Studies include private instrumental lessons, instruction in music theory as well as ensemble playing.
» Studies at the Avonia Music Institute are based on an advanced musical syllabus. The studies aim to develop the students' musical thinking, technical mastery of their main instrument and familiarity with the repertoire - in order to enhance the students' ability to work independently. Performing is an essential part of studying music.
You may begin ensemble playing as soon as you have acquired sufficient skills to practise in a small group or an orchestra. Music theory studies usually begin around the age of 10. They include musical literacy and composition, musical perception as well as knowledge of musical history and styles.
You may choose from a variety of instruments: vocals (classical), piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, recorder, clarinet, accordion and kantele.
Eventual minor studies and optional courses are designed to support the students' musical development and to broaden his/her musical outlook.
In the classical department, you may study the following instruments.
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The accordion is very popular for its versatility - it is suitable for many different musical styles. Here at Avonia, the young musician will soon be playing music of a variety of styles, e.g. a polonaise from the 18th century, a familiar children's tune, folk music or even some blues/rock/jazz tunes. You may begin around the age of 5 (no upper age limit). There is a variety of accordions in different sizes, all suitable for children. Your teacher will help you find the best one for you. There are also second-hand instruments available. Playing the accordion does not require any special physical qualities. With an enthusiastic attitude you will be well on your way. The parents' support is also very important.
Traverso eli barokkihuilu on puinen poikkihuilu, jonka ääni on pehmeä, heleä ja sävykäs. Traverso sopii hyvin niin soolosoittimeksi kuin erilaisiin kokoonpanoihinkin. Traversolla voidaan soittaa monenlaista ohjelmistoa, ja aivan erityisesti se loistaa vanhan musiikin parissa. Toisin kuin modernissa poikkihuilussa, 1700-luvun huilutyypissä traversossa ei ole läppäkoneistoa vaan vain yksi läppä sekä lisäksi sormiaukot kuten vaikkapa nokkahuilussa. Puusta rakennettu traverso on verrattain kevyt kannatella ja puhaltaa. Opettaja auttaa soittimen hankinnassa
The guitar is a variable instrument that is easy to carry along. It has a pleasant soft sound with a variety of tones. You may begin as early as the age of 5, but it is common to begin between the ages of 8 and 12. Guitars are available in various sizes. In order to find the right size for you, please ask the teacher for help before purchasing an instrument. In addition to the guitar, you will also need a foot support. It is advisable that younger students' parents attend lessons and take active part in the hobby. This way they will be able to help with the most important part of learning: homework. Villa Breidablick Matinlahti Westendinpuisto
The kantele repertoire covers all eras of western art music. In addition, there is a multitude of contemporary music composed for the instrument. The kantele is a natural choice for folk and popular music, and it is especially well suited for improvisation as well as composing and arranging your own music. You may begin playing the kantele at the age of 6 (no upper age limit). A smaller kantele (5 strings) is most suitable for beginners, especially preschool-aged children. The kantele family also includes an 11-string kantele and some 5-39 -string electric kanteles. Please consult the teacher before purchasing an instrument. The kantele is pleasing to the ear, and it is well suited both as a solo instrument and as part of an ensemble. Because the sounds are easy to produce, you will very quickly experience the joy of playing music.
The double bass is the gentle giant of the string instruments. It is played with a bow or by plucking - either standing up or sitting down. It is commonly used for accompaniment, but there is also a variety of solo material - even concertos. Like the heart, the double bass creates the beat of the music, as well as the foundation of harmony, on top of which all other layers of sound can be built. Bass players have their work cut out for them in folk ensembles, jazz bands and even symphony orchestras. The instrument is available in various sized so you may begin playing already at the age of 6.
The cello belongs to the family of string instruments and it has a beautiful, soft sound. Because of its wide sound range, it is suitable for a large variety of music. Cellos are available in many sizes so there is no particular age limit for beginners. Enthusiasm is more important than age. However, it is advisable that the younger students' parents take part in the lessons in order to help their children with homework. The instrument should always be purchased following advice from the teacher.
There are no limits as to when you can begin your piano lessons. Here at Avonia, you may even begin at the age of 3, given that you possess a readiness to learn. Piano lessons are tailored according to each student's starting point and ambitions. Instruction follows the traditions of western art music (classical music) with an aim to assemble a versatile repertoire as the studies progress. At Avonia, piano lessons start out as private instruction. Once students reach a sufficient skill-level, they may begin playing together with other piano-students or join a piano trio. It is very important that the student be able to practise at home on a high quality piano. The acoustic piano is by far the best option since the instruction focuses on basic technique from the very beginning. An acoustic piano is a considerable investment - especially a new one - but it is possible to find second-hand pianos in good condition. Before purchasing a second-hand piano, you should always consult your teacher or a registered piano tuner.
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The viola is the big sister of the violin. You may begin playing around the age of 8 or 9, and taller students begin even sooner. Violas are available in various sizes. Please note that it is recommendable to consult your teacher before purchasing an instrument. The viola produces a lower and softer sound than the violin. It is most suitable as a solo instrument even though it is frequently used to create musical texture between the violin and the cello. Amateur bands often have a shortage of viola players so you are sure to be welcomed into one as soon as you have mastered the basics!
You may being violin lessons around the age of 5 (no upper age limit). A beginner's set includes a violin, a bow, a case and a shoulder support. Your teacher will help you find a beautifully toned instrument in a size most suited for you. You can buy second-hand violins from students who have moved on to larger ones. In the beginning, it is advisable that parents accompany their children to the lessons in order to get instructions for practising at home. Children need support and encouragement in their hobby. At the Avonia Music Institute, you may study the violin in a group or in private instruction.
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In classical vocals, you will learn the correct breathing technique, the basics of voice formation, as well as find your own natural voice. You will develop your ear for music, sense of rhythm and musicality, and you will be able to express yourself through songs from various styles such as classical and pieces from musicals. You may study vocals under private instruction or in a small group. Recommended starting at age 15.
The clarinet is a versatile instrument which is used for both classical and popular music. An appropriate age to begin is around 8 and 10 years - with a special requirement that your upper and lower front teeth be permanent. The clarinet's sound is result of a vibrating reed that is attached to the mouthpiece. Please consult your teacher before purchasing an instrument.
You may begin playing the flute around the age of 5 or 6, the common age being 7 to 9. Young flutists may need a curved mouthpiece to help keep their arms in position. Playing the transverse flute requires strong aspiration force, so a delicate 5 or 6 year-old would be better off beginning with the recorder before choosing the transverse flute.
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The recorder is an old art instrument that was at the peak of its popularity during the baroque period, in the 17th and 18th centuries. Nowadays, all kinds of music can be played on the recorder: old and new, classical and popular - alone and together. Recorders are available in several sizes. Playing usually begins with a soprano recorder, but as your skill accumulates and fingers grow, you may move on to alto, tenor and even bass recorders. The largest recorders can reach up to 2-3 metres in length! Recorders are made of wood, but you can begin your hobby with a plastic instrument. It is an inexpensive instrument and it is also easy to carry along. You can begin playing around the age of 6. The recorder is a fast way to access the world of music, since producing sounds is fairly easy.
» Musiikin hahmotusaineet keskittyvät oppilaan luovien taitojen, yleisen muusikkouden ja musiikillisen identiteetin kehittämiseen osana musiikin opiskelua. Oppilas työskentelee itsenäisesti ja ryhmissä tehden erilaisia sävellys-, kuuntelu- ja soittamisharjoituksia. Opiskelu tapahtuu tietokoneympäristössä, joka osaltaan mahdollistaa luovan työskentelyn ilman soittamiseen liittyviä teknisiä rajoitteita. Tunneilla harjoitellaan myös ryhmässä soittamista ja improvisointia erilaisissa soitinkokoonpanoissa.
- Luovien taitojen kehittäminen. Kannustetaan oman musiikin luomiseen.
- Tehdään sävellysharjoituksia MuseScore- ja Garageband -ohjelmistoissa. Kannustetaan oppilasta luomaan omia kappaleita ilman säveltämiseen liittyviä rajoitteita.
- Sävelletään kappaleita omalle soittimelle ja soitetaan niitä tuntitilanteissa (esim. omalla soittotunnilla)
- Opiskellaan hyvin yksinkertaisia sävellystekniikoita.
2. Käytännön muusikkous
- Yleisen muusikkouden ja "pelimannitaitojen" kehittäminen.
- Kannustetaan oppilasta soittimesta riippumatta korvakuulolta yhteismusisointiin ja säestämiseen.
- Harjoitellaan sointujen ja melodioiden löytämistä korvakuulolla tietokoneohjelmistojen (Better Ears) ja oman soittimen avulla.
- Soinnutetaan valmiita melodioita ja soitetaan niitä tuntitilanteissa.
- Improvisointitaitojen kehittäminen ilman rajoitteita.
- Soitetaan melodioita omalla soittimella valmiiden sointujen/taustan päälle. Sävelletään melodioita MuseScore -ohjelmalla ja omaa soitinta käyttäen.
- Improvisoidaan ryhmässä.
4. Yleinen musiikin hahmottaminen
- Harjoitellaan kappaleiden ja musiikin hahmottamista: rakenne, soittimet, melodia, soinnut
- Sovitetaan omavalitsemia kappaleita yksinkertaisille kokoonpanoille
- Kuunnellaan paljon erilaista musiikkia (klassinen, kansanmusiikki, pop)
Basic studies in music technology provide the student with an ability to produce, record, edit and send music in a digital environment.
» The main focus is on notation as well as digital sound handling, recording and editing.
After completing the basic studies in music technology, you will master the principles of the equipment used in instruction, as well as understand the common terminology used for the concepts, equipment and work practises in music technology.
Studies in music technology will support your instrumental development, provide you with a readiness to create your own music and to act in the modern field of music.
Music technology studies consist of the following entities:
- Basics of music technology
- Basics of studio work
- Basics of audio systems
After completing the basic studies, you will be able to compose music on a midi based notation programme, record different instruments, edit (mix) sounds, create audio files in various forms from existing musical material, transfer and upload audio files to the internet and between computers and audio units.
Basic studies include the basics of studio work and audio systems. You will become familiar with working in a studio. In basics of audio systems, you will learn the basics of sound amplifying and recording a concert. In the classical and rhythm groups, special attention is given to their unique characteristics. Music technology studies are included in the Avonia Music Institute term fee.
In an ensemble, the musician becomes part of a larger musical entity which adds new and inspiring dimension into your own playing.
» The main goal and content of playing in an orchestra is to acquire an understanding of the different sectors of music and to deepen general musical knowledge - by playing music. In addition, a positive and curious attitude towards working and learning in a group is important.
There are three string orchestras and one guitar orchestra at the Avonia Music Institute. Playing in orchestras is included in the term fee.
practice schedule for 2018-2019
Location: Villa Breidablick, Kannusillanmäki 6
» Avonia Music Institute's children's choir Ainova rehearsals on wednesdays at 7 pm. The choir is conducted by Saima Hyökki, firstname.lastname@example.org.