Degree requirements / Sibelius Academy: Vocal music

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

8k VOCAL MUSIC (Bachelor of Music/Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (16 + 16 + 16, 48 ECTS credits, 1,283 hrs)
o8k DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, VOCAL MUSIC (Bachelor of Music) (10 cr, 260 hrs)
38p1 ENSEMBLE SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
8p59 EXPRESSION 1: BASICS OF EXPRESSION (5op, 134t) (autumn semester + spring semester = two workshops)
8p42a EXPRESSION 2A: ACTING (2.5 ECTS credits, 67 hrs)
8p42b EXPRESSION 2B: DANCE (2.5 ECTS credits, 67 hrs)
8p44 EXPRESSION 4: STAGE PRACTICE (11 ECTS credits, 294 hrs)
8p33 PIANO PLAYING FOR SINGERS 1 (4 ECTS credits / 107 hrs)
8p34 PIANO PLAYING FOR SINGERS 2 (5 ECTS credits / 134 hrs)
3lp1 WORKSHOP IN VOCAL MUSIC 1 (10 ECTS credits, 260 hrs)
8p57 ORATORIO WORKSHOP (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs) (1 period = 2 ECTS credits)

VOCAL MUSIC BACHELOR OF MUSIC, SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

3lp8 VOCAL MUSIC MATERIAL AND FORMS (Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)
3lv34 HISTORY OF FINNISH OPERA (2-3 cr, 54-81 hrs)
2ip11 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY (1 ETCS credit, 27 hours)
8p54 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 1 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT: LIED AND ORATORIO MUSIC

8m VOCAL MUSIC (Master of Music/ Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (14 + 14 + 7, 35 ECTS credits, 935 hrs)
o8lm1 DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, LIED AND ORATORIO MUSIC (Master of Music) (20 cr, 534 hrs)
3lps2 LIED SEMINAR (10-13 ECTS credits, 346 hrs)
8p36 RECITAL PRODUCTION A (6-8 ECTS credits, 54-214 hrs)
3lp10 WORKSHOP IN VOCAL MUSIC 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
8p58 ORATORIO WORKSHOP 2 (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs) (1 period = 2 credit)
3ls4 ORATORIO SEMINAR (13 ECTS credits / 346 hrs) (5 ECTS credits, 135 hrs major subject church music)

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT: OPERA SINGING

8p46 OPERA SINGING (4 + 4 + 2, 10o ECTS credits, 267 hours, 2.5 years)
o8om2 DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, OPERA SINGING (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hours)
8p50 EXPRESSION B/OPERA SINGING (4 ECTS credits, 107 hours)
8p51 EXPRESSION A/OPERA SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)
8p47 OPERA PRODUCTIONS/OPERA SINGING (Master of Music) (50-68 ECTS credits [20-27 ECTS + 20-27 ECTS + 10-14 ECTS] , 1335-1816 hours )
8p49 ARIA WORKSHOP/OPERA SINGING (1 ECTS credits, 27 hours)
8p52 ENSEMBLE SINGING/OPERA SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)
3k9 OPERA COACHING 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)
3k10 OPERA COACHING 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

RESEARCH STUDIES, MAJOR SUBJECT OPERA SINGING

8p53 INTRODUCTION TO AN OPERA (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hours)
8p48 LANGUAGE AND PHONETICS OF AN OPERA/Opera Singing (8 ECTS credits, 1 course = 2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT VOICE PEDAGOGY

8p55 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
8p56 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 3 (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)
o8pm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, VOCAL PEDAGOGY (Master of Music) (22 cr, 587 hrs)

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO

8p24 OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO B (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
8p25 OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO A (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
o8rm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, Vocal Music, opera coaching and collaborative piano (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hrs)
8p21 INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH AN ORCHESTRA (2 ECTS credits, 52 hrs)
8p26 OPERA C  / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)
8p27 OPERA B  / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)
8p28 OPERA A / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)
8p30 PRIMA VISTA/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs) (For Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano majors)
8p31 KEYBOARD HARMONY/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

RESEARCH STUDIES

8v4 OTHER THEORY STUDIES IN THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-3 ECTS credits, 28-80 hrs)
8v2 INTERNATIONAL EVENT/COURSE (2-5 ECTS credits, 54-134 hrs)
3lv32 CULTURE AND LITERATURE STUDIES (5 ECTS credits, 132 hrs)

OTHER STUDIES

8p40 ARIA WORKSHOP (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)
8p43a EXPRESSION 3A: SINGER AS AN ACTOR (2.5 ECTS credits, 70 hrs)
8p43b EXPRESSION 3B: SINGER AS A DANCER (2.5 ECTS credits, 70 hrs)
8p22 CHAMBER MUSIC OR ORCHESTRAL PROJECT (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)
8v9 AUDITION COACHING/OPERA SINGING (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hours)
8v10 AUDITIONING (1 ECTS credit, 27 hours)
8p35 RECITAL PRODUCTION B (2-4 ECTS credits, 54-104 hrs)
3lv7 MASTER CLASS (1-2 ECTS credits, 27-54 hrs)
8v7 SPECIALISATION IN DRAMA SKILLS (1–2 ECTS credits, 27– 54 hrs)
v36 OPERA CHOIR (2 – 3 ECTS credits, 54 - 80 hrs)
8v8 OPERA PRODUCTION (exchange students, non-Opera Majors) (4-14 ECTS credits, 107-374 hours)
8p20 STUDENT PRODUCTION (1-4 ECTS credits, 54-104 hrs)
v33 PARTICIPATION IN A MUSICAL THEATRE OR ORATORIO PRODUCTION (2-5 ECTS credits, 54-130 hrs)
8p32 SPECIALIZED STUDIES IN PIANO PERFORMANCE/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (6 ECTS credits, 161 hours)
8v11 RECITATIVES (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)
8v6 THEME PROJECT (1–2 ECTS credits,  27– 54 hrs)
8v3 CAREER SKILLS (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)
3yk6 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHONETICS (1 ECTS credit, 27 hrs)
8v5 GUEST LECTURES (1 ECTS credits, 27 hrs)
8p65 VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 82 hrs)

STUDIES TO OTHER MAIN SUBJECTS

2ka28 VOCAL PEDAGOGY (4 ECTS credits, 104 hrs)

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

8k VOCAL MUSIC (Bachelor of Music/Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (16 + 16 + 16, 48 ECTS credits, 1,283 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire competence for a bachelor's degree in the major subject and min. Level B bachelor's level demonstration of proficiency A performance examination is required at both Levels C and B.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • A performance assessed by the teacher and a colleague once every academic year

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction for three academic years; a maximum of 168 hours
  • Instruction in small groups at instructor's discretion
  • A maximum of 42 hours of accompaniment

Methods 

  • Individual voice practice
  • Familiarity with music and lyrics.
  • Performances

Performances and assessment

  • Passing requires active participation in instruction.
  • Learning outcomes a and b:
    • learn to further develop vocal technique
    • become familiar with the key classical styles of vocal music
    • qualify for the bachelor's by demonstrating proficiency in the vocal music programme
  • Learning outcome c
    • a performance assessed by the teacher and a colleague once every academic year
    • achieve Level C and B, as assessed by a jury on a scale of 0-5

 

o8k DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, VOCAL MUSIC (Bachelor of Music) (10 cr, 260 hrs)

Course description
With the demonstration of proficiency, the student should demonstrate command of the major subject. The Bachelor's degree candidate's demonstration of proficiency or final project in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music consists of a programme performance in Vocal Music Level B a written presentation. The hours needed for the preparation and performance of the final project are an estimated 267 hrs, resulting in 10 ECTS credits.

  • Preparing for and performance of Vocal Music Level B. Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5 The student will receive feedback in writing from the jury.
  • Written presentation (1-2 pages): Reflection on the years of my vocal studies. The written presentation is assessed by the student's supervisor on a scale of pass/fail.

Assessment
The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail.

Recommended year of completion
B3

 

38p1 ENSEMBLE SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Students will become familiar with vocal ensemble work from duets to crowd scenes.

Learning outcomes

  • students will learn to perceive a musical entity and their role in it
  • students will learn to hear themselves as part of an ensemble and to adjust their contribution
  • students will learn to assess their challenges related to ensemble singing and to use their voice according to the task, style, and the other singers of the ensemble

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
1st year

Instruction and study    
Coaching with accompaniment: up to 24 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Performances           
Participation in rehearsals and possible performances.

 

8p59 EXPRESSION 1: BASICS OF EXPRESSION (5op, 134t) (autumn semester + spring semester = two workshops)

Learning outcomes
Student will:

  • study the foundation of expression: contact, reactions, bodily experience, speech/singing, interaction
  • study their own ways, goals, and basis of expression as well as their possible challenges with expression (for example, perfectionism, need to control, lack of self-confidence, passivity, self-consciousness).
  • study physical expression combined with speech and singing
  • learn to analyze performing 
  • study monologues through performing and writing

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
First year, bachelor's degree

Transferable Credits
The instructor-in-charge and the head of the department together decide which parts of the module can be substituted by previous practical experience.

Instruction and study  
Group instruction maximum of 80 hrs   
Individual practice    

Performances           
Class attendance, participation in demonstration(s)

 

8p42a EXPRESSION 2A: ACTING (2.5 ECTS credits, 67 hrs)

Learning outcomes
1) Autumn semester: Spoken word

Students will:

  • study the dynamics of dialogue
  • study scenes through status work
  • apply the new skills in singing    and sung scenes
  • study the speaking voice
  • study basic rhetorics and monologues

The course will include:

  • practice on a healthy, expressive speaking voice;
  • practice on the bodily aspects of the speaking voice;
  • monologue practice;
  • physical exercises on awareness, relaxation,  and the physiological basis of the voice.

2) Spring semester: Status and movement

Students will:

  • be aware of and know how to imply status on stage;   
  • direct movement and integrate it with music, text, and context;
  • analyse their own status interactions.

Course description:

  • Status work with a focus on bodily movement
  • Exercises on movement as part of the musical and textual structure of a role
  • Dialogue practice.

Instruction and study

  • Group instruction: 60 hrs
  • Independent study: 10 hours

Requirements
Class and demonstration attendance

Recommended year of completion
Second year, bachelor's degree

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail, oral feedback

Prerequisites
Expression 1

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

Instruction and study  
Group instruction maximum of 44 hrs       
Individual practice    
Performances           
Class attendance, participation in demonstration(s)

 

8p42b EXPRESSION 2B: DANCE (2.5 ECTS credits, 67 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • study elementary ballet
  • study basic elements of movement from different style periods
  • practice mobility, coordination, body control

Course description

  • Awareness of the elements of movement
  • Space vs. movement
  • Strength practice
  • Awareness of a physical "centre" and a balanced posture as the basis of movement.

Instruction and study

  • Group instruction: 60 hrs
  • Individual study 10 hrs

Requirements
Class attendance
Attendance at demonstrations

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
Second year, bachelor's degree

Prerequisites
Expression 1

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

Instruction and study  
Group instruction maximum of 44 hrs       
Individual practice    
Performances           
Class attendance, participation in demonstration(s)

 

8p44 EXPRESSION 4: STAGE PRACTICE (11 ECTS credits, 294 hrs)

The course includes

  • directed music theatre (arias, scenes, complete acts, or compilations of music theatre works)
  • Integration of music, text, stage context, and internal emotions with self-expression.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • learn the basic skills of acting;
  • learn to prepare a role and create a character
  • apply the themes from previous courses when creating a performance
  • study narration and expression in relation to the audience

Prerequisites
Translation of a text as agreed with the teacher; study of and familiarity with the music

Course description

  • Musical coaching
  • Diction
  • Analysis of dramatic context and text
  • Directing practice
  • Stage practice.

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback. The course can be repeated several times.

Recommended year of completion
Third year, bachelor's degree–Third year, master's degree (spring semesters)

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

Instruction and study           
Musical coaching and directing practice in group: 160 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary
Individual practice    
Performances           
Class attendance
Public performances

 

8p33 PIANO PLAYING FOR SINGERS 1 (4 ECTS credits / 107 hrs)

This course includes the following topics: familiarity with song literature, accompaniment from notation and absolute and/or relative chord symbols, transposing playing chords and cadences etc.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • master the basic technique of piano playing, specifically in different styles of Lieder and other song literature
  • learn to apply harmony skills by practising different scales, cadences, triads and four-note chords, and by practising modulating chord sequences suitable for vocal exercises.
  • learn to combine practical accompaniment and traditional piano playing
  • develop their practical skills and creative musical thinking

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
1st year

Transferable Credits
Everyone takes the proficiency test. On the basis of the test, students are either exempt from the module or are placed in a group of their skill level. The department head decides on transferable credits and which parts of the module can be substituted by previous practical experience.

Instruction and study  
Individual instruction maximum of 20 hrs       

Performances           

  • Accompaniment practice
  • performance examination
    • Cadences, transposing
    • A modulation pattern suitable for vocal practice
    • A rehearsed vocal accompaniment assignment reading a prepared score ( like lieder, aria)
    • Easy vocal accompaniment transposing; chord markings permitted, preparation time 15 min.
    • 10 piece repertoire (operetta, musical, folks songs), of which the jury will pick 1-2. The melody can be sung or played along to the accompaniment.

 

8p34 PIANO PLAYING FOR SINGERS 2 (5 ECTS credits / 134 hrs)

See Piano performance for Singers 1

Learning outcomes
Students will develop their skills further after Piano 1 or equivalent skills.

The course includes
This course includes the following topics: familiarity with song literature, accompaniment from notation and absolute and/or relative chord symbols, transposing ,playing chords and cadences etc.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
2nd year

Preceding courses
Piano performance for Singers 1

Transferable Credits
Proficiency test for students whose Piano performance for Singers 1 has been accepted as transferable (2 credits). Based on this test, students are either exempt from the module or placed in a group of their skill level. The department head decides on transferable credits and which parts of the module can be substituted by previous practical experience.

Instruction and study  
Individual instruction maximum of 20 hrs       

Performances           

  • Accompaniment practice
  • Programme performance. For church music students level C and a level examination
    • Cadences, transposing
    • A modulation pattern suitable for vocal practice
    • A rehearsed vocal accompaniment assignment reading a prepared score ( like lieder, aria)
    • Transposing an easy vocal accompaniment; chord markings permitted, preparation time 15 min.
    • 10 piece repertoire (operetta, musical, folks songs), of which the jury will pick 1-2

The melody can be sung or played along to the accompaniment.

 

3lp1 WORKSHOP IN VOCAL MUSIC 1 (10 ECTS credits, 260 hrs)

(Five minicourses, each worth 2 ECTS credits. The minicourses must be completed in 1 academic year (during the second or third year of study).

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the different style periods of vocal music and the mainstreams of performance practices
  • become familiar with the Lied and solo repertoires of the key composers from each period
  • learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances
  • learn to analyse the relationship between lyrics and music as well as piano and voice in different periods

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
2nd-3rd year (Degree Programme in Vocal Music)

Preceding courses
Vocal music C or an equivalent study module of the Academy, and a proficiency test (not applicable for students in the Degree Programme in Vocal Music). Pianists: Students must have piano as their major, or alternatively, take the proficiency test.

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

Instruction and study
Group instruction for a maximum of 110 hours including phonetics of the languages related to the repertoire.

Performances           
Class, concert and group work attendance

Instruction and study           
Group work for a maximum of 48 hours (two teachers simultaneously)

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • Public performance in the minicourse concerts

 

8p57 ORATORIO WORKSHOP (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs) (1 period = 2 ECTS credits)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the key works of vocal church music through individual and group work
  • learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances and by singing in the course concerts
  • be familiar with the phonetics of the languages used in sacred vocal music
  • learn to sing solos and ensemble parts of sacred vocal music

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
Vocal music Level C and a proficiency test, if necessary

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

Instruction and study           
Group work for a maximum of 48 hours (two teachers simultaneously)

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • Public performance in the minicourse concerts

 

VOCAL MUSIC BACHELOR OF MUSIC, SECONDARY STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF MAJOR STUDIES

3lp8 VOCAL MUSIC MATERIAL AND FORMS (Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (6 ECTS credits, 160 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to study independently the structures, material and forms of vocal music through music analysis and to find practical approaches to the analysis of the works in question.

Assessment
0–5

Recommended year of study
3rd year

Prerequisites
Music Theory 1–2

 

3lv34 HISTORY OF FINNISH OPERA (2-3 cr, 54-81 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the Finnish opera culture and its relationship to international trends and historical events with a focus on the works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
They will learn to research the topic independently and to identify larger themes and contexts.

Assessment
On a scale of 0-5.

Instruction and study           
Lectures: up to 30 hours

Performances           

  • Active participation in lectures and the final exam
  • Active participation in lectures, final exam and two 4-page essays based on the articles handed out during the course

 

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

 

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

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire the skills necessary for teaching basic and beginning vocal techniques
  • understand the characteristics and selection of vocal exercises
  • learn about different areas and working methods of vocal pedagogy
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of vocal technique: anatomy and physiology
  • selection of repertoire for basic courses
  • learn to assess the progress of a student and give feedback
  • acquire the skills necessary for guiding artistic expression and to coach pupils for performances  
  • become capable of flexible communication and interaction with pupils
  • learn to set objectives for teaching and plan their instruction accordingly
  • learn to teach the basics of phonetics of the key singing languages
  • become familiar with key voice types
  • adopt a pedagogical approach to singing
  • qualify for Vocal Pedagogy B

Assessment
On a scale of pass/fail. The coordinating teacher grades the exam, the supervising teacher the practice teaching, and at least two colleagues grade the teaching demonstration. The singing demonstration is given in conjunction with the teaching demonstration. It is assessed by the teaching demonstration jury (pass/fail: insufficient or sufficient vocal and phonetic skills for Vocal Pedagogy B studies).

Year of study
3rd year

Preceding courses
2ip11 Introduction to Pedagogy , Vocal Music C studies completed at a university or an institute of higher education with a minimum of grade 3/5

Orientation period in pedagogy
Basic studies in pedagogy.

Transferable Credits
Vocal Didactics I completed at an institute of higher education substitutes lectures and teacher training. The exam and teaching demonstration must be completed at the Sibelius Academy.

Instruction and study            

  • Lectures, demonstrations and guided group work up to 48t hours
  • Observation of teaching and examinations including its assessment a maximum of 15 hours 
  • Practice teaching up to 32 hours, up to 15 hours supervised

Performances            

  • Examination on lectures, literature or methodology
  • Class and demonstration attendance
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessment 
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching diary and a teaching report
  • Teaching demonstration that can be taken after an approved practice teaching period (assessment of teaching and planning skills, familiarity with teaching methods and materials, feedback skills, and interactive skills). 
  • Singing demonstration in Finnish, Swedish, and German.

 

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT  LIED AND ORATORIO MUSIC

8m VOCAL MUSIC (Master of Music/ Degree Programme in Vocal Music) (14 + 14 + 7, 35 ECTS credits, 935 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire competence for a master's degree in the major subject and min. Level A master's level demonstration of proficiency

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study

  • Individual instruction a maximum of 140 hours per two and a half academic years
  • Instruction in small groups at instructor's discretion
  • Accompaniment a maximum of 70 hours (does not include opera coaching)

Methods 

  • Familiarity with music and lyrics.
  • Performances

Performances and assessment
Passing requires active participation in instruction.

Learning outcomes

  • learn to further develop vocal technique
  • become familiar with the styles of classical vocal music
  • be able to develop soloist skills independently and qualify for doctoral study.
  • a performance assessed by the teacher and a colleague once every academic year
  • Level A, as assessed by a jury on a scale of 0-5

 

o8lm1 DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, LIED AND ORATORIO MUSIC (Master of Music) (20 cr, 534 hrs)

Course description
With the demonstration of proficiency, the student should demonstrate command of the major subject. The Master's degree candidate's demonstration of proficiency or final project in Lied and Oratorio Music consists of a programme performance and written assignments as follows:

  • Familiarity with and performance of a Vocal Music Level A.
  • Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5 The student will receive feedback in writing from the jury.
  • Preparing and performance of Recital production A. Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5 The student will receive feedback in writing from the jury.
  • Written presentation (2-4 pages) on a topic related to vocal music. The written presentation is assessed by the professor of vocal music on a scale of pass/fail.

Assessment
The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail.

 

3lps2 LIED SEMINAR (10-13 ECTS credits, 346 hrs)

The course includes

  • lecture workshops on the specific topics of Lieder music
  • two written presentations of a topic related to Lieder
  • analysis of interpretations
  • discussion of the stage character of Lieder 

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become well versed in the technical, stylistic, and interpretative questions of Lieder become familiar with larger entities of Lieder
  • learn to produce written material about vocal music 

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
5th–later half of the 5th year (Degree Programme in Vocal Music)

Preceding courses

  • Vocal music Level B
  • Workshop in Vocal Music 1
  • Workshop in Vocal Music 2

Pianists: Students must have piano as their major, or alternatively, take the proficiency test.

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

Instruction and study           
Lectures and group work up to 64 hours
Individual instruction(can be substituted with 3lp12 Lied Duo) a maximum of 32 hours

Performances           

  1. Attendance at individual and group instruction.
  2. Presentation of the papers
  3. Public performance in the minicourse concerts

 

8p36 RECITAL PRODUCTION A (6-8 ECTS credits, 54-214 hrs)

Learning outcomes

  • Students will learn to plan and implement a recital
  • Students will acquire basic skills necessary for a concert production and for writing a programme leaflet

In this course, students become familiar with the different stages of recital production. The module includes preparation of a concert programme or a series of concerts during the semester.  The series of concerts may also include a role in a production of church music or chamber music.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of 0-5; feedback in writing.

Recommended year of completion
5th to 6th

Preceding courses
Lied or oratorio seminar

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

Instruction and study  
Group and individual instruction maximum of 20 hrs       

Performances 
Public performance of a rehearsed programme

 

3lp10 WORKSHOP IN VOCAL MUSIC 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the different style periods and language areas of vocal music
  • become familiar with the Lied and solo repertoires of the key composers from each period;
  • learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances
  • learn to analyze the relationship between lyrics and music as well as piano and voice in different periods

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
Workshop in Vocal Music 1
Pianists: Students must have piano as their major, or alternatively, take the proficiency test

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

Instruction and study

  • Group lessons and lectures 110 hours
  • Supervised duo work (piano/voice) in a group of 10-16 students
  • Analysis of a recording of a final concert

Methods 

  • Individual duo practice
  • Materials for a concert programme, and translations as necessary
  • Prepared programme for a public concert

Performances and assessment
Class attendance and active participation in all group lessons. The teacher assesses the performance.

 

8p58 ORATORIO WORKSHOP 2 (4 ECTS credits, 107 hrs) (1 period = 2 credit)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become familiar with the key works of vocal church music through individual and group work
  • learn by performing in the group sessions and by monitoring other students' performances

Students will become familiar with the key works of vocal music and their history through individual work. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of vocal styles form different style periods; of composers; religious texts and their content; and of the significance of the instrumental parts and their development.

Recommended year of study
M1-2. For students of Church Music: M1-3.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Prerequisites
Vocal music Level B, or a proficiency test, if necessary. For Church Music majors: Level B and a proficiency test

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

Instruction and study
Attendance at group lessons 48 hours (with two teachers simultaneously)

Methods  

  • Independent study: 59 hours
  • Solo and ensemble performances at group lessons
  • Translations of vocal assignments
  • Contribution to the planning and production of a concert programme
  • Performances of the assignments

Performances and assessment
Passing requires active participation in instruction.

Learning outcomes

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

 

3ls4 ORATORIO SEMINAR (13 ECTS credits / 346 hrs) (5 ECTS credits, 135 hrs major subject church music)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • become well versed in the technical, stylistic, and interpretative questions of church music with a focus on larger entities
  • learn to produce written material about vocal church music 

The aim is to extensively study oratorio literature and vocal church music through individual work and group work. This course will discuss the development of the oratorio and vocal church music, its styles and their characteristics In particular, recitatives. Text analyses. During the academic year, each participant will write two brief presentations of topics related to the lecture workshops and perform in concerts.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
4th - later half of the 5th academic year, 2nd semester

Preceding courses
Vocal music Level B, or a proficiency test, if necessary
Major subject church music: Lied and Oratorio Seminar

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

Instruction and study

  • Attendance at the group lessons (lectures and group work, a maximum of 60 hours)
  • Small group tuition (only for students in the vocal music department), a maximum of 48 hours (with two teachers simultaneously)

Methods 

  • Independent study: 234 hours
  • Major subject church music, 75 hours
    • Familiarity with the key works of vocal church music through individual and group work
    • Two essays
    • Concert performances during the academic year (only for students in the vocal music department)

Performances and assessment
Passing requires active participation in instruction.

Learning outcomes

  • Familiarity with the key works of vocal church music through individual and group work
  • Familiarity with the development, styles and characteristics of vocal church music
  • Familiarity with different styles of recitatives
  • Skills for text analysis
  • Two essays related to the lecture series
  • Concert performances during the academic year
  • Concert performances during the minicourses

The teacher will assess items 1-5; the teacher will assess item 6 with a colleague.

 

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT  OPERA SINGING

8p46 OPERA SINGING (4 + 4 + 2, 10o ECTS credits, 267 hours, 2.5 years)

Objective To enhance the students' opera singing skills: to instruct students in versatile use of the voice, vocal expression, and comprehensive control of the voice.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will have the skills needed to prepare for an operatic role independently.
  • Students will have the skills for a rational use of the voice when practicing and performing an operatic role.
  • Students will master the different uses of the voice required by operatic roles.
  • Students will master various uses of the voice required by different genres and languages and know how to adapt their vocal expression to the context.

Assessment

  • Oral feedback
  • Pass/fail

Instruction and study           

  • Individual instruction for a maximum of 40 hours per academic year or 20 hours per semester.
  • Individual instruction related to an opera production for a maximum of 8 hours
  • Accompaniment: a maximum of 35 hours (up to 14 hours per year)

Performances           

  • Class attendance
  • Performance

 

o8om2 DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, OPERA SINGING (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hours)

With Demonstration of Proficiency, students will show the mastery of their major subject and) the achievement of the learning outcomes of the major subject in their demonstration of proficiency.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be familiar with the basic styles of opera literature.
  • Students will be able to create a credible character and interpretation on stage.
  • Students will be able to communicate and express a variety of emotions and contexts using their singing voice.
  • Students will be capable of independent work and research.

Content
The master's Demonstration of Proficiency in the Opera Singing Major consists of opera performances included in the degree and the following written work:

  • a minimum of two (2) operatic roles assessed by the jury on a scale of 0-5 (written evaluation);
  • contribution to programme leaflet planning and writing (part of the text for a leaflet), assessed on a scale of pass/fail; and
  • an opera major's portfolio/an extensive CV, assessed on a scale of pass/fail.

Assessment
Demonstration of Proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail.

 

8p50 EXPRESSION B/OPERA SINGING (4 ECTS credits, 107 hours)

In this course, students will obtain basic acting skills and become familiar with the basic principles of stage work and the special characteristics of various styles of musical theatre through physical exercises, status work, reaction exercises, text and context-based situational improvisation, opera and role dramaturgy, monologues, dialogues, and scenes. Opera work will include scenes, recitatives, and both guided and improvised arias. (A pianist will be available periodically.)

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyse and perceive different stage work contexts and master various methods of stage work.
  • Students will be aware of their strengths on stage. They will be able to monitor their weaknesses and evolve in terms of self-expression.
  • Students will be able to synchronise versatile uses of the voice, emotional statuses, action, and their persona.
  • Students will have the tools for developing their motor skills and flexibility.
  • Students will have improved their improvisation skills and their skills producing and reacting to momentary impulses.

Recommended year of completion
1. First year, NB!  MASTER'S DEGREE.

Assessment
Pass/fail and an oral report by the teacher.

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 70 hours
Instruction with accompaniment: up to 20 hours

Performances           
Class attendance
Participation in a demonstration

 

8p51 EXPRESSION A/OPERA SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

In this course, students will obtain basic acting skills and become familiar with the basic principles of stage work and the special characteristics of various styles of musical theatre through physical exercises, status work, reaction exercises, text and context-based situational improvisation, opera and role dramaturgy, monologues, dialogues, and scenes. Opera work will include scenes, recitatives, and both guided and improvised arias. (A pianist will be available periodically.)

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyse and perceive different stage work contexts and master various methods of stage work.
  • Students will be aware of their strengths on stage. They will be able to monitor their weaknesses and evolve in terms of their self-expression.
  • Students will be able to synchronise versatile uses of the voice, emotional statuses, action, and their persona.
  • Students will have the tools for developing their motor skills and flexibility.
  • Students will have improved their improvisation skills and their skills producing and reacting to momentary impulses.

Recommended year of completion
2.Second year, NB! MASTER'S DEGREE

Assessment
Pass/fail and an oral report by the teacher.

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 35 hours
Instruction with accompaniment: up to 10 hours

Performances           
Class attendance
Participation in a demonstration

 

8p47 OPERA PRODUCTIONS/OPERA SINGING (Master of Music) (50-68 ECTS credits [20-27 ECTS + 20-27 ECTS + 10-14 ECTS], 1335-1816 hours)

Students will participate in the rehearsal process of a maximum of five (5) opera productions during the 2.5-year master's programme.

Objective
To rehearse a role or a significant part of it; to become familiar with the integration of the elements of music and drama (music, text, and voice; ensemble work; character analysis and communication; and staging, costumes, and lighting), coached by an artistic team.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to prepare a balanced, versatile, and credible role on stage.
  • Students will be able to integrate the vocal, textual, and other musical elements into a convincing, personal character.
  • Students will have the skills necessary for interacting in a socially demanding profession. Their persona and personal strengths will help make an opera/musical theatre production successful.
  • Students will have the skills needed for individual preparation of a production.

Prerequisites
Translation of a text as agreed with the teacher; study of and familiarity with the music

Assessment
Assessment on a scale of 0–5 and written feedback from the jury

Prerequisites
Translation of a text as agreed with the teacher; study of and familiarity with the music

Instruction and study 
Preparation for the role under a coach: including role analysis and stage rehearsals (with the director, conductor, coach, choreographer, an expert on language and style, or a coach of movement styles.) Performing a role in a production:

  • Individual instruction related to the productions: a maximum of 30 hours per production, including a minimum of 8 hours of vocal coaching
  • Group instruction for a maximum of 50 – 230 hours per production. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.
  • Independent study max 516 hours                                                            

Participation in the rehearsal process of the opera production. The language of instruction will be announced in connection with the course.

 

8p49 ARIA WORKSHOP/OPERA SINGING (1 ECTS credits, 27 hours)

This course will prepare students for the performance of an aria by further developing the background of the character and the stage context, refining musical expression and textual and musical analysis, polishing the language and phonetics, and enhancing their personal imprint on the performance.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to create a strong functional, content-oriented, and visual context for the performance of an aria.
  • Students will be able to deliver an aria successfully ignoring external disturbances.
  • Students will have strengthened their personal relationship with music, specifically with an emotionally charged aria detached from its larger context.

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 35 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Assessment
Pass/fail. This module can be repeated several times.

Performances           
Class attendance and an audition. The module can be repeated several times.

 

8p52 ENSEMBLE SINGING/OPERA SINGING (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

This course will enhance students' ensemble skills, perception of harmony and textures, situational sensitivity, and aural perception.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to perceive an ensemble texture in a score and their own part, with its challenges.
  • Students will be capable of aural perception in an ensemble and able to react on that perception.
  • Students will be able to adopt and enhance social skills and situational sensitivity in an ensemble setting.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 24 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Performances           
Class attendance
Participation in a concert

 

3k9 OPERA COACHING 1 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Repertoire coaching, study of arias and opera scenes. Familiarity with different types of tasks and the key opera and music theatre repertoires for the student's voice type. Basic knowledge and skills for work with a coach/collaborative pianist and role preparation.

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire the skills necessary for the study of opera roles.
Perceiving personal characteristics, enhanced learning techniques. Students will acquire basic skills for independent musical practice of a role.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
4th year

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

Instruction and study 
Studying under a coach during the first academic year for a maximum of 32 hours

Performances           
Class attendance

 

3k10 OPERA COACHING 2 (3 ECTS credits, 80 hrs)

Repertoire coaching, study of arias and more extensive opera scenes as well as complete opera roles. Different types of opera and music tasks, familiarity with tasks and roles for the student's voice type. Professional work with a coach/collaborative pianist. Students can also apply for the right to take this module for a second year as an optional course.

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire the professional musical skills necessary for opera and music theatre roles. Students will learn to study opera roles independently. They will also learn to assess their strengths and challenges. Students will learn to combine the music and text related to a character.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
5th year

Preceding courses
Opera coaching 1

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

Performances           
Class attendance

 

RESEARCH STUDIES, MAJOR SUBJECT OPERA SINGING

8p53 INTRODUCTION TO AN OPERA (1-2 op credits, 27-54 hours)

An extensive introduction to the work to be performed, including composer, librettist, content, structure, background; historical, social, aesthetic, and world-political contexts; and development of performance practices, background of the roles and earlier performers, and so on. Individual instruction on writing about a topic related to the work in question will be offered when possible.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will have the research skills necessary for writing about the work to be performed.
  • Students will be able to tap into their background knowledge of the work in order to create a personal relationship with the work, character, and style in question.

This course can be completed by attending a corresponding lecture series (10 ECTS credits, 26 hours)

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Lectures: a maximum of 16 hours
- Instruction in written work
- Individual study 30 hrs
The language of instruction will be announced in connection with the course.

Method of completion
- Class attendance
- Written work (topic to be agreed upon with the teacher)
This course can be offered via Open University

 

8p48 LANGUAGE AND PHONETICS OF AN OPERA/Opera Singing (8 ECTS credits, 1 course = 2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

Instruction focuses on the language and phonetics of the operas/musical theatre works included in the programme. Every language learning period is based on the libretto and language of the production in question and its phonetic and stylistic characteristics. The language to be learned is chosen based on the production (e.g., Italian, German, French, English, or Spanish).

NOTE: Instruction is given in English and includes minicourse instruction, instruction schedules, extensive studies in Italian.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will know the basics of the key opera languages and be aware of their phonetic challenges.
  • Students will have the skills for independent language and phonetics study needed when preparing for a production
  • Students will sound polished and authentic when singing in a foreign language.

Assessment
Pass/Fail.

Instruction and study           
Instruction is given in clusters worth two (2) ECTS credits with group and contact instruction for a maximum of 20 hours per cluster

Performances           
Class attendance

 

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT VOICE PEDAGOGY

8p55 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 2 (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • acquire the skills necessary for teaching vocal techniques at the basic level and Level 1 and become familiar with related repertoires
  • learn about different areas and working methods of vocal pedagogy
  • learn to teach a student of the opposite sex
  • learn to guide and develop the student's interpretative vision, artistry, and performance skills, and follow the music scene actively
  • become familiar with different voice categories
  • learn to set objectives for teaching and plan their instruction (with pupils) accordingly and to evaluate pupils' progress and their related teaching
  • learn to plan, coach for, and assess performances at the basic level and Level 1
  • become familiar with group instruction
  • be able to interact naturally with pupils at different levels and of different ages and backgrounds
  • become familiar with mental training and questions of motivation and self-esteem
  • become familiar with the work of a teacher at a music institute and with the position of a teacher in the administration of music schools
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the international terminology of vocal music and the history of voice pedagogy
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basics of English and French phonetics

Assessment
On a scale of pass/fail. The coordinating teacher grades the exam, the supervising teacher the practice teaching, and at least two colleagues grade the teaching demonstration. The student is considered to have passed Vocal Pedagogy 2 if he/she has passed Vocal music Level B or an equivalent study module of the Academy with a minimum grade of 3/5.

Year of study
4th year

Preceding courses
Vocal Pedagogy 1 with a minimum grade of 3/5. Vocal music Level C or an equivalent study module of the Sibelius Academy with a minimum grade of 3/5 and a singing demonstration given in conjunction with Vocal Pedagogy C (sufficient vocal and phonetic skills for Vocal Pedagogy B studies).

Transferable Credits
Vocal Didactics II completed at an institute of higher education substitutes for points II-IV. The exam and teaching demonstration must be completed at the Sibelius Academy.

Instruction and study            

  • Lectures, demonstrations and guided group work up to 48 hours
  • Practice teaching 64 hours, of which up to 30 hours will be supervised
  • Observation of teaching, examinations and examination assessment 15 hours 
  • Individual work and independent group work 135 hours

Performances            

  • Examination on lectures, literature or methodology
  • Class and demonstration attendance, participation in group work
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessment 
  • Teaching practice lessons
  • Teaching demonstration that can be taken after an approved practice teaching period

 

8p56 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 3 (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the methods and trends of voice pedagogy
  • become familiar with vocal pedagogy literature.
  • become familiar with the history of vocal music
  • become familiar with the research of vocal music
  • become familiar with the teaching of vocal music at the university level and its evaluation
  • become familiar with the repertoires, notation, and vocal implementation of contemporary vocal music
  • acquire the skills necessary for the planning of vocal teaching, including the preparation of examination performances and the arrangements of teaching at music schools
  • be able to analyze and evaluate teaching, learning materials, and teaching methods
  • be able to teach independently

Assessment
The supervising teacher assesses the master class report and observation assignments, and the review test, pass/fail.
The supervising teacher assesses the written seminar work* A jury of at least three colleagues assesses the practice teaching of the whole year*, including an assessment on the training of the practice pupil for the course examination. At least three colleagues assess the teaching demonstration*
*Assessment on a scale of a/i.

Year of study
6th year

Preceding courses
Vocal Pedagogy 2 with a minimum grade of 3/5. Vocal music B or an equivalent module of the Academy with a minimum grade of 3/5.

Instruction and study            

  • Seminar work up to 48 hours
  • Observation of teaching and examinations including its assessment a maximum of 20 hours
  • Practice teaching a maximum of 32 hours
  • Videotaping the initial, and final proficiency of a pedagogic practice pupil 4 hours
  • Demonstration lessons a maximum of 2 hours
  • Master class a maximum of 20 hours
  • A teaching report and a pedagogic portfolio

Performances            

  • An oral review examination
  • Class and demonstration attendance, participation in group work, a written seminar assignment
  • Observation of teaching and examination assessment 
  • Practice teaching sessions, demonstration lessons and preparing the practice pupil for the student concert and level performance
  • Active or passive participation in a master class and a related report or observation of a singing competition with observation tasks
  • Portfolio

 

o8pm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, VOCAL PEDAGOGY (Master of Music) (22 cr, 587 hrs)

Course description
With the demonstration of proficiency, the student should demonstrate command of the major subject. The Master's degree candidate's demonstration of proficiency or final project in Vocal Pedagogy consists of the following studies and written assignments:

  • Familiarity with and performance of a Vocal Music Level A.
  • Evaluation by jury on a scale of 0-5 The student will receive feedback in writing from the jury.
  • A Level A teaching demonstration.
  • A portfolio on pedagogy (2-4 pages) assessed by the lecturer-in-charge of vocal pedagogy on a scale of pass/fail.

Assessment
The demonstration of proficiency is assessed on a scale of pass/fail.

 

MASTER'S MAJOR SUBJECT OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO

8p24 OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO B (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Opera coaching and collaborative piano is part of the studies in the main subject and includes the following:

  • Basics of opera coaching and collaborative piano
  • Characteristics of different styles of opera music
  • Study and practice of coaching
  • Interactive skills
  • Seven operas of different styles from the basic repertoire
  • Familiarity with roles from the operas mentioned above
  • Linguistic characteristics of the material mentioned above
  • Introduction to recitative accompaniment
  • Analysis of dramatic contents and texts
  • Vocal repertoire for auditions
  • History of opera
  • Opera score reading and adaptation on the piano
  • Different pianistic styles

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the requirements for working as a professional coach and collaborative pianist. Students will learn to widen their view of the music and their playing and to perceive larger musical and dramatic entities. Students will learn to see their strengths as musicians and communicators and to develop their working methods.

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of 0–5, oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study           
Lectures for a maximum of 30 hours
Group instruction for a maximum of 70 hours
Supervised coaching of one or more singers a maximum of 50 hours

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Final exam
    • Coaching session with a singer
    • Audition accompaniment
    • Interview

 

8p25 OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO A (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Opera coaching and collaborative piano is part of the studies in the main instrument with focus on the following specialisation areas:

  • Advanced methodology of opera coaching and collaborative piano
  • Coaching styles
  • Different types of productions
  • Different working situations
  • The role of the vocal coach in an opera production
  • Knowledge of different styles
  • Seven operas of different styles from the basic repertoire
  • Roles from the operas mentioned above
  • A wider range of operatic  repertoire
  • Advanced interactive skills
  • Familiarity with different workplace communities
  • Advanced practice on recitative accompaniment
  • A wider range of vocal audition repertoire and the characteristics of an audition
  • Opera score reading
  • Performance and rehearsing of more extensive and substantial opera scenes

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire the skills necessary for a professional coach and collaborative pianist and understand the importance of continuous learning and extended knowledge of repertoires. Students will learn to perceive large musical and dramatic entities. They will also acquire the skills for coaching an extensive musical entity.

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of 0–5, oral feedback

Prerequisites
Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano B

Recommended year of completion
Second year

Instruction and study           
Lectures for a maximum of 30 hours
Group instruction max. 60 hours
Supervised coaching of singers max. 40 hours

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Final exam
    • Coaching of singers
    • Audition accompaniment
    • Performance of a transcription for the piano of an opera score (to be defined later)
    • Interview

 

o8rm DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY, Vocal Music, opera coaching and collaborative piano (Master of Music) (20 ECTS credits, 534 hrs)

Content
With the demonstration of proficiency, the student demonstrates command of the major subject. The Master's degree candidate's demonstration of proficiency in Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano consists of the following studies and written assignments:

  • Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano A
  • Written presentation of the production in Opera A or an equivalent, extensive written presentation in a programme leaflet.
  • Portfolio (consisting especially of notes on discussions, observations and experiences in connection with Opera C, B, and A)

Learning outcomes

  • Students are familiar with the work of collaborative pianists and their responsibilities in rehearsing operas or other music theatre productions
  • Students have the skills for rehearsing a singer or an ensemble by playing, providing impulses, and simultaneously maintaining control of the situation
  • Students are familiar with the key opera styles and languages and related challenges.
  • Students are familiar with the central elements of a piano score and can create orchestral sounds on the piano.

Assessment
On a scale of 0–5. Written evaluation.

 

8p21 INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH AN ORCHESTRA (2 ECTS credits, 52 hrs)

Learning outcomes

  • Student will acquire the basic skills necessary for orchestra work
  • Students will perceive their role in the orchestra and the music
  • Students will acquire the basic skills for following the score and the conductor

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Year of study
First to fifth year

Instruction and study           
Group instruction and exercises a maximum of 22 hours

Requirements
Class attendance
The course may be taken several times.

 

8p26 OPERA C  / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (10 ECTS credits, 267 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the tasks of the coach/collaborative pianist in different phases of an opera production, and what is required of a coach/collaborative pianist in different phases of a production. Students will learn to read interactive situations and understand how to act in different rehearsal contexts.

Assessment
Pass/Fail. Oral feedback.

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study            

  • Working as a team with a coach from the productions,
  • Monitoring of work, participation in workshops and other stage projects for a maximum of 100 hours
  • Observation of and participation in vocal auditions a maximum of 35 hours
  • Peer evaluation and discussions with teachers 10 hours
  • Observation of production work and methods, portfolio and other independent and/or individual work of 100 hours
  • Individual instruction a maximum of 20 hours

Requirements
Class attendance and participation in a production
Demonstration of coaching

 

8p27 OPERA B  / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (12 ECTS credits, 320 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire the skills necessary  for different rehearsal contexts and learn to understand all phases of a production and how to manage them. Students will acquire the basic skills for working with a director and they will discover individual ways of working in a production.

Assessment
Written evaluation. Pass/Fail.

Recommended year of completion
Second  year

Prerequisites
Opera C

Instruction and study           

  • Working as a team with a coach from the productions and workshops a maximum of 110 hours
  • Contributing to the scheduling of a production. Monitoring and discussion of a production 35 hours
  • Voice audition coaching a maximum of 20 hours
  • Collection and production of material for a portfolio and other individual study 120 hours
  • Individual instruction a maximum of 28 hours

Requirements

  • Class attendance and participation in a production
  • Demonstration of coaching
  • Brief written (or oral, if necessary) presentation of the work

 

8p28 OPERA A / Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano (9 ECTS credits, 240 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a production and its different phases. They will become familiar with the challenges of a production. Students will understand the responsibilities of a coach and learn to work the music with the soloists until the performance. They will learn to work as members of a team and to work with musical and dramatic material under the guidance of a conductor and a director.

Assessment
On a scale of 0–5

Written evaluation
Prerequisites
Opera B
Opera C

Recommended year of completion
Third year

Instruction and study           
Working on a production a maximum of 120 hours
Individual instruction a maximum of 28 hours

Requirements
Participation in a production
Demonstration of a more extensive rehearsal

 

8p30 PRIMA VISTA/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs) (For Opera Coaching and Collaborative Piano majors)

The students will develop their understanding of scores, creating orchestral effects, and highlighting harmonies. Development of a functional and effective pianism.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to adjust their playing to suit the context. They will also learn to find individual ways of implementing a demanding score. Students will learn to find the essential elements of a score and implement them in their pianism.

Assessment
0-5

Recommended year of completion
First year

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

Instruction and study           
Instruction in a group of two students: a maximum of 30 hours

Performances           
Examination to consist of:

  1. One piece on the piano a prima vista
  2. Accompaniment a prima vista
  3. An opera excerpt

 

8p31 KEYBOARD HARMONY/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

This course includes the following topics: practical accompaniment; chord and figured bass symbols; harmonisation of a melody; transposing and improvisation; recitative structures, styles, and performance.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to implement the harmonies of a composition and to enhance their own creative and applied ways of playing.

Assessment
Oral feedback. 0-5.

Recommended year of completion
Second year

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

Prerequisites
Sight-Reading

Instruction and study           
Group instruction of 2-3 students, up to 30 hours

Requirements

  • Class attendance
  • Examination to consist of: Harmonisation
  • Performance from chord symbols
  • Variations (to be defined later)

 

RESEARCH STUDIES

8v4 OTHER THEORY STUDIES IN THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-3 ECTS credits, 28-80 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will deepen their knowledge of the history or research of vocal music or another topic to be agreed later.

Syllabus/Instruction and study
Optional course/courses from different areas as agreed, literature study, and/or individual work by the student. This course can be included in research studies.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Recommended year of completion
M1-M2

Performances           
Literature, individual work and/or class attendance as agreed.
Brief written presentation (2-4 pages)

 

8v2 INTERNATIONAL EVENT/COURSE (2-5 ECTS credits, 54-134 hrs)

This course can include different events, for example, the NordOpera biennale; international congresses; events for vocal music, lied, oratorio, opera, musical theatre, stage arts, improvisation, song composition, and collaborative piano; workshops, profiled master classes etc. Worth 3-5 ECTS credits and requiring a written report, this course can be included in the research studies referred to in the Degree Regulations of Sibelius Academy.

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the international level and demands of vocal music and learn to communicate with Finnish and international artists in spoken, musical, and interpretative contexts. In this course, the students will also develop networks for themselves and the Sibelius Academy.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study           

  • Lectures, workshops, master classes or group work, public performances and demonstrations a maximum of 80 hours , and individual work by the student
  • Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.
  • Report writing as applicable

Performances           

  1. Participation in an event or course
  2. Class and rehearsal attendance
  3. Participation in practical tasks
  4. For an attainment worth 3-5 ECTS credits: a short (2 pages) written report of an event or a course.

The course can be repeated several times.

 

3lv32 CULTURE AND LITERATURE STUDIES (5 ECTS credits, 132 hrs)

Learning outcomes
The aim of this module is for students to study the cultural-historical periods and phenomena that are important from the singer's point of view, and to increase their knowledge of literature, thereby complementing their understanding of vocal music. The module is part of the theory studies as required by the degree regulations of the Sibelius Academy.

Assessment
Pass/fail

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

Instruction and study           
Lecture-based learning for a maximum of 30 hours
Study of literature, individual work 100 hours

Performances           

  1. Class attendance
  2. Study of literature
  3. 1–2 essays based on lectures and literature

 

OTHER STUDIES

8p40 ARIA WORKSHOP (2 ECTS credits, 54 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be able to analyse an aria with all its characteristics;
  • obtain advanced skills in aria singing and giving an aria a personal interpretation, creating a plausible character on stage and placing the aria in the stage context.

Course description

  • Analysis of arias (music and text)
  • Strengthening the stage context
  • Musical and interpretational coaching
  • Auditions and feedback in a group.

Prerequisites
Translation of a text as agreed with the teacher; study of and familiarity with the music

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
Second year, bachelor's degree-Second year, master's degree. Students are advised to complete this course before Expression 4/Practical Opera Skills.

Prerequisites
Expression 1

Instruction and study           
Group instruction 32 hrs

Performances           
Class attendance and participation in an audition or demonstration

 

8p43a EXPRESSION 3A: SINGER AS AN ACTOR (2.5 ECTS credits, 70 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • study the basics of dramaturgy in poetry, drama, and music
  • study the structuring of text and music both physically and in relation to singing
  • study different readings and interpretations of texts/songs
  • study action in relation to text and music
  • study the different layers and perspectives of narration and their bodily expression

Course description

  • Basics of dramaturgy in music
  • Basics of dramaturgy in text
  • Different methods of preparing solo and ensemble numbers, arias, and recitatives (exercises)
  • Methods and styles of tragedy, comedy, and naturalism
  • Integration of the basic methods with music, context, and role (exercises)

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
Third year, bachelor's degree

Prerequisites
Expression 2

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

Instruction and study           
Group instruction 66 hrs

Performances           
Class attendance and participation in an audition or demonstration

 

8p43b EXPRESSION 3B: SINGER AS A DANCER (2.5 ECTS credits, 70 hrs)

Learning outcomes

  • study the different qualities of movement
  • study basic elements of movement in space
  • practice mobility, coordination, body control, use of strength, improvisation
  • study the relationship between movement and music

Course description

  • Bodily awareness practice
  • Practice physical expression, bodily conversation and reaction
  • Practice reacting to impulse
  • Practice fighting and physical contact.

Assessment
Evaluated on a scale of pass/fail and oral feedback

Recommended year of completion
Third year, bachelor's degree

Prerequisites
Expression 2

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

Instruction and study           
Group instruction 44 hrs

Performances           
Class attendance and participation
in an audition or demonstration

 

8p22 CHAMBER MUSIC OR ORCHESTRAL PROJECT (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)

Participation in an extensive chamber music project. Alternatively, participation in orchestral work as soloist or in an ensemble.

Learning outcomes
Students will enhance their chamber music and co-operational skills. They will acquire advanced skills for independent and responsible work.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Year of study
First to fifth year

Preceding courses
At the Bachelor's level, a student must pass a proficiency test or an audition in order to qualify for this course.

Instruction and study           
Coaching with accompaniment: up to 20 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Requirements

  • Participation in the project
  • Participation in a concert (yet to be determined)

The course may be taken several times.

 

8v9 AUDITION COACHING/OPERA SINGING (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hours)

This course is an introduction to different types of auditions, audition practices, voice ranges, and related repertoires. Students will be prepared individually for different auditions. They will also select a repertoire and find their own voice and voice range.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be aware of their strengths in an audition.
  • Students will audition naturally and convincingly, coming across as engaging artists.
  • Students will know how to write a CV and produce other relevant material for recruiters and PR purposes.
  • Students will know which songs in an audition are suitable for their voice type.

Assessment 
Pass/Fail

Instruction and study           
Group instructions and lectures (on voice categories etc.) and CV guidance a maximum of 20 hours
Auditions and practice auditions with oral feedback a maximum of 28 hours

Performances            
Class attendance and attendance of auditions and practice auditions

 

8v10 AUDITIONING (1 ECTS credit, 27 hours)

This course is an introduction to different types of auditions, audition practices, and voice ranges. Students will be prepared individually for different auditions. They will also select a repertoire and find their own voice and voice range.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be aware of their strengths in an audition.
  • Students will audition naturally and convincingly, coming across as engaging artists.

Prerequisites
Translation of a text as agreed with the teacher; study of and familiarity with the music

Assessment
Pass/Fail. This module can be repeated several times.

Instruction and study           
Group instruction and lectures: a maximum of 5 hours
Auditions and practice auditions (with oral feedback): 12 hours

Performances           
Class attendance and attendance at auditions and practice auditions
The module can be repeated several times.

 

8p35 RECITAL PRODUCTION B (2-4 ECTS credits, 54-104 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to plan and implement a brief recital.
In this course, students become familiar with the different stages of recital production. The course includes a brief concert or half a concert (with a duration of approximately 30-45 minutes). The programme may consist of lieder, sacred vocal music, or chamber music.

Assessment
By jury on a scale of pass/fail; the jury will discuss the performance with the student.

Recommended year of completion
4th to 5th

Preceding courses
Bachelor of Music Degree

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

Instruction and study           
Individual and group instruction for the repertoire a maximum of 20 hours
Group instruction for planning a concert program a maximum of 6 hours

Performances           
Public performance of a rehearsed programme

 

3lv7 MASTER CLASS (1-2 ECTS credits, 27-54 hrs)

Active participation in a master class given by a Finnish or international teacher. The master class can include vocal techniques, repertoires (opera, Lieder, oratorio etc.), expression, musical or stage interpretation and implementation. An active participant is expected to monitor the teaching of other students and to participate actively in the course. Master classes are usually open to the public.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to receive impulses in a quick-paced and brief teaching situation and to apply them afterwards.

Assessment
Pass/fail

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

Instruction and study           

  • Individual or group instruction a maximum of 45 hours (8-45 hours)
  • Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.
  • A possible concert

Performances            
Class attendance. The course may be taken several times.

 

8v7 SPECIALISATION IN DRAMA SKILLS (1–2 ECTS credits, 27– 54 hrs)

A variety of themes and contents, including make-up, fencing, character dance and styles of movement, court etiquette.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will acquire advanced skills for stage performance.
  • They will learn to develop and apply advanced drama skills in practice.

Assessment

  • Oral feedback from the teacher
  • Pass/Fail

Preceding courses
None. The study module can be repeated several times.

Instruction and study
Group instruction for a maximum of 20 hours (two teachers simultaneously as necessary)

Performances           
Class attendance

 

v36 OPERA CHOIR (2 – 3 ECTS credits, 54 - 80 hrs)

Participation in the choir of the Vocal Music Department's production.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to act on stage and to combine musical and drama-related instructions in a choir.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Preceding courses
Chosen by the professor

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

Instruction and study
Participation in a choir for an opera or music theatre production

Performances            

  1. Participation in rehearsals set by the coach and the director. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.
  2. Performances

 

8v8 OPERA PRODUCTION (exchange students, non-Opera Majors) (4-14 ECTS credits, 107-374 hours)

Objective
To rehearse a role or a significant part of it; to become familiar with the integration of the elements of music and drama (music, text, and voice; ensemble work; character analysis and communication; and staging, costumes, and lighting), coached by an artistic team.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to prepare a balanced, versatile and credible role on stage.
  • Students will be able to integrate the vocal, textual, and other musical elements into a convincing, personal character.

Assessment
Assessment on a scale of 0-5 and written feedback from the jury. This course can be repeated several times.

Instruction and study           
Individual instruction related to the production up to 30 hours
Group instruction: a maximum of 180 hours per production 

Performances            
Participation in the rehearsal process and performance of an opera production

 

8p20 STUDENT PRODUCTION (1-4 ECTS credits, 54-104 hrs)

Students will plan and stage a production (for example, a music theatre production).

Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the rules of producing a successful performance. They will learn group work and about the significance of a committed contribution in a production.

Assessment
Pass/Fail

Year of study
First to fifth year

Preceding courses
Voice C

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 20 hours. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Performances           
Participation in group work. Public performance.

 

v33 PARTICIPATION IN A MUSICAL THEATRE OR ORATORIO PRODUCTION (2-5 ECTS credits, 54-130 hrs)

A musical or drama role in a musical theatre production or an oratorio.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to commit themselves to practising and performing with a larger community. They will develop their perception of their strengths and challenges and independent working skills.

Assessment
Pass/fail

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

Instruction and study           
Rehearsals, public performance, and individual work approximately 54-130 hours. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Performances           

  1. Participation in rehearsals set by the coach and the director.
  2. Performances

 

8p32 SPECIALIZED STUDIES IN PIANO PERFORMANCE/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (6 ECTS credits, 161 hours)

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to develop their pianism extensively. They will learn to understand the significance of ergonomic playing as a coach and collaborative pianist.

Evaluation
Pass/Fail

Prerequisites
None

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

Recommended year of completion
First and second years

Instruction and study           
Group instruction of up to 40 hours
Individual instruction up to 20 hours

Requirements
Class attendance

 

8v11 RECITATIVES (2 ECTS credits, 54 hours)

This course is an introduction to different styles of the recitative, its development, and ways of working with the recitative to make it serve the text; dramaturgy; and the stage context. Students will also learn how to promote a singer's persona and voice characteristics as well as their independent practice skills in a recitative opera.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will learn to communicate and react in the framework of a recitative.
  • They will learn to combine a recitative to the stage context and thus facilitate the rote learning process.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study 
Group instruction, lectures, and individual instruction max. 36 hours. Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary. The language of instruction will be announced in connection with the course.

Performances 
Class attendance

 

8v6 THEME PROJECT (1–2 ECTS credits,  27– 54 hrs)

To provide students with a chance to participate in a vocal music project planned by a teacher and to concentrate on a musical topic specified by the teacher. The project will end with a performance or a demonstration of skill.

Learning outcomes

  • Through a project assigned by the teacher, students will become familiar with a topic related to vocal music.
  • They will learn to focus on a chosen topic and to utilize the material in their performance.

Assessment

  • Oral feedback by the teacher
  • Evaluation by the teacher and a colleague: Pass/Fail

The course can be repeated several times.

Instruction and study           
Group instruction for a maximum of 10 hours
Simultaneous instruction by two or more teachers as necessary.

Requirements
Class attendance
Attendance at demonstrations

 

8v3 CAREER SKILLS (1-3 ECTS credits, 27-80 hrs)

The aim is to provide the students with practical information on working as a professional singer and as a voice teacher. The topics will include job applications, auditions, challenges of building a career as a singer or vocal pedagogue, PR and media relations, agencies, the balance between the development of the voice and suitable tasks.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to see their current situation and the challenges of career development. They will learn to perceive the significance of a suitable repertoire and contacts Students will become aware of the challenges of combining the career of a pedagogue and an artist.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study           
Lectures for a maximum of 35 hours (15 – 35 hours)
Independent study and practice 40t hours

Performances           
Class attendance and completion of possible assignments

 

3yk6 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHONETICS (1 ECTS credit, 27 hrs)

This course will provide instruction in the following languages: German, Italian, French, Russian, Spanish. The needs of the student related to the repertoires will determine the coursework.

Learning outcomes
Students will acquire competence for producing a finished and authentic sound from a foreign-language repertoire without actual language studies. Through minor examples, students will perceive phonetic differences between sung and spoken language. Basic skills required for implementing the demands of language, style, and music in singing.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Year of study
1st-later half of the 5th year

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

Instruction and study           
Individual study up to 10 hours

Performances           
Class attendance

 

8v5 GUEST LECTURES (1 ECTS credits, 27 hrs)

Learning outcomes
Observation of guest lectures or other specific teaching arranged by the department.

Assessment
Pass/fail

Instruction and study
Observation of guest lectures 20 hours and individual work 7 hours. The course may be taken several times.

Performances           
Students need to verify that they have attended the guest lectures in a manner to agreed upon.

 

8p65 VOICE PRODUCTION AND CARE/OPERA COACHING AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO (3 ECTS credits, 82 hrs)

The objective is to learn basic vocal technique. Individual vocal and breathing techniques will be studied.

Learning outcomes
Students will become aware of the challenges related to vocal techniques and learn to perceive basic singing issues. They will acquire skills for the discussion of possible problems in performances and opera roles with singers and/or voice teachers. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their vocal "ear".

Assessment
Pass/fail

Recommended year of completion
First year

Instruction and study 
Lectures for a maximum of 10 hours. Instruction and practice in small groups and observation and accompaniment of vocal lessons for a maximum of 48 hours.

Performances           
Class attendance

 

STUDIES TO OTHER MAIN SUBJECTS

2ka28 VOCAL PEDAGOGY (4 ECTS credits, 104 hrs)

For students in the degree programme in orchestral and choral conducting, music education (Afro-American voice), or folk music.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

  • be familiar with the different fields and methods of vocal pedagogy
  • be familiar with basic vocal techniques and voice physiology
  • understand the characteristics and selection of vocal exercises
  • be familiar with the selection of repertoire for basic courses
  • be familiar with the basics of phonetics of the key singing languages
  • be familiar with key voice types
  • adopt a pedagogical approach to singing

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

Instruction and study
Lectures, demonstrations, and instructed group work for a maximum of 42 hours.

Performances           

  1. Examination on lectures, literature or methodology
  2. Class attendance demonstrations, and participation in group work