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Helinski, Finland


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Sibelius Academy provides the highest education in the music industry in Finland. University to train for independent artistic work capable of artists, educators and music specialists. Sibelius Academy's tasks also include the development of Finnish music culture and cultural heritage preservation.

Sibelius Academy has eleven sections, which correspond to university teaching. Students at the Sibelius Academy is close to 1 400 Annually takes in about 150 - 170 undergraduate students. Education has sought in recent years over one thousand undergraduate students annually.

Sibelius Academy, master's degree in music can also be carried out in addition to the licentiate or doctorate. Further education tradition is still a young science in comparison to universities - the first doctoral degrees in scientific and artistic line was carried out in 1990.

Sibelius Academy in Helsinki is also a youth and adult education. Youth training, the objective is to musically gifted children and young people a high level of music education. Music and cultural area of adult education will ensure the Sibelius Academy Continuing Education.

Artistic activity is one of the Sibelius Academy's basic functions and public concerts in the visible window. Due to the nature of the University has a lot of concerts, each year several hundred. They form a significant part of the metropolitan area concert offerings.


Helsinki Music Institute 1882

The Sibelius Academy in Finland and the only Scandinavia's largest music university, and it was established in the Helsinki Music Institute in 1882 as a private initiative. Martin Wegelius was elected leader, and he was in office until the death of the year 1906.

Wegelius's view, the musician came to educate himself versatile. Wegelius self-taught in a theoretical matter, music history and ear training. In the absence of a suitable material, he also wrote the textbooks themselves. He drew particular attention to the composition classroom and was able to increase the admission of a new generation of composers.

Jean Sibelius and his contemporaries

One of the pupils was Jean Sibelius, which later became the college as well as nominal and symbolic figurehead. Studied at the Sibelius Academy from 1885 to 1989 in composition, but also the violin. He also taught in the 1890s some time later, music theory and composition.

Wegelius, after acting as leaders Järnefelt Armas (1906-1907) and Karl Ekman (1907 -11). In 1911, the director started Erkki Melartin immediately took the task of extending the full College Conservatory of Music.

Operation of the enlargement of college was renamed the Helsinki Conservatory of Music in 1924. Two years later, the military set up yet the music department.

Sibelius Academy 1939

Melartin then became director of Ernst Linko (1936-1959), during which the college introduced a new name for the Sibelius Academy (1939). Pedagogical activities was expanded again: in 1951, founded the church music department, and in 1975 the school music department.

Taneli Kuusisto rector period (1959-1971), Sibelius Academy, became the only professional musicians academy for the training, which was responsible for its own mm. school, church and military training of musicians.

Academy of the State Department in 1980

Financial difficulties eased when the 1966 Act provided for state assistance and the government began to respond to the majority of the Academy of expenditure. State Department of the Sibelius Academy in 1980 and became a university in 1998.

Veikko Helasvuo rector period (1971-1981) was prepared and the degree of reform shifted to the new degree system, according to which the College degrees were equivalent to other Finnish university degrees with.

In 1983, the Sibelius Academy in Kuopio expanded. Then set up the Training Unit of Kuopio, Kuopio, the current department.

Helasvuo after the headmaster acted Ellen Urho (1981-1987), Tuomas Haapanen (1987-1990), Erkki Rautio (1990-1993), Calvin marches (1993-1999) and Pekka Vapaavuori (1999 - 2004). Sibelius Academy, the current rector is Djupsjöbacka Gustav (2004 -).

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