The co-operation gives additional value to recent graduates

End of the nightless night is soon in Utsjoki, predicting that the project is coming to an end at the Sámi Music Academy. In August, graduating students will be celebrated at the Sámi Music Academy Festival. The main stars of the day are students of the Sámi Music Academy, who will perform their own solo programs with professional musicians at the festival's concerts. Special guests for the festival come from the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory. Folk music lecturer Pasi Porvari from the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory is pleased with the cooperation between his school and music academy. “Our thoughts on the goal of our studies went together from the beginning."

The Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory is a new partner for the Academy. The soon-to-be graduating students Anna Morottaja, Anna Lumikivi, Heli Aikio and Laura Tapiola are completing a screening for the conservatory in connection with the final concert. Teacher Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman is satisfied with the mutual activities of the students and the additional value provided by the partnership with the conservatory. “With the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory, students receive a nationwide certificate in secondary music education. It is a strong display in the music industry. This is a new kind of collaboration and now, for the first time, the certificate reads Sámi vocal music as the main subject. So this is as long as the screening is also approved! ”Laughs Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman.

The board that arrives at the final concert evaluates the planning, implementation and acting as a musician on a student-by-student basis. The music software production screening will took place as early as April. In it, the student arranged either his or her own song or the cover song independently, but with the support of the teachers of the Sámi Music Academy and the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory.


Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman has already eased with regard to the screening degree, although preparations and finalization are still ahead. “It’s great that this is happening. The competence of the Sámi Music Academy is recognized through this cooperation, ”says Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman. Folk music lecturer Pasi Porvari from the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory is also pleased with the cooperation. “Our thoughts on the goal of our studies went together from the beginning. Previous degrees and work experience in the field of music, combined with the excellently tailored study package of the Sámi Music Academy, have given students the ability to complete a secondary education degree. Existing competence (HOKS) has been mapped here with each student here in Kokkola, which will be supplemented during the spring. The cooperation has been fruitful and I hope that the education of Sámi music in Utsjoki will continue, ”concludes Porvari.

“You don´t work with the papers, but it matters in the job search situation.”

One of the soon-to-be graduating students is Heli Aikio, who had plans to do a screening degree from the beginning. Now she is looking forward to the upcoming festival and the final test. “I am doing my undergraduate degree in music at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory, so the August solo concert and its design are part of the show. The screening degree covers various areas, such as working as a musician. As a musician, composition is also included in my own screen. In addition, the conservatory’s studies include a course on sustainable development, ”says Aikio. The students make the final concert look exactly their own, and at Aikio it means belonging to the Inari Sámi language and tradition. “Sámi music studies appear in the production of software, where I joined the Inari Sámi livđe tradition well as my own Inari Sámi songs,” illuminates Aikio upcoming concert.

Heli Aikio

Curiosity and constant learning new is essentially in the spirit of the game in the music industry, and there is no room for freezing. Students graduating in the spring plan to continue in the music industry either in their work or as a freelance musician, or in part both. “There is no paperwork in this field, but it matters in the job search situation.

Professionals needed

Hopefully, many will also receive further education. I, too, am constantly studying. I am regularly involved in Complete Vocal Institute in training, “says Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman. “Two years of study is just the beginning of a solid professional skill that is needed. Professionals and pedagogues will be needed in the future both in music education and in Sámiland in general. In this way, Sámi music genres can be secured. Although the future of the music academy is still open, the importance of music and its teaching will not change and I believe that we have only reached a fraction of talented musicians, ”Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman concludes.