Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Piano ja fortepiano

MAJOR STUDIES, PIANO

3pk PIANO PERFORMANCE (Bachelor of Music) (28 + 28 +  28 ECTS credits, total  84 ECTS credits, 2,243 hrs)
3ekk, 3ekm, 3ehk, 3egk GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
o3pk Demonstration of proficiency (Bachelor of Music ) (10 ECTS credits)
3pm PIANO PERFORMANCE (Master of Music) (28 + 28 + 12,  total 68 ECTS credits, 1,815 hrs)3ehm, 3egm, 3epk, 3epm GUITAR, ACCORDION, KANTELE, PIANO (Bachelor of Music, exchange students) (3-24 ECTS credits, 81 – 641 hours)
03pm   Demonstration of proficiency (Master of Music) ( 20 ECTS credits)

SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

3pa10 HISTORY OF PIANO MUSIC (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)
3pa25 PIANO PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
3pa26 PIANO PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
3pa32 Piano Pedagogy 3 (7 ECTS credits, 187 hours)

MAJOR STUDIES, FORTEPIANO

3pfm FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE (26 + 26 + 14,total. 66 ECTS credits)
3pfm1 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE 1 (Master of Music) (33 ECTS credits, 881 hrs)
3pfm2 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE 2 (Master of Music) (33 ECTS credits, 881 hrs)o3pfm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, Master of Music (20 ECTS credits)

OTHER STUDIES, FORTEPIANO

3v8 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, SECONDARY INSTRUMENT (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)
3v9 FORTEPIANO SEMINAR (3-6 ECTS credits, 80-160 hrs) (Piano instrument group)

OTHER STUDIES

3pa30 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARD HARMONY (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
3pa12 KEYBOARD HARMONY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)
3lp12 LIED DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3lv7 MASTER CLASS (1-3 ECTS credits, 30-80 hrs)
3pv7 PIANO DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3pa28 PEDAGOGY OF PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND PIANO IMPROVISATION (7 ECTS credits, 187 hrs)
3pv6 PIANO SEMINAR (2-3 ECTS credits, 50-80 hrs)
3pa11 SIGHT-READING / PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3pa17 ACCOMPANIMENT / PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3pa31 WORKSHOP ON TECHNIQUE (Piano, kantele, guitar, accordion) (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)
3v52 TUNING WORKSHOP (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

MAJOR SUBJECT (PIANO CHAMBER MUSIC AND LIED)

3plm PIANO, PIANO CHAMBER MUSIC AND LIED (Master of Music) (14+14+6, in total 34 ECTS credits, 918 hours)
o3plm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT, PIANO CHAMBER MUSIC AND LIED (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hours)

MAJOR STUDIES, PIANO

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

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study

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

 

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

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

o3pk Demonstration of proficiency (Bachelor of Music ) (10 ECTS credits)

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

  • An artistic Level B performance examination including related repertoire and other requirements
  • A maturity essay in writing:
  • Writing an essay (4 standard pages) related to the field of study on a general examination day or the equivalent.

With the maturity essay, students will demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in Section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

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

 

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

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

These studies include a public performance every semester.

Instruction and study

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

 

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

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

 

03pm Demonstration of proficiency (Master of Music) ( 20 ECTS credits)

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

  • An artistic Level A performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • A maturity essay in writing:
    • The text for the programme leaflet must include background information about the works to be played. The text can also include a brief review of cultural history. It must be submitted for assessment in connection with the enrolment for the performance examination. If the student completes the performance examination in two parts, he or she must submit the texts for both concerts in connection with the enrolment for the first performance examination.
    • With the maturity essay, students demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). A student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity essay for a master's degree if he or she has already demonstrated his or her language skills in a maturity essay in the same language for the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites
Other studies included in the individual study plan.

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

 

SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

3pa10 HISTORY OF PIANO MUSIC (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

No tuition 2013-14

Learning outcomes
Students will obtain a detailed picture of the history of piano music.

Transferable Credits
This course can be substituted by equivalent studies upon approval.

Evaluation
On a scale of 0–5

Instruction and study
Lectures, up to 28 hours

Method of completion
Class attendance and review test

 

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

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

3pa25 PIANO PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have a command of the basic piano techniques and of teaching them;
  • be familiar with the ergonomics of piano playing and know how to apply them while teaching their own classes;
  • be familiar with the central teaching methods and materials at the beginner and basic levels (also for ensemble playing);
  • have the skills for teaching basic practical accompaniment, for teaching the Level 1 practical accompaniment, and for selecting appropriate teaching materials
  • learn to assess the applicability of teaching material;
  • learn to arrange and compose small-scale exercises;
  • learn to set pupil-oriented goals and plan lessons accordingly:
  • learn to guide their pupils during practice;
  • learn to interact flexibly with their pupils;
  • learn to assess their pupils' progress and to give constructive feedback;
  • learn to support the development of the pupil's artistic expression;
  • learn to plan a pupil-oriented repertoire (also for adult amateur pianists);
  • learn to prepare their pupils for level performances and to assess them constructively;
  • learn to plan lessons and related work for an entire academic year;
  • be familiar with the structure, care and maintenance of the piano

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

Assessment
The exam is assessed on a scale of pass/fail. The teacher assesses the practice lessons on a scale of pass/fail. One or two other teachers assess the teaching demonstration on a scale of pass/fail. One member of the jury at the teaching demonstration may be the teacher of another instrument or another type of instructor with pedagogical insight into the evaluation of teaching.

Prerequisites
2ip11 Introduction to Pedagogy

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

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations, and group work up to 60 hours
  • Observation of teaching at the beginner level and of examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Teacher training: 30 hours, with 15 hours supervised
  • Possibility of observing a visiting teacher's master class

Method of completion

  • Review a lecture, a methodological examination, or previous literature
  • Participation in group work and in Piano Structure and Maintenance
  • Observation of teaching at the elementary and basic levels
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching demonstration

 

3pa26 PIANO PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

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

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

Prerequisites
Piano Pedagogy 1 and Piano Level C or equivalent

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

Instruction and study

  • Lectures, demonstrations and group work up to 60 hours
  • Attendance at six lectures in the lecture series in general pedagogy
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessments: 15 hours
  • Teacher training: 30 hours, with 15 hours supervised
  • Possibility of observing a master class

Method of completion

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

 

3pa32 Piano Pedagogy 3 (7 ECTS credits, 187 hours)

Learning outcome
Students
• are familiar with an extensive repertoire and methods of piano teaching
• are familiar with the traditions of piano and piano teaching and can analyse them critically
• are able to independently address artistic and technical challenges of teaching a demanding piano repertoire
• are able to teach the piano and perform assessments at university level
• are able to teach (also professional, soloist, and specially talented students) independently and to plan, develop and lead teaching and learning environments
• appreciate the significance of values and conceptions of man and learning for teaching
• are capable of conceptual analysis regarding piano culture and pedagogy
• are able to assess the societal significance of piano teachers and music teaching
• perceive the significance of piano teachers and their own possibilities in today's world

Recommended year of completion M1 or M2
Assessment On a scale of pass/fail
Prerequisites Piano Pedagogy 1 and 2, Piano B

 

MAJOR STUDIES, FORTEPIANO

3pfm FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE (26 + 26 + 14,total. 66 ECTS credits)

Instruction and study

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

 

3pfm1 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE 1 (Master of Music) (33 ECTS credits, 881 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

3pfm2 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE 2 (Master of Music) (33 ECTS credits, 881 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

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

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

o3pfm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, Master of Music (20 ECTS credits)

With the Demonstration of Proficiency, students demonstrate a command of the major subject and that they have achieved the learning outcomes of their major subject.

Attainments included in the demonstration of proficiency:

  • An artistic Level A performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • Fortepiano as the main instrument: An artistic Level A1 performance examination and an artistic Level A2 performance examination, including related repertoire and other requirements.
  • A maturity essay in writing:
     
  • The student prepares the text (a minimum of 1 standard page) for the programme of the graduation concert. The text for the programme leaflet must include background information about the works to be played. The text can also include a brief review of cultural history. It must be submitted for assessment in connection with the enrolment for the performance examination. If the student completes the performance examination in two parts, he or she must submit the texts for both concerts in connection with the enrolment for the first performance examination.
  • With the maturity essay, students demonstrate that they have met the objectives set for the degree, courses, and Demonstration of Proficiency, as well as the language skills outlined in section 6 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). A student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity essay for a master's degree if he or she has already demonstrated his or her language skills in a maturity essay in the same language for the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites
Other studies included in the individual study plan.

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

 

OTHER STUDIES, FORTEPIANO

3v8 FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE, SECONDARY INSTRUMENT (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the techniques of a 5-octave (and to a lesser extent, a 6-octave) fortepiano,
its means of expression, music composed for the fortepiano (approximately 1740–1850), and obtain sufficient skills for possible further studies and individual practice.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0–5

Instruction and study
Individual instruction for a maximum of 28

Method of completion

  • Familiarity with the repertoire and a public performance once every academic year
  • Programme performance: 3 works of different styles, one of which is a  Viennese-Classical sonata

 

3v9 FORTEPIANO SEMINAR (3-6 ECTS credits, 80-160 hrs) (Piano instrument group)

Learning outcomes
The objective is for students to become knowledgeable about the nature and stylistic problems of Classical and Romantic (piano) music by not only studying the music and the scores themselves, but also by evaluating the insights of contemporaries in terms of the nature of music performance. An additional objective is to become acquainted with the structure and development of the early piano, as well as its special tonal features and expressive possibilities.

Course requirements and evaluation
Pass/fail by the teacher, evaluation based on the completion of seminar work agreed in advance.

Instruction and study
Seminar instruction for a maximum of 56 hours

Performances and assessment
Assessed by the teacher on a scale of pass/fail on the basis of seminar work.

 

OTHER STUDIES

3pa30 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARD HARMONY (2 ECTS credits, 53 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • qualify for Keyboard Harmony and the Practical Accompaniment module in Piano Pedagogy 1;
  • learn to play without notation and  learn to accompany with chord symbols
  • and by ear without chord symbols; they will also learn the basics of improvisation and how to implement individual texture on the piano;
  • be familiar with the blues pattern and diatonic progression of fifths in different keys;
  • be familiar with the basics of basso continuo and understand its possibilities in teaching;
  • know how to harmonise with basic chord functions and their typical substitutions (diatonic chords and secondary dominants);
  • be familiar with the older styles of popular music (waltz, tango, chanson, operetta) and
  • the Schlager and jazz tradition of the early 1900s, through listening to examples and pieces included in the repertoire;
  • practice playing by ear and copying (from recordings); and
  • be familiar with the principles of triplet or swung phrasing and know how to apply them in the jazz and baroque traditions.

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

Recommended year of completion
First year, spring semester.

Prerequisites
Basics of Music Theory and basic knowledge of figured bass.

Transferable credits
Practical Accompaniment 1, as arranged by the Department of Music Education

Instruction and study:
First year, spring semester. Tuition in small groups of 5-6 students for a maximum of 28 hours with lectures, playing, and practice.

Method of completion
Examination to consist of:

  • A blues pattern played in an accompaniment of the student's choice (in C, D, E, F, G, and Bb)
  • Playing a diatonic circle of fifths in three or four-note chords (if accordant with the style) in the key and beat required by the jury (with a key signature of up to four sharps or flats)
  • Harmonising a simple melody and copying a song played on the piano by ear (preparation time will be 30 minutes in total)
  • Playing a free-choice chord pattern in the Baroque style in the key required by the jury; and a piece of the student's choice (not through-composed and/or arranged)

 

3pa12 KEYBOARD HARMONY (3 ECTS credits, 80 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn to free themselves of the score while playing, obtain skills necessary for the practical analysis of piano harmony during playing, and acquire other skills needed in a musician's work with respect to improvised accompaniment and improvisation ( a minimum grade of 4/5 in Keyboard Harmony is necessary for attending Pedagogy of Practical Accompaniment in Piano).
  • be familiar with different piano textures and their implementation;
  • be familiar with the accompaniment styles of popular and African-American music and of songs with chord symbols (e.g., beguine, beat, shuffle, swing, bossa nova, samba, rock, jazz waltz and so on);
  • learn to improvise on a given harmonic progression, which can be a chord pattern from popular music or from the Baroque (figured bass) style;
  • be familiar with the harmonisation of a melody and the implementation of a harmonic texture without chord symbols;
  • be familiar with different chord progressions, with a command of, for example, the II-V-I progression;
  • be familiar with different forms of improvisation; and
  • be capable of cooperation with, for example, singers in musicals and other tunes.

Assessment
A jury with three members will assess on a scale of 0-5 (a minimum grade of 4/5 is a prerequisite for Pedagogy of Practical Accompaniment on Piano).

Recommended year of completion
Second or third.

Prerequisites
Introduction to Keyboard Harmony, Music Theory 1 & 2

Transferable credits
Practical Accompaniment 2, as arranged by the Department of Music Education, or an equivalent course.

Instruction and study
Regular instruction for small groups for the whole year; 52 hours in 3- person groups.

Method of completion
Examination to consist of:

  • Harmonisation of a modulating melody
  • Playing a piece with chord symbols that will be given prior to the examination, with an accompaniment in an appropriate style
  • Copying a piano-played song by ear
  • (preparation time will be 30 minutes in total)
  • Playing the II-V-I progression in four-chords in the beat required by the jury
  • Three different types of variations of a given theme with a week's preparation time. Must be played without a score.
  • A programme of three pieces. One of the pieces must represent swing and one straight rhythm. One of the three pieces may include a singer or a melody instrument.

 

3lp12 LIED DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
In this course, students will become familiar with working with Lieder. The aim is to prepare a Lied repertoire of approximately 40–60 minutes.

Assessment
Evaluation by a jury with two members. Pass/Fail.

Instruction and study

  • Instruction: up to 28 hours
  • Exercises

Method of completion

  • Class attendance
  • One evaluated, public performance: a programme of approximately 15-30 minutes
  • Public performances 

 

3lv7 MASTER CLASS (1-3 ECTS credits, 30-80 hrs)

Master class by a Finnish or overseas teacher according to availability.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

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

 

3pv7 PIANO DUO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
In this course, students will become acquainted with the work of two pianists by playing a repertoire for four hands or two pianos. At least two large-scale works or the equivalent must be prepared during the academic year.

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

Transferable Credits
Can be substituted by equivalent studies upon approval.

Instruction and study

  • Exercises
  • Instruction: up to 30 hours

Method of completion

  • Class attendance
  • Public performances
  • One evaluated, public performance

 

3pa28 PEDAGOGY OF PRACTICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND PIANO IMPROVISATION (7 ECTS credits, 187 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • have a command of practical accompaniment on the piano and be able to apply it to their piano teaching and their teaching of practical accompaniment in the future;
  • have comprehensive skills in instrument teaching, including playing by ear, transcription writing, individual implementation of textures, and improvisation and composition as part of a musician's skills, regardless of genres;
  • know how to encourage their pupils to both experimentations and focused practice on the piano;
  • be familiar with genres other than classical music and their implementation on the piano;        
  • have a command of harmonisation and accompaniment; and 
  • know how to apply versatile improvisation tools whilst both playing and teaching (including basso continuo, scales, modes, progressions by fifths, and blues progressions).

Preceding courses

  • Subject group in piano music: Introduction to Keyboard Harmony, Piano Pedagogy 1, and Keyboard Harmony with a grade of at least 4/5.
  • Degree Programme in Music Education: Practical Accompaniment 1 and Practical Accompaniment 2 with a grade of at least 4/5.
  • If necessary, a placement test may be required.

Course description:
Practical accompaniment at basic levels in music schools.
Evaluation
pass/fail
Recommended year of completion
Fourth year

Instruction and study
Group lectures: 60 hours
Practice teaching, up to 14 hours supervised

  • Students collect, plan, and prepare exercises for their practice pupils.
  • Practice teaching up to 30 hours; the supervising teacher will observe and comment on some of the sessions.
  • Observation of practical accompaniment and other corresponding lessons (15 hours), part of which will take place in music schools and adult education centres.
  • Lectures for up to 60 hours during which the students will be introduced to different teaching materials, and guest lecturers' individual teaching approaches.
  • Maintenance of a teaching diary during the academic year to support practice teaching and reflection.

Method of completion
The supervising teacher evaluates the student's work during the year and evaluates a 20-minute demonstration with a colleague. During the demonstration, the student will teach 2 given tasks of different forms to the practice pupil. To pass the exam, the student is required to have attended all practice teaching classes and to have written a report of the supervised observation in music schools and adult education centres.

 

3pv6 PIANO SEMINAR (2-3 ECTS credits, 50-80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
In this course, students will discuss the problems related to music performance and the pianist's profession and learn to solve them. Students will deepen their knowledge of performance practices from the baroque to contemporary music. Students will become familiar with the structural and experiential elements of music. The study module can be repeated several times.

Course requirements and evaluation
Assessment by the teacher on a scale of pass/fail on the basis of a seminar assignment.

Transferable Credits
Can be substituted by equivalent studies upon approval.

Instruction and study
Seminar instruction for a maximum of 28 hours. This seminar is held in English.

Method of completion and assessment
Assessed by the teacher on a scale of pass/fail on the basis of seminar work.

 

3pa11 SIGHT-READING / PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

In this course, students will learn to sight read easily and quickly, both in prima vista and learning situations. The objective for students is to acquire the sight reading skills necessary for chamber music, accompaniment and teaching contexts and to internalise different music styles.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the principles of sight reading and rapid learning
  • become familiar with the typical melodic and harmonic formulas of different music styles and learn to control rhythm and pulse
  • become familiar with the basic repertoires
  • learn to transpose tonal music up and down by a half and a whole step
  • acquire command of the principles of sight reading in connection with chamber music and accompaniment

Assessment
Evaluation by the student's own teacher plus one colleague on a scale of pass/fail
Instruction and study

  • Instruction in small groups between 56 hours
  • For 1-2 years
  • Individual transposing and music reading assignments

Method of completion
Passing requires active participation in teaching. Examination to consist of:

  1. One piano work a prima vista
  2. Accompaniment a prima vista
  3. An excerpt from an opera with changing tempos (piano score)
  4. Transposition up and down by a half and a whole tone/step; playing through in the original key is allowed

 

 3pa17 ACCOMPANIMENT / PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists in class and in performances. The course can be repeated several times. To receive credit, the required number of hours of accompaniment must be fulfilled during the same academic year.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

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

No tuition 2013-14

Learning outcomes

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

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

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study
Group instruction, a maximum of 28 hours

Method of completion
Class attendance

 

3v52 TUNING WORKSHOP (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

No tuition 2013-14

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the basics of tuning and the principles of different tuning systems. The course is intended for students interested in fortepiano performance.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

 

MAJOR SUBJECT (PIANO CHAMBER MUSIC AND LIED)

3plm Piano, Piano Chamber Music and Lied (Master of Music) (14+14+6, in total 34 ECTS credits, 918 hours)

Learning outcomes:
Students will have the technical skills for demanding repertoires and will be familiar with the key styles of Western piano music. They will be capable of performing demanding chamber music and lied repertoires, also as soloists if necessary.
Assessment: pass/fail
Instruction and study
Individual instruction 1 h per week (half of Piano Level A)
Assessment
Students perform a 30-minute, Level A examination of their choice for the jury, which consists of their teacher and one other teacher. Evaluation is on a pass/fail basis.
Instruction and study
Individual instruction 1 h per week (half of Piano Level A)
Methods of completion and assessment
Students perform a 30-minute, Level A examination of their choice for the jury, which consists of their teacher and one other teacher.

 

o3plm Demonstration of Proficiency, Classical Instrument, Piano Chamber Music and Lied (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hours)

Students will show mastery of their major subject and the achievement of learning outcomes of their major subject in their demonstration of proficiency.
The demonstration of proficiency includes the following:
- Two concerts, one of which focuses on chamber music and the other on lied music.
The concerts may include solo works. The programmes for both concerts and the repertoire must be approved by the instructor-in-charge. The two concerts must be given within six months.
- A maturity essay in writing:
The student prepares the text (a minimum of one standard page) for the programme of the graduation concert. The program leaflet contains background information on the pieces of music to be played. The text may also contain a short review of the cultural history of the music. The texts for the programme leaflets must be submitted for evaluation at least two weeks prior to each concert.
- The maturity essay is a written exam in which students demonstrate their competence in the field of the demonstration of proficiency, as well as language proficiency as outlined in Section 6 of the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). "The student does not have to demonstrate skills in Finnish or in Swedish in the maturity test taken for a Master's degree, if the language skills have already been demonstrated in a maturity test taken in the same language for a Bachelor's degree."
Preceding courses
Other studies included in the individual study plan.
Assessment
A jury appointed by the dean assesses both concerts on a scale of 0−5. The final grade is the average of the grades received for the concerts.  The maturity essay is evaluated by the chair of the performance examination jury, or some other teacher appointed by the department head on a pass/fail basis. The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Credits for the demonstration of proficiency are given by the head of the department.