Curriculum

In the Eira Institute of Music music lessons are available for everyone. There are no special student selection or age restrictions. Lessons are designed according to the goals and needs of each individual student. Students can focus on classical repertoire or pop music – or both.

 

What instrument to choose?

Some factors to consider are e.g. child’s age, the stage of physical and motoric development, special interests, price of the instrument. Teachers are happy to help with choosing and acquiring the right instrument. Own, appropriate instrument is naturally a prerequisite for lessons.

Students are also required to acquire the material needed for the lessons – sheet music, books etc. – according to the teacher’s instructions.

Lessons are available with following instruments:

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Kantele, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Classical vocals, Pop/jazz -vocals.

Music playschool for elementary music education caters for children from toddlers to 6 yo.

Additionally, there are courses for Music theory and Music technology and a project-based Music theatre.

 

Lessons

Individual lessons are usually 30 minutes per week. It is also possible to get longer, 45 or 60 min lessons.

In addition to the main instrument lessons, the student fee also includes the optional Music theory -group lessons, possible exams and various special projects and performance opportunities.

Lessons are available in finnish, english or swedish.

 

Curriculum

Eira Institute of Music follows the Finnish National Board of Education’s Framework Curriculum that comprises of two kinds of syllabi: the general and the extended.

The general aim is to ensure students acquire a good and life-long relationship with music and the objectives of the teaching are specialized in accordance with the students’ individual requirements with the content of the specific syllabus taken into account. The values of joy and freedom are stressed as well as the importance of collaborative music making.

Each student must choose between the general and the extended syllabus. In practice the differences between the syllabi are to do with the amount of work required for the diploma and obligatory exams and courses for the extended syllabus. It is possible for the student to change from general to extended (and vice versa) at a later stage.

General
  • Course credit required for the diploma: 500 h
  • Can consist of single instrument studies or of combination of different courses (e.g. instrument studies and music theory)
  • Student can do exams, but they are optional
  • recommended option for most students
Extended
  • Course credit required for the diploma: 1300 h (basic level 665 h + advanced level 635 h)
  • Additional courses in music theory and chamber music are obligatory
  • Student is required to do exams in 2-3 year intervals