Admissions Guide: Master's programme in Folk Music

2.5-year education

 

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Fill in the application here: [link to the application in Studyinfo service]

Entrance examination date: 13-16 May 2019

For more information about the programme, see: Folk Music

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Admissions requirements 2019

 

Please read also the general admissions requirements before applying!

 

The main instrument can be an instrument such as the kantele, violin, a wind instrument, accordion, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, double bass, percussion, voice, or some other instrument. Studies can be focused on creative musicianship, pedagogics, and research.

The Entrance Examination Board will assess your present skills and abilities, and their suitability for musical education and a career in music. Applicant selection will also consider ensemble lineups. The Board may listen to only a part of the audition. In the instrument and voice audition, you will perform a programme on the main instrument. The programme is to demonstrate your instrumental or vocal skills and knowledge of the performance practices of folk music.

The languages of tuition in the Folk Music programme are Finnish, Swedish, and English. All applicants to the Folk Music programme must demonstrate their language proficiency in Finnish, Swedish, or English. In multilanguage degree programmes, students can choose their language of tuition from the available options (Finnish/Swedish/English). However, the majority of group tuition at the Sibelius Academy is provided in Finnish or English.

 

Pre-exmination assignment

In addition to filling in the electronic application form, you must submit a motivation essay to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). Further instructions for use of the Embark system will be published in November 2018 on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website. N.B.! Pre-examination assignments cannot be submitted via e-mail or with the application form in the Studyinfo portal!

The motivation essay must be no more than two pages long. The essay can be titled as desired, and it should feature the following content:

  • Information on your musical background, education, and relationship with folk music
  • The reasons for applying to be a folk music student at Sibelius Academy
  • Your view on the type of folk music professional you would like to become upon completion of the studies

The Entrance Examination Board will invite a part of the applicants to the entrance examination on the basis of the information in the application form, certificates and the pre-examination assignment. If you fail to deliver the pre-examination assignment, you will not be invited to the entrance examinations.

 

Entrance examination

The entrance examination is in two stages. The first stage comprises one part; the second stage comprises four parts. Maximum of 15 applicants will be invited for the second stage on the basis of their success in the first stage of the entrance examination.

All the parts of the entrance examination may include several subparts. All parts of the examination are compulsory. You cannot be admitted to study if you do not complete any part of the examination.

The programme in the instrument and voice audition may include traditional or new folk music, your own folk music compositions, and improvisation. The performance must include a section that displays your familiarity with traditional Finnish folk music. The audition is to be performed without sheet music or accompanist. Applicants performing on the bass or percussion instruments may play part of the audition with another musician. In the instrument and voice audition, the Entrance Examination Board interviews the applicants.

Stage I

In the first stage the applicants take part in the instrument and voice audition.

Instrument and voice audition

The first part of the instrument and voice audition will consist of a programme lasting no more than 10 minutes. In addition to the main instrument, the audition may include a second instrument / voice.

Stage II

The second stage of the entrance examination consists of four parts: instrument and voice audition, ensemble playing, test on knowledge of folk music, and music theory test.

Instrument and voice audition

The second part of the instrument and voice audition will consist of a programme lasting no more than 15 minutes. In addition to the main instrument, the programme must include a sung element by instrumentalists and a played instrumental part by singers. The programme may also include other instruments. The programme in the second stage should be different from the first stage.

Applicants selected for the second stage will also take a test measuring aural perception and short-term musical memory.

The Entrance Examination Board will give points to the applicants chosen for the second stage on the basis of their assessment of the applicant as a whole, in other words the points from the first stage will also be taken into account. The points awarded in the second stage will be the final points of the instrument and voice audition.

Ensemble playing

In the ensemble playing session, you will be assessed for your reactions to the impulses provided by the other musicians and for your ability to lead the ensemble available at the session. Together with the invitation letter, you will receive music to the ensemble playing assignment, either as sheet music or a recording. Detailed instructions on the assignment will be attached to the invitation.

Test on knowledge of folk music

This assignment consists of identifying recordings (instruments, performers and dance styles) and answering questions on the history and the present day of mainly Finnish folk music. You can review entrance examination questions from the previous years. The questions have been published on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website: https://www.uniarts.fi/en/apply-to-sibelius-academy.

Music theory test

The examination tests your written and oral skills in music perception. The written section will include a task of writing down music and a test related to the basics of music theory. The oral section will include a sight-reading task and some rhythm and melody repetition tasks. You can review entrance examination questions from the previous years. The questions have been published on the abovementioned Uniarts Helsinki admissions website. More instructions on getting ready for the theory test can also be found on the following web page: http://etno.net/en/folk_music_theory.

 

Assessment

The parts of the entrance examination will be weighted so that they affect the sum scores as follows:

  • The instrument and voice audition and ensemble playing altogether 90 %
  • The assignments in knowledge of folk music and music theory test altogether 10 %

The Entrance Examination Board will assess your suitability for education and a career in music in connection with the instrument and voice audition and ensemble playing.