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Music (MU)

Students must complete a total of three compulsory courses in music and visual arts during their upper secondary studies. MU1 and KU1 are compulsory for all students, but students can opt for either MU2 or KU2 to be the third compulsory course.


MU1 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.

MU2 A polyphonic Finland (alternative with course KU2)
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.


MU3 Open up to music
Students become more familiar with music from other cultures and broaden their outlook on music. Course methods include listening and discussion, while also applying their 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. Evaluated with a number grade.

MU4 Music and the Media
Students become familiar 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 analyzing either existing music or student-made works. Evaluated with a number grade.


MU5 Performance

The performance course awards students for active participation providing music for school events. Students who have actively performed at least three times during lukio can receive a course for their work. Grading: pass/fail

MU6 Music Technology

Students become familiar with the world of computers and music by making and recording their own music. Students work in groups to put the music skills gained in previous courses to use through playing, creating and recording their own short projects. Students gain familiarity with current music technology and music software. Student projects are listened to and evaluated together. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

MU7 Band

A course for students interested in challenging themselves beyond the level of what the other music courses already offer, students looking to specialize in a certain instrument or singing, or students who would simply like to make music in a group. Course content is based on ensemble playing & singing; song choices to be decided on together with students, based on their level. A music performance for a public audience is part of the course. Ability to read sheet music and/or tablature (or willingness to learn) is recommended. Pass/Fail evaluation.


MULD6 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.