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 or by a person who is working in a Finnish military band as a musician 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 for some instruments also be carried out by using a video recording. 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. Applicants for organ or vocal music register for a proficiency test by filling out an online form. For other instruments, the right to complete a performance examination can be inquired at avoin@uniarts.fi.

Proficiency tests to be organised in the 2022-23 academic year

Vocal music

  • 30 September 2022, registration by 2 September 2022
  • 3 February 2023, registration by 5 January 2023

Organ

  • (Helsinki and Kuopio): video recording 25 November 2022, registration by 28 October 2022
  • (Helsinki and Kuopio): video recording 28 April 2023, registration by 31 March 2023

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 prices of a proficiency test and a level A performance examinations are determined according to the price list below.

Price list (EUR):
Proficiency test   310  
  
Level A performance examination, Department of Church Music Choral Conducting, Woodwinds, Vocal music, Organ 
Level A performance examination, outside Uniarts Helsinki 645
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre, no stage technology 1030
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre with stage technology1425
  
Level A performance examination, Brass and Percussion (excluding the Horn) 
Level A performance examination outside Uniarts Helsinki 840
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre, no stage technology 1225
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre with stage technology 1620
  
Level A performance examination Horn 
Level A performance examination outside Uniarts Helsinki 1340
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre, no stage technology 2105
Level A performance examination in Helsinki Music Centre with stage technology   2900

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 at the Uniarts Helsinki’s place of study.

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