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.

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.

Art Study Programme

Art 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.

Research Study Program

Research Study Program

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.

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.

 

 

Graduated doctors

Doctorates at Sibelius Academy’s arts, research, and applied-study programmes from 1990–2016

Doctoral students' projects

  

Artistic study programme

Research programme

Development study programme

Staff and contact information

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

Professors

Anne Kauppala, PhD
Kari Kurkela, PhD
Mieko Kanno, PhD
Matti Huttunen, PhD, professor emeritus

Adjunct Professors

Glenda Dawn Goss, PhD
Kati Hämäläinen, DMus

Lecturers

Assi Karttunen, university lecturer (80 %), DMus
Jorma Hannikainen, lecturer in church music, DMus
Tuire Kuusi, Sibelius Academy vice dean, university lecturer, DMus
Anu Vehviläinen, university lecturer, DMus

Research Fellow

Markus Mantere, PhD

Post Doc Researcher

Vesa Norilo, DMus (Academy of Finland Postdoc Research Fellow)
Laura Wahlfors, DMus

Visiting Research Fellows

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

Doctoral Students

Marianne Gustafsson Burgmann
Minna Hovi
Miika Hyytiäinen
Samuli Korkalainen
Inkeri Jaakkola
Anne Piirainen
Sirkku Rintamäki
Deborah Wong

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 Professori
Isokoski Soile
Jussila Kari
Järvelä Eija
Jääskeläinen Anni
Kaitaro Timo, Adjunct Professori
Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson
Kirkby Emma
Korsimaa Anna-Maija
Kortekangas Olli
Krull Marguerite
Kuikka, Markus
Lindeberg Tuuli
Marin Risto-Matti
Meyerson Mitzi
Murtomäki, Veijo, Professor
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
Suurpää Lauri, Professor
Tiensuu Jukka
Tikka Kari
Turunen Kari
Tynkkynen Marjut
Wahlfors Laura