Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Level descriptions, Classical instrument and voice

ACCORDION, GUITAR AND KANTELE

ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1
GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A2
KANTELE, LEVEL D
KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL C
KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL B
KANTELE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1
KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL A2

PIANO AND FORTEPIANO

PIANO AS A SECONDARY INSTRUMENT
PIANO LEVEL D
PIANO LEVEL C1
PIANO LEVEL C2
PIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
PIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1
FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A2

ORGAN

ORGAN, LEVEL D, HELSINKI
ORGAN, LEVEL D, KUOPIO
ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

VOCAL

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL C
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL B
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL A
VOICE, LEVEL D (MUSIC EDUCATION MAJOR)
VOCAL MUSIC, SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVEL
VOICE, LEVEL C (MUSIC EDUCATION MAJOR)
VOCAL MUSIC, MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL D
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL C
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVELS D + C
VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL B

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS,  WIND INSTRUMENTS

FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS, PERCUSSION

PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS, HARP

HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS STRING INSTRUMENTS

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

OTHER LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS FOR ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT,SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVEL
VIOLIN AS A SECONDARY INSTRUMENT
VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT MAIN INSTRUMENT  LEVEL1
VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL 2
VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT  MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL  3
CELLO AS THE MAIN INSTRUMENT

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL D
ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL C
ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL B
ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL A

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL D
WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL C
WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL B
WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL A

CHORAL CONDUCTING

CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL D/LEVEL C
CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL B
CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL A

EARLY MUSIC

HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C                                 
HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A
BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C
BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B
BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

 

ACCORDION, GUITAR AND KANTELE

 

ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

For all students other than those of the Accordion Instrument Group of the Degree Programme in Performance.

Objectives
To master the playing technique and interpretation required by the repertoire and obtain the skills necessary for possible further studies.

Repertoire to be chosen from repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • Works from Section 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from Section 2
  • 3 works from Section 3
  • 2 works from Section 4
  • 2 works from Section 5
  • 2 works from Section 6
  • Scales and triads as necessary

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance:
  • one piece from section 2
  • one piece from section 3
  • one piece from section 4
  • two pieces of different styles from sections 5 and 6

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
In accordance with the syllabus of each degree programme

Transferable Credits
Accordion Playing, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by a university or other institute of higher education

 

ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

The objective is to master the main styles of accordion music and to acquire the technical and artistic skills required for their performance and the prerequisites for Level A accordion
studies. Students rehearse a sufficiently extensive and diverse repertoire.

Performances

  1. Study of repertoire and a performance (approx. 20–30 min.) before a jury appointed by the university each academic year
  2. Programme performance
  • The repertoire played in the course examination must form a programme that is sufficiently demanding and varied. Any uncertainties about the programme should be discussed with the coordinating teacher in advance.
  • The maximum duration of the course examination programme is 60 minutes, and it must include the following components:
  • Baroque programme
  • A sonata, suite or variation for accordion, or another work of similar scope
  • Contemporary music
  • A programme freely chosen and consisting of miniatures related to a specific genre or composer
  • A virtuoso piece, original work or arrangement.
  • A chamber music piece or a part/parts of a concerto

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

ACCORDION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To master the technique required by a demanding concert repertoire and to be in command of the interpretation of a variety of different music styles; to know a sufficient repertoire of both traditional and the latest accordion music; to learn to apply the different playing methods of the accordion, to find ways of individual artistic expression; to gain the ability to perceive extensive formal structures and readiness to develop as a soloist, as well as proficiency for further studies. The student is to choose an adequately comprehensive and varied repertoire.

Performances

  1. Study of repertoire and a performance (approx. 30 min.) before a jury appointed by the university each academic year.
  2. Programme performance:
  • The course examination programme must be a sufficiently demanding concert programme. Any uncertainties about the programme should be discussed with the coordinating teacher in advance.
  • The total programme duration is 60–90 minutes, and it must include the following components:
  • Baroque music and/or other transcriptions
  • Contemporary music
  • Demanding chamber music or a concerto-type work (the chamber music component cannot constitute more than half of the total duration of the programme)
  • A programme freely chosen and consisting of miniatures related to a specific genre or composer

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury pass/fail

Preceding courses
For students in the Degree Programme in Music Performance: Other studies included in the individual study plan.
For students in other degree programmes: Accordion Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable credits
This course cannot be substituted with previous studies.

 

GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

In this course, students will learn to master the most important styles in guitar music, as well as the playing technique and the artistic expression required by them; students will have control over forms, sound production and touch; and students will obtain the skills that are necessary to proceed to Level A studies. A minimum of 18 pieces from repertoire list 2, including the pieces of the performance examination (cf. Performance).

Performances

  • Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year: The duration of the year examination programme is 20-30 minutes. In addition, the student designs and delivers a public performance of approx. 45 minutes during his or her studies at this level. The programme must be an individual collection created by the student. The year examination is not required in the same academic year as the public performance.
  • Programme performance:
  • five pieces from sections 1–6 (covering at least four different sections)
  • one piece from section 7

The programme is played from memory, with the exception of the contemporary work at the performer's discretion. In exceptional cases, other components of the programme can also be played from music, if agreed upon with the coordinating teacher. The minimum duration of the programme is 40 min and the maximum duration is 60 min. The repertoire played in the course examination must form a programme that is sufficiently demanding and varied. Any uncertainties about the programme should be discussed with the coordinating teacher in advance.

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion 
2nd and 3rd year

 

GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1

In this course, students will learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire; become familiar with the basic repertoire necessary for independent artistic work; master a great variety of different music styles and their interpretation methods; become familiar with the latest guitar music; be able to express themselves artistically in a personal way and have control over large formal structures, as well as gain the readiness to develop one's capabilities as a soloist independently and for the purpose of further studies.

Repertoire to be chosen from repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of (including the works for the performance examination): (However, not more than one concerto is
required).

  1. 9 works of different styles from
  2. Sections 1 to 6
  3. 3 works from Section 7
  4. 1 work from Section 8

Performances

  • Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year. The duration of the year examination programme is approx. 30 minutes. In addition, the student designs and delivers a public performance of approx. 60 minutes during his or her studies at this level. The programme must be an individual collection created by the student. The year examination is not required in the same academic year as the public performance.
  • Programme performance:
  • a–c) three pieces from sections 1–6, covering different periods
  • d) one piece from section 7
  • e) one piece from section 8

A chamber music work can be substituted for any of the works upon agreement with the coordinating teacher or the chairman/deputy chairman of the jury. The course examination programme must form a sufficiently demanding artistic presentation. Any uncertainties about the programme should be discussed with the coordinating teacher in advance. The minimum programme duration is 60 minutes.
The programme is played from memory, with the exception of the contemporary work and, at the performer's discretion, the chamber music work. In exceptional cases, other components of the programme can also be played from music, if agreed upon with the coordinating teacher.

Assessment
II By a jury, pass/fail

Prerequisites
Guitar majors: other studies included in the student's individual study plan.
Other majors: Guitar, level B or an equivalent course of Sibelius Academy.

 

GUITAR PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A2

In this course, students will learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire; become familiar with the basic repertoire necessary for independent artistic work; master a great variety of different music styles and their interpretation methods; become familiar with the latest guitar music; be able to express themselves artistically in a personal way and have control over large formal structures, as well as gain the readiness to develop one's capabilities as a soloist independently and for the purpose of further studies. The goal of the option is for the students to develop their musicianship and creative artistic expression within the framework of their chosen option.

Students can choose from different options including:

  • an era, e.g., Classicism or modern music; a style of an era, e.g., different styles of contemporary music
  • chamber music
  • a cross-artistic project, including literature, dance, visual arts, or a project around a shared theme.

If the student chooses option c, he or she must write a well-founded plan for the project. The plan must be approved by the teacher-in-charge, one other teacher, and the head of the department. The project must include an adequate number of instrumental and supportive studies of the student's own choice, and a text for the programme leaflet. For the chamber music option, students must attend 1-2 chamber music workshops or masterclasses. In the style option, students must complete related supportive studies.

Performances
A2, alternative A

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year. The duration of the programme is about 30 minutes.
  3. Performance examination: A programme of the student's choice, artistically and technically equivalent  to the Level A  performance. The minimum duration of the  programme is 60 minutes.

A2, alternative B

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year. The duration of the programme is about 30 minutes.
  3. Performance examination:
  • A versatile programme of approximately 30-40 min. based on repertoire chosen from list no. 1
  • A chamber music performance, with a duration of approximately 40-45 minutes.

A2, alternative C

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with a versatile repertoire and a public performance every academic year. The duration of the programme is about 30 minutes.
  3. Performance examination:
  • A versatile programme of approximately 30-40 min. based on repertoire chosen from list no. 1
  • A project performance with a duration of approximately 40-45 minutes. The programme is approved by the chairperson/vice chairperson of the jury as well as a colleague.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury, pass/fail
Recommended year of completion
4th year–6th year

Preceding courses
For students in the degree programme in music performance: other studies included in the individual study plan.
For students in other degree programmes: Guitar Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable credits
This course cannot be substituted with previous studies.

 

KANTELE, LEVEL D

(music education major)

The objective is to study a diverse repertoire of different musical styles, to achieve the technical and interpretation ability required by the repertoire, and acquire the prerequisites for advanced studies.

Repertoire practised from catalogue no. 4, to include at least the following:

  • from section 1, at the student's discretion
  • three pieces from section 2
  • three pieces from section 3
  • three pieces from section 4
  • four pieces from section 5
  • three pieces from section 6
  • scales and triads: major scales, harmonic and melodic minor scales over three octaves

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance:
  • one piece from section 2
  • one piece from section 3
  • one piece from section 4
  • two pieces of different styles from sections 5 and 6
  • major and minor scales (harmonic and melodic minor scales) and triads over three octaves

Assessment
II By a jury, 0–5

 

KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL C

(other than kantele majors)

The objective is to achieve the technical and interpretation skills required by the repertoire and the prerequisites for advanced studies.

Repertoire practised from catalogue no. 3, to include at least the following:

  • from section 1, at the student's discretion
  • three pieces from section 2
  • three pieces from section 3
  • two pieces from section 4
  • three-four pieces from section 5
  • two pieces from section 6

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance:
  • one piece from section 2
  • one piece from section 3
  • one piece from section 4
  • one-two pieces from section 5
  • one piece from section 6

Assessment
II By a jury, 0–5

Prerequisites
As specified in the course curriculum

Accredited prior learning
Kantele level C at a higher education institution or equivalent

 

KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
(Bachelor of Music)

Students will:

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

These studies include a public performance every semester.
Repertoire to be chosen from repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • Etudes and exercises at the teacher's discretion
  • 2–3 works from Section 2
  • 8–10 works from Section 3
  • 2 works from Section 4
  • 2 works from Section 5

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance:
  • one piece from section 2
  • three pieces from section 3
  • one piece from section 4 or 5

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

Recommended year of completion
3rd year

 

KANTELE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1

– a broad repertoire of art music

Learning outcomes
(Master of Music, MMus)

Students will:

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

These studies include a public performance every semester.
Repertoire to be chosen from repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • 7–9 works from Section 1
  • 1–2 pieces from Section 2
  • 1–2 pieces from Section 3
  • 2–4 pieces from Section 4

The number of works chosen from Sections 2–4 must exceed 5.

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire in each academic term
  2. Programme performance:
  • three–four pieces from section 1 depending on the scope of the works
  • one piece from section 2 or 4
  • one piece from section 3 or 4

A piece from section 4 can be used to substitute for a piece from section 1; however, no more than half of the pieces in the programme performance can be from section 4

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury, pass/fail
Recommended year of study
4th–6th year

Preceding courses
For students in the Degree Programme in Music Performance: other studies included in the individual study plan.
For students in other degree programmes: Kantele Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable credits
This course cannot be substituted.

 

KANTELE PERFORMANCE LEVEL A2

– a project and a short repertoire of art music

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

These studies include a public performance every semester. A comprehensive and varied repertoire is chosen form list no. 1. The students are recommended to include 5-6 works from category 1 and 3-4 works from categories 2-4, with at least one work in each of their repertoires. Students can choose an artistic project g chamber music, early music, folk music, jazz and African-American or popular music, or a joint project with an arts student from another university (Theatre Academy Helsinki, University of Arts and Design, Academy of Fine Arts).

The student must write a well-founded plan for the project. The plan will be approved by the teacher-in-charge or college and the head of the department. The project must include supportive studies of the student's own choice. The folk music and jazz/popular/African-American options and crossartistic projects can include composition, arranging, and/or improvisation. In the chamber music option, students must attend 1–2 chamber music workshops or master classes.

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance:
  • a programme of approx. 30–40 min based on catalogue no. 1
  • a project presentation, duration approx. 40–45 min

On special grounds, students may be allowed to perform the a) and b) programme components on different days.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury, pass/fail
A panel with expertise in the field of the genre in question will be nominated for the assessment of the project.

Recommended year of study
4th year – 6th year

Preceding courses
For students in the Degree Programme in Music Performance: Other studies included in the individual study plan.
For students in other degree programmes: Kantele Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable credits
This course cannot be substituted with previous studies.

 

PIANO AND FORTEPIANO

PIANO AS A SECONDARY INSTRUMENT

Major subject composition, music theory, and major subjects other than music education.
The objective is for students to become familiar with piano music, experience polyphonic playing and a prima vista playing, and to qualify for further study.

Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire
II Performance examination:
One piece from the Baroque or from Bartók's Microcosm
b. A fast and a slow movement from a Viennese-Classical sonata or sonatina, or an equivalent artistic programme
c. Free choice of two works representing different styles
At least one of the works must be played from memory.

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

PIANO LEVEL D

Students will become familiar with the different styles of piano music, acquire the related interpretation skills and playing technique and qualify for possible further study. The student is to choose an adequately comprehensive and varied repertoire from repertoire list no. 4.

Performances

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire
  2. Programme performance based on catalogue no. 4:
  • one piece from section 2
  • one piece from section 3 (a fast and a slow part, unless otherwise annotated in the catalogue)
  • two solo works freely chosen, representing different periods

Additionally, music education majors only:

  • a prepared ensemble performance (no arrangements)
  • sight-reading

At least one of the solo works must be played from memory.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

 

PIANO LEVEL C1

(Music education and church music majors, other majors also possible if required)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the key piano styles (the Baroque, Viennese-Classical, romantic, impressionistic, 20th century styles, and contemporary piano music) and their interpretations and techniques. Students will qualify for further study. Students will acquire the necessary sight reading and ensemble playing skills.

Performances

  1. Familiarity with a repertoire of a sufficient scope and diversity, primarily from catalogue no. 3.
  2. A programme performance, which must include the following components:
  • Baroque music (three parts from a Baroque piano suite, a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach from WKL, two 3-voice inventions, or a similar set)
  • a Viennese classical piece (incl. Schubert)
  • two pieces of different styles from the Romantic period or a later period (catalogue sections 4, 5 or 6)
  • an ensemble task (no arrangements) or chamber music

Additionally, Department of Composition and Music Theory:

  • A work composed in the  past 50 years

Additionally, all departments:

  • Sight-reading

The programme must include one more extensive work, a sonata or equivalent. It can be any of the works described under the "Programme performance" list. Part of the programme performance can be played on period instruments (excluding the organ). At least one of the works must be played from memory. Sight-reading can be taken as a separate course.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

PIANO LEVEL C2

(For others than piano majors)

The objective is to master different styles of music, as well as the interpretation and playing technique required by them, and to obtain the skills necessary for further studies. The student is to choose an adequately comprehensive and varied repertoire from repertoire list no. 3.

Performances

  1. Study of repertoire and, if required, performance before a jury appointed by the university each academic year.
  2. Programme performance:
  • an étude
  • J.S. Bach: an option of:
  • two 3-voice inventions
  • Prelude and fugue c) Allemande, Sarabande and Gigue from the French Suites or an equivalent Baroque programme
  • A Viennese classical sonata (including Schubert) or a variation work
  • three compositions of different styles, one of which is a composition from the last 50 years
  • major and minor scales in thirds and sixths, and major and minor triads in sixths and tenths over four octaves

All works must be played from memory.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

Prerequisites
According to the curricula of each programme.

Transferable credits
Exam in Piano C or the equivalent, completed at a university or other institute of higher education

 

PIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To master different styles of piano music, to become acquainted with the technical and stylistic aspects of piano playing, and to gain proficiency for further studies in piano performance.

Method of completion

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire and performance for a jury every academic year
  2. Performance examination

The programme must be based on repertoire list No. 2. The repertoire played at the course examination must be adequately demanding and varied as a whole. In cases of doubt, the students should consult with the professors well in advance. The maximum duration of the performance is 60 minutes and it must include the following points:

  • Music in Baroque style by Bach, Händel, Scarlatti, or other composers
  • Music in the Viennese-Classical tradition (including Schubert)
  • Music from either of the following two categories, or both:
  • Music representing the Romantic period
  • Music composed during the 1900sd) Contemporary music (composed during the last 50 years)
  • One etude or an etude-like composition such as a prelude or toccata.
  • 1st option (or 2nd, for other pianists than piano majors):
  • A fast movement from a piano concerto or a full concerto of corresponding scope and difficulty. Depending on its style period, this work may replace any one of the items a-d.
  • (For pianists other than piano majors) A demanding chamber music work or a set of lieder. Depending on its style period, this work may replace any one of the items a-d.

In addition to the concerto, the programme must include a sonata, a suite, a variation, or other work of substantial scope. All the works are to be performed from memory. At the discretion of the professor, the contemporary work may be played from the score.

Evaluation
By jury on a scale of 0–5

Study years recommended
1st–3rd

Prerequisite
Piano C (not required for degree students in Piano Performance)

 

PIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
In this course, students will learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire; master a great variety of different music styles and their interpretation methods; become familiar with the basic repertoire necessary for independent artistic work; become familiar with the latest piano music; be able to express themselves artistically in a personal way and have control over large formal structures, as well as gain the readiness to develop one's capabilities as a soloist independently and for the purpose of further studies. The student chooses an adequately comprehensive and varied repertoire from repertoire list no. 1.
The course may also be completed with an emphasis on chamber music.

Method of completion

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire and performance for a jury every academic year
  2. Performance examination

The programme must be based on repertoire list no. 1. The repertoire played at the course examination must be adequately demanding and varied as a whole. In cases of doubt, the students should consult with professors well in advance. The maximum duration of the performance is 90 minutes, and it must include the following points:

  • Music in Baroque style by Bach, Händel, Scarlatti, or other composers
  • Music in the Viennese-Classical tradition (including Schubert)
  • Music from either of the following two categories, or both
  • Music representing the Romantic period
  • Music composed during the 1900s
  • Contemporary music (composed during the last 50 years)
  • Two etudes or etude-like works such as a prelude or toccata, one of which must be by Chopin.
  • Student's choice:
  • A concerto or the equivalent. Depending on its style period, this work may replace any one of the items in the first four categories.
  • A demanding chamber music work or a set of lieder. Depending on its style period, this work may replace any one of the items in the first four categories.

In addition to the part mentioned in item 6, the programme must include a sonata, a suite or a variation, or other work of substantial scope. All the works are to be played from memory, with the exception of the chamber music work or the set of lieder referred to in item 6b. At the discretion of the professor, the contemporary work may be played from the score.

Assessment
By jury, pass/fail

Study years recommended
4th–6th

Preceding courses
For students in the Degree Programme in Music Performance: Other studies included in the individual study plan.
For students in other degree programmes: Piano Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable Credits
This course cannot be substituted.

 

FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A1

The objective is for students to become acquainted with styles of piano music from the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century; to obtain the skills to play early pianos; to get to know their stylistic and mechanical properties, and to provide the skills necessary for the studies of Fortepiano Playing A.

Familiarity with the repertoire: three etudes from 1800–1820, three etudes from 1820–1850 (by a minimum of five different composers), one work by C.P.E. Bach; one London sonata; one Viennese-Classical sonata; one French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian sonata; two works in the form of a fantasia; three Classical and three Romantic works of the student's own choice.

Performances
Performance examination: A programme of 45 minutes on a classical instrument. The programme must include one large-scale sonata, one work in the form a fantasia, and one chamber music performance.
The programme must include music composed by C.P.E. Bach and one work from the Swedish-Finnish-Russian repertoire.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
Piano Performance, Level B
or Harpsichord Performance, Level B, or Organ Performance, Level B

Transferable Credits
This course cannot be substituted.

 

FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A2

The objective is to obtain the skills that are necessary for self-directed artistic learning with piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and to gain more experience in playing different early pianos.
Familiarity with the repertoire: four etudes from 1800-1820, four etudes from 1820-1850 (by a minimum of five different composers), one sonata by Haydn and one by Mozart and/or a variation, one sonata by Beethoven and one by Schubert or another large-scale work, one large-scale work from 1810-1850 of the student's choice (not by Beethoven or Schubert), one classical and one romantic concerto, three classical and three romantic works of the student's choice.

Performances
Performance examination: A programme of approximately 90 minutes on 1–2 instruments. The programme must be varied and should include two short virtuoso works; a five-minute fantasia composed by the student; one large-scale sonata or the equivalent; an unpublished work found by the student; a work in the concerto form or an approximately 30-minute chamber music programme or a combination of these.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

Preceding courses
For students in the Degree Programme in Music Performance: Other studies included in the individual study plan.
Fortepiano Performance Level B or an equivalent course at the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable Credits
This course cannot be substituted.

 

ORGAN                                                                                                 

 

ORGAN, LEVEL D, HELSINKI

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • master the technique required for the tasks
  • be familiar with the major genres of organ music and the associated styles of interpretation
  • acquire the knowledge and skills required for advanced studies.

Performances

  • Familiarity with a repertoire from catalogues no. 1–3 at the teacher's discretion, with at least 15 works representing different styles from the following groups:
  1. Baroque free-form compositions, parts of suites and organ chorales representing different styles
  2. free-form compositions of J. S. Bach
  3. organ chorales of J. S. Bach
  4. compositions representing the Romantic style
  5. compositions representing later styles
  6. accompaniment and ceremonial music
  • Programme performance from catalogues no. 2 and 3, including at least one work from catalogue no. 3
  • two works representing different styles from section 1
  • one work from section 2
  • two works from section 3
  • one work from section 4
  • one work from section 5

Assessment
On a scale of 0-5

Accredited prior learning
Students who have completed level D or equivalent at another institute may take a placement test, which includes two pieces representing different styles. The test is assessed by the teacher with the chairman of the D Board.

 

ORGAN, LEVEL D, KUOPIO

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • master the technique required for the tasks
  • be familiar with the major genres of organ music and the associated styles of interpretation
  • acquire the knowledge and skills required for advanced studies.

Performances

  • Familiarity with the repertoire from catalogues no. 1–3 at the teacher's discretion
  • At least 10 works representing different styles from sections 1–5
  1. Baroque free-form compositions, parts of suites and organ chorales representing different styles
  2. free-form compositions of J. S. Bach
  3. organ chorales of J.S. Bach
  4. compositions representing the Romantic style
  5. compositions representing later styles
  6. selected by the teacher, 10 compositions commonly used in a non-worship setting.
  7. accompaniment and ensemble exercises at the teacher's discretion
  • An assessed public performance once in each academic year
  • Programme performance:
  1. five works of different styles from sections 1-5 at the teacher's discretion
  2. a work from section 6 chosen by the jury
  3. an accompaniment assignment with a soloist from section 7

Assessment
On a scale of 0-5

Accredited prior learning
Students who have completed level D or equivalent at another institute may take a placement test, which includes two pieces representing different styles. The test is assessed by the teacher with the chairman of the D Board.

 

ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • master the technique required for the tasks
  • be familiar with the major styles of organ music and the associated styles of interpretation and terminology
  • be able to independently interpret compositions of different styles using available organ instruments
  • be capable of artistic expression and forms
  • acquire the knowledge and skills required for advanced studies.

Performances

  • Familiarity with the repertoire from catalogues no. 1–2 at the teacher's discretion, and from catalogue no. 3
  • At least 15 works representing different styles from the following sections
  1. Baroque free-form compositions, parts of suites and organ chorales representing different styles
  2. free-form compositions of J. S. Bach
  3. organ chorales of J.S. Bach
  4. compositions representing the Romantic style
  5. compositions representing later styles
  6. accompaniment and ensemble assignments
  • An assessed public performance once in each academic year
  • A programme performance from catalogue no. 3:
  1. two works representing different styles from section 1
  2. one work from section 2
  3. two works from section 3
  4. one work from section 4
  5. one work from section 5

Assessment
On a scale of 0-5

Recommended year of completion
First – third year

 

ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • develop a command of the necessary playing technique
  • acquire a command of the most important Baroque styles
  • deepen their knowledge of the romantic and the latest styles of organ performance
  • be able to justify and analyze their interpretative decisions
  • be capable of independent artistic expression and control of forms
  • qualify for further study.

I Programme practice from catalogue no. 4 (minimum number of pieces indicated in parentheses):

  1. Renaissance and Baroque compositions (4)
  2. large-scale free-form compositions of J. S. Bach (3)
  3. major organ chorales of J. S. Bach (5)
  4. classical or romantic  style compositions (2)
  5. compositions representing later styles (2)
  6. solo or chamber music works (3) freely chosen

If the student has not completed Level C organ, the repertoire will be supplemented with Level C repertoire at the teacher's discretion.

II An assessed public performance once each academic year
III Attendance at master classes worth at least two ECTS credits, including at least one credit as an active participant
IV A programme performance from catalogue no. 4:

  1. one work from section 1
  2. one work from section 2
  3. two works from section 3
  4. one work from section 4
  5. one work from section 5

One of the works listed under 1, 3, 4 or 5 above can be replaced with a chamber music assignment representing a similar style.

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
Organ performance, Level C

 

ORGAN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the most demanding works of organ literature
  • become familiar with organ repertoires from all style periods
  • be able to follow the topical developments in organ music and its interpretation, composition, as well as organ building
  • acquire the skills necessary for independent artistic work
  • qualify for further study.

Performances

  • Familiarity with a repertoire including at least 15 demanding works (catalogues 4-5): at least 6 works from catalogue 5 in group 1, and at least 4 works from catalogue 5 in group 2.
  1. Pre-1750 compositions of different styles, including major organ works and a trio sonata of J. S. Bach
  2. Post-1750 compositions of different styles, including large-scale works representing the Romantic period and later periods
  • A performance each academic year
  • The performance consists of two programmes of 45–60 minutes each, the first programme is based on the description in section 1 above and the second on compositions described in section 2 above. The performances must include at least one demanding trio and a large-scale work of J. S. Bach and a demanding large-scale work from section 2 above. Both components must be performed within a one-month period.

Assessment
0-5

Prerequisites
Organ performance, Level B
Study of other keyboard instruments worth 30 ECTS credits
Organ Pedagogy 2
Organ Improvisation 2

 

VOCAL

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL C

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • learn the basics of a healthy and natural vocal technique;
  • study the basic repertoire of classical singing;
  • gain familiarity with different vocal styles;
  • qualify for Level B vocal studies.

Familiarity with a minimum of 80 songs, as follows, see the repertoire list for vocal music:

  • Section 1 (Vaccai)
  • 8 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 7 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 30 pieces from Section 7 (a minimum of 5 from group 7.3)

At the instructor's discretion, the Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements
Performance (a total of 7 songs):

  • a demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student)

The repertoire to be sung in the original language.
The programme is performed from memory  except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Year of study
1st-2nd year

Transferable Credits
Other degree programmes.Vocal Music Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy.
A Level C examination at an institute of higher education or a qualification equivalent to Level C at the Sibelius Academy. The head of department will decide on the Level C transferability.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
To further develop student's vocal technique, to expand the range, and to study a diverse classical song repertoire and different styles. Students become familiar with the main styles of classical vocal music and acquire the competence for the Bachelor's final project in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music. Familiarity with 75 songs, as follows (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Marchesi)
  • 5 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 10 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 25 pieces from Section 7 (8 from group 7.3.)

At the instructor's discretion, the Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements
Performance examination (a total of 8 songs):

  • a demonstration from Section 1 (Marchesi)
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 2 pieces from Section 5 (at least one must be an opera aria)
  • 2 Finnish songs from Section 7, (at least one must be sung in Finnish)

Total duration max. 30 min.
The repertoire is to be sung in the original language.
The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Year of study
3rd year

Preceding courses
Vocal Music C or an equivalent study module at the Academy

Transferable Credits
The department head decides on transferable credits. Other degree programmes:

Vocal Music, Level B
If the student has completed Level B in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level B at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:
Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL A

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to further develop their vocal technique
  • become familiar with the styles of classical vocal music
  • be able to develop their soloist skills independently and qualify for doctoral study.

The course is

  • opera-orientated.
  • lied-orientated or
  • oratorio-orientated

Repertoire as follows (see the repertoire list for  vocal music):

  1. 30 songs from Sections  2-7, ten roles from the student's voice range, four of which major roles
  2. 30 songs from Sections 2-7, 50 songs from Sections 3, 4, 6, 7
  3. 30 songs from Sections 2-7 from ten key works of church music: solo parts from the student's voice range 

Requirements
Performance examination (minimum total duration of music 45 min.)

  1. a section of lieder, approx. 15 min.(a vocal suite or a similar artistic entity)
  2. at least 1 demanding opera aria,
  3. oratorio or cantata aria, or a solo cantata

The rest of the programme is chosen by the student. The content and structure of the programme must meet the requirements of a concert programme. The programme is performed in the original language. With the programme, Finnish translations and durations of the songs should also be submitted for  advance examination. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works,  modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Recommended year of completion
5th to 6th 

Preceding courses
Students in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music: All the compulsory and optional courses of the master's degree. If the student has not completed all the previous studies, he or she can request approval in writing from the department head to take Level A vocal studies. If the student has been accepted in an audition to study vocal music at the master's level (150 ECTS credits), he or she has demonstrated skill equivalent to Level B in the main subject, which is part of  the bachelor of music degree. Thus, a separate proficiency test is not required. For students in other degree programmes: Vocal Music Level B, or an equivalent course of the Sibelius Academy. See Vocal Music, Level B (Others than the Degree Programme in Vocal Music)

Transferable credits
The department head decides on transferable credits.

 

VOICE, LEVEL D (MUSIC EDUCATION MAJOR)

(Music Education)

Objective
To learn a healthy and natural vocal technique and to study the basic repertoire of classical vocal music. Familiarity with a minimum of  52 songs (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • 8 pieces from Section 1 (Vaccai) as instructed by the teacher
  • 5 pieces from Section 2
  • 27 pieces from Sections 3 and 6, and special repertoire of music education, including e.g. traditional and folk songs, ballads and negro spirituals
  • 20 pieces from Section 7

Requirements

  • Familiarity with the repertoire
  • Performance:
  1. A demonstration from Section 1 (of rehearsed pieces)
  2. 1 piece from Section 2
  3. 3 pieces from sections 3 and 6
  4. 1 piece from Section 7

The programme is performed from memory in the original language.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Transferable Credits
If the student has completed Level D or C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level D or C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination
A demonstration from Section 1 (of rehearsed pieces), 2 works from Sections 3 or 6, and 1 piece from Section 7. The programme is performed from memory in the original language.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVEL

(Other degree programmes)

Learning outcomes
To learn a healthy and natural vocal technique and to study the basic repertoire of classical vocal music. Familiarity with a minimum of 40 songs (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • 8 pieces from Section 1 (Vaccai) as instructed by the teacher
  • 5 pieces from Section 2
  • 15 pieces from Section 3, with a minimum of 1 by each composer in group 3a, the rest as instructed by the teacher from group 3b
  • 20 pieces from Section 7

Requirements

  • Familiarity with the repertoire
  • Performance:
  • A sample from Section 1 (of rehearsed pieces)
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The programme is performed from memory in the original language.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Transferable Credits
If the student has completed Level D or C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level D or C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination
A demonstration from Section 1 (of rehearsed pieces), 1 work from section 3 and 1 work from section 7. The programme is performed from memory in the original language.

 

VOICE, LEVEL C (MUSIC EDUCATION MAJOR)

(Music Education)

Learning outcomes
To further develop the student's vocal technique, to expand the range, and to study a diverse classical song repertoire and different styles. Familiarity with a minimum of 80 songs (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Vaccai)
  • 8 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 7 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 30 pieces from Section 7 (5 from group 7.3).

At the teacher's discretion, Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with the repertoire
  • Performance:
  • a demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student)

The repertoire to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory  except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year.

Transferable Credits
Degree programme in Vocal Music, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy.

If the student has completed Level C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:
Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL

(for students in other degree programmes)

Learning outcomes
To further develop the student's vocal technique, to expand the range, and to study a diverse classical song repertoire and different styles.
Familiarity with a minimum of 80 songs (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Vaccai)
  • 8 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 7 pieces from sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 30 pieces from Section 7 (minimum 5 pieces from group 7.2. and 5 pieces from group 7.3).

At the teacher's discretion, Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with the repertoire
  • Performance:
  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student).

The repertoire to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year.

Transferable Credits
Degree programme in Vocal Music, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy. If the student has completed Level C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL D

(Degree Programme in Church Music)

Learning outcomes
To learn a healthy and natural vocal technique, study the basic repertoire of classical vocal music. Gain familiarity with difference vocal styles, and qualify for Level C vocal studies.
Familiarity with a minimum of  55 songs, as follows (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • 10 pieces from Section 1 (Vaccai), at the instructor's discretion + a recitative
  • 5 pieces from Section 2
  • 20 pieces from Section 3
  • 5 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 25 pieces from Section 7 (a minimum of 3 from group 7.3)

Requirements
Performance (a total of 6 songs):

  • a demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student).

The repertoire to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year.

Recommended year of completion
3rd year

Transferable credits
If the student has completed Level D or C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level D or C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1 (of rehearsed pieces)
  • 1 work from section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 work from section 7

The programme is performed from memory in the original language.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL C

(Degree Programme in Church Music)

Learning outcomes
To further develop the student's vocal technique, expand his or her range, and study a dirence classical song repertoire using a variety of different styles. The gain familiarity with different vocal styles and qualify for Level B vocal studies. Familiarity with a minimum of  25 songs, as follows (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Vaccai) in its entirety
  • 3 pieces from Section 2
  • 5 pieces from Section 3
  • 2 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 5 pieces from Section 7 (a minimum of 2 from group 7)

At the instructor's discretion, the Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements
Performance (a total of 7 songs):

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student)

The repertoire to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year.

Preceding courses
Vocal music, Level D

Recommended year of completion
3rd year

Transferable credits
Degree programme in Vocal Music, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy. If the student has completed Level C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVELS D + C

(Degree Programme in Church Music)

Study modules D and C can alternatively be taken as one study unit.

Learning outcomes
To become familiar with different singing styles and to acquire the competence for Level B studies in vocal music. Familiarity with a minimum of 80 songs, as follows (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Vaccai)
  • 8 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 7 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 30 pieces from Section 7 (5 from group 7.3).

At the instructor's discretion, the Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements
Performance (a total of 7 songs):

  • a demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 2 pieces from Section 7 (one can be music from the native country of an international student)

The repertoire to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Assessment
I Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year.

Recommended year of completion
3rd year

Transferable Credits
Degree programme in Vocal Music, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy. If the student has completed Level C in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level C at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

 

VOCAL MUSIC, LEVEL B

(Others than the Degree Programme in Vocal Music)

Learning outcomes
To become familiar with the main styles of classical vocal music and to qualify for master's studies and possible Level A vocal studies. Familiarity with a minimum of 75 songs, as follows (see the repertoire list for vocal music):

  • Section 1 (Marchesi)
  • 5 pieces from Section 2
  • 25 pieces from Section 3
  • 10 pieces from Sections 4 and 6
  • 10 pieces from Section 5
  • 25 pieces from Section 7 (8 from group 7.3.)

At the instructor's discretion, the Baroque arias of Section 2 can also be used in Section 5.

Requirements
Performance (a total of 8 songs):

  • a demonstration from Section 1 (Marchesi)
  • 1 piece from Section 2
  • 2 pieces from Section 3
  • 1 piece from Section 4 or 6
  • 2 pieces from Section 5 (at least one must be an opera aria)
  • 2 Finnish songs (at least one must be sung in Finnish)

Total duration max. 30 min. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias. The repertoire is to be sung in the original language.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Preceding courses
A performance followed by an oral assessment by a colleague every year. Vocal Music Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy.

Transferable Credits
Degree programme in Vocal Music, Level C or an equivalent course arranged by the Sibelius Academy.
If the student has completed Level B in an institute of higher education or an examination equivalent to Level B at the Sibelius Academy, he or she must supplement his or her studies as follows:

Performance examination:

  • A demonstration from Section 1
  • 1 piece from Section 3
  • 1 work from section 4 or 6
  • 1 piece from Section 5
  • 1 piece from Section 7

The repertoire is to be sung in the original language. The programme is performed from memory except for chamber music works, modern works demanding advanced skills, and oratorio arias.

Recommended year of completion
4th to 6th

 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS,  WIND INSTRUMENTS

FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers)
  • 3 works from category 4 (by different composers)
  • 6 works from category 5 (by different composers)
  • Scales, triads, dominant seventh chords, and scales in thirds approximately c1– c4, as well as the chromatic scale, and scales in whole tones c1– d4
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a performance every academic year
  • Performance:
  • 1 work from category 5, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • 1 work from category 4
  • 1 work from category 5
  • Sight reading
  • Scales and chord progressions

It is recommended that part of the repertoire be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in trendsetting repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 6 works from category 5 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Orchestral literature (also for the piccolo)
  • Compositions for the piccolo
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a performance every academic year
  • Examination of practical skills before the performance, but not more than 6 months in advance. The works to be played are announced by the chair of the jury 2 hours before the examination:
  • Excerpts from the repertoire, one from each category
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature (2 on the piccolo)
  • Sight reading
  • One etude from category 1, the jury chooses from the 3 rehearsed ones
  • A composition for the piccolo
  • IV Performance:
  • A solo work from category 2
  • A sonata or equivalent from category 3
  • A concerto or equivalent from category 4
  • 1 work from category 5

One work may be chosen from trendsetting repertoire list no. 3, if the programme so requires and if there is also an adequate number of works from category 2. It is recommended that part of the repertoire be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury (2 members): Pass/Fail
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

FLUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the repertoire. The extent of the repertoire is decided by the teacher. The works included must represent a variety of different styles.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • The level performance programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills. The programme must include a sonata, concerto, or another corresponding large-scale composition. 

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 10 works from categories 2 and 3
  • 3 works from category 4
  • Playing scales and chord progressions
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3 or 4
  • Scales and chord passages
  • Sight reading

Part of the programme is to be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Orchestral literature from category 5 of the repertoire list
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Examination of practical skills before the performance, but not more than 6 months in advance. The works to be played are announced by the chair of the jury 2 hours before the examination:
  • Excerpts from the repertoire, one from each category
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature
  • Sight reading
  • One etude from category 1, the jury chooses from the 3 rehearsed ones
  • IV Performance:
  • A solo work from category 2
  • A sonata or equivalent from category 3
  • A concerto or equivalent from category 4

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury (2 members): Pass/Fail
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 4 works from category 2
  • 4 works from category 3
  • 4 works from category 4
  • 4 works from category 5
  • Orchestral literature from category 6 of the repertoire list
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • A sonata or a chamber music work from category 4
  • A concerto from category 5
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature
  • Sight reading

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 4 works from category 2, by different composers
  • 6 works from category 3
  • All the major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales, V7 chords and triads, scales in whole tones, and the chromatic scale. The scales are played in a three-octave range, when the starting note is E-A, otherwise in a range of two octaves.
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the four rehearsed ones
  • A sonata, a concerto or an equivalent large-scale work from category 2
  • 2 works representing different styles from category 2
  • Scales and chord passages in a two-octave range
  • Playing at sight in B flat

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of (including the performance examination):

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 6 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Orchestral literature from category 5 of the repertoire list, at least 15 works
  • Playing at sight, as required
  • Scales and chord passages
  • Becoming familiar with the bass and E flat clarinet

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Examination of practical skills before the performance, but not more than 6 months in advance. The exercises to be played are announced by the chair of the jury 1 week before the examination.
  • Excerpts from the repertoire, one from each category
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature
  • Sight reading in B flat, C and A.
  • One etude from category 1, the jury chooses from the four rehearsed ones
  • IV Performance:
  • A solo work from category 4
  • A sonata or equivalent from category 2
  • A concerto or equivalent from category 3
  • A virtuoso work from category 4

One work may be chosen from repertoire list 3, if the programme so requires and if there is also an adequate number of works from category 2. At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury (2 members): Pass/Fail
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

CLARINET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 2 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 4 works from category 4
  • 5 works from category 5
    • At least part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.
  • Orchestral literature from category 6 of the repertoire list
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • A sonata from category 3 or an equivalent chamber music omposition.
  • A concerto from category 4
  • A solo composition from category 2
  • 1 work from category 5

One work may be chosen from repertoire list 2, if the programme so requires and if there is also an adequate number of works from category 1. At least one of the works must be played from memory. The concerto can be performed at another time if it is played accompanied by an orchestra.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers)
  • 2 works from category 3 (by different composers)
  • 5 works from categories 4 and 5 (by different composers)
  • All the major scales, as well as the harmonic and melodic minor scales, including the exercises in accordance with the example  (see the repertoire list)
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 3
  • 1 work from category 2, 4 or 5
  • Scales and related exercises
  • Sight reading

Part of the programme is to be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 4 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 6 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Orchestral literature at the teacher's discretion
  • Playing at sight, as required
  • Scales and chord passages
  • Becoming familiar with the double bassoon and especially with the essential orchestral literature.

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Examination of practical skills before the performance, but not more than 6 months in advance. The works to be played are announced by the chair of the jury 2 hours before the examination:
  • Excerpts from the repertoire, one from each category
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature; some of the exercises should be played on the double bassoon
  • Sight reading
  • One etude from category 1, the jury chooses from the 3 rehearsed ones
  • Performance:
  • A solo work from category 4
  • A sonata or equivalent from category 2
  • A concerto or equivalent from category 3

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury (2 members): Pass/Fail
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

BASSOON PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 2 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 4 works from category 4
  • 5 works from category 5
    • At least part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • A sonata from category 3
  • A concerto from category 4
  • A solo composition from category 2
  • A virtuoso work from category 5

At least one of the works must be played from memory. In order to perform a good artistic programme, one work may be played from repertoire list 2 or 3. However, the required repertoire may only include compositions from list 1.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • 1 work from category 4
  • Scales and chord passages
  • Sight reading

Part of the programme is to be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Orchestral literature from category 5 of the repertoire list
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Examination of practical skills before the performance, but not more than 6 months in advance. The works to be played are announced by the chair of the jury 2 hours before the examination:
    • Excerpts from the repertoire, one from each category
    • Excerpts from orchestral literature
    • Sight readings
    • One etude from category 1, the jury chooses from the 3 rehearsed ones
  • Performance:
    • A solo work from category 2
    • A sonata or equivalent from category 3
    • A concerto or equivalent from category 4

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury (2 members): Pass/Fail
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4
  • 3 works from category 5
  • Orchestral literature from category 6 of the repertoire list
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • A sonata from category 3
  • A concerto from category 5
  • 1 work from category 4
  • A solo composition from category 2
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature
  • Sight reading

At least one of the works must be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • 15 works from category 4
  • 6 works from categories 1 and 2
  • The scales and triads in two octaves (major scales, as well as harmonic, melodic and natural minor scales)
  • Transposition in E, E flat, D, D flat, C, B, B flat, A, A flat bass
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • Franz: Etude (no 1–29) ransposing, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 1
  • 1 work from category 2
  • Scales and triads
  • Sight reading

The classical concerto is to be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • 50 etudes from category 4
  • 3 works from category 1 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
    • The works of the performance are not included in the rehearsed repertoire (points b and c)
  • Category 3 in full
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in two parts during the course, to be performed within a six-month period.

1st part:

  1. Transposition exercises from category 4, the jury examines 5 rehearsed transposition etudes in E, E flat, D, D flat, C, B, B flat, A, A flat bass, as well as in F sharp, G, A flat, A, B flat, C alto
  2. Excerpts from orchestral literature (category 3; from each composer mentioned)
  3. Sight reading
  4. The jury examines 2 etudes from the 50 rehearsed ones and listens to samples from the rehearsed repertoire.

The works of the performance are not included in the rehearsed repertoire. The samples to be examined from the list are announced by the chair of the jury one week before the examination.

2nd part:

  1. A concerto or a sonata from category 1
  2. 1 work from category 2; a different style period from point 2a

The concerto is to be played from memory.

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass-fail (3 members)
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

FRENCH HORN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Repertoire to be chosen from the repertoire list no. 1 for the Level A examination with a minimum of:
a) 3 items from section 1;
b) 4 items from section 2;
(The pieces included in the performance examination are not included in the repertoires above.)
c) 10 études from section 4;
d) Section 3.
Some of the works included in the repertoire must represent modern music styles.
Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire and performing in the brass rehearsal matinees every academic year.
II Several performances in the University of the Arts Helsinki’s matinees during the year before the examination of practical skills
III Performance examination in 3 parts during one academic year:
1. Examination of practical skills
a) Repertoire samples:
As compulsory, R. Strauss’s Concerto no 1 and one of the following first movements of a classical concerto: W.A. Mozart’s Concerto no 2 or 4, Haydn’s Concerto no 2, or H. Neuling’s Bagatelle.
b) 10 orchestral excerpts from the Level A orchestral literature. The student will receive a list of the orchestral excerpts from the chair of the jury two weeks prior to the examination.

If more than one student attends the practical skills examination on the same day, the jury will listen to them by turns so that the students can have a rest between the repertoire samples and orchestral excerpts. In other cases, the examination can include a 5-minute pause.
2. Recital I/II, duration 30-40 minutes
The programme can include items from both Level A and Level B repertoire lists, with at least half of the duration from the Level A repertoire. It is recommended that the candidate play at least part of the programme from memory.  The recital must be artistically balanced and distinctive. The recital must include one concerto. The student can include R. Strauss’s Concerto no 1 in the recital as well. If the duration of music in the recital exceeds 30 minutes, this must be noted in the registration form.
3. Recital II/III, duration 30-40 minutes
The programme can include items from both Level A and Level B repertoire lists, with at least half of the duration from the Level A repertoire. It is recommended that the candidate play at least part of the programme from memory.  The recital must be artistically balanced and distinctive. If the duration of music in the recital exceeds 30 minutes, this must be noted in the registration form. In part 2 or 3 of the examination, the student can play one of his or her compositions, the level of which (equivalent to Level A or B) the chair of the jury has approved.
 Assessment
III Performance examination
Part 1: Pass/Fail (jury with 3 members)
Part 2: Pass/Fail (jury with 3-5 members)
Part 3: Pass/Fail (jury with 3-5 members)

 

TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with a minimum of:

  • 15 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • Playing scales and triads
  • Transposition in A, C, D
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 etude (from the 5 rehearsed ones)
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • Scales and triads
  • Transposition
  • Sight reading

It is recommended that one composition be played from memory.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 15 works by 10 composers from category 4
  • Transposition in E flat, E, F and A flat

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. A minimum of three performances per academic year at performance rehearsals.
  3. A performance in two parts, to be performed within a six-month period.
  • 1st part:
    • 1 etude (from the 5 rehearsed ones)
    • Excerpts from the solo works indicated in the repertoire that are not performed in part 2
    • Excerpts from orchestral literature, also with a trumpet section
    • Transposition at sight
  • The etudes and excerpts for Points 1-3 are announced by the chair of the jury no more than one month before the examination.
  • 2nd part:
    • 1 work from category 3
    • 1 work from categories 2 or 3

It is recommended that one composition be played from memory.

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 with a minimum of:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 3 and a total of 3 works from categories 2 and 4
  • Pliquett-Lösch: Orchester Probespiel / Trompete
  • Playing the piccolo trumpets C, E flat and A/B flat

Part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • A minimum of three performances per academic year at performance rehearsals.
    • IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE REHEARSALS, THE STUDENT MUST SERVE AS THE SECTION'S PRINCIPAL AND COACH AT LEAST TWICE. (no later than in the year that the Level A examination is completed). The compositions are to be chosen from the collection of orchestral literature prepared for the Level A examination, and prepared in advance.
  • A performance in two parts (during one year)

1st part:

  • A sonata or concerto
  • A work for the piccolo trumpet
  • key solos from ten orchestral works (from the Pliquett-Lösch: Orchester Probespiel / Trompete collection)

2nd part:

  • Haydn or Hummel: Trumpet concerto and
  • One of the following:

Böhme, O: Konzert
Goedicke, A: Concerto
Jolivet, A: Concertino
Linkola, J: Concerto 1
Mozart, L: Konzert D-dur
Tartini, G: Concerto in D (Rara)
Telemann, G.F: Konzert D-dur (Sikorski)
Tomasi, H: Concerto
Wessman, H: Concerto

or the equivalent or at least 15 minutes from categories 2, 3 or 4 of the repertoire list for the Level A examination. It is recommended that one composition be played from memory.

Assessment
1st and 2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 at least to the following extent:

  • 15 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • Playing scales and triads
  • Playing at sight

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones (both in the tenor and in the alto clefs)
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • Scales and triads (melodic and harmonic minor)
  • Sight reading

It is recommended that one composition be played from memory (does not affect grading).

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 3 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 15 works from 10 composers from category 4 (orchestral literature)
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in two parts in the course, to be performed within a six-month period).

1st part:

  • An etude (one from the five rehearsed, in the tenor and the alto clefs)
  • Excerpts from the solo works in the repertoire that are not performed in part 2.
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature, also with the trombone section
  • Sight reading

The etudes a) and excerpts c) are announced by the chair of the jury no more than 2 weeks before the examination:

2nd part:

  • A concerto or a sonata from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3; a different style period from point 2a

It is recommended that one composition be played from memory (does not affect grading).

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5 (the teacher and two other members)

2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TROMBONE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 6 works from categories 2, 3 and 4
  • 15 works by 10 composers from category 5 (orchestral literature)
    • At least part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in three parts within one year. Examination of practical skills before the performance. The works to be played in parts 1 and 2 are announced by the chair of the jury no more than a week before the examination:

1st part:

  • An etude (one from the five rehearsed), all clefs
  • Excerpts from the solo works in the repertoire that are not performed in part 3.

2nd part:

  • Playing in and rehearsing a section
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature

3rd part, performance:

  • A concerto from category 4
  • A work from category 2 or 3

It is recommended that one composition be played from memory (does not affect grading).

Assessment
1st part: Evaluation by jury: pass / fail (the teacher and 2 other members)
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
3rd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 at least to the following extent:

  • 15 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • Orchestral literature from category 4

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 5 etudes, of which 2 chosen by the jury are played (one in the bass clef)
  • 1 work from category 2 and 1 work from category 3
  • Scales and triads (melodic and harmonic minor)
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature chosen by the jury(5 works)

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (from different style periods)
  • A number of works from category 3 at the teacher's discretion
  • Orchestral literature from category 4

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in two parts to be performed within a six-month period.

1st part:

  • 2 etudes from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature at the jury's discretion (category 5)

2nd part:

  • A concerto from category 2 or a sonata from category 3
  • 2 works from category 4, one of them a solo work

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

EUPHONIUM PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • Category 4 in full

At least part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in 2 parts during one academic year:

1st part:

  • An etude (one from the five rehearsed)
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature at the jury's discretion (category 5)

The exercises of parts 1a) and 1b) (the etudes and the orchestral literature) are announced by the chair of the jury no more than 2 weeks before the examination.

2nd part:

  • A concerto or sonata from category 2 or a sonata from category 3
  • 1 work from category 4, either a solo work or a chamber music work

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 at least to the following extent:

  • 15 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • Scales and triads
  • Orchestral literature from category 4

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • 1 work from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • 1 work from category 2
  • 1 work from category 3
  • Scales and triads (melodic and harmonic minor)
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature chosen by the jury (5 works)

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • 3 works from category 4 (by different composers and from different style periods)
  • Category 5 in full (orchestral literature) 

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in two parts in the course, to be performed within a six-month period):

1st part:

  • 2 etudes from category 1, the jury chooses from the 5 rehearsed ones
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature at the jury's discretion (category 5)

2nd part:

  • A concerto from category 2 or a sonata from category 3
  • 2 works from category 4, one of them a solo work

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

TUBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4
  • Category 5 in full

At least part of the compositions must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. A performance in 2 parts during the same academic year:

1st part:

  • An etude (one from the five rehearsed)
  • Excerpts from orchestral literature at the jury's discretion (category 5)

The etudes and orchestral literature in parts 1a) and 1b) are announced by the chair of the jury no more than 2 weeks before the examination.

2nd part:

  • A concerto from category 2 or a sonata from category 3
  • 1 work from category 4, either a solo work or a chamber music work

Assessment
III 1st part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5
2nd part: Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS, PERCUSSION

PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Requirements
I Class attendance.
II Familiarity with the repertoire at Level C and a public performance every academic year.
III Familiarity with percussion instruments and how they are arranged; related terminology.
IV Familiarity with orchestra literature, orchestral excerpts Level C.

  • Evaluation:  Evaluation by the teacher before the level performance.

V Performance examination:

  • 1–3 works for the snare drum, including tremolos, appoggiaturas, and different dynamics.
  • 1–2 works for the timpani including tremolos.
  • One work for percussion instruments.
  • A piece for two-mallet melody percussion.
  • A piece for four-mallet melody percussion.
  • Sight-reading tasks.
  • At least one of the works must be accompanied or be a chamber music work.

Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail. All parts are evaluated equally.

Programme planning can be based on earlier performance examinations (information available on Intro). The orchestral excerpt list is also available on Intro. (In Finnish: Intro – Opiskelu & opetus – ohjelmasuoritus ja tentit – ohjelmistoluettelot – lyömäsoittimet)

 

PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Requirements
The performance examination can emphasize a certain part of the percussion performance at the teacher's discretion.

I Class attendance
II Familiarity with the repertoire at Level B and a public performance every academic year.
III Examination of practical skills, not earlier than 6 months and not later than 1 month before the performance.

  • Orchestral excerpts, Level B
  • Major and minor scales, two octaves, and triads
  • Sight-reading

Evaluation: Evaluation by the teacher and head of the jury: Pass/Fail

IV Performance examination

  • 1–2 works for the snare drum,
  • 1–2 works for the timpani Including changes in tuning.
  • One work for percussion instruments.
  • 1–2 works for melody percussion, one of which is completely or partially for the vibraphone. At least one of the works requires using four mallets.

At least one of the works must be accompanied or be a chamber music work.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

Programme planning can be based on earlier performance examinations (information available on Intro). The orchestral excerpt list is also available on Intro.
(In Finnish: Intro – Opiskelu & opetus – ohjelmasuoritus ja tentit – ohjelmistoluettelot – lyömäsoittimet)

 

PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Requirements
I Class attendance 
II Familiarity with the repertoire at Level A and a public performance every academic year.
III Examination of practical skills, not earlier than 6 months and not later than 1 month before the performance.

  • Orchestral excerpts Level A
  • Evaluation: Evaluation by the teacher and head of the jury: Pass/Fail

IV Performance:
The level performance programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills. The concert programme must include at least one large-scale work. At least one of the works must be accompanied or be a chamber music work. The student is free to decide the emphasis of the performance. No instrument is mandatory.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5 Programme planning can be based on earlier performance examinations (information available on Intro). The orchestral excerpt list is also available on Intro.
(In Finnish: Intro – Opiskelu & opetus – ohjelmasuoritus ja tentit – ohjelmistoluettelot – lyömäsoittimet)

 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS, HARP

HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 3 with the minimum listed below:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 6–10 pieces from category 2

Requirements
I Class attendance
II Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance once every academic year
III Performance:

  • 1 etude
  • 1 solo work
  • 1 sonatina

IV Preparation of programme leaflets including a written introduction to the repertoire

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

 

HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 with the minimum listed below:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 10–12 pieces from category 2
  • 2–3 pieces from category 3

Requirements
I  Class attendance
II Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance once every academic year
III Performance:

  • 2–3 pieces from category 2, from different style periods
  • 1 work from categories 3 or 3a
    • The programme is to be played from memory.
    • Chamber music and contemporary works may be played from the score.

IV Preparation of programme leaflets including a written introduction to the repertoire

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

 

HARP PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

For class attendance, the student gets 10 ECTS credits/academic year. The credits are calculated into the total credits of the course. Familiarity with the works in the repertoire list no. 1 with the minimum listed below:

  • 10 pieces from category 1
  • 2–3 pieces from category 2
  • 1–2 pieces from category 3
  • 4 pieces from category 4

At least 2 of the pieces must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements
I Class attendance
II Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance once every academic year
III Performance:

  • 2 pieces from category 1, from different periods
  • 1 piece from category 2
  • 1 piece from category 3
    • The programme is to be played from memory.
    • Chamber music and contemporary works may be played from the score.

IV Preparation of programme leaflets including a written introduction to the repertoire

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS STRING INSTRUMENTS

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
The objective is to master different styles of violin music, as well as the interpretation and playing technique required by them, and to obtain the skills necessary for studies in violin playing at Level B. Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from the repertoire list no. 3 for Violin Performance, Level C.
Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire and performance for a jury every academic year as necessary.
II Performance examination:
a) Programme with baroque music/J.S. Bach: movement(s) from a solo sonata or solo partita;
b) First or second and third movement from a Viennese-Classical concerto with a cadenza;
c) two compositions of different character, one of which must be Finnish (Repertoire examples are available in repertoire list no 3 Violin Performance, Level C).
The programme must be played from memory, except for the chamber music piece.
At the professor’s discretion, the modern piece can be played from music.
Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
The objective is to master the most important styles of violin music, as well as the interpretation and playing technique required by them, and to obtain the skills necessary for studies in violin playing at Level A. Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from the repertoire list no. 2 for Violin Performance Level B.
Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire and performance for a jury every academic year as necessary.
II Performance examination:
a) A solo work for the violin or parts of a solo work for the violin from the Baroque/J.S. Bach: movements from a solo sonata or solo partita, or Ciaccona;
b) a chamber music work for violin and piano;
c) a virtuoso piece;
d) a violin concerto, first or third movement.
(Repertoire examples are available in repertoire list no 2 Violin Performance, Level B).
The programme must be played from memory, except for the chamber music piece.
At the professor’s discretion, the modern piece can be played from music.
Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
The objective is for the student to master the violin techniques required by a demanding repertoire and to become familiar with different music styles and their interpretation
in order to acquire skills for distinctive artistic expression, develop soloist skills independently and qualify for doctoral study.
Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from repertoire list no. 1 for Violin Performance Level A.
Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire and performance for a jury every academic year as necessary.
II Performance examination:
a) J.S. Bach: First and second movement from a solo violin sonata, solo violin partita in B or E, or Ciaccona
b) a chamber music work for violin and piano;
c) virtuoso étude
d) virtuoso piece
e) violin concerto
(Repertoire examples are available in repertoire list no 1 Violin Performance, Level A).
The programme must be played from memory, except for the chamber music piece. At the professor’s discretion, the modern piece can be played from music.
The concerto can be played at another examination within six months’ time.
Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the repertoire, which must include a comprehensive selection of works from different style periods at the teacher's discretion.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Level Performance A: free-choice programme with a duration of approximately thirty minutes with works or parts of a work

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 at least to the following extent:

  • 3 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4
  • Playing at sight, as required

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Performance programme:

The performance examination is completed in two parts which have no limitation in terms of their duration or order of completion.

1. Part one: practical skills

  • Etudes: Two caprices or virtuoso etudes representing different styles
  • The student will prepare twenty orchestral excerpts from the central viola literature. Five of them are performed; the head of the jury will announce the passages to be performed to the candidate at the beginning of the performance.

2. Part two: a recital with a duration of approximately forty-five minutes with complete works and, if the student so wishes, parts of a work.

Assessment
Part One is assessed by a jury with two members on a scale of Pass/Fail
Part Two is assessed by a jury on a scale of Pass/Fail

 

VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 at least to the following extent:

  • 3 works from category 1
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4

At least 3 of the works must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  • Performance examination:

1. Part one
Concerto; a concerto of the student's choice for the viola or for the viola and another instrument

2. Part two
Recital: The level performance programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2 at least to the following extent:

  • A number of works from category 1 at the teacher's discretion
  • 3 works from category 2
  • 3 works from category 3
  • 3 works from category 4

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance:
  • A performance examination which consists of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills. The student will perform two or three works of his or her choice with a total duration of approximately fifty minutes. The Level A and B performance examinations must include the following works:
    • Bach: Suite for solo cello
    • Sonata for cello and piano
    • Concerto or an equivalent

The programme must be played from memory. Chamber music and contemporary works may be played from the score.

Assessment
III Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 1 at least to the following extent:

  • 3 works from category 1
  • 3 works from categories 2–3, Including at least 2 suites by Bach
  • 3 works from category 4
  • 3 works from category 5
  • 3 works from categories 6–7

At least 3 of the works must represent modern styles of music.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. At Level A, students write a brief account of their cello studies and themselves as cellists and submit it to the performance examination board.
  4. A performance examination which consists of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills.
  • The student will perform a minimum of three works of his or her choice with a total duration of approximately seventy minutes. The Level A and B performance examinations must include the following works:
    • Bach: Suite for solo cello
    • Sonata for cello and piano
    • A concerto or the equivalent (Students who completed their bachelor's degree outside Sibelius Academy are required to play a concerto for the Level A performance examination. Other repertoire must be agreed upon with the chair).

The programme must be played from memory. Sonatas with a heavy chamber music orientation and contemporary works that are exceptionally challenging can be played from music.

Assessment
IV Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0–5

 

DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Familiarity with the repertoire, which must include a comprehensive selection of Level C works from different style periods at the teacher's discretion.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance examination:
  • Two etudes of different styles or one etude and two orchestral excerpts from the central double bass literature
  • Performance of one large-scale work and one smaller-scale work

Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

 

DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Familiarity with the repertoire, which must include a comprehensive selection of Level B works from different style periods at the teacher's discretion.

Requirements
I Class attendance
II Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
III The performance is divided in two parts which have no limitation in terms of their duration or order of ompletion.

Part 1:

  • Practical skills
    • Etudes
    • Two caprices or virtuoso etudes representing different styles
  • Orchestral literature
    • Student will prepare 50 orchestral excerpts from the central double bass literature. Five of them are performed; the head of the jury will announce the passages to be performed to the candidate two weeks before the performance.

Part 2: A performance of a sonata, concerto, or other large-scale work and two smaller-scale works.

Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

 

DOUBLE BASS PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Familiarity with the repertoire, which must include a comprehensive selection of Level A works from different style periods at the teacher's discretion.

Requirements

  1. Class attendance
  2. Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance every academic year
  3. Performance examination:
  • The level performance programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills.
  • The programme must include a sonata, concerto, or other corresponding large-scale composition.  The programme cannot represent only one style period.
  • The programme is performed from memory. Chamber music and contemporary works may be played from the score.

Evaluation
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

 

OTHER LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS FOR ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS

 

SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVEL

(For instruments other than the violin, which, as a secondary instrument, has a separate description)
The objective is to learn the basic instrument techniques, become familiar with music written for the instrument, and to be able to prepare an easy repertoire and to qualify for possible further study.
Method of completion
Attendance
Assessment Pass/Fail

 

VIOLIN AS A SECONDARY INSTRUMENT

(for non-violin majors)

Familiarity with a minimum of ten works representing different style periods at the teacher's discretion.

Requirements

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire
  2. Performance

Three works representing different styles, one of which must be a modern composition.

Assessment
Evaluation by the teacher and a colleague on a scale of Pass/fail

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL 1

(For students other than orchestral instruments / violin majors in the degree programme in Music Performance)

The objective is to master Western art music for the violin from different periods, as well as the interpretation and playing technique required by them, and to obtain the skills necessary for studies in violin playing at the Main Instrument Level 2. Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from the repertoire list for Violin Performance at main instrument Level 1. The programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills.  The programme may also include a work of chamber music or folk music or an improvisation equivalent to the technical level of the works mentioned in the repertoire list for Violin Performance, Main Instrument Level 1.

Requirements

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire
  2. Performance examination:
  • a (complete) sonata, a concerto or an equivalent large-scale work (a movement from the beginning or the end of the work)
  • One modern work
  • Two works of different styles of the student's own choice (complete works)

Detailed repertoire in the repertoire list for Violin as a Main Instrument 1

Assessment
Evaluation by a jury on a scale of 0-5

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL 2

(For students other than orchestral instruments / violin majors in the degree programme in Music Performance)

Objectives
Familiarity with the most important styles in violin music, as well as the interpretation and playing technique required by them, and to obtain the skills necessary for studies in violin performance at main instrument level 3. Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from repertoire list no. 2 for Violin Performance at main instrument level 2.

Requirements

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire
  2. Performance examination
  • J.S. Bach: One movement from a solo violin partita except for Ciaccona. Double is counted as part of the preceding movement.
  • A chamber music work for the violin and the piano, 1.movement
  • A virtuoso work
  • A movement from the beginning or the end of a violin concerto (Detailed repertoire in the repertoire list for Violin as a Main Instrument 2)

With the exception of the chamber music work, the programme must be played from memory At the discretion of the professor, the contemporary work may be played from the score.

Assessment
Evaluation by a jury on a scale of 0-5

 

VIOLIN PERFORMANCE AT MAIN INSTRUMENT LEVEL 3

(For individuals other than violin majors in the Classical Music Performance programme )
The objective is for the student to master the violin techniques required by a demanding repertoire and to become familiar with different music styles and their interpretation
in order to acquire skills for distinctive artistic expression, develop soloist skills independently and qualify for doctoral study.
Familiarity with an adequately comprehensive repertoire from the repertoire list for Violin Performance at main instrument Level 3.
Method of completion
I Familiarity with the repertoire
II Performance examination:
a) J.S. Bach: Two movements from a solo violin partita, excluding Ciaccona, or two last movements of a solo violin sonata;
(The Double is considered part of the previous movement.)
b) a chamber music work for violin and piano;
c) virtuoso étude;
d) virtuoso piece;
e) violin concerto, first movement.
(Detailed repertoire in the repertoire list for Violin as a Main Instrument 3.)
The programme must be played from memory, except for the chamber music piece.
At the professor’s discretion, the modern piece can be played from music.
Assessment
Assessment by the jury: Pass/Fail

 

CELLO AS THE MAIN INSTRUMENT

(for cello students enrolled in other than the Degree Programme in Music Performance)

The level performance programme must consist of an artistic demonstration of the student's instrumental skills. Part (c) of the level performance may include a chamber music work, the student's own composition, or an improvisation equivalent to the technical level of the works mentioned in the cello repertoire list.

Requirements

  1. Familiarity with the repertoire
  2. Performance/cello:
  • Two parts from one of the solo cello suites by J.S. Bach
  • A part of a concerto or a sonata
  • A work of the student's own choice, preferably from another stylistic period than the work in item (b)

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0-5

Transferable credits
Cello C or equivalent completed at a university or other institute of higher education.

 

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL D

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • study the basics of conducting technique conducting exercises; basic patterns 
  • study the command of the score
  • score playing, clef, temperament, analysis, ear training, study of instruments, and practical instrumentation
  • develop their knowledge of repertoire and orchestra by studying mostly classical orchestral literature, playing at the rehearsal orchestra of the Orchestral Conducting class, and observing the rehearsals of professional orchestras and the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

Performances

  • Rehearsal and performance demonstration

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: Pass/Fail

 

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL C

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • master the knowledge and skills needed in conducting
  • same objectives as in Conducting D, and conducting exercises, e.g., simple accompaniment exercises, bowing and phrasing genre, studying classical and Early Romantic period orchestral literature, and psychology of musical orchestras

Performances
Programme performance

  1. Rehearsal and performance of a classical symphony (prepared assignment)
  2. Accompaniment with a small orchestra (prepared assignment)

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

 

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • advance the knowledge and skills needed in conducting
  • course contents are the same as in Orchestral conducting C; conducting exercises, conducting section rehearsals of the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, repertoire planning, and studying mostly Late Romantic period and Impressionist orchestra literature

Performances
Programme performance

  • rehearsal and performance of a piece from the Romantic period

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

Preceding courses
Orchestral Conducting Level C

 

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING LEVEL A

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • master conducting techniques required by the most demanding works in orchestral literature
  • qualify for further studies
  • course contents are the same as in Orchestral conducting B; studying music theatre (opera, ballet, music plays), and conductor's administrative duties

Performances
Programme performance

  • A concert-type production delivered with the practice orchestra of the conductor class (or similar)
    • a demanding orchestral piece
    • an accompaniment assignment
  • A demonstration of the rehearsal and performance of a musical theatre production

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

Preceding courses
All required compulsory and optional study modules

 

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL D

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • study the basics of conducting techniques conducting exercises; basic patterns 
  • study the command of the score: score playing, clef, temperament, analysis, solfège, ear training, study of instruments, practical instrumentation
  • develop their knowledge of repertoire and wind orchestra studying wind orchestra literature, playing in the rehearsal orchestra and wind ensembles of the Wind Orchestra Conducting class. observing the of rehearsals of professional wind orchestras and the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

Performances
Rehearsal and performance demonstration

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: Pass/fail

 

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL C

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • master the knowledge and skills needed in wind orchestra conducting, same objectives as in wind orchestra conducting D;
  • conducting exercises, e.g., simple accompaniment exercises, phrasing and intonation, genre knowledge, studying mostly classical orchestral and wind orchestra literature, psychology of musical orchestras

Performances
Programme performance

  1. Rehearsal and performance of a relatively easy programme (prepared assignment), see the catalogue
  2. Accompaniment assignment (prepared assignment)

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

 

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • advance the knowledge and skills needed in conducting
  • course contents the same as in wind orchestra conducting C, conducting exercises, conducting section rehearsals of the Sibelius Academy Wind Orchestra, repertoire planning, studying mostly late Romantic period and Impressionist orchestra and wind orchestra literature

Performances
Programme performance: Rehearsal and performance of a piece from the Romantic period

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

Preceding courses
Wind Orchestra Conducting C

 

WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING LEVEL A

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn how to master conducting techniques required by the most challenging works in wind orchestra literature
  • know the special characteristics and interpretation methods of various wind orchestra music styles
  • learn an extensive amount of wind orchestra repertoire
  • acquire competence to work independently as a wind orchestra conductor with a high artistic standard
  • qualify for further studies
  • course contents the same as in wind orchestra conducting B, and observing big band activities and  conductor's administrative duties

Performances
Rehearsal and performance of a concert. The programme must include the following:

  • a large-scale work for a wind orchestra, see the catalogue
  • a contemporary work for a wind orchestra
  • a concerto or another demanding accompaniment task

Assessment
Evaluation by jury: 0-5

Preceding courses
All required compulsory and optional study modules

 

CHORAL CONDUCTING

CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL D/LEVEL C

Learning outcomes
Students will

  • master the principles of conducting technique
  • have an understanding of the principles of voice production at the level required by the repertoire
  • have the proficiency required by Level D and C repertoires
  • understand different working methods of different types of choirs
  • have knowledge of Western choral literature
  • are familiar with the basics of phonetics of the key singing languages as required by the repertoire
  • acquire the prerequisites for Level B studies

Performances
Active participation is required for successful completion of the course.

  1. conducting two songs from the repertoire, one chosen by the student and one chosen by the jury
  2. rehearsing a new choral piece, with seven days preparation time
  3. playing a choral score by sight-reading, including transposition (Level C)
  4. participation in the productions of the Sibelius Academy chamber choir/main choir as a singer

Assessment
By a jury, on a scale of 0-5

 

CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL B

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the prerequisites to work to a high artistic standard
  • enhance their understanding of different forms of choral practice
  • advance their knowledge of Western choral literature
  • acquire problem-solving tools for combining instruments and singing
  • recognise what is expected of a leader
  • are familiar with the special characteristics of the key singing languages
  • qualify for Level A studies

Performances
Active participation is required for successful completion of the course.

  1. designing, rehearsing and conducting a concert programme with a choir outside of Sibelius Academy
    The programme must include works from the following style periods:
    - renaissance or baroque
    - romanticism or impressionism   -post 1945 music
  2. score reading 1y2
  3. participation in the productions of the Sibelius Academy chamber choir/main choir as a singer

Assessment
By a jury, on a scale of 0-5

 

CHORAL CONDUCTING LEVEL A

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have the prerequisites to work independently and with a high artistic standard
  • master the conducting technique required by demanding choral works
  • have sufficient knowledge of the characteristics of different choir types with regard to programmes and voice production
  • expand their knowledge of different contemporary and early music styles
  • examine current trends in choral music
  • are familiar with the specifics and phonetics of the key singing languages
  • acquire the prerequisites for advanced studies

Performances
Active participation is required for successful completion of the course.

  • designing, rehearsing and conducting a choral concert with a Sibelius Academy vocal ensemble and with the student's own choir(s) outside the university 
  • the programme must include works from the following periods (one of the works must be an instrumentally accompanied choral work):
    • Renaissance or early Baroque
    • Baroque
    • Romantic or Impressionist period
    • contemporary art music
  • participation in the productions of the Sibelius Academy chamber choir as a singer

Assessment
By a jury, on a scale of 0-5

 

EARLY MUSIC

HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C                                      

Objective
To become acquainted with the most important styles of harpsichord music and the special features of harpsichord technique, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in harpsichord performance. Repertoire recommendation:  At least 12 works including French, German and early Italian music as well as works by the virginalists and J.S. Bach.

Performances

  1. Familiarity with and performance of repertoire each academic year
  2. Programme performance: four works representing different styles

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To become well-acquainted with different styles and to gain the skills for Level A studies in harpsichord performance. Programme recommendation: at least 15 works chosen to complete and broaden the repertoire of the Level C course with compositions by Frescobaldi, F. Couperin, and D. Scarlatti; early classical and contemporary music, and the more demanding works by the virginalists and J.S. Bach.

Performances
Programme performance: five works representing different styles, including a small-scale concerto, obbligato sonata, or a similar work.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

HARPSICHORD PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to know the technique of the harpsichord to the extent required by the more demanding compositions of the literature; to increase one's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of skills and for further studies. The repertoire consists of a minimum of 18 pieces representing different styles.

Performances
Programme performance:
either a) A recital + concerto without an interval or a demanding obbligato sonata in a separate examination
or b) a concert without an interval, including a concerto or a demanding obbligato sonata

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the instrument's technique and questions of style and interpretation, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in recorder performance.
The repertoire includes Level C works on differently-tuned recorders at the teacher's discretion.

  • etudes
  • solo compositions
  • sonatas and other compositions
  • chamber music
  • scales and triads

Performances
Programme performance:

  1. three études or solo compositions
  2. two sonatas or equivalent compositions
  3. scales and triads
  4. sight-reading

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail
A combined grade with Ensemble Playing, Level C.

 

RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To become well-acquainted with the technique and different styles, as well as to gain the skills for Level A studies in recorder performance.
The repertoire includes Level B works on differently-tuned recorders at the teacher's discretion.

  • etudes
  • solo compositions
  • sonatas and other accompanied pieces
  • concertos
  • chamber music

Performances

  • Examination of practical ability before the programme performance (the works will be announced two hours before the performance):
    • excerpts from the repertoire
    • two études, chosen from four pieces by the jury
    • a style examination (French and Italian-German)
    • immediate sight-reading assignment
  • Programme performance:
    • two solo compositions
    • two pieces with accompaniment
    • one chamber music piece

Assessment
I Evaluation by jury: pass/fail
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

RECORDER PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire; to increase the student's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies. The repertoire includes Level A works on differently-tuned recorders at the teacher's discretion.

  • etudes
  • solo compositions
  • sonatas or other works with accompaniment
  • concertos
  • chamber music

The repertoire must represent different styles (newer music as well); with regard to early music, the student is expected to master the ornamentation and improvisation of different styles and periods. Playing at sight, as necessary.

Performances
Programme performance:

  • one solo composition
  • one sonata
  • one other accompaniment piece
  • one concerto
  • one chamber music piece

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the expressive capabilities of the instrument, with melody and chord playing; to master simple basso continuo compositions and to gain the skills for Level B studies in lute performance. The course includes articulation exercises, the foundations of ornamentation, dynamic and polyphonic exercises, playing from tablatures and the foundations of basso continuo playing.

Performances
Programme performance: Three works of different styles, e.g. a fantasia and works representing German and French styles compiled as a suite or another programme

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the tone production of the lute, the technique required by the repertoire, improvisation and continuo playing, as well as to gain the skills for Level A studies in lute performance. During the course, the student will become acquainted with the differences between the French and the German playing styles (gallant music: arpeggio technique); students will also become familiar with the Italian style, as well as with the playing technique of the Renaissance lute, the theorbo and the chitarrone.  Rehearsing the repertoire of repertoire list 2 (at least 3 x the amount of the performance).

Performances
Programme performance: three–four works of different styles, one on a Renaissance lute

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

LUTE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire; to master the basso continuo and its applications in solo and accompaniment work; to increase the student's knowledge of style and to gain the skills that are necessary for the independent development of the playing skills and for further studies. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme.

Requirements
Programme performance:

  • one lute suite by J. S. Bach
  • one lute concerto
  • one French suite 
  • One Galant-style, multi-part work or a suite from the late Baroque era
  • one piece on a Renaissance lute

Assessment
By a jury, pass/fail

 

VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the viola da gamba's expressive capabilities, melody and chord playing; to master simple basso continuo compositions and to gain the skills for Level B studies in viola da gamba performance.

Performances
Programme performance: three works representing different styles

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn the technique and tone production required by the repertoire, to become acquainted with improvisation and continuo playing, as well as to gain the skills for Level A studies in viola da gamba performance. During the course, the student gains a detailed knowledge of the differences between the French, the German and the Italian playing style and becomes acquainted with intermediate-level suites and variations based on the English ground, pieces written in the tablature technique, basso continuo playing and the plucking technique used in viola da gamba playing. Familiarity with the repertoire in repertoire list 2 (at least 3 x the amount of the performance).

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a demanding Ricercare with accompaniment
  • another separate tablature piece
  • a German or French suite or sonata
  • a work of the student's own choice

The programme can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

VIOLA DA GAMBA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to know the technique of the viola da gamba to the extent required by the most demanding compositions of the literature ; to increase one's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of skills and for further studies.

Requirements
Programme performance:

  • a demanding single-piece Renaissance solo work or an English variation based on a ground melody
  • a solo suite (fantasia) -style, multi-part work demonstrating diverse skills on the viola da gamba
  • a French suite from the late Baroque era, including a basso continuo accompaniment
  • a chamber music piece which includes a virtuoso solo for viola da gamba
  • a work of the student's own choice

The programme can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the instrument's technique, tone production, articulation and questions of style, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in traverso performance.
The repertoire includes Level C works at the teacher's discretion.

  • exercises and etudes
  • solo pieces and  sonatas and suites
  • sonatas or suites
  • concertos
  • Duets and chamber music
  • Scales and triads

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo suite, solo pieces or études
  • an accompanied sonata or suite
  • a chamber music piece
  • scales and triads
  • sight-reading

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the Baroque flute's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with different styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in traverso performance. The repertoire includes Level B works at the teacher's discretion.

  • solos and etudes
  • sonatas and suites
  • concertos
  • chamber music

Performances

  • Examination of practical ability before the programme performance (the works will be announced two hours before the performance):
    • excerpts from the repertoire
    • a style examination (two pieces representing different styles)
    • sight-reading
    • two solo pieces or études (chosen from three pieces by the jury)
  • Programme performance:
    • a larger solo composition
    • two pieces of different styles
    • a chamber music piece or a concerto

Assessment
I  Evaluation by jury: pass/fail
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

TRAVERSO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire, to increase the student's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies.

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo piece
  • a German or Italian sonata
  • a French sonata or suite
  • a chamber music piece
  • a concerto

The programme includes different styles. At least one of the works must represent an era before or after Baroque.

Assessment
By a jury, pass/fail

 

BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the instrument's technique, tone production, articulation, questions of style and the making of a reed, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in Baroque oboe performance. The repertoire (list 3) must include:

  • An adequate number of exercises and etudes
  • 6 sonatas or suites
  • Chamber music and obligato arias
  • Scales, third and chord  progressions

Performances
Programme performance:

  • one sonata or suite
  • two solo pieces or études
  • one chamber music piece or two obbligato arias
  • scales and triads

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the Baroque oboe's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with as many styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation in practice and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in Baroque oboe performance. The student is also introduced to the repertoire and the playing of the oboe d'amore and the oboe da caccia. Familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2:

  • An adequate number of solos and etudes
  • 8 sonatas or suites
  • An adequate number of obligato arias
  • Two concertos
  • An adequate amount of chamber music

Performances

  • Examination of practical ability before the programme performance (the works will be announced two hours before the performance):
    • excerpts from the repertoire
    • a style examination (two pieces representing different styles)
    • sight-reading
    • two solo pieces (chosen from three by the jury)
  • Programme performance:
    • a larger solo composition
    • two pieces of different styles (sonatas, suites)
    • an obbligato aria
    • a chamber music piece or a concerto

One of the works must be played on oboe d'amore or oboe da caccia.

Assessment
I Evaluation by jury: pass / fail
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE OBOE PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire, to increase the student's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies. The repertoire (at least 20 pieces) and the mastery of the instrument's different styles are extended to the limits of the period instrument.

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition
  • a sonata/suite
  • a sonata
  • a concerto
  • a chamber music piece

The programme includes different styles. At least one of the works must represent an era after Baroque.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the natural trumpet's technique, tone production, articulation, and questions of style, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in Baroque trumpet performance. The repertoire (list 3) must include:

  • An adequate number of exercises and etudes
  • 6 sonatas or equivalent
  • Chamber music, orchestral literature

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or étude
  • a sonata or an equivalent work
  • two chamber music pieces

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the natural trumpet's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with as many styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation in practice and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in Baroque trumpet performance. The familiarity with the works in repertoire list no. 2:

  • An adequate number of solos and etudes
  • 8 sonatas, suites or equivalent
  • Chamber music, obligato arias and orchestral literature
  • Two concertos

Performances

  • Examination of practical ability before the programme performance (the works will be announced two hours before the performance):
    • excerpts from the repertoire
    • excerpts from orchestral literature
    • a style examination (two pieces representing different styles)
    • sight-reading
  • Programme performance:
    • a solo composition
    • a sonata (a suite or an equivalent work)
    • a concerto
    • a chamber music piece

Assessment
I Evaluation by jury: pass/fail
II Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE TRUMPET PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire (especially Bach's cantatas): to increase one's knowledge of style and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies.

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition
  • an obbligato, e.g. a cantata aria
  • a sonata
  • a concerto
  • a chamber music piece

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the Baroque violin's technique and tone production, the use of the bow and questions of style, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in Baroque violin performance. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme and include

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas and suites
  • Chamber music and concertos

Performances
The programme performance must include:

  • an étude or a solo composition
  • a sonata or suite
  • one piece of the student's own choice

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the Baroque violin's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with as many styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation in practice and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in Baroque violin performance. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme and include

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas and suites
  • Chamber music (also music from the Classical period)
  • Concertos

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or a number of solo pieces compiled into a programme
  • a sonata or suite
  • a chamber music piece
  • a concerto

The programme must provide a diverse representation of the student's knowledge of different styles and periods

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire, to increase one's knowledge of music and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies. The repertoire is extended to the limits of the period instrument (from the beginning of the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century), and it must include at least three times the number of pieces from areas 1) and 2) and at least five times the number of pieces from area 3).

  1. Etudes and solo compositions
  2. Concertos
  3. Sonatas and suites representing different styles

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition by J. S. Bach
  • three pieces of different styles
  • a concerto

The programme must provide a diverse representation of the student's knowledge of different styles and periods. The concerto can be performed in a separate examination.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the Baroque viola's technique and tone production, especially the use of the bow and questions of style, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in Baroque viola performance. The repertoire must include (at least 3 x the quantity of the programme from repertoire list 3):

  • Sonatas and suites representing different styles
  • Chamber music and concertos

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition
  • a sonata or suite
  • a chamber music piece or a concerto (parts)

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the Baroque viola's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with as many styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation in practice and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in Baroque viola performance. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme and include:

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas from different style periods
  • Chamber music, also with a fortepiano or some other instruments of the Classical period.
  • Concertos

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or a number of solo pieces compiled into a programme
  • two works representing different styles; if the solo composition is a suite by J. S. Bach, one large-scale concerto or sonata is sufficient
  • a chamber music piece
  • a work of the student's own choice
  • The programme can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE VIOLA PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire, to increase one's knowledge of music and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies. The repertoire is extended to the limits of the period instrument (from the beginning of the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century), and it must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme, including:

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas from different style periods
  • Chamber music, also with a fortepiano or some other instruments of the Classical period.
  • Concertos representing different style periods

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or a number of solo pieces compiled into a programme; a suite by J. S. Bach, if not performed at the B Level
  • a sonata or two sonatas representing different styles
  • a concerto
  • a chamber music piece
  • a work of the student's own choice

The programme consists of works representing different styles, and it can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments. Assignments which are performed with classical tuning can be performed in different examinations within a two-month period.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL C

Objective
To become acquainted with the expressive capabilities of the instrument, with technique, tone production, the use of the bow and questions of style, as well as to gain the skills for Level B studies in Baroque cello performance. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme and include:

  • Exercises and etudes
  • Sonatas
  • Continuo exercises and other chamber music

Performances
Programme performance:

  • an étude or solo composition
  • a sonata
  • one piece of the student's own choice

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL B

Objective
To learn to master the Baroque cello's expressive capabilities; to become acquainted with as many styles and related techniques as possible; to master Baroque ornamentation in practice and to gain the skills necessary for Level A studies in Baroque cello performance. The repertoire must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme and include:

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas from different style periods
  • Demanding continuo and obligato exercises, as well as chamber music with a fortepiano or some other instruments of the Classical period
  • Concertos

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or a number of solo pieces compiled into a programme
  • two works representing different styles; if the solo composition is a suite by J. S. Bach, one large-scale concerto or sonata is sufficient
  • a chamber music piece
  • a work of the student's own choice
  • The programme can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail

 

BAROQUE CELLO PERFORMANCE, LEVEL A

Objective
To learn to master the playing technique required by a demanding concert repertoire, to increase one's knowledge of music and to gain the skills necessary for the independent development of playing technique and for further studies. The repertoire is extended to the limits of the period instrument (from the beginning of the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century), and it must include at least three times the number of pieces from each area of the programme, including:

  • Etudes and solo compositions
  • Sonatas from different style periods
  • Demanding continuo and obligato exercises, as well as chamber music with a fortepiano or some other instruments of the Classical period
  • Concertos representing different style periods

Performances
Programme performance:

  • a solo composition or a number of solo pieces compiled into a programme; a suite by J. S. Bach, if not performed at the B Level
  • a sonata or two sonatas representing different styles
  • a concerto
  • a chamber music piece
  • a work of the student's own choice

The programme consists of works representing different styles, and it can include contemporary music that is composed or otherwise suitable for period instruments. Assignments which are performed with classical tuning can be performed in a different examination within a two-month period.

Assessment
Evaluation by jury on a scale of pass/fail