Admissions Guide, Separate Application: Master's programme in Jazz

2.5-year education

 

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

Entrance examination date: You must submit your video audition to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office. The recording replaces the entrance examination.

For more information about the programme, see: Jazz

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Admissions requirements 2019

 

Please read also the general admissions requirements before applying!

 

There are two main subject options in Jazz:

  1. Instrument or vocal studies
  2. Jazz composition

The languages of tuition in the Jazz programme are Finnish, Swedish, and English. All applicants to the Jazz 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.

The selection is based on the Entrance Examination Board’s assessment of your skills, knowledge, and educability and suitability for the profession, which you have demonstrated in the entrance examination. The general prerequisites for eligibility for university studies are also taken into account when making the selection.

 

Demonstrating your language skills for the Jazz programme

Some of Sibelius Academy’s degree programmes do not require English language certificates with the application form. Instead, the English skills of the successful applicants to these degree programmes will be tested in a placement test at the beginning of the first year of study.

If you are admitted to study at Sibelius Academy's 2.5-year Jazz programme and cannot deliver the required language certificate mentioned in the general admissions requirements by 31 May 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time), you must take a proficiency test in English at the beginning of the studies to determine the level of your language skills. The test will measure your language skills at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in accordance with the Sibelius Academy’s language skills requirements.

If you fail the proficiency test, you will need to complete English courses at the Sibelius Academy, which lead to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (a minimum of 5 ECTS credits). If your language skills are not sufficient for these courses, you will need to include preparatory studies in English in your degree. These courses will be included in the compulsory studies of your minimum standard Master’s degree. N.B.! To be eligible for completing a Master’s degree, you are required to complete these courses and to reach Level B2 in English during the first year of study.

Sibelius Academy strongly recommends all applicants to demonstrate their language skills by submitting the necessary certificates in advance. The only way to avoid having to partake in the proficiency test in English at the beginning of the studies and the compulsory language studies included in the Master’s degree (if you do not pass the proficiency test) is for you to submit a language certificate in advance. Having language studies included in your degree reduces the amount of optional studies available for you.

If you wish to take the language proficiency test organised at the beginning of the studies, you must state this on your application form.

Instrument or vocal studies

You must submit your video audition to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). The recording replaces the entrance examination. More detailed instructions on the use of the Embark system and the technical instructions for the audition videos will be published in November 2018 on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website. You are responsible for the production of the video recording and for finding an accompanying ensemble to play on the recording.

On the video audition recording, you will perform:

  • A free-choice jazz composition or, for example, a composition of your own. The composition must be played or sung from memory, with or without lyrics.
  • A free-choice solo transcription played solo or with a metronome (max. 2 minutes); and
  • A compulsory piece
    • For instrumentalists:  “Joy Spring” (C. Brown). The piece must be played from memory.
    • For vocalists:  “How High the Moon” (M. Lewis) or “Ornithology” (C. Parker). The piece must be sung from memory.

In the video audition, you must be accompanied by a rhythm section. Solo performances will not be accepted (excl. the transcription).

At the beginning of the video audition, you must introduce yourself briefly (background, education, and motivation for applying to the Sibelius Academy and the programme in question). The duration of the introduction is 3-4 minutes. The introduction must take place in Finnish, Swedish, or English. The introductory section can be submitted to the Sibelius Academy as a separate file; in other words, you do not need to include it in the actual audition video.

The video audition can be recorded in several takes and more than one space. However, individual pieces must be recorded in one take (as in a live performance), and the recordings of individual pieces must not be edited.

You must play facing the camera so that your hands can be seen at all times. You must be seen in the video all the way from the head to the knees. The video must not be shot from too far away. Please make sure that the audio compressor or automatic dynamic adjustment of any kind is switched off on your recording device. Videos recorded using a mobile phone camera will not be accepted.

You are responsible for making sure that the video audition meets the admissions requirements. Video auditions which do not meet the requirements will be rejected.

The Entrance Examination Board will interview some of the applicants based on the information given in the application, any certificates submitted, and the video audition recording submitted using the Embark system. The interviews are conducted via Skype.

Assessment

The Entrance Examination Board will assess you on a scale of 0–25 points. The points are based on an evaluation of your total strengths.

Jazz composition

You must submit the following assignments to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time):

  • CV;
  • Two (2) composition assignments,both as sheet music and a recording; and
  • A video audition recording (the video replaces the entrance examination)

Further instructions for use of the Embark system and the technical instructions for the audition videos will be published in November 2018 on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website. You are responsible for the production of the video recording and for finding an accompanying ensemble to play on the recording.

Composition assignments:

  1. An arrangement of “A Weaver of Dreams" (V. Young)
    Line-up: big band
  2. A composition by you for a line-up of your choice
    A lead sheet for the composition will suffice

The recording need not be made with an ensemble. The compositions must be written on pages not exceeding the A3 size.

In the video audition, you must perform a tune on your main instrument chosen from the list of 20 well-known jazz compositions drawn up by the Entrance Examination Board. The tune must be played/sung from memory. The stylistic interpretation can be freely chosen (for example, swing, latin, bebop, rock jazz, free jazz, etc.). For singers, an interpretation of the melody is sufficient. Scat song is optional.

You must be accompanied by a rhythm section. Solo performances will not be accepted.

At the beginning of the video audition, you must introduce yourself briefly (background, education, and motivation for applying to the Sibelius Academy and the programme in question). The duration of the introduction is 3-4 minutes. The introduction must take place in Finnish, Swedish, or English. The introductory section can be submitted to the Sibelius Academy as a separate file; in other words, you do not need to include it in the actual audition video.

The video audition can be recorded in several takes and more than one space. However, individual pieces must be recorded in one take (as in a live performance), and the recordings of individual pieces must not be edited.

You must play facing the camera so that your hands can be seen at all times. You must be seen in the video all the way from the head to the knees. The video must not be shot from too far away. Please make sure that the audio compressor or automatic dynamic adjustment of any kind is switched off on your recording device. Videos recorded using a mobile phone camera will not be accepted.

You are responsible for making sure that the video audition meets the admissions requirements. Video auditions which do not meet the requirements will be rejected.

The Entrance Examination Board will interview some of the applicants based on the information given in the application, any certificates submitted, and the video audition recording submitted using the Embark system. The interviews are conducted via Skype.

Assessment

The Entrance Examination Board will assess you on a scale of 0–25 points. The points are based on an evaluation of your total strengths.