A Comparison of the Entrance Examinations for Postgraduate Music Education at Selected Estonian and Finnish Universities

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Ruokonen , I , Kiilu , K , Sepp , A & Ruismäki , H 2018 , ' A Comparison of the Entrance Examinations for Postgraduate Music Education at Selected Estonian and Finnish Universities ' , The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences , vol. XXII , no. 2 , 233 , pp. 2639-2651 . https://doi.org/10.15405/ejsbs.233

Title: A Comparison of the Entrance Examinations for Postgraduate Music Education at Selected Estonian and Finnish Universities
Author: Ruokonen, Inkeri; Kiilu, Kristi; Sepp, Anu; Ruismäki, Heikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences
ISSN: 2301-2218
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/261751
Abstract: The primary goal of music teacher education programs is to produce good teachers for schools and how to identify them through entrance examinations. This study examines the kind of entrance examinations in place at the masters’ level in music education in Estonian and Finnish universities, and the similarities or differences between these examinations. In this study, the aims, content, focus areas, and the background philosophy of the entrance examinations are compared and discussed. Similarities identified include testing of aptitude to become a music teacher, practical musicianship, singing, playing different instruments, music theory and solfége. The main differences revealed that in Estonia there are two entrance examinations (Bachelor and Master level) and a teaching session for candidates is not required. What is most challenging to evaluate is the pedagogical motivation because the entrance examination cannot assess long-term motivation, commitment required to teach music or reacting in problem situations.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
post-graduate entrance examinations
teacher education
music teachers
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