The Degree Programme organises an individual entrance examination. Success in the entrance examination requires long-term practice in music or previous music studies.
According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences students may apply for identification and accreditation of prior learning as part of their compulsory or optional studies, provided they have prior learning corresponding to the curriculum before the course in question begins.
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The goal of the Degree Programme is to train, develop, and graduate students specialising in popular music and jazz as competent and versatile music professionals: instrumentalists, music educators, music writers, and music producer/technologists, who are willing and able to develop their professional skills further and to use their creative knowledge to enrich both the Finnish and the international field of popular music and jazz.
Students who graduate from the programme will earn a Bachelor's Degree, specialising either as a Musician or a Music Educator.
Pop and Jazz Music Educators do not only master their instrument, but can also play in a variety of styles and pass on their learning to their students, and instruct both beginners and more advanced musicians or bands in different styles of popular music and jazz.
Those studying to become teachers undergo teaching practice, and all students learn about typical situations where they appear in front of an audience, in order to become familiar with what awaits them in their work. Students specialise in teaching instrument, voice, or music theory. Music Educators can work as innovators, experts and leading characters of musical culture in their own environment.
Music Educator students do not only reach a high level of musical professionalism and complete a Bachelor's degree, but also acquire general teacher qualifications (60 ECTS credits), acknowledged by the Finnish Ministry of Education.
Pop and Jazz Musicians are skilled performers and creative professionals who are conversant with Finnish and international music scenes. Mastery of diverse social situations, command of various musical genres, the ability to produce musical materials quickly, good education, and deep knowledge of culture are nowadays more valuable than ever. The possession of these qualities gives the Pop and Jazz Musician a very good potential to work in the varied duties of the modern working life.
As a Pop and Jazz Musician, one can specialise in instrument or voice (performance), music writing, or music production and music technology. Those majoring in instrument or voice focus above all on honing their instrumental, performing, and ensemble skills. It is also possible to include max. 30 ECTS of minor subject studies in the Instrumentalist's specialisation.
Music writers concentrate on composing, arranging and songwriting, and acquire the music technology skills required by the working life. The Music producer/technologist studies are directed towards creating and producing musical material and content, mastering music engineering and technology, and managing sound productions.
Graduates of the Pop and Jazz Music Degree Programme become different kinds of experts in popular music and jazz. Students can specialise in pop, jazz, r&b, and rock styles, and receive professional qualifications as teachers of an instrument or music theory, or as performers, music writers, or music producers and technologists.
The Music Educator degree qualifies the graduates to work in diverse roles at various educational levels in the field of popular music and jazz, such as a one-to-one and group instructor of an instrument or voice, teacher of music theory and ear training, instructing ensembles, and in applied musical activities in different sectors of society. The Music Educator studies also provide the graduates with good abilities to act as performing and creative artists. Music Educators typically work in elementary music schools, in music institutes of lower vocational level, in adult education centres or as private music tutors.
Pop and Jazz Musician graduates typically work as freelancers or entrepreneurs in demanding orchestra, ensemble, or studio musicians’ duties, or as performing artists, music producers, music engineers, composers, arrangers or songwriters, depending on the chosen specialisation. Music producers/technologists can also get employed in various cultural institutions, such as theaters.
Graduates can apply for master’s degree programmes in applicable universities and art colleges, and for the Master’s Degree Programme in Music at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences course assessment criteria are specified in the course implementation plan. The teacher in charge of the course will be responsible for the assessment. At the beginning of the course, students must be informed on the assessment principles, which must be based on the course objectives. Assessment takes primarily place for each course and applies to the students who have registered and been accepted on the course. If necessary, different components of a course may be assessed individually. If the course consists of several components, the teacher may point this out in the assessment principles contained in the implementation plan.
The assessment scale is as follows: excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), very satisfactory (2), satisfactory (1), fail (0) and pass (P). Any deviations of this scale will be decided by the President.
Completion or accreditation of all required courses, as specified in the curriculum of the chosen specialization.
The extent of the Degree Programme is 270 ECTS and the duration 4,5 years. The students are required to study full-time. The studies comprise instruction, guided self-study, and work placement. Most of the instruction is given during the daytime. The studies may include distance learning.
Bachelor's Degree (First Cycle)