DocMus Doctoral School

Sibelius Academy Faculty of Classical Music Doctoral School

Introduction

As a developer of artistry and research, the DocMus Doctoral School of the Sibelius Academy’s Faculty of Classical Music fosters and renews music at the highest level. It is an international, creative pioneer whose work is characterised by high international quality.

 

Long-term artistic work and research are the doctoral school's core activities. The focus of the education is on working in an academic community, such as in the Arts Study Programme, Applied Study Programme, or Research Study Programme.

 

Graduates from the DocMus Doctoral School are highly skilled and independent experts in their fields with creative and reliable competence. They are aware of their background, knowledge and skills as part of a tradition and are thus capable of cherishing the tradition while developing and creating new ideas and phenomena.

 

At the DocMus Doctoral School, doctoral studies and research mainly focus on music performance, composition and music theory, as well as church music. The artistic activities of the doctoral school are stylistically related to the Western tradition of art music, from antiquities to contemporary music styles.

 

In the doctoral school of music performance, research focuses on musicianship, instrument pedagogy, and musical institutions. The history of performance and performance practices as well as empirical study of performances are also key areas of research. Other research areas include music semiotics, post-tonal music theory, musical philosophy, history of music, and the psychodynamic approach to music and creativity research and related phenomena.

 

In the doctoral school of composition and music theory, the obvious key areas of interest are composition and music theory. Composition students are guided towards independent artistic work, and they will also participate in projects organized in collaboration with various partners. Doctoral students of music theory benefit from the strengths of music theory research at Sibelius Academy in fields such as music analysis, Sibelius studies, and music history studies.

 

In the doctoral school of church music, the focus is on service music and the special features of ecclesiastical music. Research areas range from topics in the history of church music, such as liturgical musical manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, to present-day church music and hymn singing. In an artistic doctorate in church music  students demonstrate their proficiency in a liturgical context.

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Studying at DocMus

Doctoral degrees available at Sibelius Academy are the Licentiate of Music and/or Doctor of Music degrees. The Licentiate of Music degree requires 150 ECTS credits in total, and the Doctor of Music degree requires 240 ECTS credits. In accordance with the so-called Universities Decree, the degrees are either science or arts degrees. The Licentiate of Music and/or Doctor of Music degrees can be taken in three different programmes:

 

1) Doctoral degrees in the Arts Study Programme mainly focus on artistic demonstrations of proficiency, consisting of concerts and possible recordings, artistic presentations or displays and, for composers, scores and compositions. A written thesis is also part of the demonstration of proficiency.

 

2) Research training includes a traditional dissertation. The programme features studies related to the topic of the dissertation, general research studies, as well as studies related to the researcher profession and general career skills.

 

3) In the Applied Study Programme, students specialize in an area of their choice, and the degree will have an artistic or research-oriented focus.  Students become experts in their field of specialization, with skills and abilities to create new and tested methods, applications, and practices. An integral part of the degree is the demonstration of proficiency, which can include concerts, recordings, compositions, notation publications, teaching demonstrations, learning materials, and equipment or software.

 

The DocMus Doctoral School encourages students to seek their own individual profile as researchers and allows students to aspire towards individual research practices and cultures. DocMus is courageous—original and individual artistic reflection is recommended. The doctoral school staff are easy to reach, and the school invests in tutoring and teaching. All dissertations are public, and all activities in general are also guided by fairness and transparency.

Arts Study Programme

Arts Study Programme

The general objective of doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy is to produce experts in music who are able to work creatively and critically in demanding tasks in the fields of art, research, development, and education. Doctoral graduates of the Sibelius Academy contribute to society on behalf of an ethically sustainable future.

The special objectives of the Arts Study Program are to provide the student with

1. an ability for insightful expression of high artistic standards,

2. an ability for conceptually clear knowledge production, and

3. an ability to engage in constructive interaction with the artistic community, the academia, and the rest of society.

 

Thesis and demonstration of proficiency (165 ECTS credits) comprises at least 5 concert performances and a thesis; for a degree concerning composition, compositions for at least 2–3 concert programmes and an artistic thesis. 

 

Supplementary studies  (75 ECTS credits, minimum) comprise at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Art and at least 24 ECTS credits of preparatory studies for artistic modules. The supplementary studies must also include studies in ethics.

 

Doctorands that began their studies before 1st of August, 2011: The degree (165 ECTS) comprises written thesis (24 ECTS) and preparatory studies for artistic work (51 ECTS), including 15 ECTS studies in philosophy of science and art.

Research Study Programme

Research Study Programme

The general objective of doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy is to produce experts in music who are able to work creatively and critically in demanding tasks in the fields of art, research, development, and education. Doctoral graduates of the Sibelius Academy contribute to society on behalf of an ethically sustainable future.

The special objectives of the Research Study Program are to provide the student with

1. an ability for high-quality knowledge production,

2. an ability to engage in interaction with academic communities and beyond them,

3. an ability to integrate into the activities of the international research community, and

4. an ability to enhance the status of scholarly research.

 

The degree in the Research Study Programme comprises a scholarly dissertation (165 ECTS credits) and supplementary studies  (75 ECTS credits). The supplementary studies must include at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Art plusp studies in ethics.

Applied Study Programme

Applied Study Programme

The general objective of doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy is to produce experts in music who are able to work creatively and critically in demanding tasks in the fields of art, research, development, and education. Doctoral graduates of the Sibelius Academy contribute to society on behalf of an ethically sustainable future.

 

The special objectives of the Applied Study Program are to provide the student with

1. scholarly/methodological/pedagogical/artistic/technical skills of a high standard,

2. the ability to develop new methods, skills, materials, and tools of a high standard,

3. the ability to collect, critically assess, produce, and apply knowledge,

4. the ability to work in cooperation with domestic and international parties in his/her field and also beyond, and

5. the ability to communicate the results of the work to diverse audiences.

 

In the Applied Study Program, the doctorand masters his/her skills and scholarship within a particular sub-domain in music. The degree focuses either on the artistic or the scholarly basis. Studies in the Applied Study Program produces new and tested methods, applications and practices.

 

The demonstrations of proficiency (165 ECTS creditscomprise  for example a concert, recordings, compositions, sheet music editions, teaching demonstrations, learning materials, equipment, computer programmes, and an artistic thesis or (scholarly) dissertation plus a report of the development project.

 

Supplementary studies (75 ECTS credits, minimum), include at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Art and studies in ethics. The artistic orientation studies include at least 24 ECTS credits of studies for artistic modules.

Graduated doctors

Doctorates at Sibelius Academy’s arts, research, and applied-study programmes from 1990–

Doctoral students' projects

Artistic Study Programme

  • De la Puente Naiara:The accordion; a major instrument in the contemporary chamber music Accordeon
  • Go, Aura A Kind of Radiant Darkness: Five Perspectives on the Music of Einojuhani Rautavaara Piano
  • Gorkun-Silen, Iryna: Flûte française: Influence of the late nineteenth-century French flute school on flute playing today Flute
  • Gustafsson Burgmann, Marianne In Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's company ‒ a study tour in the esthetics of the German romantic organ music Organ
  • Iisakkila, Jukka Musical absurdism as a unifying feature between the works of Luciano Berio, Frank Zappa and György Ligeti Conducting
  • Laine, Pinja Sounds of War and Peace Cello
  • Molinos Bosque, Angel The Artistic Possibilities of the Modern Bass Clarinet as seen over the Last Four Decades Clarinet
  • Myllärinen, Jyrki Modern and contemporary Finnish guitar music from 1970s to the present: Five musical viewpoints on solo- and chamber music repertoire of professional Finnish composers Guitar
  • Heikkilä Olga À tour de Pierrot Lunaire - Demarcation of singing and speaking Voice
  • Ohenoja, Antti Percussion in Today's Solo and Chamber Music Repertoire: Aspects on the Innovative Possibilities of Percussion Percussion
  • Piirainen, Anne Clarinet Music from Russia and the Soviet Union 1917–1991: Discovering an unexplored side of the clarinet repertoire Clarinet
  • Pippuri, Anna-Kaisa New perspectives on oboe Oboe
  • Silén, Sebastian Contextualizing Jean Sibelius's Works for Violin and Piano - Nordic Violin Music from the 19th and early 20th century.
  • Sumelius-Lindblom, Eveliina Aspects on French Modernism in 1920`s Piano
  • Vivolin, Malla Narration in flute music. On becoming a performer through the effect of narrative elements in the repertoire Flute
  • Witthauer, Olga The fortepiano music of Jan Ladislav Dussek
  • Wong, Debi Concert series: The Art Of Storytelling: performance possibilities for the historically informed. Written thesis: Music As Collaboration Voice

Research Programme

  • Helenius, Anna Church musician´s professional identity Church music
  • Hovi, Minna Tombeau fait à Paris – Encounters in 1652 Paris Harpsichord
  • Jaakkola, Inkeri Laakeripuun luona — Beneath the Laurel Tree. The text-music relationship of Paavo Heininen’s opera Silkkirumpu (The Damask Drum) Composition and music theory
  • Korkalainen, Samuli Attempts to improve music in the Lutheran Church in 19th-century Finland Church music
  • Lampinen, Leena The Selection of Choral Repertoire in the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Church music
  • Talasniemi Johanna Aulikki Rautawaara as a Performer of Sibelius’ Songs. Cultural Historical Singer Research. Voice
  • Tilli Inari Choral Music and Radio of 1930s in Finland
     

Applied Study Programme

  • Hyytiäinen, Miika The Voice Map ‒ Helping the communication between a composer and a singer
  • Pulkkis Uljas Orchestration Balancer - a computer application investigating the possibility to inspect the orchestration from the score
  • Weidenfeller, Kathleen Returning Flutists: A Handbook for Directors of Adult Flute Ensembles Flute

Staff and contact information

Head of Doctoral School Päivi Järviö, university lecturer, DMus
Vice Head of Doctoral School Markus Kuikka, DMus
Senior Advisor Sirpa Järvelä

Professors

Mieko Kanno, PhD
Anne Kauppala, PhD
Tuire Kuusi, DMus, Vice Dean
Kari Kurkela, PhD, professor emeritus
Matti Huttunen, PhD, professor emeritus
Veli-Matti Puumala, Professor (composition and music theory)
Lauri Suurpää, DMus, Professor (composition and music theory)

Adjunct Professors

Glenda Dawn Goss, PhD
Kati Hämäläinen, DMus

Lecturers

Assi Karttunen, university lecturer (80 %), DMus
Jorma Hannikainen, lecturer in church music, DMus
Ulla Pohjannoro, university lecturer, DMus, MA
Anu Vehviläinen, university lecturer, DMus

Research Fellow

Markus Mantere, PhD

Post Doc Researchers

Elisa Järvi, DMus
​Jyrki Lähteenmäki, DMus
Vesa Norilo, DMus (Academy of Finland Postdoc Research Fellow)
Laura Wahlfors, DMus

Visiting Research Fellows

Ulla-Britta Broman-Kananen, DMus
Ivan Jimenez, PhD (ivan.jimenez.rodriguez@uniarts.fi)

Doctoral Students

Iryna Gorkun-Silén
Miika Hyytiäinen
Samuli Korkalainen
Inkeri Jaakkola
Jyrki Myllärinen
Anne Piirainen
Sirkku Rintamäki
Eveliina Sumelius-Lindblom

Part-time Teachers

Alakotila Timo
Castren Marcus
Eilittä Leena
Eken Susanna
Frisco Christopher
Dawn Goss Glenda, Adjunct Professori
Haapanen Tuomas
Heinonen Eero
Hirvonen Jussi
Huttunen Matti, Professor Emeritus
Hämäläinen Kati, Adjunct Professor
Isokoski Soile
Jussila Kari
Järvelä Eija
Jääskeläinen Anni
Kaitaro Timo, Adjunct Professor
Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson
Kirkby Emma
Korsimaa Anna-Maija
Kortekangas Olli
Krull Marguerite
Kuikka, Markus
Lindeberg Tuuli
Marin Risto-Matti
Meyerson Mitzi
Murtomäki, Veijo, Professor Emeritus
Naumanen-Saarinen Eeva-Liisa
Nikula Heikki
Nummi-Kuisma Katarina
Nyberg Katariina Fanny
Packalen Elina
Peitsalo Peter
Pluciennik Marek
Pohjannoro Ulla
Pohjola Paavo
Pohjola-Oramo Maija-Liisa
Porthán Olli Professor
Puumala Veli-Matti Professor
Raami Asta
Raasakka Mikko
Rahkonen Margit
Ranta Ilmo
Rantanen Matti
Resjan Valeria
Riikonen Taina
Ruck Jurger
Savijoki Jukka
Seye Elina
Tiensuu Jukka
Tikka Kari
Turunen Kari
Tynkkynen Marjut
Wahlfors Laura