Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Church music

MAJOR SUBJECT  BACHELOR OF MUSIC

5p18 BASICS OF LITURGICAL PLAYING (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5p71 LITURGICAL PLAYING 1 (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)
5p64 LITURGICAL PLAYING 2 (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)
5p65 LITURGICAL SINGING 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5p32 LITURGICAL SINGING 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5ud ORGAN PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (7 + 7 + 6, 20 ECTS credits / 534 hrs) (Vocal Music Major or Conducting Major)
5uc Organ, Bachelor of Music (9+9+7 credits per academic year; total of 25 ECTS credits, 668 hours)
5p53 BASICS OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE ORGAN (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
5ld VOCAL STUDIES, BACHELOR OF MUSIC (7 + 7 + 6, 20 ECTS credits, 534 hrs) (Organ performance Major or Conducting Major)
5lc Vocal Music, Bachelor of Music (9+9+7 credits per academic year; total of 25 ECTS credits, 668 hours)
5pd Piano (5 to 15 ECTS credits, 5 per academic year; total of 133 to 400 hours
5p62 CHORAL CONDUCTING D (15 ECTS credits 400 hrs)
5p62a 1st year (6 ECTS credits)
5p62b 2nd year (9 ECTS credits)
5p72 CHORAL CONDUCTING C (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
5p38 ENSEMBLE CONDUCTING (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs)
5p66 APPLIED EXERCISES 1 (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
5s15 PROSEMINAR (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
5v48 PRACTICAL SKILLS IN CHURCH MUSIC (1-4 ECTS credits, 27-107 hrs)
o5k BACHELOR'S DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY (Degree Programme in Church Music) (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

5v62 ARRANGING AND COMPOSING CHURCH MUSIC  (1-6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)
5p73 HISTORY OF CHURCH MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 162hrs)
5p74 HISTORY OF HYMNS (3 ECTS credits, 81 hours)
5p52 HISTORY OF ORGAN MUSIC (4 ECTS credits,107 hrs)
5p60 CHORAL CONDUCTING PRACTICE 1  (2 ECTS credits,54 hrs)
5p61 CHORAL CONDUCTING PRACTICE 2  (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
4a38 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5pd PIANO PERFORMANCE (5-15 ECTS credits, 400 hrs)

MAJOR SUBJECT, MASTER OF MUSIC. AREA OF SPECIALISATION

5lb VOCAL STUDIES, AREA OF SPECIALISATION FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (16 + 16 + 8, 40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)
5v26 LIED AND ORATORIO SEMINAR (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)
8p54 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
5a91 CONDUCTING B (20 + 20 + 6, 30 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)
5p63 ORCHESTRAL AND INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLE CONDUCTING (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
sa SOLFÈGE A (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5s13 THESIS (40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)
5p22 PROJECT (40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)
5s14 SUPPORTIVE STUDIES (24 ECTS credits, 640 hrst)
5ub ORGAN PERFORMANCE, AREA OF SPECIALISATION FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (16 + 16 + 8, 40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)
5v29 ENSEMBLE PLAYING (5 cr, 134 hrs)
5v29a, (2 ECTS credits)
5v29b, (3 ECTS credits)
5a76 ORGAN IMPROVISATION 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5v60 WORKSHOP ON ORGAN MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5p17 SEMINAR (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

MASTER OF MUSIC, DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY

5v28 CHORAL SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5v27 CHAMBER CHOIR (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5v56 TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
5p43 PARISH MUSIC EDUCATION (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5sh1 CHURCH PLACEMENT1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5sh2 CHURCH PLACEMENT 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
o5m DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY Church Music (30 ECTS credits)
5p67 APPLIED EXERCISES 2 (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)
5vh2 LITURGICAL SINGING 3 (3 ECTS credits 80 hrs)
5v35 LITURGICAL PLAYING 3 (3 ECTS credits 80 hrs)
5p8 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (6 ECTS credits, 162 hrs)
5s17 COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN PRESENTATION (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)
5v12 INTRODUCTION TO GREGORIAN CHANT (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5v14 GREGORIAN CHANT (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5p47 WORKSHOP IN LITURGICAL ORGAN MUSIC REPERTOIRE (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5p48 WORKSHOP IN LITURGICAL VOCAL MUSIC REPERTOIRE (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5v50 SUPPLEMENTARY CHURCH MUSIC STUDIES (1–4 ECTS credits, 27-107 hrs)

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES REQUIRED FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR  (MIN. 10 ECTS credits)

5a23 THEOLOGY OF CHURCH MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5a72 CHRISTIAN FAITH AND ETHICS (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5p33 BIBLE STUDIES (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5p34 LITURGICS (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5v58 THEOLOGICAL SKILLS OF A CANTOR (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)

STUDIES IN PEDAGOGY QUALIFYING FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR (min. 10 ECTS)

5p41 BASICS OF MUSIC LEARNING AND TEACHING (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
5p43 PARISH MUSIC EDUCATION (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5vk3 MUSIC PEDAGOGY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
5v53 VOCAL TECHNIQUE AND BODY KNOWLEDGE IN MUSIC LEARNING AND TEACHING (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5p55 ELOCUTION AND PERFORMING SKILLS (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
5p69 TEXT INTERPRETATION (1-2 ECTS credits, 27 – 54 hrs)
5a51 ADVANCED COURSE IN TEXT INTERPRETATION (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)
5v22 DRAMATIC EXPRESSION (1 ECTS credit, 27 hrs)
5v30 ADVANCED STUDIES IN DRAMATIC EXPRESSION (1 ECTS credits, 27 hrs)
5p36 VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
5v19 ADVANCED STUDIES IN VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

APPLIED STUDIES (MIN. 20 ECTS CREDITS) REQUIRED FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR

5sh1 CHURCH PLACEMENT1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5sh2 CHURCH PLACEMENT 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)
5p66 APPLIED EXERCISES 1 (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
5p67 APPLIED EXERCISES 2 (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)
5v56 TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

OTHER STUDIES

5a86 SPIRITUAL MUSIC (GOSPEL) (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)
5p11-5133 5p11-5135 HARPSICHORD OR CLAVICHORD PERFORMANCE (7 + 8, 15 ECTS credits, 400 hrs)
5p45 SUPPLEMENTARY VOCAL MUSIC STUDIES (7,5 ECTS credits, 200 hrs)
5p46 SUPPLEMENTARY KEYBOARD STUDIES (7,5 ECTS credits, 200 hrs)
5v37 MUSICIAN'S ERGONOMY (2-3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
5v39 FREE ACCOMPANIMENT 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
5v47 MUSIC LIFE (1 - 3 ECTS credits, 27 - 80 hrs)
5v49 GUEST LECTURES AND MASTERCLASSES (1–6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)
5v51 LIEDWORKSHOP (1 - 4 ECTS credits, 27 - 108 hrs)
5v54 VOCAL MUSIC MASTER CLASS (Church Music Programme) (1 - 2 ECTS credits, 27 - 54 hrs)
5v55 SECONDARY INSTRUMENT (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
5v59 HANDBELLS (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
5v61 WRITING SKILLS (1 ECTS credit, 27 hours)
5vk4 BASICS OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1 - 3 ECTS credits, 27 - 80 hrs)
5vk6 ACCOMPANIMENT (1–6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)
5vk15 HISTORICAL KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs)
5yk6 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHONETICS (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
Y46 Basic Latin (4 ECTS credits, 107 hours)

 

MAJOR SUBJECT  BACHELOR OF MUSIC

5p18 BASICS OF LITURGICAL PLAYING (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn the basics of organ improvisation and liturgical playing.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study           
Group instruction up to 28 hours

Methods 

  • Chorale playing and improvisation
  • Performances in Helsinki
    • A prelude and accompaniment of a hymn at the first-year organ performance spring matinee.
  • Performances in Kuopio
    • Class attendance
    • Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of 10 hymns including intros according to the teachers discretion
    • Programme performance:
    1. A free-choice hymn with its intro chosen from the repertoire
    2. A hymn including its intro chosen by the jury from the repertoire
    3. Prima vista tasks: a hymn with its intro

 

5p71 LITURGICAL PLAYING 1 (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to accompany hymns and mass on the organ from a single-voice and a four-voice choral hymn book
  • learn to improvise brief intonations and preludes

Evaluation
By jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
5p18 Basics of Liturgical Playing

Recommended year of completion
Second year

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction up to 28 hours

Methods 

  • Chorale playing and improvisation
  • Performances in Helsinki
    • Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of 15 hymns (including intros) applying different playing techniques and mass compositions according to the teacher's discretion
    • Programme performance:
      • From the prepared repertoire, a demonstration that includes a hymn and an excerpt from the Mass repertoire with a prelude plus a hymn with a prelude a prima vista.
  • Performances in Kuopio
    • Programme performance:
    1. A free-choice hymn with its intro chosen from the repertoire
    2. A hymn including its intro chosen by the jury from the repertoire
    3. Prima vista tasks: a hymn with its intro

 

5p64 LITURGICAL PLAYING 2 (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop their skills in hymn and mass accompaniment on the organ from a single-voice and a four-voice choral hymn book
  • develop their improvisation skills
  • qualify for Applied Exercises 1

Evaluation
By jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
5p71 Liturgical playing 1

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction up to 28 hours

Methods 
Chorale playing and improvisation

In Helsinki:
Performances and assessment   
I Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of 20 hymns applying different playing techniques and including intros according to the teacher's discretion
II Performance examination: The student prepares 5 hymns with preludes approved by the teacher. As selected by the jury:
1. Basic playing
2. Playing and singing
3. Playing in a trio
4. Transposing up
5. Transposing down
Student has a preparation time of 30 minutes (can be competed as part of a mass)
6. Chorale playing with a prelude, also singing and in a trio
At least two intros must be improvised and one of them fugato.
7. Excerpts from mass repertoire, transposing as necessary

In Kuopio:
Performances and assessment         
1. Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of 20 hymns (including intros) applying different playing techniques according to the teacher's discretion
2. Programme performance:
The student prepares 5 hymns with preludes approved by the teacher.
As selected by the jury:
1. Normal playing
2. Playing and singing
3. Trio playing
4. Transposing up
5. Transposing down with a preparation time of 30 minutes, of the given tasks:
6. Chorale playing with a prelude, also singing and in a trio
7. Excerpts from mass repertoire
8. Three-part fugato and accompaniment from a single-voice choral hymn book
9. A free-choice prelude and accompaniment from a single-voice choral hymn book

 

5p65 LITURGICAL SINGING 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the hymn book of the Evangelic-Lutheran Church in Finland
  • learn the basics of hymn conducting
  • learn to apply their knowledge and skills in practice

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study   
Lectures and exercises a maximum of 56 hours

Performances           

  1. Participation in the lectures and rehearsals
  2. Final examination on hymn excerpts selected by the teacher

 

5p32 LITURGICAL SINGING 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the function, forms, styles, and key repertoires of liturgical vocal music
  • learn to sing, rehearse, conduct, compose, and arrange small-scale liturgical music
  • Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
5p65 Liturgical singing 1

Recommended year of completion
Second year

Methods 
Familiarity with liturgical vocal music; composition of and familiarity with service music; conducting of liturgical choirs and psalms

Performances and assessment

  • Participation in lectures and rehearsals
  • One accompaniment task
  • Performance examination as selected by the jury:
  • Conducting a liturgical choir; the student conducts a song from the repertoire chosen by the jury
  • One hymn chosen by the jury from among the ten hymns the student has previously selected
  • Songs and mass compositions from the hymnbook's ecclesiastical appendix
  • Applying Gregorian psalm compositions

Jury: The teacher and two other members of the jury assess the performance examination.

 

5ud ORGAN PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (7 + 7 + 6, 20 ECTS credits / 534 hrs) (Vocal Music Major or Conducting Major)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn basic organ skills
  • acquire command of the organ repertoires required of a church musician at the minimum Level D

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First – third year

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for max 30 hours for no more than three academic years
Instruction in small groups 1 hour/student/term

Performances and assessment 
Class attendance
At least Level D and a performance in the other years.
The teacher assesses the course; the jury assesses the level performance.

 

5uc Organ, Bachelor of Music (9+9+7 credits per academic year; total of 25 ECTS credits, 668 hours)

(main instrument: organ)
Objectives
Students acquire
- fundamental skills and knowledge for the organ
- a minimum of Level C in repertoire knowledge
Recommended year of completion: B1-B3
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
A maximum of 30 hours of individual teaching per academic year for three academic years; 28 hours from 2015 to 2016
Small group tuition for 1 hour per student each semester
Working methods
Practice
Requirements and evaluation methods
Attendance
At least a level performance at Level C and public performances during other years
Course evaluation by the teacher and level performance evaluation by the board

5p53 BASICS OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE ORGAN (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with various types of organs and organ building
  • become familiar with the general terminology related to organ building
  • acquire the organ-maintenance skills required of a church musician
  • understand the working principles of the organ
  • acquire the skills necessary for organ maintenance, purchase, and restoration.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
Second to third year

Instruction and study           
Lectures and excursions 26 hours
Guided tuning of reed stops

Performances           
Class attendance.
The mid and end exams consist of two parts:

  1. Reed stop tuning demonstration
  2. A written examination which tests lectures and the course's supplementary literature

 

5ld VOCAL STUDIES, BACHELOR OF MUSIC (7 + 7 + 6, 20 ECTS credits, 534 hrs) (Organ performance Major or Conducting Major)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn basic vocal skills
  • acquire command of the vocal repertoires required of a church musician, at the minimum Level D

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First – third year

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for max 30 hours for no more than three academic years
Instruction in small groups 1 hour/student/term
Accompaniment a maximum of 17 hours for the year of completion if the student is completing level C

Performances and assessment 
Class attendance
At least Level D and a performance in the other years.
The teacher assesses the course; the jury assesses the level performance.

5lc Vocal Music, Bachelor of Music (9+9+7 credits per academic year; total of 25 ECTS credits, 668 hours)

(main instrument: voice)
Objectives
Students acquire:
- fundamental skills and knowledge for vocal music
- a minimum of Level C in repertoire knowledge
Recommended year of completion: B1-B3
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
A maximum of 30 hours of individual teaching per academic year for three academic years; 28 hours from 2015 to 2016
Small group tuition if necessary
At most 17 hours of accompaniment during the year of completion
Working methods
Practice
Requirements and evaluation methods
Attendance
At least a level performance at Level C and public performances during other years
Course evaluation by the teacher and level performance evaluation by the board

 

5pd Piano (5 to 15 ECTS credits, 5 per academic year; total of 133 to 400 hours)

Objectives
Students acquire:
- knowledge of fundamental piano techniques and interpretations
- technical skills to perform comprehensively
- necessary sight reading and ensemble playing skills
- knowledge and skills for possible further studies
Recommended year of completion: B1-B3
Evaluation: pass/fail
Teaching methods
A maximum of 30 hours of individual teaching per academic year for three academic years; 28 hours from 2015 to 2016
Working methods
Practice
Requirements and evaluation methods
One public performance per academic year
Performance evaluated by the teacher-in-charge for this course.

5p62 CHORAL CONDUCTING D (15 ECTS credits 400 hrs)

This course consists of two one-year modules:

 

5p62a 1st year (6 ECTS credits)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to rehearse small groups
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different choral styles and key choral literature
  • qualify for the second year studies in Choral Conducting D

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study           
Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups up to 32 hours. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a singer or a player. Participation as a singer in the second-year practice choir of Choral Conducting D or the practice choir of Choral Conducting C, 64 hours.

Performances           

  1. Score playing and singing choral parts from the repertoire and a prima vista
  2. Simultaneous playing and singing of choral parts
  3. The use of a tuning fork

 

5p62b 2nd year (9 ECTS credits)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to rehearse and conduct a choir and to guide their vocal technique
  • become familiar with choral literature useful in parish work
  • qualify for Choral Conducting C

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
5p62 1st year

Recommended year of completion
Second year

Instruction and study           

  • Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups up to 32 hours. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a singer or a player.
  • Additionally a maximum of 96 hours:
    • Additional choir rehearsing and conducting in individual and group instruction
    • Choral singing
    • A joint 3-4 day choir conducting period for Helsinki and Kuopio students held in Helsinki or Kuopio- The repertoire includes 8-12 choral pieces.    In addition, each student will direct and conduct one of their own compositions or arrangements.

Method of completion

  1. Participation in teaching.  
  2. Directing the choir in a new song
  3. Conducting two songs from the repertoire.    One is picked by the student and the other by the jury.
  4. Playing a choir score prima vista-
  5. Using a tuning fork
  6. Conducting étude

 

5p72 CHORAL CONDUCTING C (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to rehearse and conduct repertoires from previous courses
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic vocal techniques
  • become familiar with Finnish and international choral literature
  • learn to utilize a choir as a musical instrument in parish work
  • qualify for Choral Conducting B

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
5p62 Choral Conducting D and
Choral Conducting Practice 1

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           

  • Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups up to 32 hours. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a singer or a player. 
  • Additionally a maximum of 96 hours:
  • Additional choir rehearsing and conducting in individual and group instruction
  • Choral singing
  • A joint 3-4 day choir conducting period for Helsinki and Kuopio students held in Helsinki or Kuopio

The repertoire includes 8-12 choral pieces. In addition, each student will direct and conduct one of their own compositions or arrangements.

  1. Directing the choir in a new song
  2. Conducting two songs from the repertoire, one selected by the student and the other by the jury
  3. Choir score à prima vista
  4. Use of a tuning fork

 

5p38 ENSEMBLE CONDUCTING (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to lead and rehearse an ensemble and orchestra in a parish
  • learn to organize chamber music, choir, and orchestra work

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Choral Conducting D

Instruction and study           

  • Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a player.
  • Observation of the work of a student and a professional orchestra up to 26 hours.
  • Individual and group instruction of rehearsing and conducting an ensemble for a maximum of 80 hours.

Performances           

  • Class attendance.
  • Conducting a rehearsed work
  • A written or oral report on observing an orchestra rehearsal

 

5p66 APPLIED EXERCISES 1 (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to apply their knowledge and skills in a Lutheran main worship service and in its planning.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Liturgical playing, 2
Liturgical singing 2
History of Chuch Music
Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           
Group work and exercises 65 hours

Performances in Helsinki        

  1. Participation in rehearsals and their preparation made in co-operation with the department of theology.
  2. The ecclesiastical services will be equally divided among the students. The student will assemble a written plan to document and describe the liturgy and the music of one service. The 45-60 minute ecclesiastical services are to include musical conducting, liturgical singing and liturgical playing chosen by the student.
  3. Participation in assessment conversations after the demonstrations

Performances and assessment in Kuopio

  1. Rehearsal participation as a cantor, member of the congregation, choir member, or presiding minister
  2. A brief written plan that documents and describes one cantor shift
  3. Cantor shifts depend on the size of the group; each is 45- to 60-minute long ecclesiastical service. They are to include choir conduction, liturgical singing, and liturgical playing as chosen by the student.
  4. Participation in assessment discussions after the demonstrations

Graded by the teacher and a colleague.

 

5s15 PROSEMINAR (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

The proseminar is a preparatory module during which students

  • learn the principles of research and learn to use different sources,
  • acquire basic skills in written communication,
  • learn to write short factual texts,
  • acquire basic methodological skills for written seminar papers,
  • get knowledge and inspiration from the different subject areas of seminar papers, and
  • learn to read both mother tongue and foreign language texts of a scientific nature and
  • analyse them.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           

  • Attendance at the seminar 64 hours
  • Assignments 71 hours

The Proseminar includes the proseminar-work which will be related to the major (Church Music) and can also be related to the written assignment, project or thesis related to the major. The paper should demonstrate the ability to think logically and language skills in writing a short factual text. The head of the seminar will give a guiding evaluation of the proseminar-work.

Performances           

  1. Active participation in the proseminar, group working and completion of the assignments
  2. Presentation of a proseminar paper
  3. Serving as an opponent
  4. Writing the proseminar work

 

5v48 PRACTICAL SKILLS IN CHURCH MUSIC (1-4 ECTS credits, 27-107 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times  and can be part of the qualification requirements for church musicians or part of the applied studies.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire the skills necessary for a musician and musical leader of a worship or other service
  • learn to write simple arrangements for a group
  • participate in the course productions

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
Second

Instruction and study           
Group work and exercises 56 hours

Performances           

  • Active participation in the lectures and the group work. Studying yields skills for playing in a group, accompanying, arranging music, practising and conducting and identifying the basic characteristics of different music styles and purposefully applying them in ecclesiastical music and congregational music work.
  • Completing short assignments and arrangements.
  • Participation in projects and performances included in the course.

 

o5k BACHELOR'S DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY (Degree Programme in Church Music) (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

The demonstration of proficiency is a demonstration of skills in the student's major (church music), and constitutes a part of major subject studies.

Contents

  • Applied Exercises 1 (5 ECTS credits)
  • Proseminar and a written proseminar work (5 ECTS credits)
  • A written maturity essay (no credits)

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Assessment
Pass/fail

The level performance in the applied practice is evaluated by the teacher with one colleague (on a scale of pass/fail). The proseminar work is evaluated by the teacher (on a scale of pass/fail). The maturity essay is evaluated by the proseminar supervisor and a language consultant on a scale of pass/fail.

Applied Exercises
Students demonstrate their skills and knowledge of the liturgical music of any church through a 30-minute demonstration of liturgical music and a brief documentary presentation of the demonstration written in advance. The demonstration of proficiency must include choral conducting as well as liturgical singing and playing in accordance with the musical practices of the church in question. The demonstration can be weighted according to the personal interests and acquired skills of the student.

Proseminar
The proseminar work must be related to the student's major subject – that is Church Music. The proseminar work is assessed as outlined in the course description. Students are given a written report on the final project.

Maturity Essay
An essay of four pages written on a general examination day or the equivalent. With the maturity essay, students demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

 

SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

5v62 ARRANGING AND COMPOSING CHURCH MUSIC  (1-6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times. The students' skills and needs will be taken into account in coursework. The course focuses on acquiring the arranging and composing skills required for ecclesiastical services and congregational work. When necessary, the instruction can focus on developing the students' technical skills related to arranging and composing or on their composing style. In this course, students can work together with students in other courses, such as Liturgical Singing, Practical Skills in Church Music, or Applied Exercises.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to arrange and compose music for parish work
  • advance their skills in music theory; harmony, counterpoint, and model composition; and music analysis
  • develop their arranging and composing style

Recommended year of completion
From the third year onwards

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures and guided group work a maximum of 32 hours
Individual instruction a maximum of 28 hours

Performances           

  • Taking part in lectures of the different styles of church music and composition and arranging
  • Guided completion of practise assignments, arrangements and compositions. The students' skills and needs will be taken into account in coursework. The course focuses on acquiring the arranging and composing skills required for ecclesiastical services and congregational work. When necessary, the instruction can focus on developing the students' technical skills related to arranging and composing or on their composing style.
  • Co-work with other church music subjects such as applied assignments, church music in practise or liturgical singing.

 

5p73 HISTORY OF CHURCH MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 162hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the roots and development of Lutheran church music from the Middle Ages onwards
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the phases of Finnish church music and the music of the Orthodox Church as well as the characteristics of Catholic, Reformist and Anglican church music
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of hymns and religious vocal music, especially the history of the hymn book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its repertoire

Assessment
Pass/fail

This study module can be included in the music history studies for a Bachelor of Music degree.

Recommended year of completion
I-III

Instruction and study
Lectures and analytical listening, a maximum of 56 hours

Methods 
Familiarity with literature and an essay.
Performances and assessment
Active participation in the lectures and an essay.

Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5p74 HISTORY OF HYMNS (3 ECTS credits, 81 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be familiar with the general history of hymns and spiritual songs with a focus on the melodies included in the hymn book of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran church
  • learn to apply his or her knowledge of hymnology in practice

Recommended year of study
K1–K3

Evaluation
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures 16 hours

Methods 
Familiarity with literature on hymnology.

Performances and assessment
Class attendance and a written examination.
Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5p52 HISTORY OF ORGAN MUSIC (4 ECTS credits,107 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the central styles of organ building and organ music
  • become familiar with the key original sources of organ performance.

Assessment
On a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
Basics of the structure of the organ

Recommended year of completion
Second to third year

Instruction and study           
Lectures and analytical music listening 56 hours

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • An exam that consists of two parts:
  1. Listening examination
  2. A written examination which tests lectures and the course's supplementary literature

 

5p60 CHORAL CONDUCTING PRACTICE 1  (2 ECTS credits,54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to apply their pedagogical skills from Choral Conducting D in rehearsing choirs with singers of different ages. This module is part of Choral Conducting D.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
5p62 Choral conducting D

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           

  • Group instruction up to 20 hours
  • Examining the current holiday's liturgical repertoire.
  • Rehearsing a parish choir in a group of up to four students, 
  • Conducting at least one song in ecclesiastical service

Methods 

  • Programme planning, and preparation for rehearsals through the study of scores. Working with a choir, both supervised and independently.
  • Performances and assessment
  • Participation in the course and the related feedback meeting.

Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5p61 CHORAL CONDUCTING PRACTICE 2  (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to apply their pedagogical skills from Choral Conducting C in rehearsing a chamber choir or other choir with more advanced singers.
This module is part of Choral Conducting C.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
5p62 Choral conducting D
Recommended year of completion Third year

 

4a38 PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT 1 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

See curriculum of Music Education

 

5pd PIANO PERFORMANCE (5-15 ECTS credits, 400 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key piano styles and their interpretations
  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • acquire the necessary sight reading and ensemble playing skills.
  • qualify for further study

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First to third year

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for max 30 hours for no more than three academic years
Instruction in small groups 1 hour/student/term

 

MAJOR SUBJECT, MASTER OF MUSIC. AREA OF SPECIALISATION

5lb VOCAL STUDIES, AREA OF SPECIALISATION FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (16 + 16 + 8, 40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)

To acquire the competence for performing master's final project at min. Level B.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for max 30 hours for no more than 2,5 academic years
Instruction in small groups
Accompaniment max 36 hours
Performances
Participating in vocal master classes for a minimum of 1 ECTS credits

 

5v26 LIED AND ORATORIO SEMINAR (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the key repertoire of lied and oratorio music through independent and group work
  • learn expressive and chamber music skills;
  • learn to analyze the relationship between lyrics and music as well as piano and voice in different periods

Students can attend the seminar as vocalists, organists, or pianists.

Course contents

  • Poem and text analyses
  • Ensemble singing

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Vocal music Level C or a passed entrance examination

Instruction and study           
Group work 80 hours of which with a pianist up to 40 hours

Methods 

  • Individual study
  • Become familiar with the key repertoire of lied and oratorio music through independent and group work
  • Solo and group performances
  • Translations of vocal assignments
  • Contribution to the planning and production of a concert programme
  • Performances of the assignments

Performances and assessment
Passing requires active participation in teaching.

Learning outcomes A and B:

  • Familiarity with the key works of vocal church music and lieder
  • Familiarity with the key composers of each period through individual and group work
  • Learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances
  • Phonetic proficiency with the lyrics of key lieder and vocal church music works.

Learning outcome C

  • Concert performances during the minicourses

The teacher will assess items 1-4; the teacher will assess item 5 with a colleague.

 

8p54 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

 

5a91 CONDUCTING B (20 + 20 + 6, 30 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to rehearse and conduct demanding repertoires
  • learn to utilize a choir as a versatile musical instrument in parish work
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of Finnish and international choral literature
  • qualify for Choral Conducting A

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
5p37 Choral Conducting C
5p61
5p38 Ensemble Conducting
sa Solfège A

Instruction and study           

  • Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups up tp 148 hours. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a singer or a player.
  • Additional choir rehearsing and conducting in individual and group instruction per academic year
  • Choral singing
  • Studies in perceiving and playing a score
  • Examining high-level choir practices and concerts
  • Periodic work with high-level choirs as a director and conductor
  • Participating in Sibelius Academy chamber choir's or some other choral ensemble's three periods as a singer (3 x 2 ECTS credits)
  • Examination:  
  1. Concert with the student's choir
  2. Performance examination with a B-level repertoire
  3. Demonstration of orchestral conducting in case the previous completions did not include an orchestral part
  4. Demonstration of playing a score   

 

5p63 ORCHESTRAL AND INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLE CONDUCTING (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

 

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to conduct and rehearse an orchestra and an instrument ensemble with versatile and demanding repertoires
  • become familiar with the work of a professional orchestra by monitoring rehearsals and concerts

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
5p37 Choral Conducting C
5p38 Ensemble Conducting

Instruction and study           
Lectures and group instruction in a maximum of six-person groups. If there are several groups, the group members will also participate in the teaching of other groups as a player.
Observation of the work of a student and a professional orchestra up to 16 hours.
Individual and group instruction of rehearsing and conducting an orchestra for a maximum of 64 hours.

Performances           

  • Class attendance.
  • Conducting a rehearsed work
  • Planning and configuring or studying problems of technology-based improvisation as a technical-artistic assistant.
  • Individual instruction for a maximum of 4 hours / ECTS credit, 28 – 84 hours
  • Individual work in projects 103–477 hours

Performances           
Practice and planned work situations
Reports and documentation

 

sa SOLFÈGE A (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

5s13 THESIS (40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the academic, artistic, or professional problematics in the field of church music and be able to apply to process them
  • learn to recognize and analyse problems of the field, and to apply the acquired skills
  • acquire academic writing skills
  • qualify for further study

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
5s15 Proseminar

Instruction and study
Class attendance
Individual tuition for a maximum of 20 hours

Methods 
The student will assemble a written assignment that is related to the major (Church Music). The student must attend the seminar while writing the presentation.

Performances and assessment
The student will hand in the completed assignment. Two examiners appointed by the department head will assess the written work and provide a statement, including a grade proposal, within two months. The head of the department confirms the grade when he or she receives a notification from the student’s supervisor that the thesis has passed the plagiarism prevention system. Before the written work is submitted for assessment, a draft must be presented to the supervisor for a preliminary evaluation. Detailed instructions for the assessment of written work are available on INTRO.

 

5p22 PROJECT (40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire professional competence in the chosen subject field
  • learn to present observations, thoughts and conclusions in an academic manner
  • qualify for further study

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
5s15 Proseminar

Instruction and study
Class attendance
Individual instruction for a maximum of 20 hours

Methods 
The student will gain professional skills and knowledge by planning and implementing a church music-related project and writing an essay that reflects on the theoretical background and the practical implementation of the project. The practical implementation will include developing and testing a professional, pedagogical, or artistic practice, method, or application. Students will write a report on the practical part of the project, which is included in the written presentation either as a chapter or a separate appendix.

Performances and assessment
The project consists of a practical and a written section. The topic is related to the major (Church Music). Two examiners will be appointed by the department head to assess the whole project, and will provide a statement, including a grade proposal, within two months. The department head will confirm the grade on the basis of the statement. Before the written work is submitted for assessment, a draft must be presented to the supervisor for a preliminary evaluation. Detailed instructions for the assessment of written work are available on INTRO.

 

5s14 SUPPORTIVE STUDIES (24 ECTS credits, 640 hrst)

Students will choose studies that support their project or thesis in order to expand on the subject matter and methodology of the project or thesis. Studies from other universities may also be accepted as supportive studies. Solutions are individual, and the supportive studies must be approved by the project or thesis supervisor.

 

5ub ORGAN PERFORMANCE, AREA OF SPECIALISATION FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (16 + 16 + 8, 40 ECTS credits, 1068 hrs)

Learning outcomes
To acquire the competence for performing master's final project at min. Level B.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for max 30 hours for no more than 2,5 academic years. Instruction in small groups 1 hour/student/term.Master cources (Organ).

 

5v29 ENSEMBLE PLAYING (5 cr, 134 hrs)

This course consists of two one-year modules:

 

5v29a, (2 ECTS credits)

 

5v29b, (3 ECTS credits)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire a basic command of the Baroque basso continuo
  • learn to play different continuo styles and chamber music from different periods
  • learn to accompany instrumental and vocal ensembles on the organ.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction for no more than two academic years, a maximum of 14 hours per year. Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of ten large-scale works representing different styles; baroque works must include a sonata or a suite and a recitative. Arranging of a piano and orchestral score.

Performances           
Two chamber music works of different styles, with at least one played from figured bass . Students may play the performance examination on any early music keyboard instrument.

 

5a76 ORGAN IMPROVISATION 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to improvise small-scale chorale preludes with any number of voices
  • become more competent in accompaniment from a single-voice choral hymn book
  • become familiar with producing improvised texture from a chorale and other motives
  • qualify for further study.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
5p64 Lliturgical playing 2

In Helsinki:

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction: 14 hours

Performances           

  • With 30 minutes of preparation time:
    • Improvisation of three different chorale preludes on the basis of three different chorale themes, from which the student selects one. The prelude must be in four voices, and the theme must be played on the pedal.
    • A brief improvisation from an optional or chorale theme
    • Chorale score on the basis of a one-voice chorale notation or a basso continuo publication
  • Sight reading task

In Kuopio:

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction: 14 hours

Performances           

  • With 30 minutes of preparation time:
    • a four-voice fugato (playing bass with pedals) and harmonisation of the same hymn
    • Free choice of 2 preludes with harmonisations
  • Sight reading task 

 

5v60 WORKSHOP ON ORGAN MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

This course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with different styles of organ music
  • acquire the skills for related artistic activity

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
5p52 History of organ music

Instruction and study
Lectures and workshops for a maximum of 50 hours

Methods 

  • Practice
  • Assignments
  • Individual study of organ styles
  • Familiarity with literature on organ music
  • Listening to recordings
  • Concert visits

Performances and assessment
Attending lectures and workshops as an active or passive participator
Completion of the assigned tasks
Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5p17 SEMINAR (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the characteristics and principles of academic thinking and communication
  • acquire reflective and writing skills necessary for independent information acquisition
  • become familiar with the sources, problems, research methods, and writing techniques related to their research
  • become capable of following and participating in the discussion in the field; and understand the social nature and benefit of seminar work.

Prerequisites
5s15 Proseminar

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Lectures and seminars 56 hours

Methods 

  • Familiarity with sources for the written work
  • Presentation of a summary based on literature related to the student's own topic
  • Research plan and presentation
  • Serving as a critic of peers' corresponding work

Performances and assessment

  1. Preparation of a research plan and presenting it during the seminar
  2. Preparation of an oral and a written summary
  3. Presentation of the seminar work
  4. Serving as an opponent
  5. Completion of exercises relating to the student's own research area
  6. Student's own written work (5p8 or 5s17) or a project-related written work (5p22 or 5s13)

The group will discuss and assess items 1-5.The written work will be assessed in accordance with the description of the course in question. Detailed instructions for the assessment of written work are available on INTRO.

 

MASTER OF MUSIC, DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY

5v28 CHORAL SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire the vocal skills necessary for the Sibelius Academy choral productions
  • learn to work with other singers and possible instrumentalists
  • become familiar with high-level choral work
  • learn versatile repertoires

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Participation as a singer in one production by one of the Sibelius Academy chamber choirs: weekly or workshop-type rehearsals for a maximum of 53 hours.

Performances           
Class attendance
Participation in rehearsals and implementing a production

 

5v27 CHAMBER CHOIR (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire vocal techniques for a demanding choral repertoire
  • learn to sing versatile and challenging choral music in a skilled ensemble of professional level students
  • learn to express oneself freely as a choral singer
  • learn to control one's voice in relation to other ensemble members
  • learn demanding choral repertoires

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Participation as a singer in one production by one of the Sibelius Academy chamber choirs: weekly or workshop-type rehearsals for a maximum of 40 hours.

Methods 

  • Active participation in choir practice and performances. Independent practice of vocal parts.
  • Performances and assessment
  • Class attendance and a production

Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

5v56 TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the organisation and administration of the church and the parish;
  • become familiar with the operational fields and working forms of the church as well as the formation of
  • different concepts of the church and the co-operation between churches;
  • be able to adapt to professional life;
  • become familiar with issues related to applying for a church musician's post, the Church Act statutes, and
  • the model regulations for the cantor's post;
  • become familiar with planning the musical activities in a parish and drawing up a budget and an annual
  • report;
  • become familiar with issues related to organ maintenance, protection, and acquisition; and
  • become familiar with work guidance or supervision.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures or other group instruction for a maximum of 30 hours
Guided visitations

Methods 
Essays.

Performances           

  1. Class attendance and excursions
  2. Completion of the assigned tasks

 

5p43 PARISH MUSIC EDUCATION (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main goals of the education programme and music education of the Church
  • master different teaching methods and practices in music education
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of conducting and accompanying spiritual music for children and teenagers
  • know how to apply different instruments in ensemble playing
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different forms of adult music education in a parish

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures and exercises a maximum of 56 hours Can be arranged as a minicourse.

Methods 
Preparation of a teaching session.
Essays on given topics.

Performances and assessment

  1. Class attendance
  2. Completion of the assigned tasks

Assessed by the teacher(s)-in-charge of this course.

 

5sh1 CHURCH PLACEMENT1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with confirmation-school work and the related work of a cantor
  • become familiar with practical confirmation-school work from planning to confirmation
  • learn to apply the acquired skills and knowledge in the confirmation-school music teaching
  • become familiar with the cooperation of parish personnel in confirmation schools

Assessment
Pass/fail

The teacher appointed to coordinate the placement will approve the placement assignment on the basis of the supervisor's report.

Preceding courses
5p43 Parish Music Education.

Recommended year of study: Second year of bachelor-level studies or first year of master-level studies

Prerequisites
Placement in a Parish 1

Instruction and study           
Starting lecture 2 hours and individual instruction 2 hours

Methods 
Supervised two-week parish placement
Essays and reports.

Methods of completion and assessment
I Preparing a rehearsal repertoire
II Working in the parish
III Writing a placement report
IV Participation in a feedback seminar organised by the diocese
Assessed by the teacher-in-charge

 

5sh2 CHURCH PLACEMENT 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the work of a cantor
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the planning and implementation of practical music education for different age groups in a parish
  • learn to apply the acquired skills and knowledge independently
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different working methods and cooperation in a parish

Preceding courses
Applied Exercises 1

Recommended years of completion: Third year of bachelor-level studies of second year of master-level studies

Assessment
Pass/fail. The teacher appointed to coordinate the placement will approve the placement assignment on the basis of the supervisor's report.

Prerequisites
Placement in a Parish 1 
Church placement1

Upon application to the department head, church placement may be substituted by previous practical experience. The application must be submitted prior to church placement.

Instruction and study           
Starting lecture 2 hours and individual instruction 2 hours

Methods 
Supervised three-week parish placement
Essays and reports.

Performances and assessment
I Preparing a rehearsal repertoire
II Working in the parish
III Writing a placement report
IV Participation in a feedback seminar organised by the diocese
Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

o5m DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY Church Music (30 ECTS credits)

The demonstration of proficiency is a demonstration of skills in the student's major (church music), and it constitutes a part of major subject studies. The content of the demonstration of proficiency if the student specializes in the voice, conducting, or the organ:

Applied Exercises 2 (9 ECTS credits)
5vh2 Liturgical Singing 3 (3 ECTS credits)
Liturgical Playing 3 (3 ECTS credits)
5p8 Written Work (6 ECTS credits) or 5p23 Comprehensive Written Work (12 ECTS credits)
A written maturity essay (no credits)

and  supplementary studies of liturgical music worth 3 - 9 ECTS credits (approved for the individual study plan), for example:

5v12 Introduction to Gregorian Chant (3 ECTS credits)
5v14 Gregorian Chant (3 ECTS credits)
5p47 Workshop in Liturgical Organ Music Repertoire (4 ECTS credits)
5p48 Workshop In Liturgical Vocal Music Repertoire (4 ECTS credits)
5v50 Supplementary Church Music Studies (1-4 ECTS credits )

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

The level performance in the to applied practice is evaluated by the teacher with one colleague (on a scale of pass/fail).

Title of the thesis
The written work must be related to the student's major subject – that is Church Music. The work is assessed as outlined in the course description.

Maturity Essay
An essay of four pages written on a general examination day or the equivalent. With the maturity essay, students demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). The student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity test taken for a Master's degree, if the language skills have already been demonstrated in a maturity test taken in the same language for a Bachelor's degree.

Other level performances included in the demonstration of proficiency are assessed as outlined in the course description. Students are given a written report on the final project.

Recommended year of study
M5 (autumn semester)

The content of the demonstration of proficiency if the student specializes in research or in a project:
Applied Exercises 2 (9 ECTS credits)
5p32 Liturgical Singing 3 (3 ECTS credits)
Liturgical Playing 3 (3 ECTS credits)
A written maturity essay (no credits)

and  supplementary studies of liturgical music worth 15 ECTS credits (approved for the individual study plan), for example:

5v12 Introduction to Gregorian Chant (3 ECTS credits)
5v14 Gregorian Chant (3 ECTS credits)
5p47 Workshop in Liturgical Organ Music Repertoire (4 ECTS credits)
5p48 Workshop In Liturgical Vocal Music Repertoire (4 ECTS credits)
5v50 Supplementary Church Music Studies (1–4 ECTS credits )

Recommended year of study
M3 (autumn semester)

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

The level performance in the applied practice is evaluated by the teacher with one colleague (on as scale of pass/fail). Other level performances included in the demonstration of proficiency are assessed as outlined in the course description.

Maturity Essay
An essay of four pages written on a general examination day or the equivalent. With the maturity essay, students demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). The student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity test taken for a Master's degree, if the language skills have already been demonstrated in a maturity test taken in the same language for a Bachelor's degree. The level performances included in the demonstration of proficiency are assessed as outlined in the course description. Students are given a written report on the final project.

 

5p67 APPLIED EXERCISES 2 (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to apply their knowledge and skills in different types of worship services and in their planning.
  • learn to put together a successful combination of liturgy and music
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key literature in liturgical music

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Applied Exercises 1
Liturgical playing 3
Liturgical singing 3

Instruction and study           
Group work and exercises 65 hours

Performances           

  1. Participation in rehearsals and their preparation made in co-operation with the department of theology.
  2. The ecclesiastical services will be equally divided among the students. The student will assemble a written plan to document and describe the liturgy and the music of one service. During the 45—60 minute service, the student is to demonstrate his/her skill and versatility in liturgical music. In depth studies are for instance: musical conducting, singing, church organ use, instrument knowledge, further examining a style of music, composing, arranging or improvisation.
  3. Participation in assessment conversations after the demonstrations.

Instruction and study           
Group work and exercises 53 hours

Performances           

  1. Rehearsal participation as a cantor, member of the congregation, choir member or presiding minister
  2. A brief written plan that documents and describes one cantor shift
  3. Cantor shifts depend on the size of the group and are each 45-60 minute long ecclesiastical services. They are to include choir conduction, liturgical singing and liturgical playing as chosen by the student.
  4. Participation in assessment discussions after the demonstrations

 

5vh2 LITURGICAL SINGING 3 (3 ECTS credits 80 hrs)

The study module can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to implement performances of a chosen style of liturgical music
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of the chosen music style and their basis
  • learn to sing with, conduct and rehearse groups performing liturgical music

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Liturgical singing 2

Methods 
Supervised and independent practice of chosen styles of liturgical music; familiarity with literature.

Performances and assessment

  • Participation in the lectures and rehearsals
  • Public performance(s) during the academic year
  • Discussion of the performance with the instructor
  • Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5v35 LITURGICAL PLAYING 3 (3 ECTS credits 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop their technical and content-related skills in liturgical organ playing
  • qualify for Applied Exercises 2

Recommended year of completion
M1-M3

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Liturgical playing 2

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction or group instruction in small groups a maximum of 14 hours
Class attendance and practice

Performances  and assessment   
A performance or a matinee as agreed upon with the teacher and assessed by the teacher and at least one colleague.
Performances   and assessment 
Performance examination:
The student prepares 10 hymns with preludes from a four-voice choral hymn book, as approved by the teacher.
As selected by the jury:
Basic playing
2. Playing and singing
3. Playing in a trio
4. Transposing up
5. Transposing down
6. At least two playing techniques combined: trio and singing, transposing and singing, or trio and transposing
7. Two excerpts from mass repertoire, with one transposed up or down
Singing a prima vista as selected by the jury:
8. Basic playing
9. Playing and singing
10. Playing in a trio
11. Transposing up
12. Transposing down

 

5p8 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (6 ECTS credits, 162 hrs)

Objectives
The student produces academic text that is linguistically controlled, logical and factual.
Recommended year of completion: M1-M3
Evaluation: 0 to 5
Prerequisites
5s15 Proseminar
Teaching methods
- participation in the seminar
- individual guidance (a maximum of 6 hours)
Working methods
The student produces a written work that relates to the major subject (church music). Students producing their written works are to participate in the seminar.
Requirements and evaluation methods
Students submit their written assignments to be evaluated by two examiners appointed by the head of the department. The examiners give a statement on the assignment, including a grade proposal. The head of the department will confirm the grade based on the statement. A draft is to be submitted to the supervisor before handing in the final version. Evaluation instructions for written assignments can be viewed on Artsi.

 

5s17 COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN PRESENTATION (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire the skills for logical and analytical thinking
  • Students will learn to write academic texts using appropriate language based on logical thinking and field-related expertise.
  • qualify for further study

Assessment
On a scale of 0-5

Prerequisites
Proseminar

Instruction and study           
The student will assemble a comprehensive written assignment which is related to the major (church music). The student must attend the seminar while writing the presentation. The student will additionally receive individual guidance for a maximum of 10 hours.

Performances           
The student will hand in the completed assignment. Two examiners appointed by the department head will assess the written work and provide a statement, including a grade proposal, within two months. The department head will confirm the grade on the basis of the statement. Before the written work is submitted for assessment, a draft must be presented to the supervisor for a preliminary evaluation.

 

5v12 INTRODUCTION TO GREGORIAN CHANT (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of medieval liturgical singing, music theory, and music philosophy
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key melody and notation types of Latin chant and the characteristics of Gregorian chant of the Reformation.
  • learn to sing Gregorian repertoires
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key repertoires with their sources and the main points of Gregorian chant

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures and repertoire practice: 30 hours
Studying lecture material and reference literature

Performances           
Class attendance and ensemble work
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

5v14 GREGORIAN CHANT (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the basics of musical and liturgical characteristics, rhythms, modality, and structures of Gregorian music
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the connections between medieval Latin chant and liturgy with its varieties and the significance of Latin chant for the history of Western music
  • learn to sing Gregorian repertoires

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
5v12 Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Instruction and study           
Studying lecture material and reference literature

Performances            
Class attendance and ensemble work
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

5p47 WORKSHOP IN LITURGICAL ORGAN MUSIC REPERTOIRE (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

In cooperation with the Workshop In Liturgical Vocal Music Repertoire.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to work with liturgical organ music form different periods
  • learn to apply liturgical music for different contexts
  • become familiar with the connections between music and liturgy
  • become familiar with liturgical organ music repertoires and practice independently
  • become familiar with service music in different contexts
  • prepare different types of solos and accompaniments
  • learn to arrange or compose

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Liturgical Singing 1
Liturgical Playing 1

Instruction and study           
Lectures and exercises a maximum of 64 hours
Independent work

Performances           

  • Participation in the lectures and rehearsals
  • Public performance during the academic year

Instruction and study           
In cooperation with the Workshop in Liturgical Organ Music Repertoire.
Lectures and exercises a maximum of 56 hours

Methods 

  • Practice of assignments
  • An arrangement or a composition
  • Observation of liturgical events
  • Become familiar with liturgical organ music repertoires and practice independently

Performances           

  1. Participation in the lectures and rehearsals
  2. Public performance during the academic year

 

5p48 WORKSHOP IN LITURGICAL VOCAL MUSIC REPERTOIRE (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will: 

  • become familiar with liturgical vocal music repertoires from different periods by singing
  • learn to  apply liturgical vocal music in different contexts

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Liturgical Singing 2

 

5v50 SUPPLEMENTARY CHURCH MUSIC STUDIES (1–4 ECTS credits, 27-107 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will supplement their skills and knowledge in a field of church music.

Methods 

  • Writing a plan
  • Essays and/or reports.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Performances           
As agreed upon with the teacher, including a possible examination, report, or public performance.

 

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES REQUIRED FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR  (MIN. 10 ECTS credits)

5a23 THEOLOGY OF CHURCH MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theological background of Lutheran church music
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history and characteristics of the work of a cantor

Assessment
Pass/fail

Performances           
Literature examination as agreed upon with the teacher

 

5a72 CHRISTIAN FAITH AND ETHICS (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key contents of Christianity.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Performances           
Literature examination as agreed upon with the teacher

 

5p33 BIBLE STUDIES (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the birth of the books of the Bible, their core contents and their relevance to the Christian church.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Performances           
Literature examination as agreed upon with the teacher

 

5p34 LITURGICS (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the varieties of worship service with special focus on the Mass.
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure, development, and theological content of different worship services
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of the worship of different churches
  • learn to compile music for a worship service from a liturgical basis
  • learn to apply their liturgical knowledge to solve practical problems.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Performances           
Literature examination as agreed upon with the teacher

 

5v58 THEOLOGICAL SKILLS OF A CANTOR (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to implement small-scale parish events, for example at hospitals
  • learn to work with people in different emotional states
  • learn to draft brief texts and speeches in accordance with the Lutheran faith
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of pastoral counselling

Assessment
Pass/fail

Methods 
Literature; essays, presentations/speeches

Performances           
Literature examination as agreed upon with the teacher
A short essay on the given topic

 

STUDIES IN PEDAGOGY QUALIFYING FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR (min. 10 ECTS)

5p41 BASICS OF MUSIC LEARNING AND TEACHING (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of arts and drama education, focusing on music education in particular.
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the current conceptions and elements of learning in different ages
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their own successful learning strategies
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different methods of music education and the theories and practices of creative activities

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures up to 56 hours

Performances           

  1. Class attendance
  2. Completed assignments

 

5p43 PARISH MUSIC EDUCATION (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main goals of the education programme and music education of the Church
  • master different teaching methods and practices in music education
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of conducting and accompanying spiritual music for children and teenagers
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different forms of adult music education in a parish

Assessment
Pass/fail

 

5vk3 MUSIC PEDAGOGY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

 

Learning outcomes
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key methods of singing, ensemble work according to the Orff method, and music and movement with special relevance to the professional work of a church musician.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures and exercises a maximum of 56 hours
Preparing and giving music lessons

Performances           

  1. Class attendance
  2. Giving music lessons

This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

5v53 VOCAL TECHNIQUE AND BODY KNOWLEDGE IN MUSIC LEARNING AND TEACHING (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors of healthy vocal technique and become aware of voice as a comprehensive instrument; acquire basic knowledge of the physiological principles of voice and learn to enhance and diversify their vocal techniques
  • learn to apply body knowledge exercises in music learning and teaching in everyday parish work with different age groups and ensembles.
  • become familiar with the basic principles and areas of dialogical performance, learn to prepare for a public performance and control performance anxiety, and develop and deepen their expressive skills.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Only Kuopio

Instruction and study
Lectures: 28 hours
Group instruction: 28 hours

Methods 
Integrating lecture information and materials with individual music learning and teaching; learning diary.

Performances           
Class attendance

Learning outcomes a and b:

  • Class attendance

Learning outcome c:

  • a learning diary

 

5p55 ELOCUTION AND PERFORMING SKILLS (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

 

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the basic elements of interaction
  • become familiar with their own ways of expression in speech and music and learn to apply them in public performances
  • practice their expressive skills and methods in a production of a musical fairy tale

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instruction 28 hours, performances 4 hours

Methods 
Individual practice of texts and organ arrangements; interpretation practice of roles or narratives.

Performances           
Active participation in teaching and performances

 

5p69 TEXT INTERPRETATION (1-2 ECTS credits, 27 – 54 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to analyze and interpret the content of different texts
  • become familiar with the significance of their own persona when choosing means of interpretation
  • develop their interpretive skills
  • understand the significance of vocal skills for the interpretation of a text

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instruction 28 hours in a maximum of seven-person student groups

Methods 
Familiarity with different texts; individual practice of reciting; individual search for different perspectives
Performances           
Participation in the practice of text analysis and interpretation

 

5a51 ADVANCED COURSE IN TEXT INTERPRETATION (2 ECTS credits, 53 hrs)

This course can be taken several times allowing the students to deepen their skills in the fields of their choice.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop their skills in text analysis
  • develop their skills in text interpretation
  • learn to apply their skills in, for example, singing
  • learn to apply their skills in a public performance

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses

5p69Text Interpretation

Instruction and study           
Instruction in a group of two to four students: a maximum of 28 hours

Methods 
Familiarity with different texts; individual practice of reciting; planning of a performance

Performances           
Active participation in small group instruction and a performance demonstration.

 

5v22 DRAMATIC EXPRESSION (1 ECTS credit, 27 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with their means of expression through creative exercises
  • and broaden their expressive skills
  • acquire enhanced expressive power

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for 28 hours in groups of up to eight students

Methods 
Familiarity with and observation of different interpretations; practice of individual interpretation.

Performances           
Active participation in group work and a learning diary

 

5v30 ADVANCED STUDIES IN DRAMATIC EXPRESSION (1 ECTS credits, 27 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with their expressive skills and learn to develop them
  • learn to  apply them in their vocal techniques, expression, and text-based contexts

This course can be taken several times and students can deepen their skills in the fields of their choice.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
5p36 Voice Production and Care
5p69 Text Interpretation
5v22 Dramatic expression

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for 28 hours in groups of up to eight students

Methods 
Individual application of vocal, dramatic and text expression in study and personal life.

Performances           
Active participation in group work and a learning diary

 

5p36 VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors of healthy vocal technique, vocal physiology, and the factors affecting the voice.
  • learn to identify faulty use of one's own voice
  • receive instruction in adopting a healthy vocal technique
  • identify problems in vocal technique
  • become aware of the effect of preventive practice

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Lectures 10 hours, small group instruction in groups of 2-3 students 20 hours, individual instruction 2 hours (initial and final control of the student's vocal technique)

Methods 
Individual practice of voice production and audio-kinaesthetic listening

Performances           
Participation in lectures, practice, review test, and the voice technique controls

 

5v19 ADVANCED STUDIES IN VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

This course can be taken several times allowing the students to deepen their skills in the fields of their choice.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire advanced knowledge of healthy voice production and voice physiology through individual practice
  • learn to identify faulty vocal techniques in oneself and others.
  • enhance and diversify their vocal expression

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
5p36 Voice production and care 
 

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for 28 hours in groups of up to four students
Individual instruction 2 hours (analysis of the student's voice technique and expression)

Methods 
Individual voice practice (including recognition of individual faults); independent practice of individual interpretation through the voice.

Performances           
Individual analyses and participation in group instruction in small groups

 

APPLIED STUDIES (MIN. 20 ECTS CREDITS) REQUIRED FOR THE POST OF A CANTOR

5sh1 CHURCH PLACEMENT1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

5sh2 CHURCH PLACEMENT 2 (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

5p66 APPLIED EXERCISES 1 (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

5p67 APPLIED EXERCISES 2 (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)

5v56 TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

 

OTHER STUDIES

5a86 SPIRITUAL MUSIC (GOSPEL) (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)

 

5ª86a Transcription (2 ECTS credits)
5ª86b Practical Accompaniment (2 ECTS credits)
5ª86c Basics of guitar performance (2 ECTS credits)
5ª86d Band Instruments (2 ECTS credits)
5ª86e History of Afro-American Music (2 ECTS credits)
5ª86f Gospel Choirs (2 ECTS credits)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with spiritual music with African-American roots and related music cultures
  • learn to perform and arrange music in a related style
  • acquire the skills for advanced studies in, for example, a gospel project

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Instruction: up to 260 hours
Lectures, demonstrations, and workshops

Individual instruction
Group work

Performances           

  1. Practical accompaniment
  2. A demonstration of instrumental skills to be agreed upon with the teacher
  3. A written examination to be agreed upon with the teacher
  4. Class attendance, transcription exercises, own compositions and arrangements, public performances in a band

 

5p11-5133 5p11-5135 HARPSICHORD OR CLAVICHORD PERFORMANCE (7 + 8, 15 ECTS credits, 400 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with basic instrument techniques
  • become familiar with its means of expression
  • become familiar with the key styles for the instrument
  • become familiar with basic continuo techniques
  • qualify for further study.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on scale of 0-5

Transferable credits
Harpsichord performance, Level C
Clavichord performance, Level C

Instruction and study           
Individual or group instruction a maximum of 28 hours per academic year

Performances           
Familiarity with the repertoire: a minimum of 10 works representing different styles
A public performance once every academic year
Performance examination: 3 works representing different styles

 

5p45 SUPPLEMENTARY VOCAL MUSIC STUDIES (7,5 ECTS credits, 200 hrs)

The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop their skills in vocal music or conducting.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Individual or group instruction a maximum of 28 hours per academic year

The course may be taken several times. Students can choose from, for example, the following study modules (see the respective course descriptions):

Level performance is not necessary.

 

5p46 SUPPLEMENTARY KEYBOARD STUDIES (7,5 ECTS credits, 200 hrs)

The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop their skills on a keyboard instrument, in ensemble playing, or improvisation.

Assessment
Pass/fail. The course may be taken several times.

Instruction and study           
Individual or group instruction a maximum of 28 hours per academic year

 

5v37 MUSICIAN'S ERGONOMY (2-3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • learn the basics of body and health
  • learn to recognize the work postures that stress the body and the musculoskeletal system and find solutions and ways to decrease stress.
  • learn to apply related skills in their professional life

Assessment
By the teacher(s) pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Theory lessons a maximum of 40 hours
Group work

Methods 
Assignment and learning diary

Performances           

  1. Class attendance
  2. Successful completion of the development assignment
  3. Group work
  4. Maintenance of a learning diary

First Aid for Violinists (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

Learning outcome
Awareness of the functions of the human body and possible negative stress factors related to violin and viola playing with beneficial exercises for the body and improved instrument technique
The objective is to prevent violin and viola students' musculoskeletal disorders.
Benefits and impact:
Increased awareness of good violin and viola ergonomics, body control, instrument-related risks and their prevention as well as beneficial physical exercises, which will prevent and minimise violin and viola students' musculoskeletal disorders. Later, as instrument teachers, students will be able to guide future instrumentalists in finding an appropriate playing position.
Assessment On a scale of pass/fail
Instruction and study
Lectures, contact teaching and a check-up; a maximum of 11 hours

Independent practice
This module (lectures and contach teaching) can be attended by Sibelius Academy's registered violin and viola students, also those studying at Junior Academy or DocMus.
An independent module will be organised both in the autumn and the spring semesters. This module can be attended twice. No more than six students per module.
Methods of completion and assessment
Class attendance and independent practice

 

5v39 FREE ACCOMPANIMENT 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire advanced knowledge of styles, rhythms, and harmonies.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on scale of 0-5

Prerequisites
Free accompaniment 1

Instruction and study           
Individual and/or group instruction max. 20 hours of which individual instruction max. 14 hours

Performances           

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire: No less than 15 songs.
  2. Programme performance:
  • A chosen and prepared song from the repertoire
  • Two different songs from the repertoire chosen by the jury
  • Harmonisation and accompaniment of a set melody (with 30 minutes of preparation time)
  • Playing of a piece with a versatile chord structure from chord symbols a prima vista
  • Chromatic circle of fifths

 

5v47 MUSIC LIFE (1 - 3 ECTS credits, 27 - 80 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire general knowledge of music by attending concerts and other related events.

Assessment
Evaluated by the teacher appointed by the department head. pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Attendance at concerts and other music-related events

Methods 
Observation of musical events with reports

Requirements

  1. Attendance at a minimum of nine events
  2. A brief description of each performance

 

5v49 GUEST LECTURES AND MASTERCLASSES (1–6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire advanced skills and knowledge from visiting teachers or extracurricular workshops.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Class attendance or observation of teaching

Methods 
Practice as necessary
Essays and reports.
Performances           
Report

 

5v51 LIEDWORKSHOP (1 - 4 ECTS credits, 27 - 108 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with repertoires from different countries
  • acquire skills in expression and chamber music

Students can participate as singers and/or pianists.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Students can participate several times as singers and/or pianists.

Performances           
Class and possible concert attendance.

 

5v54 VOCAL MUSIC MASTER CLASS (Church Music Programme) (1 - 2 ECTS credits, 27 - 54 hrs)

Master class by a Finnish or overseas teacher according to availability

Learning outcomes
Students will enhance their chamber music and cooperational skills. learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances

Assessment
Pass/fail

Transferable credits
The head of the department decides which parts of the module can be substituted by previous practical experience.

Prerequisites
Vocal Music, Level C; or a passed audition"

Instruction and study           
Individual or group instruction a maximum of 30 hours. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.
Possible final concert

Performances           
Participation in individual and group instruction
The course may be taken several times.

 

5v55 SECONDARY INSTRUMENT (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn the basics of the instrument's technique
  • become familiar with applicable material written for the instrument
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different methods of notation

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Individual and/or group instruction up to 28 hours

Performances           

  1. Rehearsing the repertoire at the teacher's discretion
  2. Programme performance: 3 works representing different styles

 

5v59 HANDBELLS (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with handbells as a group and solo instrument
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different methods of handbell playing, their structure, and their history
  • learn to play basic handbell music and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of handbell notation
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of handbells in parish work

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instructions up to 28 hours

Performances           
Class attendance and participation in possible public performances.

 

5v61 WRITING SKILLS (1 ECTS credit, 27 hours)

 

Learning outcomes 
Students will

  • Become familiar with research methods 
  • Learn to plan their written presentations
  • Learn to choose appropriate methods for their topic

Recommended year of completion Spring 3, simultaneously with the proseminar

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Lectures, discussion and group work 16 hours
Familiarity with

  • Research on old manuscripts
  • Hymnology
  • Organ research
  • The main characteristics of empirical research methods
  • The preparation of a survey, analysis methods, and reports, and
  • The main characteristics of research methods for history.

Methods 
Assignments

Requirements
Class attendance, assignments, assessment of the course. Assessed by the teacher-in-charge of this course.

 

5vk4 BASICS OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1 - 3 ECTS credits, 27 - 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of music and information technology, the basics of the MIDI language, and computer-assisted notation
  • learn to apply music technology in professional life

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instruction and exercises

Performances           

  1. Class attendance
  2. Completion of the assigned tasks

 

5vk6 ACCOMPANIMENT (1–6 ECTS credits, 27-160 hrs)

The extent of this module is determined in each student's individual study plan. The course can be repeated several times.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to accompany instrumental and vocal music on the piano
  • acquire accompaniment experience

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Accompaniment: 27 hours per ECTS credits

Performances           
An approved report on accompaniment lessons. Credits are given by the department head based on this record kept by the student.

 

5vk15 HISTORICAL KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn the basics of clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano techniques
  • become familiar with their expressive means
  • become familiar with the key styles for the instruments
  • learn to appreciate the technical and expressive similarities and differences between clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano and other keyboard instruments
  • qualify for further study. This course can focus on one or two of the above-mentioned instruments.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction, group work and lectures: 20 hours. This course can take place as a master class. In that case, students are required to practise the repertoire in advance.

Performances           
Rehearsing the repertoire at the teacher's discretion

Performance examination
Depending on the extent of the works, 2-3 works representing different styles

 

5yk6 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHONETICS (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to analyze phonetic phenomena in different languages.
Coursework will focus on the most important languages of church music.

Course description

  • Basic terminology of phonetics
  • Classification of phonemes
  • Practising phonemes in different languages

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Lectures and exercises for a maximum of 28 hours

Performances and assessment

  • Class attendance
  • Rehearsals
  • Review test

 

Y46 Basic Latin (4 ECTS credits, 107 hours)

Learning outcome
Knowledge of basic structures of Latin applied in connection with basic translation exercises. In addition to general vocabulary, students will also study church music-related vocabulary, traditional lyrics and phonetics of Latin.

Evaluation On a scale of pass/fail

Prerequisites
This is a basic course starting at level 0. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.
This course can be offered via Open University.
Instruction and study
Contact teaching for a maximum of 48 hours Independent study 59 hours

Methods of completion and assessment
Regular attendance, completed tasks, and an approved final exam.
Assessed by the Latin teacher.