Study Plan instructions: Church Music

This is how you make a Study Plan for your exchange application. Later, your Study Plan will be used to create a Learning Agreement.

Church Music studies in Sibelius Academy

Church Music studies at the Sibelius Academy consist of studies in vocal music, conducting, organ music, improvisation, accompaniment, arranging and composing music, pedagogy and all-around music skills and research. Exchange students are offered multidisciplinary tuition in church music – a combination of studies in organ music, accompaniment, choral conducting and vocal music, the ratio of which is to be agreed upon.

Typically, one semester consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits and two semesters (the whole academic year) of approximately 60 ECTS credits, depending on the student’s individual study plan and learning agreement. Please note that the Sibelius Academy cannot guarantee 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Individual tuition can be held in English, but the majority of the group tuition organized by the Department of Church Music is held in Finnish. The amount of individual tuition is determined by the combination of the studies and the amount of different subjects chosen. Choral conducting is not included in the amount of individual tuition, as it is regarded as group tuition.

How do I get started?

Start planning your Study Plan by looking into your main subject/instrument curriculum here: https://opinto-opas.uniarts.fi/. Under Sibelius Academy, you can also find the section “Courses for exchange students”, from which you can find suitable elective courses from other main subjects’ curricula and studies open for all students regardless of department (e.g. language studies, performance studies, physical education).

Make sure you include the courses and credits required as compulsory by your home institution.

These courses have been popular electives among our exchange students in the past. Click the name of the course to see its page in the Study Guide (opens in a new tab).

Language courses

X-K1E Finnish for exchange students (2 cr)
X-K11 Finnish language 1 (4 cr)
X-K12 Finnish language 2 (4 cr)
X-K20 Preparatory course in English (3 cr)
X-K22 Language duo studies (1–2 cr)
X-YK14 English for music studies and practice 1 (3 cr)
X-YK15 English for music studies and practice 2 (2 cr)

Well-being and performance and learning coaching

S-IO27 Introduction to the Alexander Technique for practicing and performance (0.5 cr)
S-IY11 Performance and learning coaching 1 (2 cr)
S-IY12 Performance and learning coaching 2 (1 cr)
S-IY25 Performance and learning coaching 3 (2–5 cr)
S-IY14 Body mapping (2 cr)
S-FM65 Chi Kung (2 cr)
S-IY15 Feldenkrais Method (0.5 cr)
S-IY16 Physical education (1–2 cr)
S-IY17 Pilates (0.5 cr)

Creative skills and improvisation

S-IY28 Creative improvisation for classical music students (4 cr)
S-IY9 Creative skills 1 (3 cr)
S-Y20 Creative skills 3 (3 cr)
S-JZ3 Basics of jazz improvisation and theory (6 cr)

Early music

S-VM14 Medieval and Renaissance dance (2 cr)
S-VM16 Introduction to Early music performance (1–4 cr)
S-VM26 Baroque dance (3–4 cr)
S-VM27 History of Early music (1–4 cr)
S-VM5 Structure and history of the harpsichord (1–6 cr)
S-VM7 Baroque orchestra (1–3 cr)
S-VM8 Baroque ensemble (Baroque Academy weekend courses around a specific changing theme) (2 cr)
S-Y17 Introduction to continuo playing (3 cr)
S-Y22 Baroque sonata workshop (1 cr)
S-Y29 Introduction to Baroque instrument performance (1–2 cr)

Folk and global music

S-MK14 Folk music in Finland (5 cr)
S-FM3 Folk Song (6 cr)
S-MK14 Folk music in Finland (5 cr)
S-FM40 Dance, music and song from Tanzania as expression (3 cr)
S-FM5 Introduction to folk music instruments (2–4 cr)
S-GM2 Global Ensemble (4–8 cr)
S-GM20 Musical traditions of the world (4 cr)
S-GM3 Global Orchestra (6 cr)
S-GM4 Global Choir (6 cr)
S-GM9 Global rhythmics 1 (4 cr)

Music education

S-MK5 Free accompaniment 1 (4 cr)
S-MK9 Music and movement (3 cr)
S-OP1 Introduction to pedagogy (1 cr)
S-OP4 Introduction to music teaching as a profession (2 cr)
S-OP5 Conceptions of human development and learning in arts education (4 cr)
S-OP6 Special education in arts subjects (4 cr)
S-OP7 Social, historical and philosophical basics of education (4 cr)

Music history

S-Y40 Basics of jazz history (3 cr)
S-Y5 History of Western art music (2 cr)
S-Y9 History of music theme unit: Finnish Music (2 cr)
S-FM43 Basics of the history of folk music (3 cr)

Music technology

S-MT21 Exploration on sonic and corporal gestuality (4–8 cr)
S-MT22 Preparatory course in electroacoustic music (6 cr)
S-MT25 Electroacoustic music seminar (4 cr)
S-MT36 Film music and cinematic narration, lecture series (6 cr)

Vocal music

S-LA20 Baroque vocal music (0.5–2.5 cr)
S-LA9A Oratorio studio (0.5–2.5 cr)
S-Y25 Choir (1–4 cr)