Practice pupils

Sibelius Academy trains instrument and voice teachers in several departments. These future teachers gain valuable experience by practising their pedagogical skills with pupils. The pupil and the teacher meet weekly on the Sibelius Academy premises, and the teaching sessions are monitored by a supervising senior teacher. We welcome instrumentalists and singers from young beginners to advanced pupils, for the following instruments/departments:

  • Faculty of Classical Music: accordion, classical voice, composition, early music instruments (harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, traverso, baroque violin, baroque cello), French horn, general music subjects (music theory, aural skills, music analysis, arranging), guitar, kantele, organ, piano, practical accompaniment (piano), strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass)

  • Faculty of Music Education, Jazz, and Folk Music: African-American (pop/jazz) voice (music education department), folk music (folk music department), jazz voice, and jazz ensemble instruments (jazz department)

 

Application period for academic year 2017–2018 ended 13.8.2017. Thank you for applying! We don't accept any more applications for this year. We will contact all applicants latest 15th of September 2017.

 

Instrument-specific instructions for applying academic year 2017–2018

  • For accordion, we are looking for children who are beginners or have a little experience on playing accordion. Tuition is arranged in Finnish only academic year 2017-2018. Please apply via Finnish web page!
  • For classical voice studies, you will need to be at least 18 years of age. We appreciate earlier music studies and music reading skills. Selected applicants will be invited to an audition, arranged on August 24th from 15:00 onwards. The selected applicants will be invited via email on week 33.
  • For composition, we are looking for student of all ages. The tuition (approx. 10 meetings) is arranged either in groups or invidually. There is a selected amount of places in the group.
  • For French horn, we are looking for school-aged children who are beginners or have a little experience on playing the instrument. The tuition is arranged in English.
  • General music subjects (music theory, aural skills, music analysis, arranging) is arranged in Finnish only academic year 2017-2018. Please apply via Finnish web page!
  • For guitar, we are looking for 6–9 year-old beginners and more advanced practice pupils of different ages.
  • For jazz voice and instruments, we are also looking for advanced pre-professional students and professional musicians active in another genre. The jazz department offers private lessons (beginning in the autumn term of odd years; the application period is in the preceding spring) and ensemble lessons (beginning in the autumn term of even years). The ensembles are usually put together by the faculty, but if you already have an ensemble, we are happy to receive your application for the whole group. Please note, however, that each member of the ensemble must fill in an individual application form.
  • For kantele, we are looking for 5–8-year-old beginners. The instrument is 38-stringed concert kantele. We will provide help in finding a suitable instrument, if necessary.
  • For organ, we are looking especially for 14–30-year-old students with a background in piano.
  • For piano, we are looking for 5–8-year-old beginners and advanced pianists with at least a 3rd-level certificate from a music school. Some of the applicants will be invited to a small aptitude test.
  • For practical accompaniment studies on the piano, we are looking for beginning and more advanced practice pupils. For practical accompaniment, you will need to know how to read music, and, to some extent, be familiar with chords. You will be invited to a small-scale audition and interview.
  • For rhythm (pop/jazz) vocal studies, you will need to be 12–30 years of age. We appreciate earlier music studies and music reading skills. Selected applicants will be invited to an audition.
  • For strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) we are looking for beginning and more advanced practice pupils of different ages. If you speak English, you are welcome to study with our international pedagogy students.
    • In violin we arrange a small aptitude test for selected applicants. The invitations will be sent via email.

 

Application process

We will start processing the applications after the application period has ended in August. We will contact all applicants in September, latest 16th of September 2017. We often search for students of a certain age or level because of the demands of our pedagogy training. Our demands vary from year to year, and you can find this year's instrument-specific instructions above.

Service fees

The service fee for a practice pupil is EUR 170 per term (EUR 340 per year). The second child from your family will pay EUR 130 per term. University of the Arts Helsinki students are exempt from the fee. We will mail the service fee invoice to your home address. The invoice for a minor will be sent to his or her parent. The fee includes 14 lessons per term.

The duration of one lesson is up to 45 minutes. For small children, the normal duration of one lesson is 30 minutes.

Goal-directed study

All practice pupils will receive a study plan in accordance with their goals. The plan will be updated if necessary. For the pedagogy students, the objective of the teaching practice is to become versatile professionals. The repertoires of the practice pupils will include music of different styles and genres; it is not sensible for a practising teacher to, for example, hone the pupil’s skills for a few pieces to be performed in a competition.

Through the teacher training period, Sibelius Academy teacher trainees learn to plan and evaluate their teaching and to develop their pedagogical and interactive skills. They will also become experts in the technicalities and artistic features of their instruments’ repertoires or of their main subject.

The practice pupils will pursue their study under the teacher trainee and a supervising senior teacher, who is in charge of the training. We expect the practice pupils to undertake the lessons for both the autumn and the spring term and to do their weekly homework meticulously. Practice pupils will perform in student matinees during the terms. They will also take group lessons as necessary.

Level performances

Practice pupils do not complete level performances automatically. If need arises, performance examinations may be organised. You can request to receive a certificate for your study as a practice pupil.

Contact

siba.harjoitusoppilaat (at) uniarts.fi