Folk music theory

Although folk music theory is based on an ancient tradition, the actual subject has only existed for a relatively short time. This discipline examines the traditional and interpretational phenomena of folk music, the making of contemporary folk music, composition and arranging.

Folk music theory is based on aural observations, transcribing music and examining those phenomena that elude traditional notation. The aim is to find a natural connection between theoretic expertise and practical music making.

This section contains materials related to folk music theory, prepared by students and teachers of the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department.