Practice pupils

We train instrument and voice teachers, who gain valuable experience by practising their pedagogical skills with their practice pupils.

The practice pupil and the teacher meet weekly at the premises of Sibelius Academy, and the teaching lessons are supervised by a senior teacher. We welcome all kinds of instrumentalists and singers, from young beginners to advanced pupils as our practice pupils.

Application period

The application period for the practice pupil studies during the academic year 2022–2023 begins on 3 June and ends on 8 August 2022. The results of the application process will be sent to every applicant via email no later than on 16 September 2022.

The need for practice pupils varies every year according to the current situation of our pedagogy students. In 2022-2023 we are looking for practice pupils for:

  • Classical music: accordion, harp, string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), kantele, guitar, clarinet, classical singing, piano, organ, free accompaniment (piano)
  • rhythm music singing, folk music, Global Music, jazz music (ensemble lessons), music technology

Instrument-specific guidelines

Accordion:

Welcomes pupils who are already further in their studies. We are looking for, for example, pupils who plan to complete or have already completed the basic level 3 studies in a music institute and who play both melody and standard bass accordion.

Clarinet:

The pedagogical studies of our clarinet students are organized in co-operation with the Helsinki Conservatory. We are looking for:

  • at least 8-year-old children whose front teeth have already become permanent and who are interested in playing the clarinet. No previous experience is required AND
  • youngsters or adults who are already further in their studies.

Folk Music:

Welcomes practice pupils especially for singing, violin, guitar, harmonium and accordion for the autumn semester 2022. Beginners, pupils who are already further in their studies and everyone in between are needed. However, the practice pupil must be at least 8 years old.

NOTE! Tuition is given only during the autumn semester 2022.

Global Music:

Welcomes practice pupils from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds at any level of experience. The minimum age is 8 and the instruments offered in 2022-23 are Arabic Oud, Global Percussion (including Iranian daf, darabuka, other hand drums and percussion), Drum Kit, Singing (including Arabic singing and global vocal approaches), Guitar, Piano, Live electronics (computer-based music creation). Lessons can be taught in English, Arabic, Chinese, Persian and Finnish.

Guitar:

Welcomes pupils of all ages – both beginners and players who are already further in their studies. This year, we are looking especially for pupils under the age of 12 who are just starting their studies or have played the guitar for one or two years. We will help the pupils find their instrument if they haven’t got their own instrument at the beginning of the semester. Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a brief interview that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Harp:

Welcomes players of different ages and levels – beginners and pupils who are already further in their studies. It is preferred to have an own instrument, but also possible to rent an instrument from a private owner. Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a brief interview that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Jazz:

Welcomes also advanced pupils, such as music students or professionals of another genre. During the academic year 2022-2023, the tuition will be given as ensemble lessons.

Kantele:

We are looking for two beginners, preferably between the ages of 7 and 9. However, older beginners will be noticed during the application process as well. It is possible for the practice pupil to borrow an instrument as well as a table for the instrument from the Sibelius Academy.

Organ (Helsinki and Kuopio):

Welcomes especially pupils that are between the ages of 12 and 30 and already have some kind of a background in piano playing.

Piano:

We are looking for beginners between the ages of 5 and 8 as well as more advanced players who have completed at least the advanced level studies in a music institute (formerly MOT level). Some applicants will be invited for a brief exam and interview that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Piano, free accompaniment:

Welcomes players of different levels of experience – those who have just started their studies and those who are already further in their studies. An applicant is expected to know how to read sheet music and to know some chords. Some applicants will be invited for a brief exam and interview that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Classical singing (Helsinki):

Welcomes pupils that are at least 18 years old. We hope the applicants have already studied music and know how to read sheet music. Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a brief exam that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Rhythm music singing (pop/jazz singing):

Welcomes pupils between the ages of 12 and 30. Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a brief exam that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass):

Welcomes players of all ages – both beginners and players who are already further in their studies. We are also looking for English-speaking pupils for our international students.

  • Violin: Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a brief interview and exam that will be held in August at the premises of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Music Technology

Welcomes pupils that are at least 12 years old and are interested in, for example, recording, mixing or sound synthesis. NOTE! The tuition is given only during the spring semester 2023.

The practice pupil must be prepared also for lessons held via remote connection as the Covid19 situation still keeps changing.

Application process

We will start processing the application forms right after the application period has ended in August. We will contact all applicants after the selection process via email. Please note that we can only accept a limited number of applicants as practice pupils and our needs vary every year based on our pedagogy student situation.

Service fees

The service fee for a practice pupil is EUR 170 per semester (EUR 340 per year). If there are two practice pupils from one family, for the other child the fee is EUR 130 per semester. University of the Arts Helsinki’s students and staff are exempt from the fee.

We will send the service fee invoice via email in every October and March. The invoice of a minor will be sent to their guardian.

NOTE! The number of practice lessons does not affect the amount of the service fee for the fee in question is not a tuition fee. However, if the number of lessons is or subceeds five (5) during a semester for reasons not dependent on the practice pupil, a part of the fee will be compensated.

Goal-oriented learning

All practice pupils will receive a study plan in accordance with their individual 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 their pupil’s skills for a few pieces to be performed in a competition.

The number of lessons depends on the instrument but is on average 14 lessons per both autumn and spring semester. The duration of one lesson is up to 45 minutes. For young children, the usual duration of one lesson is 30 minutes.

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 studies 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 organized with an extra cost. You can request to receive a certificate for your studies as a practice pupil.

Contact

siba.harjoitusoppilaat@uniarts.fi