An educational programme of unique weekend courses

During the weekend courses, the participants will meet a number of established professional folk musicians, folk singers and folk dancers and get a unique chance to engage directly with the various traditions that exist across Swedish-speaking Finland. The Centre’s courses are versatile and suitable for both beginners and more advanced learners, and they all have in common a great enthusiasm for one or several areas within folk culture.

Courses

Course fee and timetable

The fee for each weekend course is 70 euros + 45 euro for food and accommodation. The weekend courses starts on Friday at 6 pm until 9 pm. On Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and afterwards follows a concert and jamsession starting at 6 pm until 9 pm. On Sunday the course continues from 9 am – 2 pm. 

Learning by ear

During the courses, much of the work will centre on learning by ear, while getting to know many new tunes and songs. The aim is for the students to build up and/or add to their repertoires, while also focussing on their own playing and expression, and getting a chance to progress with their own instrument or area of focus. The courses are taught both in groups and individually, while being tailored to each participant.

The weekend courses will cover a wide range of folk music to give a clear picture of how diverse the world of folk music is and can be, not only in Swedish-speaking Finland, but elsewhere in Finland and in the Nordic countries. Playing and singing with the other participants is also of key importance. Folk dancing with its polska tunes and minuets will feature as a concrete example to highlight Gebrauchsmusik and to “embody” the characteristics of all the various types of tunes, their drive and rhythm. 

Tradition bearers

We will get to know various tradition bearers and listen to archive recordings. By getting to know the tradition, and the origins and variations of the tunes and songs, the course participants will gain access to the variety that folk music encompasses. After a thorough introduction to the various traditions and stylistic traits, the participants get to interpret the melodies and songs from their own perspective and in their own way. The listening, the playing and the practical exercises go hand in hand throughout the courses.