Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Language, study planning, western art music history, and music theory studies and research and writing skills

LANGUAGE STUDIES, INTRODUCTION

CORE LANGUAGE STUDIES (8 ECTS credits, 214 hrs in total)
1. READING AND WRITING SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
yk1–9123 1.1 ENGLISH READING AND WRITING SKILLS FOR STUDENTS OF MUSIC (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
yk1-9124 1.2 DEUTSCH SCHRIFTLICH FüR STUDIERENDE DER MUSIK (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
2. ORAL SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
yk6-9123 2.1 ENGLISH ORAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS OF MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
yk6-9124 2.2 DEUTSCH MüNDLICH FüR STUDIERENDE DER MUSIK (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
3. SECOND NATIONAL LANGUAGE (FINNISH/SWEDISH) ORAL, READING, AND WRITING SKILLS
yk3-9122 SWEDISH FOR MUSIC STUDENTS (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
k6-9122 INTEGRATED SWEDISH STUDIES (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

LANGUAGE STUDIES FOR INTERNATIONAL DEGREE AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS

yvx28 FINNISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 1 (2 + 2 ECTS credits, 54 + 54 hrs)
k20 B. A WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OR EXAMINATION IN SWEDISH (4 ECTS credits)

OPTIONAL LANGUAGE STUDIES

3la31 BASIC ITALIAN (4 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3la71 BASIC GERMAN (4 ECTS credits, 08 hrs)
3la32 ITALIAN (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
3la72 GERMAN (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
k1-91252 BASIC FRENCH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
k0-9123 PREPARATORY ONLINE COURSE IN ENGLISH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
k0-9122 PREPARATORY COURSE IN SWEDISH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
k19 SUPPLEMENTARY LANGUAGE STUDIES (1-2 ECTS credits, 27-54 hrs)

STUDY PLANNING

y38 STUDY PLANNING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC

lmhp BASICS OF WESTERN ART MUSIC HISTORY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
Courses lmhmh 15-21 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC
lmhm15 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 1 module 1 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm16 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 2 module 2 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm17 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 3 module 3 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm18 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 4 module 4 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm19 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSIC module 5 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm20 HISTORY OF FINNISH MUSIC MODULE 6 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)
lmhm21 SUPPLEMENTARY MUSIC HISTORY Module 7 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80hrs)
mhm12 FINNISH MUSIC (1, or cr, 40 hrs)

AURAL SKILLS

PRACTICAL SKILLS

sd AURAL SKILLS D (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
sc AURAL SKILLS C (4 ECTS credits, 106 hours)
sb AURAL SKILLS B (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)
sa AURAL SKILLS A (4 ECTS credits, 106 hrs)

MUSIC THEORY

mt1 MUSIC THEORY 1 (4 ECTS credits, 108 hours)
mt1v MUSIC THEORY 1  (Early music) (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)
mt2 MUSIC THEORY 2 (6 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)
mt2v MUSIC THEORY 2 (Early music) (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)
2mtm3 MUSIC THEORY 3 (5 ECTS credit, 134 hours)
11a1 MUSIC ANALYSIS 1 5 ECTS credits (for students of music performance, church music, music education, and piano music)

MASTER'S DEGREE'S RESEARCH STUDIES AND INFORMATION SEARCH AND WRITING STUDIES, 9 ECTS CREDITS

A: 1tks1a RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS (4  or 6 ECTS credits, 107–160 hrs)
B: 1tks16 OTHER THEORY STUDIES IN THE MASTER'S DEGREE (3 or 5 ECTS credits, 80–134 hrs)
y47 ACADEMIC REPERTOIRE STUDY (1-6 credits, 27-161 hrs)
1v6 THESIS (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs) (Performance, Orchestral and Choral Conducting programmes)

 

LANGUAGE STUDIES, INTRODUCTION

Pursuant to the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), Section 6, students who have received their basic education in Finnish or Swedish must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher university degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

  1. proficiency in Finnish and Swedish, which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organisations under Section  6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their  field; and
  2. skills in at least one foreign language which is necessary for following developments in the field and to operate in an international  environment.

At the Sibelius Academy, the core language studies (8 ECTS credits in total) include

  1. Foreign language reading and writing skills (2 ECTS credits),
  2. Foreign language oral skills (3 ECTS credits), and
  3. Second national language (Finnish/Swedish) oral, reading, and writing skills (3 ECTS credits).

Students who have had their schooling in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or in a foreign country will either study Finnish or Swedish and a foreign language, as outlined in the Decree on University Degrees, Section 6, or complete Finnish language studies worth at least 4 ECTS credits.

Optional foreign languages
The foreign language study options include English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, or Russian. At the Sibelius Academy, it is possible to complete courses in English and German oral, reading, and writing skills.

Preparatory courses
Students who have not completed the upper secondary school course in languages or who need to supplement their language skills may attend a preparatory course.

Optional language studies
The Sibelius Academy offers courses in Italian, French, and German for students of music, allowing students to learn languages according to their needs and interests. Students who have begun their studies in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music on 1 August 2005 or later will complete courses in German and Italian (see the Degree Programme in Vocal Music).

 

CORE LANGUAGE STUDIES (8 ECTS credits, 214 hrs in total)

The six levels of proficiency are defined in accordance with the European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2).

 

1. READING AND WRITING SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

At the Sibelius Academy, it is possible to complete courses in English and German oral, reading, and writing skills.

 

yk1–9123 1.1 ENGLISH READING AND WRITING SKILLS FOR STUDENTS OF MUSIC (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

European Framework
B2–C1

Learning outcomes
To become familiar with key music vocabulary in English; to acquire the necessary literary skills to communicate in international settings and to follow the development of the field in English.

Recommended time of study
Before English Oral Skills for Students of Music.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
Finnish upper secondary school level or equivalent or Preparatory Course in English at the Sibelius Academy
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
A proficiency test or participation in a course.

  • Option 1 (it is recommended that all students take this option to begin their study of the second national language): Independent study of learning material provided online and a proficiency test.
  • Option 2 (this option is recommended to quick learners): Intensive Course in English Reading and Writing Skills
    • Contact teaching up to 20 hours
    • Supervised distance learning: 19 hours
    • Independent work 15 hours
  • Option 3 (this option is recommended to students who wish to invest more time in their English studies):  Monday course in English Reading and Writing Skills
    • Contact teaching, a maximum of 20 hours
    • Supervised distance learning: 19 hours
    • Independent work 15 hours
  • Option 4 (The online course is intended for students with independent study skills who already work full-time). Online course in English Reading and Writing Skills
    • Contact teaching up to 6 hours
    • Supervised distance learning: 4–8 hours per student
    • Independent study

Requirements
Pass the proficiency test or complete the course.

  • Proficiency test: It is recommended that all students take the proficiency test in English Reading and Writing Skills to test their knowledge of music English.  If the student passes the test, he/she will be credited for the course. If it seems, on the basis of the proficiency test, that the student needs to improve his or her language skills, they will be directed to a suitable group. The student can take the proficiency test again when he/she has completed the course in English Reading and Writing Skills. If the student improves his/her language skills substantially, i.e. by studying in an English-speaking environment, he/she may take the proficiency test again without taking the course. The proficiency test is based on the online material at http://www2.siba.fi/kielimateriaalit/.
  • Course: There are three different alternatives as to the duration of the course. The intensive course spans two weeks and meets six afternoons during these two weeks. The Monday course spans six weeks and meets once a week on Monday mornings. The online course spans a semester. The study begins with a meeting and continues as supervised distance learning and independent work in the electronic learning platform Optima. Students are required to attend the classes regularly, complete the assignments, and pass the final examination. After completing the course, students are free to take the English reading and writing skills proficiency test as many times as necessary to pass the exam.

 

yk1-9124 1.2 DEUTSCH SCHRIFTLICH FüR STUDIERENDE DER MUSIK (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

European Framework
B2–C1

Learning outcomes
To become familiar with key music vocabulary in German, to acquire the necessary literary skills to communicate in international settings, and to follow the development of the field in German.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
Finnish upper secondary school level or equivalent
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Requirements
An approved proficiency test. Students are not allowed to take the test more than once, except in special cases at the teachers' discretion.

 

2. ORAL SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

At the Sibelius Academy, it is possible to complete courses in English and German oral skills.

 

yk6-9123 2.1 ENGLISH ORAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS OF MUSIC (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
B2–C1

Learning outcomes
To achieve practical spoken English skills with a focus on music, students will expand their music-related vocabulary and improve their pronunciation and spoken English skills.

Recommended time of study
After English Reading and Writing Skills for Students of Music

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
It is recommended that students have completed the English Reading and Writing Skills course.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study
Contact teaching up to 52 hours

Requirements
Pass the proficiency test or complete the course. 

  • Proficiency test: It is recommended that students take the proficiency test before the course. The test includes listening comprehension and possibly an interview. On the basis of the proficiency test, a student may be partially or totally exempted from the course. Students are not allowed to take the test more than once, except in special cases at the teachers' discretion.
  • Course: It will normally take longer than one semester to complete the course, but there are classes with a double-speed option. Continuous assessment will be made of class attendance and completed assignments. 

 

yk6-9124 2.2 DEUTSCH MüNDLICH FüR STUDIERENDE DER MUSIK (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
B2–C1

Study goals
Practical spoken German skills with a focus on music.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Requirements
An approved proficiency test. The proficiency examination includes an interview that tests listening comprehension and oral skills.  Students are not allowed to take the test more than once, except in special cases at the teachers' discretion.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

3. SECOND NATIONAL LANGUAGE (FINNISH/SWEDISH) ORAL, READING, AND WRITING SKILLS

At the Sibelius Academy, it is possible to take a course in Swedish oral, reading, and writing skills. The corresponding course in Finnish (finska) can be taken at the University of Helsinki Language Centre.

 

yk3-9122 SWEDISH FOR MUSIC STUDENTS (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
B1–B2

Learning outcomes
To help students with fluency in communicating in music-related Swedish both orally and in writing, so that they both understand the language and are able to use it. Completing the course corresponds to the requirements given in the Act on the Knowledge of Languages (424/2003), Section 6(1).

Assessment
Spoken and written skills are evaluated separately on a scale of Good–Satisfactory–Fail.

Preceding studies
Finnish upper secondary school level or equivalent or Preparatory Course in Swedish at the Sibelius Academy
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
A proficiency test or participation in a course.

  • Option 1 (it is recommended that all students take this option to begin their study of the second national language):
    • Independent study of learning material provided online and a proficiency test.
  • Option 2: Course in Swedish
    • Contact teaching up to 52 hours
  • Option 3: Multimodal online course in Swedish
    • Contact teaching up to 28 hours
    • Supervised distance learning: 24 hours

Requirements
Pass the proficiency test or a complete the course.

  • Proficiency test: It is recommended that all students take the proficiency test in Swedish Writing Skills to test their knowledge of music Swedish. It includes reading comprehensions, music terminology and Swedish grammar, which will be tested via different tasks. After an approved examination students take an examination of oral skills. The examination is an interview that tests listening comprehension and oral skills. If the student fails the proficiency test, he/she is advised to enrol in a suitable Swedish class. Students are not allowed to take the test more than once, except in special cases at the teachers' discretion. The proficiency test is based on the online material at http://www2.siba.fi/kielimateriaalit/.
  • Course: The course usually lasts for one term, but an accelerated option is also available. Students are required to attend the classes regularly, complete the written and oral assignments, and pass the final examination. The multimodal online course is intended for students with independent study skills and upper secondary school level skills in Swedish. The course includes six meetings for oral practice and supervised distance learning in the electronic learning platform Optima.

 

k6-9122 INTEGRATED SWEDISH STUDIES (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

Students can take the course in Swedish integrated with courses in Music History, Music Analysis, or other group instruction in Swedish in cooperation with the language teacher. This course can also be offered via Open University.

Assessment
Spoken and written skills are evaluated separately on a scale of Good–Satisfactory–Fail.

Instruction and study           

  • Attendance at instruction in Swedish: 1-2 semesters
  • Proficiency in Swedish language skills: 4-8 hours per student

Requirements

  • Examination in the subject taken in Swedish
  • Examination in Swedish

 

LANGUAGE STUDIES FOR INTERNATIONAL DEGREE AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Either A. Finnish Language and Culture 1 or B. a written assignment or examination in Swedish

 

yvx28 FINNISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 1 (2 + 2 ECTS credits, 54 + 54 hrs)

European Framework
A1. The course consists of two modules (2 + 2 ECTS credits, 53 - 54 h each), and it forms part of the degree for international students. It is also highly recommended for exchange students who may take only one module, 2 credits, if necessary

Learning outcomes
Students learn the foundations of the Finnish language. They will have a grasp of its structural and phonetic characteristics, and they will be able to read simple texts in Finnish as well as engage in everyday conversation. Students will also gain an understanding of Finnish culture, customs, and ways of communicating.

Recommend time of study
1st term

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course starts at 0 level.
A proficiency test or participation in a course.
1. Independent online work and a written proficiency test: 107 hours
2. A course
Instruction and study
Contact teaching: 50 hours
Other instruction and study
Independent work 57 hours
Methods of completion and assessment
An approved proficiency test or 2. class attendance with approved assignments and midterm and final examinations.
Work will be assessed by a teacher of Finnish.

 

k20 B. A WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OR EXAMINATION IN SWEDISH (4 ECTS credits)

European Framework: C2
This course forms part of the degree for international students
Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with Finnish culture, customs, and ways of interaction.
Recommended time of study
First semester
Assessment
Pass/Fail
Instruction and study
Independent work and a written assignment or an examination: 107 hours
Methods of completion and assessment
An approved written assignment or examination
Work assessed by a teacher of Swedish

 

OPTIONAL LANGUAGE STUDIES                                                        

Students who have begun their studies in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music on 1 August 2005 or later will complete courses in German and Italian as a part of their common language studies (see the Degree Programme in Vocal Music). Students in other degree programmes can attend the courses in German, Italian, and French after they have completed the core language courses, and if they need the languages in their studies.

 

3la31 BASIC ITALIAN (4 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

European Framework
A1

Learning outcomes
Basic communication skills in Italian and knowledge of basic grammatical structures. In addition to general vocabulary, students will also study music-related vocabulary.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course starts at 0 level.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
Contact teaching up to 48 hours

Requirements
The students are required to attend the classes regularly, complete assignments, and pass an examination.

 

3la71 BASIC GERMAN (4 ECTS credits, 08 hrs)

European Framework
A1

Learning outcomes
Basic communication skills in German and knowledge of basic grammatical structures. In addition to general vocabulary, students will also study music-related vocabulary.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course starts at 0 level.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
Contact teaching up to 48 hours

Requirements
Continuous assessment will be made of class attendance and completed assignments. The student must pass the final examination.

 

3la32 ITALIAN (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

European Framework
A1–A2

Learning outcomes
Italian studies, focusing on the special needs of singers. Students acquire solid basic knowledge of Italian, broader music-related vocabulary, fluency in everyday situations, and ability to use Italian sources for information.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding studies
Basic Italian or equivalent skills
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

3la72 GERMAN (5 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

European Framework
A1–A2

Learning outcomes
German studies, focusing on the special needs of singers. Students acquire solid basic knowledge of German, broader music-related vocabulary, fluency in everyday situations, and the ability to use German sources for information.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
Basic German or equivalent skills
This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

k1-91252 BASIC FRENCH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
A1

Learning outcomes
Students have a conception of the characteristics of French, acquires knowledge of the principles of pronunciation and basic structures as well as fluency in simple everyday situations. After completing the course, students can read short and simple texts. In addition to general vocabulary, students will also study music-related vocabulary.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course starts at 0 level. This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
Contact teaching up to 40 hours

Requirements
The students are required to attend the classes regularly, complete assignments, and pass an examination.

 

k0-9123 PREPARATORY ONLINE COURSE IN ENGLISH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
A2–B1

Learning outcomes
After completing the online course, students have the knowledge and skills necessary for English Reading and Writing Skills for Students of Music.

Recommended time of study
Before English Reading and Writing Skills for Students of Music.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course is intended for students who have not completed the upper secondary school course in English or who need to supplement their language skills for some other reason.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
Contact teaching up to 12t hours
Supervised distance learning: 4-8 hours per student

Requirements
The students are required to attend the classes regularly, complete assignments, and pass an examination.

 

k0-9122 PREPARATORY COURSE IN SWEDISH (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

European Framework
A2–B1

Learning outcomes
After completing the online course, students have the knowledge and skills necessary for Swedish Reading and Writing Skills for Students of Music.

Recommended time of study
Before the general course in Swedish.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
The course is intended for students who have not completed the upper secondary school course in Swedish or who need to supplement their language skills for some other reason.
This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           
Supervised distance learning: 4–8 hours per student

 

k19 SUPPLEMENTARY LANGUAGE STUDIES (1-2 ECTS credits, 27-54 hrs)

European Framework
A1-C2

Learning outcomes
Students can learn languages according to their needs and interests in the following courses: Email English (conducted in English and Finnish), Email English (conducted in English only), Duo Studies in Languages, and Language Café.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Preceding studies
N/A. This course can also be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           

  • Contact teaching up to 10 hours, varies in different courses
  • Supervised distance learning a maximum of 1 hour, varies in different courses
  • Independent work in the learning platform Optima, a maximum of 53 hours; varies in different courses

The course may be taken several times.

Requirements
Completed learning assignments, learning assignments or active attendance depending on the course.

 

STUDY PLANNING

y38 STUDY PLANNING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students:

  • are capable of beginning their studies smoothly
  • acquires sufficient information about the functions of the university
  • know how to plan and write an individual study plan (HOPS), and update it if necessary
  • know the structure of their degree, course, and study modules included in it, and how major subject studies should proceed
  • familiarise themselves to the study of their major subject at Sibelius Academy

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC

lmhp BASICS OF WESTERN ART MUSIC HISTORY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

Time period covered: the Antiquity to the end of the 20th century.

  1. Both secular and religious vocal and instrumental music (e.g., motets, masses, chansons, madrigals, and instruments) of the Antiquity, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.
  2. Key genres and composers of the Baroque and Classic eras (e.g., opera, oratorio, sonata, orchestral, and chamber music)
  3. "Romanticism and Realism 1815-1914 (e.g., musical thinking and aesthetics; relations between society and music and other art forms; and Europe, in a broad sense, as an area of unified musical practices, e.g., composers, genres, and institutions)
  4. Modern era (e.g., reformational, conservative, and alternative trends and -isms in 20th-century music; key figures)

Learning outcomes
Students:

  • acquire a conception of the periods of Western music history, their key repertoires, composers, composition genres, and concepts
  • have the ability to put music history in relation to cultural, general, and social history
  • After completing the course, students
  • are qualified for further studies in music history, and they can choose other suitable music history courses

Central to the development of music is the network consisting or music genres and key actors and institutions. In addition to understanding creative music and the mechanics behind it, the purpose is to emphasise the whole of music practices and music life, in which case music from different parts of Europe can be viewed as different manifestations of the same music culture. Various fields are discussed optionally due to the short time period of the course.
Assessment
Pass/Fail
Instruction and study           
Lectures will last a maximum of 2 x 28 hours. Analytical listening and exam preparation will require 2 x 10 hours.

Performances           
Students:

  • Attend classes
  • Complete an examination or other corresponding work

 

Courses lmhmh 15-21 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 

Modules 1-7, of which, depending on the work load, 3-5 modules are to be selected.
Each module is worth 2 or 3 ECTS credits. 

These courses can also be offered via Open University.

Learning outcomes
Students:

  • know the periods in Western music history with their central repertoires, composers, genres, and concepts
  • have the ability to relate music history to cultural, general, and social history in various time periods
  • appreciate music history as a story based on the practices of music life with its practitioners and institutions as well as on music itself
  • know how to utilise the key music history sources and learning materials
  • are able to combine their knowledge of music history with their work as a musician and teacher
  • are able to look for repertoires in different periods and cultures
  • are able to familiarize themselves with music they have not heard previously (by singing, playing, listening, scoring, and text reading)

Instructions

Lectures and listening exercises max 180 hours.

Study

Independent listening exercises and set reading as well as brief writing tasks for a maximum of 60 hours.

Performances           
Students can extend the work load for each module (2->3 ECTS credits) through:

  • A lecture journal, or
  • Reports on listening material, or
  • Essays, or
  • Combinations of the above

Assessment Assessed by the teacher on a scale of Pass/fail

 

lmhm15 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 1 module 1 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

Time period covered: the Antiquity to the end of the Renaissance.

  • Music of the ancient world
  • Roman chant
  • Secular homophonic song
  • The beginnings of polyphony
  • Ars antiqua and ars nova
  • Trecento and ars subtilior
  • Renaissance motet and mass
  • Secular song during the Renaissance
  • Madrigal
  • Medieval and Renaissance instruments
  • Instrumental music genres from the 13th-17th centuries

lmhm16 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 2 module 2 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

Time period covered: the Baroque.

  • Monody and early opera
  • Cantata during the Baroque
  • Baroque church music
  • Baroque opera
  • Baroque clavier music
  • Baroque string and wind music
  • Masters of the late Baroque

 

lmhm17 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 3 module 3 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

Time period covered: Classisism.

  • Opera seria
  • Comic opera
  • Galant and classical church music
  • The development of the clavier sonata
  • Galant and classical chamber music
  • Overture, symphony, concerto
  • Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

lmhm18 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC 4 module 4 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

  • Solo song in the 19th century
  • Piano and organ music in the 19th century
  • Romantic chamber music
  • Romantic orchestral music
  • Choral and church music during the romantic era
  • Italian opera
  • French opera
  • German opera
  • Instrumental music of national cultures
  • Vocal music of national cultures

Readings
Donald J. Grout & Claude Palisca: A History of Western Music (lmhm9, chapters 1–8; lmhm10, chapters 9–12; lmhm11, chapters 13–15, lmhm 12, chapters 16–20). Erik Kjellberg (editor): Natur och Kulturs Musikhistoria. (lmhm9, chapters I–III; lmhm10, chapter IV; lmhm11, chapter V, lmhm12 chapter VI).
Jan Ling: Europas musikhistoria –1730. (HWM I; HWM II in part). Nicholas Anderson: Baroque Music; (lmhm9-10). Julian Rushton: Classical Music;  (lmhm11). Arnold Whittall: Romantic Music Romantic Music; (lmhm12).
And/or literature to be agreed on with the teacher in charge.

Recommended year of study
1st and 2nd year

Assessment
Pass/fail

 

lmhm19 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSIC module 5 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

The history of contemporary music picks up from the late romantic tradition and carries on to the 21st century and beyond. This course covers 20th century art music, helping students to understand the diverse phenomena, causes, and consequences of 20th century music.

  • Impressionist era
  • The expressionism of the Second Viennese School
  • Neoclassicism and miscellaneous trends
  • 20th century music in the United States and Soviet Russia
  • Darmstadtian serialism and its many reactions
  • Fields and field techniques
  • Musical theatre
  • Electronic music and recorded music
  • Non-European trends that affect European art music
  • The return of tonality and fluxus, and the wavering traditional concept of "music"

Readings
http://www2.siba.fi/historia/1900/
Paul Griffiths: Musica Nova
Lauri Otonkoski (editor) Klang - uusin musiikki, and the sleeve texts of the recordings of the works mentioned.
And/or literature to be agreed on with the teacher in charge.

Recommended year of study
4th year.

Prerequisites
History modules 1-3.

Assessment
Pass/fail. This course can also be offered via Open University.

 

lmhm20 HISTORY OF FINNISH MUSIC MODULE 6 (2 or 3 ECTS credits,54-80 hrs)

Objective
To become familiar with the music of Finns and Finland from Kalevala runo songs to the latest phenomena in music. The focus will be on the relationship between music and general history, the development of Finnish society, and the arts. This course can also be offered via Open University.

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

Assessment
Pass/fail

Literature
"Dahlström–Salmenhaara–Heiniö, Suomen musiikin historia I–IV, Helsinki 1995–96" and/or literature to be agreed on with the teacher in charge.

 

lmhm21 SUPPLEMENTARY MUSIC HISTORY Module 7 (2 or 3 ECTS credits, 54-80 hrs)

The course expands and increases the student's knowledge in one of the areas introduced in modules 1-6. The area can be approached from different angles, including the development of concepts, genres, types of work, a composer, national characteristics or the development of an instrument or instrumental configuration; ideology, ethics, philosophy, aesthetics, the relationship of language to music, or notations; from a theoretical, analytical, or historical research point of view, and with an emphasis on tuning, performance or teaching. This course can also be offered via Open University.

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

Assessment
Pass/fail

 

mhm12 FINNISH MUSIC (2, or cr, 54 hrs)

Objective
Finnish Music (mhm12) is an introductory course in Finnish music and musical life with an emphasis on the development since the 1890s. It is designed for foreign students and does not correspond to Suomen musiikin historia (lmhm14). Selected works of representative composers from Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) to Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) will be discussed. Video performances of operas and orchestral works will be shown whenever available. This course can also be offered via Open University.

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

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Recommended reading
Tim Howell: After Sibelius. Hants: Ashgate, 2006.

 

AURAL SKILLS                                                                                      

The learning outcomes of Aural Skills are related to the learning outcomes of a higher degree in music as follows:

 

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Artistic expression

  • Individual artistic thinking and skills that provide for the implementation of individual artistic goals
  • Ensemble skills
  • Independent practice skills

Repertoire

  • General knowledge of repertoires
  • Deepened perception of repertoires

Score reading

  • Versatile skills in reading different scores
  • Ability to combine music literacy and inner hearing

Oral skills

  • Analysis and description of music listened to

Theoretical skills

  • Appreciation of repertoires and musical materials
  • Ability to perceive stylistic structures and performance practices

 

sd AURAL SKILLS D (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

This course is added to the study programme if the student's proficiency requires supplementary studies before Solfège C. If the students' competence allows it, the course will take a brief look at the contents of Solfège C (see course description). This course can also be offered via Open University. Open University students are required to take a proficiency test.

Learning outcomes
Students:

  • are able to rehearse and understand music by ear and from the score according to the requirements of objective-oriented music studies
  • master and can apply the working and rehearsal methods of aural skills in their individual learning—for example, singing from score and other vocal exercises, playing by ear and improvisation, various rhythm exercises, analysing and notating music by ear, singing, playing, and aural analysis of chords, perception of different notations by singing, reading and analysing, and ensemble playing
  • are able to perceive diatonic and simple chromatic melodies by singing, notating, and aural analysis
  • are able to produce a sound image of the basic concepts of music theory (e.g. singing and playing exercises of scales, different chord forms and chord functions, and transposition) and to perceive phenomena in music repertoires,
  • are able to perceive common meters, rhythm patterns and basic pulse, and their fluent performance
  • are able to perceive chord degrees and harmonic structures by playing, singing, and aural analysis (material is focused on diatonic scale and easy chromatic scale).

Assessment
Pass/Fail. Assessed by the teacher.

Performances           

  • Class attendance and completion of practical assignments
  • Final examination
  • The practice assignments and final exam are to include at least the following segments (parts 1-3 written, 4-6 orally):
  1. Melody writing
  2. Rhythm writing
  3. Aural chord analysis
  4. Singing
  5. Rhythm reading
  6. Chord progression playing

At the teacher's discretion, the examination may include prepared assignments. It can also be taken in parts if necessary.

 

sc AURAL SKILLS C (4 ECTS credits, 106 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to practice and learn tonal and modal repertoire by ear and from the score
  • be able to analyse diatonic and chromatic melodies singing, notating, and listening
  • be able to analyse scale degrees and harmonic structures singing, notating, and listening
  • analyse and perform basic and irregular patterns in simple time, apply natural phrasing, and to control tempos intuitively
  • be able to apply their skills as musicians.

This course will qualify students for further studies in aural skills.

Assessment
0-5. Teacher assesses the student with a colleague, taking into consideration both the revision test and that year's coursework.

In the proficiency test
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
sd Aural Skills D

Recommended year of study
1st year. This course can be offered via Open University. Open University students are required to take a proficiency test.

Instruction and study            

  • Working in small groups and practice for a maximum of 56 hours
  • Performances           
  • Participation in the proficiency test
  • Class attendance and completion of the assignments
  • Final examination

The assignments and the revision must cover the following areas:

  1. Melody writing 
  2. Rhythm writing
  3. Chord dictation
  4. Chord analysis (by listening to a music excerpt)
  5. Singing
  6. Rhythm reading

The student must pass all parts of the examination. Should he or she fail one or, at most two parts of the examination, the student is required to retake the examination before the beginning of the following semester.

Literature
For example, S. Salmiala: AURAL SKILLS C
R. Mackamul: Lehrbuch der Gehörbildung, Band 1

 

sb AURAL SKILLS B (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to practice and learn atonal repertoire by ear and from the score
  • be able to analyse atonal melodies with leaps not greater than a fifth singing, notating and by ear
  • be able to analyse, singing and by ear, texture with two or more voices, and, notating, texture with two voices
  • be able to analyse and appreciate the differences between central tuning systems for the purposes of pure intonation
  • be able to analyse and perform basic and irregular patterns in rhythms based on irregular and changing meters
  • be able to perform simple polyrhythms
  • be able to apply natural phrasing and control tempos intuitively
  • be able to read scores written in the C clef and scores including transposing instruments
  • be able to apply their related skills as musicians.

This course will qualify students for further studies in aural skills.

Assessment
0-5. Teacher assesses the student with a colleague, taking into consideration both the revision test and that year's coursework.

Proficiency test
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
sc Aural skills c

Recommended year of study
1st or 2nd year. This course can be offered via Open University. Open University students are required to take a proficiency test.

Instruction and study            

  • Working in small groups and practice for a maximum of 56 hours
  • Performances           
  • Participation in the proficiency test
  • Class attendance and completion of the assignments
  • Final examination

The assignments and the revision must cover the following areas:

  1. Writing an atonal melody
  2. Writing a 2-voice tonal or modal melody
  3. Rhythm writing
  4. Atonal singing
  5. Clef singing and/or score reading
  6. Rhythm reading

The student must pass all parts of the examination. Should he or she fail one or, at the most, two parts of the examination, the student will be permitted to retake the examination in one year's time.

Readings, e.g.:
S.Salmiala: AURAL SKILLS B
L. Edlund: Modus Novus
R. Mackamul: Lehrbuch der Gehörbildung, Band 2

 

sa AURAL SKILLS A (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students are capable:

  • of rehearsing and understanding post-tonal repertoire by ear and by reading score (e.g. post-tonal song and melody writing exercises, harmony exercises, and choir singing)
  • of notating and perceiving polyphonic repertoire by aural analysis (e.g. two to four part writing assignments; repertoire can emphasise modal and tonal, or post-tonal music, depending on the needs of different groups)
  • of reading a score, with changing clefs and transpositions
  • of perceiving and performing two-part polyrhythmic structures and other repertoire including demanding rhythmics
  • of applying their knowledge in their most important musical assignments

Contents emphasis may vary from group to group or merely because various degree programmes have different needs.

Assessment
0-5. The teacher will assess the student with a colleague, taking into account the student's contribution during the academic year.

Preceding courses
SB Solfège B or Solfège 3

Recommended year of study
3rd or 4th year. This course can also be offered via Open University. Open University students are required to take a proficiency test.

Instruction and study            
Working in small groups and practice for a maximum of 56 hours

Performances 

    • Class attendance and completion of the assignments
    • Revision test

The assignments and the revision must cover the following areas:

  1. Writing a one part post-tonal melody
  2. Writing a 3-4-part texture
  3. Writing polyrhythms
  4. Post-tonal vocal assignment
  5. Score reading task, including clefs and transpositions
  6. Rhythm reading (a polyrhythm or other challenging excerpt)

The revision test may also include tasks that are prepared in advance. The student must pass all parts of the examination. Should he or she fail one or, at the most, two parts of the examination, the student will be permitted to retake the examination in one year's time.

Literature
Edlund: Modus Novus
Jersild: Polyrytmik

 

MUSIC THEORY

mt1 MUSIC THEORY 1 (4 ECTS credits, 108 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to analyse harmonic and voice leading structures in tonal music using the basic concepts of voice leading as well as relative and absolute chord symbols, and figured bass symbols
  • be able to write simple tonal texture with four voices
  • have a command of terminology introduced in music theory textbooks at the bachelor's level
  • have a command of basic terminology related to the acoustic principles as well as scale and tuning systems of Western music and be able to familiarize themselves with related popular literature

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Transferable credits

  • Earlier study modules 1mt1, 5mt1, 4mt1b
  • A course with equivalent learning outcomes and extent completed at another university and approved by the Sibelius Academy.
  • An approved proficiency test at the Sibelius Academy

Recommended year of study
1st year. This course can be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study            

  • Working in small groups and practice for a maximum of 56 hours
  • Performances           
  • Participation in the coursework and exercises

A pass in the following sections of the final examination:

  • Basic concepts of the Western tonal system and its acoustic principles, tuning systems, and scales
  • Tonal chord and degree symbols and their usage
  • Basics of tonal harmony and voice leading in simple tonal texture

 

mt1v MUSIC THEORY 1  (Early music) (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)

 

Learning outcomes
Students are capable

  • of analysing harmonic and voice leading structures especially in Renaissance and Baroque music using suitable basic concepts and analysis notes
  • of writing simple tonal texture
  • of writing transcriptions of mensural notations
  • of speaking in popular terms about the Western music notation and score reading practises, acoustic principles, scale types, and tuning systems – while perceiving the historic diversity of music theory philosophies, and basic concepts – and of studying independently popular literature related to these fields
  • of participating in a discourse concerning the aforementioned subjects

After completing the course, students are qualified for further studies in music analysis and music writing.

Recommended time of study
Is suitable for the first theory course for early music students, and as a special course for students in master's phase wanting to study the practises and philosophies of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

mt2 MUSIC THEORY 2 (6 ECTS credits, 134 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to analyse and reduce harmonic and voice-leading structures and forms in tonal music
  • be able to perceive and analyse the effect that the different factors of tonal music have had on the formation of music styles and categories
  • be able to analyse pitch organisation and other methods of score writing at a general level
  • be able to write simple texture of different categories
  • have a command of literate terminology related to musical structures and forms
  • be able to familiarize themselves with score writing literature

This course will qualify students for further studies in music analysis and writing.
This course may include various focus areas depending on the main subjects and instruments of the attending students.

Assessment
0-5. Section 3 will be evaluated by the teacher and a colleague. The final grade is the average of the grades received for section 2 and 3. All parts must be passed within two years.

Transferable credits

  • Earlier study modules 2mtm2, 4mtm2, 5mtm2
  • A course with equivalent learning outcomes and extent completed at another university and approved by the Sibelius Academy.

Prerequisites
Music Theory 1

Recommended year of study
2nd year

Instruction and study            

  • Individual instruction (review sessions): a maximum of 10 hours
  • Performances           
  • Musical texture analysis exam
  • Assignments to be handed in for evaluation

 

mt2v MUSIC THEORY 2 (Early music) (5 ECTS credits, 134 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students are capable:

  • of perceiving, analysing and reducing the harmonic and voice-leading structures and score writing methods especially common in the music of 17th and 18th centuries
  • of analysing starting points, styles, and forms of music
  • of writing simple tonal texture of different categories
  • of reading independently score writing literature
  • of participating in a discourse concerning these subjects

After completing the course, students are qualified for further studies in music analysis and music writing.

Recommended time of study
K2

Assessment
0-5. Section 3 will be evaluated by the teacher and a colleague. The final grade is the average of the grades received for section 2 and 3. All parts must be passed within two years.

Prerequisites
Music Theory 1 
(Early music)

Instruction and study            
Individual instruction (review sessions): a maximum of 10 hours

Performances           
Musical texture analysis exam
Assignments to be handed in for evaluation

 

2mtm3 MUSIC THEORY 3 (5 ECTS credit, 134 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to analyse structures and forms and other methods of score writing at a professional level
  • be able to perceive and analyse the effect that the different factors of music have had on the formation of music styles and categories
  • be able to analyse pitch organisation and other methods of score writing
  • be able to write texture in different styles and categories
  • have a command of terminology related to the structures and forms of music at a professional level
  • be able to independently familiarize themselves with literature and research

This course will qualify students for further studies in music analysis and writing.
This course includes various style and category-related focus areas depending on the main subjects and instruments of the attending students.

Assessment
0-5. Section 3 will be evaluated by the teacher and a colleague. The final grade is the average of the grades received for section 2 and 3. All parts must be passed within two years.

Prerequisites
Music Theory 1-2

Recommended year of study
3rd year or later

Instruction and study            

  • Individual instruction (review sessions): a maximum of 10 hours
  • Performances           
  • Musical texture analysis exam
  • Assignments to be handed in for evaluation

 

11a1 MUSIC ANALYSIS 1 5 ECTS credits (for students of music performance, church music, music education, and piano music)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to analyse the best-known forms of classical music, such as sonata, rondo, concerto, and symphony
  • be able to analyse post-tonal music (e.g., dodecaphony)
  • be able to describe works of the types mentioned above by writing or reducing
  • have a command of central music analysis terminology
  • be able to discuss basic concepts of music analysis at a popular level and be able familiarize themselves with related sources
  • qualify for further study in music analysis at the master's level.

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
Music Theory 1-2

Recommended year of study
3rd year. This course can be offered via Open University.

Instruction and study           

  • Group instruction and practice for a maximum of 56 hours
  • Performances           
  • Two exams, one for each part, exercises

 

MASTER'S DEGREE'S RESEARCH STUDIES AND INFORMATION SEARCH AND WRITING STUDIES, 9 ECTS CREDITS

Students choose the number of credits in parts A and B so that the total number of credits is 9.

 

A: 1tks1a RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS (4  or 6 ECTS credits, 107–160 hrs) 

The sectors and approaches of music research from the standpoint of music performance. Using databases in search for source material. Planning and completing a written work about a subject previously agreed upon.

Learning outcomes
Students have experience in research of the artistic, scientific and professional questions of music performance, and in writing official documents or scientific theses.

Assessment
The supervising teacher grades the work on a scale of a-i.

Transferable credits
1v6 Thesis

Instruction and study           

  • Lecture and seminar based group instruction a maximum of 56 hours.
  • Small group work, thesis tuition in pairs and individually, a maximum of 10 hours per student.

Performances           
Class attendance and completion of the assignments and the written presentation.  The final number of credits depends on the extent of the work. Two copies of the work are submitted to the teacher of the module. An abstract must be included in the work using the E-Thesis database form available from the library.

 

B: 1tks16 OTHER THEORY STUDIES IN THE MASTER'S DEGREE (3 or 5 ECTS credits, 80–134 hrs)

Learning outcomes
In support of their major subject, students have studied a sector of music history, music theory, music analysis or music research.

Assessment
The supervising teacher grades the works on a scale of 0-5.

 

y47 ACADEMIC REPERTOIRE STUDY (1- 6 credits, 27-161 hrs)

The syllabus may vary from year to year and can be led by several teachers.  This course substitutes research studies for a master’s degree as determined by the individual study plan. In a brief independent section, the students can, for example, advance their knowledge of orchestral repertoires or advance their career skills. This course can consist of modules.
Learning outcomes:
The students will:
a) deepen their knowledge of repertoires;
b) be able to use the results of music historical and analytical research in the planning and interpretation of repertoires.
Evaluation: Pass/Fail
Instruction and study:
Instruction in small groups up to 56 hours of independent work and related teaching for a maximum of 10 hours.
Method of completion:
Attendance and/or completing the assigned tasks. This course can be taken several times.

 

1v6 THESIS (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs) (Performance, Orchestral and Choral Conducting programmes)

Music and its related phenomena as a research subject, the sectors and methods of music research, information search methods, using libraries and data bases in research, source criticism, structure of scientific theses, referencing technique, source list. Writing a thesis: presenting a research plan, choosing a method, studying source material, research and writing of research report.

Learning outcomes
Students know the principles of music research are aware of the application and methods of various scientific approaches in music research have studied study planning and usage of chosen research methods in a research assignment related to the examination of artistic, scientific or professional problems in music performance. know the basics and methods of systematic information research, and the basics of writing a research report master the use of sources are capable of critical evaluation and critical discourse have written a thesis on a subject agreed upon previously by the end of the course.

Assessment
The department head appoints two examiners for the thesis and grades it on the basis of their statements on a scale of 0-5.

Instruction and study

  • Class attendance (seminar or equivalent for one academic year)
  • Individual tuition on writing the thesis a maximum of
  • 10 hours

Performances           
Class attendance. Thesis. Four bound copies of the thesis are submitted for evaluation to the T-building service desk administrator. An abstract must be included in the work using the E-Thesis database form available from the library.