Apply to Sibelius Academy’s Junior Academy

Admissions guide 2021 to Sibelius Academy's Junior Academy.

Update on 16 March 2021: The entrance examinations to this programme will be conducted as originally planned.

Application period: between 7 and 20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET)
Application form: https://q.surveypal.com/NUKO_hakemus-ansokan-application_2021
Admissions results: 2 June 2021 at 9am EET

Preliminary schedule, entrance examinations held on-site or via remote connection:
Jazz 24 May
Folk Music 21 May
kantele: 11 May
voice: 21 May
percussion: 3 May
piano: 11 May
accordion: 20 May
guitar: 20 May
Composition, Music Theory: in April-May, to be announced
violin: 21 May

The Junior Academy is a national programme, which prepares gifted young music students for professional studies. It functions as a part of the Sibelius Academy — in which teaching, artistic activity, and research form an interactive university-level learning environment.

The pedagogical approach of the Junior Academy is to consider the student’s overall development as a musician and as a balanced young school student. Interaction, feedback and discussions between the student and teachers on the one hand and between the student’s guardians and teachers on the other support the student’s learning process.

As a Junior Academy student you have a main subject or a main instrument. In addition, you study ensemble playing and general musical skills studies (structural awareness of music). General musical skills studies may be arranged in groups in the Junior Academy or in collaboration with a music institute, considering the practical circumstances, such as where you live. You can also receive tuition in the other fields represented at the Sibelius Academy, for example, instrumental and vocal music studies, and composition. Students give at least one public performance per academic year (for example, in a matinee organised by Junior Academy).

Main subjects and main instruments in the Junior Academy

  • Jazz
  • Folk Music
  • Classical Music Performance, voice
  • Classical Music Performance, instrument: Early Music period instruments (wind instrument, string instrument, harpsichord, lute), piano, accordion, guitar, kantele, woodwind and brass instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba), string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), percussion, harp, and organ
  • Music Theory
  • Composition

Study plan

Your studies will proceed according to the Junior Academy curriculum and your individual study plan (NOPS). The study plan includes units in your main subject or main instrument, units in other subjects, period-based teaching, and evaluated public performances that form a part of your studies.

Alongside the goals of your music studies, the curriculum includes the learning outcomes of comprehensive school and secondary education.

Your progress with your study plan will be evaluated in discussion with you every year in the spring.

Eligibility for education

Jazz, Folk Music, Music Theory, Composition, Classical Music Performance: piano, accordion, kantele, guitar, string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), and organ:

You are eligible for education if you

  • are under 18 years of age at the beginning of your first year at the Junior Academy [1 August]; and
  • are enrolled in comprehensive or secondary education in Finland.

Classical Music Performance, voice:

You are eligible for education if you

  • are over 15 years of age or turn 15 by the end of the calendar year you apply to the Junior Academy [31 December]; and
  • are under 18 years of age at the beginning of your first year at the Junior Academy [1 August]; and
  • are enrolled in comprehensive or secondary education in Finland.

Classical Music Performance, woodwind and brass instruments, percussion, harp, and Early Music period instruments:

You are eligible for education if you

  • are over 13 years of age or turn 13 by the end of the calendar year you apply to the Junior Academy [31 December]; and
  • are under 18 years of age at the beginning of your first year at the Junior Academy [1 August]; and
  • are enrolled in comprehensive or secondary education in Finland.

Right to study

The right to study at the Junior Academy is granted for a period of one academic year at a time. Sibelius Academy decides annually on the continuation of studies for a Junior Academy student with no separate selection procedures. Your success in your studies decides whether you can continue at the Junior Academy.

Your right to study ends when you finish your comprehensive education or secondary education. However, the latest you can study is until the end of the calendar year in which you turn 20 years of age, even if you have not yet completed the education mentioned above.

How to apply

The application period starts on 7 January 2021 and ends on 20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET). Fill in the online application form on Uniarts Helsinki web page here:

The possible advance assignments (Composition and Music Theory) must be submitted to the Sibelius Academy via the electronic SurveyPal application form no later than 27 January 2021 (at 3pm EET). If you fail to deliver the required advance assignments, you will not be invited to take part in the entrance examination. NOTE! Advance assignments cannot be submitted by e-mail.

The Sibelius Academy Admissions Office will answer your questions. The e-mail address is siba.admissions@uniarts.fi.

School certificates or other certificates are not submitted during the application period.

Entrance examinations

Update on 16 March 2021: The entrance examinations to this programme will be conducted as originally planned.

How the entrance examinations will eventually be arranged will be decided in accordance with the then current pandemic situation. If any changes are made to how the entrance examinations will be arranged, applicants will be informed no later than 16 March 2021.

The entrance examinations of the Sibelius Academy will be arranged as described in the admissions criteria for each main subject or main instrument. The examinations vary in content. They may include video and sound recordings, sub-tests to be completed via remote connection and sub-tests arranged on site in Helsinki. If the study option you apply for arranges all or some of its entrance examination on site in Helsinki, you must prepare to be present in person at the entrance examination on the dates and at the times given. You are responsible for all travel expenses and accommodation while attending the entrance examination.

>> GUIDE: Instructions on examinations conducted via a remote connection (published in February 2021)

The preliminary schedule for the entrance examinations will be published on Uniarts Helsinki website in January 2021. You will receive an invitation to entrance examinations or a notification of not being invited by e-mail no later than 2 to 3 weeks before the examination date. The exact instructions and schedules of your entrance examination will be detailed in your invitation. Please notify the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the entrance examination.

You will be assigned an individual entrance examination time, which cannot be changed except for compelling reasons not due to the applicant, and if the timetable of the Entrance Examination Board allows. Acceptable grounds for changing an examination time are an accident or sudden illness (a medical certificate is required). If you do not attend your entrance examination, you will not be offered a place at Sibelius Academy.

You must prove your identity in the entrance examinations, either with a passport or other official proof of identity.

The entrance examination is a non-public event to which you must not bring any outside persons. For some main subjects or main instruments, it is permissible to bring your own accompanist or assisting musician to the entrance examination. This, however, will always be specifically stated in the admissions criteria for the main subject or main instrument in question. Auditions at the entrance examination cannot be recorded (L 621/1999).

Announcement of results

Admissions results will be published 2 June 2021 at 9am EET.

The Dean’s decision will be available at 9am onwards on Uniarts Helsinki web page including names of those applicants who have given permission to publish their names online.

The Sibelius Academy will send e-mail to those admitted as students. You can also check the results on Uniarts Helsinki web page, or inquire about the results by e-mail at siba.admissions@uniarts.fi. If the admission criteria aren’t met, some study options may choose not to admit new students.

The decision made by the Dean on admitting an applicant as a student in the Junior Academy cannot be appealed.

A list of people responsible for giving feedback will be announced on the Uniarts Helsinki web page when results are published. Feedback is available between 2 and 16 June 2021 (each main subject or main instrument will have a specific time slot for feedback). Feedback is intended to guide you to further improve your performance and help you identify areas for improvement.

Accepting the offered study place and starting your studies

New students will receive registration instructions with the acceptance letter.

Students admitted to the Junior Academy must in August submit a certificate of studying in comprehensive or secondary education in Finland in 2021–2022. If you fail to provide the certificate by the given deadline, you will lose your study place at the Sibelius Academy. Sibelius Academy will inform the selected new students about the schedule in the letter of acceptance.

Junior Academy students cannot skip one or two semesters between being accepted and starting their studies. To receive a place in the school, you must accept the offer of admission and start your studies in the autumn term following your admission.

The studies will begin with a briefing for the new Junior Academy students at the turn of August-September. The annual service fee for Junior Academy students is EUR 340 (EUR 170 per term).

The new students will be allocated to teachers and possible accompanists by the respective department heads. Your preferences will be accommodated if possible.

Admissions requirements for each main subject and main instrument

JAZZ

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. Two prepared jazz compositions of your own choice from memory
  2. The audition can include additional assignments (for example scales, chords, blues in F or Bb) at the Entrance Examination Board’s discretion and it may also include a brief interview.

You must perform jazz compositions that are different (for example in tempo, style and key), and you must include an improvised solo in accordance with the chords and form of the composition. For singers, an interpretation of the melody is sufficient. Scat song is optional.

Each applicant will be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes.

The Sibelius Academy will provide accompaniment (a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer) for the audition. You must perform with the accompanying ensemble. You must submit sheet music for the accompanists no later than 31 March 2021 via e-mail to siba.suunnittelija.jazz@uniarts.fi. The sheet music must be submitted in PDF format, and every composition must be delivered as one file (not one page at a time). A file must not exceed 20 Mb. You can also bring the sheet music with you to the audition.

The Entrance Examination Board will assess the applicants on a scale of 0–25 points.

FOLK MUSIC

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

The repertoire may consist of traditional or new music, or music of your own composition, and improvisation. If the repertoire consists mainly of traditional music other than Finnish, the performance must nevertheless include a sample of Finnish folk music.

The performance as a whole should last 10-15 minutes. In addition to your main instrument, you may include a demonstration in a second instrument. The pieces must be performed from memory and unaccompanied. Double bass or electric bass players, and percussionists may use an assistant musician for part of their performance. If you wish to demonstrate your skills as an accompanist in the entrance examination, you may include an assisting musician in part of your programme.

At the end of the audition, you will attend a musicality test, that will assess your ability to perceive tonal music, to distinguish between sounds and to memorize melodies. The Board will also interview you.

CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE, VOICE

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. An aria from an oratorio or opera
    The composition must be performed from memory and with accompaniment. You must use the pianist provided by Sibelius Academy.
  2. A song (Lied)
    The composition must be performed from memory and with accompaniment. You must use the pianist provided by Sibelius Academy.
  3. A demonstration on a second instrument (without accompaniment)

Submittal of sheet music:
Submit a list of your audition repertoire and related sheet music no later than 31 March 2021 via e-mail to siba.lamuvalinnat@uniarts.fi. The sheet music must be in the intended key and in PDF format (each composition as one file, not one page at a time). A file must not exceed 20 Mb. Your name and the main subject/instrument you’re applying to, as well as all possible leaps, cadenzas, or other deviations from the original notation must be clearly marked on the sheets. All sheet music must also include the name of the composer and the composition. You must bring the sheet music to the entrance examination either as originals or as copies taped in book form. NOTE! The contents or sequence of the programme cannot be changed after the submittal deadline.

CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE, INSTRUMENT

Accordion

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. Three freely selected compositions, presenting different styles
  2. Sight-reading assignment if necessary

All compositions must be performed from memory.

Each applicant will be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes. The Entrance Examination Board may listen to only a section of the programme prepared.

Cello

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required and for finding an accompanist to play on the recording, if necessary.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles

All compositions must be performed from memory. Compositions including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the compositions unaccompanied.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Double bass

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles

All compositions must be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Early Music period instruments

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. The entrance examination also includes an interview conducted via a remote connection. The Entrance Examination Board may, at its discretion, require you to perform a sight-reading assignment in the interview.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles

The programme must be performed on a period instrument. The Entrance Examination Board may listen to only a section of the programme prepared.

Compositions including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment, if possible. The accompanying instrument may be a keyboard instrument, plucked instrument, cello, or viol. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

The video recording must not be edited. All pieces included in it must be played continuously in one uninterrupted take. 

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Guitar

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles
  2. Sight-reading assignment if necessary

All compositions must be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

The Entrance Examination Board may listen to only a section of the programme prepared.

Harp

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected solo pieces, presenting different styles (total duration about 5-15 min)
  2. A brief presentation of yourself, addressing these questions: Why are you applying for the Sibelius Academy Junior Academy? A description of yourself as a musician in a few words.

It is recommended to perform the compositions from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

You are required to exhibit at least PT3-level performance or equivalent skills.

Kantele

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles
  2. Sight-reading assignment if necessary

All compositions must be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

The Entrance Examination Board may listen to only a section of the programme prepared.

Organ

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles

The compositions need not be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Percussion

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Prepare a freely selected demonstration of your skills on the following instruments (duration approx. 5 min / instrument):

  1. Side drum
  2. Timpani
  3. Melodic percussion instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba)
  4. Also sight-reading assignments and tests of musicianship performed in an entrance examination situation at the Entrance Examination Board’s discretion, and an interview

The compositions need not be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment. You must bring the sheet music for the freely selected assignments to the entrance examination.

You are required to exhibit at least PT3-level performance or equivalent skills.

Piano

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme (applicants born in 2007 or later):

  1. A composition by J.S. Bach
  2. A fast movement from a Viennese-Classical sonata or sonatina or other equivalent composition
  3. A freely selected composition

All compositions must be performed from memory.

Entrance examination programme (applicants born in 2006 or earlier):

  1. A three-part invention or prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach
  2. A fast movement from a Viennese-Classical sonata
  3. A freely selected composition

All compositions must be performed from memory.

Viola

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required and for finding an accompanist to play on the recording, if necessary.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. Compositions including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the compositions unaccompanied.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Violin

The entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

Entrance examination programme:

  1. Two freely selected compositions, presenting different types (total duration about 10 minutes)

All compositions must be performed from memory. All compositions are to be performed without accompaniment.

The Entrance Examination Board may listen to only a section of the programme prepared.

Woodwind and brass instruments

The entrance examination will be arranged by requiring a video recording. You are responsible for producing the video required.

Submit your video recording to the Sibelius Academy via the OneDrive system no later than 28 April 2021 (3pm EET). Programme to be prepared on the video:

  • Two freely selected compositions, presenting different styles; one of them must be a composition with piano accompaniment
    • Flute, clarinet, and saxophone: Total duration of the freely selected compositions 15 to 20 minutes
    • Other wind instruments: Total duration of the freely selected compositions about 10 minutes
  •  A brief introduction (3 to 5 minutes) to your previous studies, your motivation and your goals as a musician

Additionally, for applicants whose main instrument is the French horn:

  • B flat major scale over three octaves (sent to applicants 10 days before the video submission deadline)

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. Compositions including accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano.

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

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. The video must not be shot from too far away. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees. Your mouthpiece must also be visible in the frame.

You are required to exhibit at least PT3-level performance or equivalent skills.

COMPOSITION

First stage: Advance assignments

Submit the following advance assignments to the Sibelius Academy via the electronic SurveyPal application form no later than 27 January 2021 (at 3pm EET):

1) A written account of your previous studies in music (max. 1 standard A4 page), which must include the following details:

  • Your name
  • Previous training and qualifications in the theory and history of music, and aural skills and/or ear training and analysis. Please also state where and when these subjects were studied. If you have completed recognized courses, information about the course in which you attained the highest level or qualification must be provided.
  • Previous instrumental studies and other musical activity
  • Previous studies in composition (teacher’s name, duration and form of studies, institution, and official attainments, if any)

2) A selection of samples of your own compositions:

The amount of the samples is limited. The selection must include:
EITHER
two complete works (no limitations on the number of pages)
OR
one complete work (no limitations on the number of pages) and not more than altogether five pages of excerpts from other works.

There must, however, in both cases be at least five pages in the selection. The excerpts may be sections from larger works. In this case, your selection of samples must be accompanied by a separate report explaining the context from which the samples were taken.

If the selection of samples does not comply with the instructions given above, it will be rejected.

A sample page must be a copy of the original and in the same size as the original. The compositions must be written on pages not exceeding the A3 size. Should a sound version already exist, this should also be included to the SurveyPal form.

The Entrance Examination Board will invite a part of the applicants to the second stage of the entrance examination on the basis of the scores awarded in the first stage. If you fail to deliver the required advance assignments t the Sibelius Academy by the deadline, you will not be invited to the second stage of the entrance examination.

Second stage

The second stage of the entrance examination will be conducted via a remote connection. The second stage includes the following sub-tests:

  • General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception
  • Composition assignment
  • Interview and instrument auditions

General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception:

The assignments in music theory, aural skills, and perception may test your aural ability to recognize works and different styles in music, your basic theoretical knowledge of music, identification of intervals and chords, melody and rhythm dictation, and sight-singing.

Composition assignment:

Applicants invited to the second stage of the entrance examination will be sent a composition assignment together with the invitation. You must submit your completed assignment as specified in the invitation to the second stage and by the deadline given, and you must also prepare to give a presentation on your composition assignment in the interview.

Interview:

The interview will assess your abilities to analyze compositional solutions, your motivation for composing and systematic training in composition, knowledge of repertoires, and skills for theory and analysis. The Entrance Examination Board will also assess your suitability for training in composition and music theory.

At the interview, you must also prepare to give a presentation on a short text (of a maximum of 50 words) written in advance on your expectations for composition studies.

Instrument auditions:

Your instrument skills will be evaluated at the interview.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable composition, a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata, a freely selected assignment, and a sight-reading assignment.

If your main instrument is not the piano, please perform two compositions in different styles from your instrument’s core repertoire. Applicants whose main instrument is other than the piano should be prepared to play a piece on the piano.

Free accompaniment, score reading, improvisation, or other samples of your practical ability as a musician may also be included in the instrument audition.

Evaluation criteria

You are required to have a good basic command of music theory, aural skills and practical music-making, and also a knowledge of Western art music. You are also required to be musically creative.

The components of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

  • Advance assignment (composition samples) 20 %
  • General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception 30 %
  • Composition assignment 10 %
  • Interview (including instrument auditions) 40 %

MUSIC THEORY

First stage: Advance assignments

Submit the following advance assignments to the Sibelius Academy via the electronic SurveyPal application form no later than 27 January 2021 (at 3pm EET):

  1. A written account of your previous studies in music (max. 1 standard A4 page), which must include the following details:
    • Your name
    • Previous training and qualifications in the theory and history of music, and aural skills and/or ear training and analysis. Please also state where and when these subjects were studied. If you have completed recognized courses, information about the course in which you attained the highest level or qualification must be provided.
    • Previous instrumental studies and other musical activity
    • If you’re applying also to the main subject Composition, you must submit an account of your previous studies in composition (teacher’s name, duration and form of studies, institution, and official attainments, if any)
  2. A free-form essay (of max. 500 words), in which you describe your interests and activities within music theory

All eligible applicants who have submitted their advance assignments before the given deadline will be invited to the second stage of the entrance examination.

Second stage

The second stage of the entrance examination will be conducted via a remote connection. The second stage includes the following sub-tests:

  • General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception
  • Music theory and analysis tests arranged for the Composition and Music Theory programme

General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception:

The assignments in music theory, aural skills, and perception may test your aural ability to recognize works and different styles in music, your basic theoretical knowledge of music, identification of intervals and chords, melody and rhythm dictation, and sight-singing.

Music theory and analysis tests arranged for the Composition and Music Theory programme:

This tests your analytical perception, ability to describe music in writing and knowledge of music theory and music history. The examination may include the following areas: figured bass, the sonata form and other traditional forms (recognition of bridge passages and cadences), basic post-tonal concepts, perception of texture by ear.

The Entrance Examination Board will invite a part of the applicants to the third stage of the entrance examination on the basis of the scores awarded in the second stage. Applicants invited to the third stage will be notified by e-mail.

Third stage

The third stage of the entrance examination will be conducted via a remote connection. The third stage includes the following sub-tests:

  • Interview
  • Instrument auditions

Interview:

The interview will assess your abilities to analyze compositions, your motivation for working in the field, knowledge of repertoires, and skills for theory and analysis. The Entrance Examination Board will also assess your suitability for training in composition and music theory

You may briefly present compositions, arrangements or research papers written by you or similar merits in the interview if you wish. If you wish to present material like this, you must say so at the beginning of the interview.

Instrument auditions:

Your instrument skills will be evaluated at the interview.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable composition, a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata, a freely selected assignment, and a sight-reading assignment.

If your main instrument is not the piano, please perform two compositions in different styles from your instrument’s core repertoire. Applicants whose main instrument is other than the piano should be prepared to play a piece on the piano.

Free accompaniment, score reading, improvisation, or other samples of your practical ability as a musician may also be included in the instrument audition.

Evaluation criteria

You are required to have a good basic command of music theory, aural skills and practical music-making, and also a knowledge of Western art music.

The components of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

  • General tests in music theory, aural skills, and perception 25 %
  • Music theory and analysis tests 35 %                                         
  • Interview (including discussion of your essay and instrument auditions) 40 %

Questions or comments?

You can contact us via e-mail at siba.admissions@uniarts.fi.

Frequently asked questions about applying.