work in the music technology department to create a demo tape or a podcast;
  • an electric kantele demo for the composition majors that consists of both sound and written material and a joint project on composition;
  • a small-scale online learning material project or equivalent;
  • a presentation of the electric kantele for a (music) school.

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
3ga17 Basics of Electric Kantele

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, practice and rehearsals, and work in small groups for a maximum of 45 hours and individual instruction for a maximum of 15 hours
  • Work in small groups and individual instruction should be related to the project
  • Individual instruction may include working with a composer  (processing of a work by the composer or by the student)

Performances
Class attendance, exercises and a report on the project

 

3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will have a reliable basic technique and skills for resolving technical issues. Students will be familiar with systematic and goal-oriented practice methods.

Content
This workshop will focus on developing the students' basic technique on the piano through technical exercises, and it will explore technical problems in piano music. Students are invited to introduce problematic instances in piano music and solve them in the workshop. This study module will also discuss practice techniques and different methods of successful practice.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Group instruction: a maximum of 28 hours

Method of completion
Class attendance

 

3ga3 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1/KANTELE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to accompany melodies from chord symbols using chords with three, four, or more notes
  • be able to play and accompany simple melodies by ear
  • have a command of different accompaniment styles or rhythms and be able to use them in the style in question
  • know how to practice different forms of improvisation
  • develop their transpositional skills
  • become familiar with different accompaniment styles
  • qualify for further studies

Assessment
Evaluated by the teacher with a colleague on a scale of pass/fail

Recommended year of completion 
2nd or 3rd year

Instruction and study
Instruction in groups of 2-3 students up to 30 hours

Performances           

  • Two prepared pieces of different styles; one of them must include an improvised solo part
  • Transposition
  • Accompaniment from chord symbols
  • Harmonisation

 

3ga12 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 2/KANTELE (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop and hone their accompaniment and improvisation skills
  • know how to apply versatile harmonies and rhythm patterns in accompaniments and improvisation
  • be able to perceive rhythm and melodies internally and acquire the skills for versatile accompaniment and performance tasks

Assessment
Evaluation by the student's own teacher plus two colleagues on a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
3ga3 Practical Accompaniment 1

Transferable credits
Equivalent course at a university or other institute of higher education

Instruction and study
Instruction in small groups: up to 56 hrs
Students will mainly be playing a concert kantele. If the student so wishes, part of the works and accompaniment styles may be implemented on a small kantele (with 10 or 15 strings).