Music classes for 3rd-9th grades
Application for a music class must be submitted via Wilma during the 2nd grade
Students applying for a music class must take part in a test measuring their musicality. All applicants will be tested. Students must be registered to take the test via Wilma 21 November–9 December 2022. The application form can also be printed and sent to the school in which the place is applied for. The principals of schools offering music-oriented classes will decide which students are accepted into the music class by 10 February 2023. This decision will be published in Wilma.
The following principles are followed in pupil admission to music classes:
Children living in Vantaa are the primary target of pupil admission. To qualify for this, the children must have their home address found in the Population Register Centre in Vantaa on the day of applying.
Pupils are selected based on musicality tests. Pupils are selected based on a ranking score. In case there are not enough places for pupils with the same scores, lots are drawn.
For a music class, the minimum starting requirement is 18 pupils, and the maximum size is 25 pupils. The head of basic education can decide on a lower requirement on reasonable grounds.
It is also possible to apply for a music class in sixth grade for grades 7-9. If there are free slots, pupils are selected based on musicality tests. Organising these tests is the responsibility of the school for which the pupil applies.
It is possible to apply for a place in a music class also for the 7th–9th grades, as long as the student has the knowledge and skills needed for the class and if the group has room for new students. The teaching is applied for with the form Ilmoittautuminen painotettuun opetukseen vuosiluokille 7.-9 (Enrolment in weighted teaching for grades 7–9), which must be filled in and delivered to the student’s own school. Students are elected for the free places based on tests measuring their musicality. The school for which the student is applying is in charge of carrying out the tests.
The Vantaa Music Institute offers high-quality teaching lead by trained, professional teachers. The studies include individual teaching, playing together and music theory subjects. Teaching mostly takes place in the music institutes premises or at the student’s own school. The teaching is subject to a charge. All students applying for a music class starting in the 3rd grade can also apply as a student at the Vantaa Music Institute. The teaching is subject to a charge.
Students can apply in two ways:
- Apply for a student place while taking your music class test. Fill in the music class student application by 10 December 2022 via vmo.eepos.fi. This means that you will not need to take a separate entrance test later.
- Apply for a student place 1–30 April 2023 via vmo.eepos.fi. This means that you will need to take a separate entrance test, the date of which will be stated when you are filling in the application. The applicants will be informed of whether they were accepted as students by 23 June 2023. Read more: www.vmo.fi
Notices of applying to music class 2th grade
Teaching in a music class
The music teaching in a music class is provided by class teachers specialised in music in the primary school and by full-time music teachers in the lower secondary school. The teaching comprises themes such as
- singing, choral singing, practising melodies, music theory, and musical exercise
- playing instruments: school and orchestral instruments, orchestra
- listening to music, getting to know the structures and composers of music and their works.
Playing a musical instrument should be started as early on in a music class as possible. The music class’s teacher and the provider of music teaching work together to guide the music class students in choosing their instruments. When selecting instruments, the goal is that the chosen instruments will together become a functional unit, both from the class’s and the school’s perspective. The process for selecting instruments can be started already during the spring term.
You´ll find information on school transportation here: School travel and school transportation | Vantaa.
In Soiva Talo event held in April, teachers will guide you to experiment with different instruments and help you find your instrument. Location and timetable: www.vmo.fi.
Various choirs, orchestras and bands are an integral part of studying in a music class. All students take part in them based on their skill levels.
Music classes can have both class choirs and joint choirs for entire grades. Orchestras work the same way, either as grade-level or music class orchestras. Additionally, a choir comprising students from the school’s other music classes from different grades has also been established, and in some schools there is also a similar orchestra. These groups also accept students from outside the music classes.
Additionally, concert and project-specific choirs and orchestras are possible, and students can also set up their own singing and instrumental groups if they so wish.
Wilma is an electronic service which is a communication tool used between the schools and home. In Vantaa, Wilma is used both in basic education and high schools."
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