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Music (MU)

Music (MU)

Students must complete a total of three compulsory courses in music and visual arts during their upper secondary studies. XLmu1 and xLku1 are compulsory for all students, but students can opt for either xLmu2 or xLku2 to be the third compulsory course.

COMPULSORY COURSE

xLmu1 Music and me
Students explore their own musicality and the basics of music through singing, playing and listening. The course emphasizes practical skills through playing and singing together in a group. The main instrument of the course is guitar. In addition, students learn basics skills in singing and other instruments appropriate to their own level. The course ends with an informal playing test on guitar, drums and bass based on what was done in the course. Evaluated with a number grade.

xLmu2 A polyphonic Finland (alternative with course xLku2)
Students learn about Finnish music and investigate their own relationship to Finnish music. Students will explore various aspects of Finnish music and learn to understand their development and essential characteristics. Students build on previous skills and continue to work on singing and playing together in a group. The material covered represents different genres: popular, art and folk music. Evaluated with a number grade.

 

School-based specialisation courses


xlmu3 Open up to music

The aim of course is to familiarise students with music from other cultures and broaden their outlook on music. Course methods include listening and discussion, while also applying students’ singing and playing skills to less familiar styles of music. Students will delve deeper into a few genres or music cultures during the course. When possible, the course will include a concert visit or workshop. Numerical grading.

xlmu4  Music and the Media

The aim of course is to familiarise students with the various methods and opportunities to use music in arts and the media. Students investigate the role of music in movies, on the stage, in mass media as well as on the Internet. Students consider the connection between music and writing, images and motion. Course contents and working methods are diverse. The impact and effectiveness of music is investigated by analysing either existing music or student-made works. Numerical grading.

xlmu5 Performance

The aim of the course is to encourage students to actively participate in our school’s music performances and events. In order to pass the course students practise and perform in at least three musical performances organised by the school. Grading: Completed.


Nationwide applied course


xLmuld6 Upper secondary Music diploma

The music diploma is based on the aims and contents of upper secondary music courses that students have completed during their time in upper secondary. In order to complete the diploma, students must complete at least four upper secondary music courses. There are two ways to complete the diploma: either a music project or a portfolio of work completed during upper secondary. Numerical grading.