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Street Address:

Oriveden Opisto, Koulutie 5, FI-35300 Orivesi, Finland


+358 3 335 2773

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The summer programs include such areas as orchestral studies, music technology, choral conducting, music education (with Kodály and Orff pedagogy).

Institution Notes:

Klemetti College is the name given to the summer music programs provided by the Orivesi Institute, owned and run by the Society for Culture and Education. Most teachers come from the Sibelius Academy, Finnish conservatories and leading orchestras, with a few foreign teachers engaged each year. Most courses are intended for adult amateur and professional musicians, but the program also includes a junior orchestral course. Most courses run for between three days and three weeks. Courses are offered in such areas a choral conducting, music education (Kodály and Orff pedagogy, use of computers in music education), music in foreign cultures, coaching courses for singers, brass pedagogy, Cuban instruments and dances, and the like. The Klemetti Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra have issued a number of recordings.

Country Notes:

MUSIC IN GENERAL EDUCATION. Music is taught in primary schools mostly by general class teachers, some of whom have had little training in the teaching of music. Some may have been able to specialise in music teaching during their training, and these often are called upon to take all the music classes in their schools. Teaching in years 7 to 9 and in the upper secondary schools is mainly handled by subject teachers. Music becomes an elective after year seven. Some schools have founded special music classes whose students take the subject voluntarily, and almost all leading Finnish children’s and youth choirs are somehow connected with music classes. Pupils in these music classes receive instrument tuition at music institutes or from private teachers. Following comprehensive school, students may go on to a music-opriented upper secondary school of which there are 11 in Finland (one of them Swedish-speaking). MUSIC SCHOOLS. A system of music schools runs parallel to general schools, providing tuition in performance, theory, ear training and general musicianship to young people and adults, and acting as training institutions for those who later will enter professional courses in music. COMMUNITY MUSIC EDUCATION. Some 270 civic colleges and workers’ institutes throughout Finland offer music training to adults and children. In addition there are over a hundred folk high schools, some of which specialise in music teaching. Their one-year programs and summer programs are mostly intended for young adults who are considering their career choices. MUSIC INSTITUTES. On completion of studies at the music schools (at age 15 to 16) students may enter a four-year music institute. Music institutes continue the training of the music schools to a higher level and include a study of basso continuo realisation as well as a basic course in music history. Their graduates may apply for a place at a conservatorium or the Sibelius Academy for training as professional musicians. Currently there are 95 music institutes belonging to the Association of Finnish Music Schools. PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR MUSICIANS. • Conservatories. Courses at conservatories offer different kinds of professional music programs, mostly of three years’ duration This includes training of teachers for music schools and music institutes, the training of solo performers (classical, light music) and orchestral musicians, church musicians (lowest level), music kindergarten teachers, training in music technology and instrument maintenance. All programs involve instrumental instruction, ensemble, theory, ear training, basso continuo. For all programs there is an entrance examination. The certificates of the Gymnasium (upper secondary school) and music institute are required before teacher training can commence. For other programs it is possible to start after completing the certificate from the music school and completion of comprehensive school education. Those without the certificate from the Gymnasium have obligatory general education (maximum 1,400 hours during the music course). For music school and music institute teachers there are further education programs. All conservatories have an attached junior school providing music training. Some music schools are government-subsidised, others receiving no state assistance. • Polytechnics. Their music degree programs focus on concert music, folk music, pop/jazz music and dance and usually take four years, corresponding to a first degree at a university. • The Sibelius Academy. This offers the highest level of professional music training in Finland. Information on music programs on the Finnish island of Åland may be obtained from the NORDIC INSTITUTE IN ÅLAND (NORDENS INSTITUT PÅ Åland): Strandgatan 25, FIN-22100 Mariehamn, Åland. Many Finnish music schools are members of the Association of Finnish Music Schools, which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: MUSIC FINLAND. This organization is dedicated to promoting the success and awareness of Finnish music at home and abroad. It issues a Finnish Music Directory and has an extensive Sheet Music Library with over 40,000 items of vocal, orchestral and chamber music focusing on Finnish contemporary music, much of which is unpublished. Urho Kekkosen katu 2C, 6th floor, 00100 Helsinki, Finland Tel +358 20 730 2230 Email: Website: THE ASSOCIATION OF FINNISH MUSIC SCHOOLS (Suomen Musiikkioppilaitosten Liitto r.y. - Finlands Musikläroinrättningars Förbund r.f.) An umbrella organisation for music schools and conservatories, with 94 members throughout Finland. It promotes high professional and artistic standards in the member schools and does public relations work on their behalf, looks after the interests of its member schools, and makes sure they are reflected in music policy and general cultural policy on the national level. The association is responsible for the formulation and distribution of examination standards. It also administers and promotes international relations in the field of music through its membership in the European Union of Music Schools, the Nordic Union of Music and Culture Schools and ISME-Finland. C/- Helsingin Konservatorio, Fredrikinkatu 25-26, 00120 Helsinki, Finland. THE FINNISH MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE (Suomalaisan Musiikin Tiedotuskeskus). Founded in 1963, this Centre provides information on all aspects of music in Finland. It distributes sheet music, publications and CDs of classical, jazz, contemporary, folk, pop and rock music by Finnish composers. The Centre holds over 35,000 scores of contemporary Finnish music and an extensive sound archive. Lauttasaarentie 1, FI-00200 Helsinki, Finland Website: The Finnish Music Information Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

March 2017