Level A performance examination completed as non-degree studies

Master’s graduates from Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy can apply for the right to complete a level A performance examination as non-degree studies.

What is a level A performance examination completed as non-degree studies?

The examination is a study unit completed as non-degree studies, and its content corresponds to the proficiency level A, which has been defined for programmes leading to a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy. The study attainment is not a demonstration of proficiency, or a part of it, to be included in a Sibelius Academy degree in accordance with the decree (794/2004).

A level A performance examination completed as non-degree studies is subject to a charge paid by the student. The examination is organised by Uniarts Helsinki’s Open Campus, which is responsible for charging the necessary fees that cover the expenses of the proficiency test and the performance examination.

Who can complete a performance examination?

A level A performance examination can be completed by a person who has completed a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy and who has work experience in the music sector and whose application explains how the performance examination is related to their professional development or career advancement in the music sector.  

The applicant must have competence acquired through studies and artistic activities, which gives the skills needed for completing a level A performance examination.

How can I apply for the right to complete a performance examination?

Proficiency test

The applicant must participate in a proficiency test, which may also be carried out by using a video recording (except in vocal music). The proficiency test is evaluated by a two-member board appointed by a head of department at the Sibelius Academy. The right to complete a performance examination is granted by a head of department at the Sibelius Academy based on a statement given by the proficiency test board. The right to complete the examination is valid for one year.

Proficiency tests to be organised in the 2020-21 academic year

  • Vocal music: 6 November 2020, registration by 9 October 2020
  • Vocal music: 5 February 2021, registration by 8 January 2021

Performance examination

After an approved proficiency test, the student is sent links to examination registration and the repertoire lists. The repertoire must be approved by the coordinating instrument, vocal music or conducting teacher or professor or the chair of the examination board.

After the repertoire has been approved, the student may register for the performance examination by filling in a form online. The form must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the date of the performance examination. The student decides on which instrument-specific, pre-determined time option suits them best. The venue and the time for the examination will be reserved by the producers based on the registration form. The student may also choose to arrange their performance examination outside of the Sibelius Academy’s premises. In this case, the student talks to the head of the department in question and agrees on the venue. The repertoire to be performed in the performance examination is also stated in the online form, and it will be approved by a professor or the chair of the examination board.

Performance examinations are evaluated by an examination board appointed by the head of the department. The student will be given oral feedback by the examination board as well as a certificate signed by the Open Campus for their completed examination.

Fees

The Open Campus charges a fee for participating in a proficiency test and a performance examination. The price of a proficiency test preceding a level A performance examination is €285. The price of a performance examination is €930. If the performance examination requires a stage for a choir or some other more extensive arrangements in the hall, the price is €1,260.

The proficiency test and the performance examination are organised in Uniarts Helsinki’s own facilities. Students who wish to organise their performance examination outside of the university’s facilities must book the venue, make the necessary arrangements and cover the travel expenses of the board, etc., independently. In principle, the performance examination should take place in the Helsinki Region.

Please contact the Open University Office by email if you have any questions: avoin@uniarts.fi.