Global Music studies in Sibelius Academy
The Global Music programme embraces cultural diversity and aims to train multi-skilled, innovative musicians and educators with a strong understanding of intercultural collaboration and global responsibility. Students are expected to develop the ability to perform, communicate, collaborate, facilitate and lead in a wide range of musical, cultural and socially engaged contexts.
The term ‘Global Music’ is viewed in the broadest sense, incorporating multi-disciplinary and collaborative inter-art approaches alongside traditional and contemporary forms of artistic expression.
With intercultural collaboration at the heart of the programme, applicants are welcome from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. Musicians may apply on any main instrument, voice or composition, including traditional instruments from around the world. Applicants with a background in other art forms may also be considered for the programme, provided they have a sufficient level of musical skills.
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.
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.
Global Music studies for exchange students
These studies are suggested for the exchange students of the Department of Global Music:
- S-GM14 Instrumental Studies: 28 lessons per semester, which may be divided between a main instrument and secondary instruments / voice / composition. Plus 2 hours of individual mentoring. 5 Credits per semester.
- S-GM2 Global Ensemble: Choice of numerous theme ensembles including Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Global Percussion Ensemble, etc. 4 credits per semester.
- S-GM1 Transcultural Ensemble: focus on new music created through intercultural collaboration. 4 credits per semester.
- S-GM5 Global Musicianship 1: 4 credits OR S-GM6 Global Musicianship 2: 2 credits
- S-GM7 Global Music Creation 1: 4 credits OR S-GM8 Global Music Creation 2
- S-GM3 Global Orchestra: 3 credits per semester
- S-GM4 Global Choir: 3 credits per semester
- S-GM9 Global Rhythmics 1: 2 credits per semester
- S-GM19 Cultural Diversity and Music Research 1: 4 credits. AND / OR S-GM20 Sonic Diversity of the World: 4 credits
- S-GM64A Global Dance: 2 credits
- Language skills: e.g. Finnish for exchange students, other language studies
- Electives, X credits
Popular elective courses
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).
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-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)
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)
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)