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Neuvostoliitto ja suomalainen soitonopetus : rajoja ja mahdollisuuksia (2021)

Mikkonen, S. (2021). Neuvostoliitto ja suomalainen soitonopetus : rajoja ja mahdollisuuksia. Musiikki, 51(3), 74-105. https://doi.org/10.51816/musiikki.111760

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Mikkonen, Simo

Journal or series: Musiikki

eISSN: 2669-8625

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 17/10/2021

Volume: 51

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 74-105

Publisher: Suomen musiikkitieteellinen seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.51816/musiikki.111760

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78490


This article discusses the development of teaching of musical instruments in Finland. The focus is fixed on the Soviet impact during the decades when Finnish music education was strongly developing, from the 1960s to 1980s. The focus is, in particular, the teaching of two instruments, the piano and the violin. Both received still noticeable influences from the top musicians and their methods in Soviet Union. Attention is paid both on structures and certain individuals and their impact. The article also pays attention to the Soviet motives to support the development of Finnish music education by sending esteemed music professionals to Finland. Soviet professionals arrived both for shorter master courses from the mid-1960s, and from the late 1960s for prolonged periods in regional music colleges suffering from shortage of competent teachers. Also, the Soviet Union granted scholarships to promising young Finnish musicians to continue their studies in the Soviet Union.

Keywords: music education; music pedagogy; educational methods; music schools; instrument teachers; piano; violin; Soviets; cultural impacts; cultural history; history of music

Free keywords: Soviet Union

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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