In a nutshell

  • Target degree: bachelor’s and master’s degree in music, master’s degree in music
  • Scope of the degree: BA + MA, 180 + 150 credits (3 yrs. + 2.5 yrs.), MA degree, 150 credits (2.5 yrs.)
  • Field of art: Music
  • Organiser: the Sibelius Academy
  • Next time to apply: January 2019
  • Studies begin: at the start of the academic year in August
  • Persons responsible for the degree programme: Responsible teacher Ritva Koistinen-Armfelt
  • Other persons responsible: Department Head of Piano, Guitar, Accordeon and Kantele Niklas Pokki

Objective of the studies and career opportunities

The objective of the classical kantele major is to develop the student’s diverse instrument skills and personal artistic vision. Major studies in classical kantele have been available at the Sibelius Academy since 1987. Over the years, the department has taken charge of the national duty of preserving and reforming kantele music. After graduating as a professional kantele player specialising in classical music, you can work as a soloist, chamber musician or kantele teacher, or alternatively in other jobs that require expertise in music and the arts in the field of contemporary music, for example.

Contents and structure of the education

As a student of classical kantele, you will learn more about your main instrument and the related repertoire, structure, history and playing techniques. You will also have studies in ensemble playing and chamber music, pedagogy and free accompaniment. One of the newest areas of instruction is the electric kantele and innovation in the new forms of expression that it provides. You will also regularly have the opportunity to work with contemporary kantele composers. 

Teachers and contact information

Ritva Koistinen-Armfelt, lehtori
Eija Kankaanranta
Satu Sopanen, kantelepedagogiikka
Eva Alkula