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Suomen musiikkineuvoston musiikkipoliittinen ohjelma

Suomen musiikkineuvoston musiikkipoliittinen ohjelma

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THE FINNISH MUSIC COUNCIL’S POLICY PROGRAMME ON MUSICCONTENTS
 1) MUSIC EDUCATION
 
The present situation
 
Lower and upper secondary school Basic arts education: Advanced syllabusSecondary vocational educationHigher education
Objectives
Lower and upper secondary school Basic arts education: Advanced syllabusSecondary vocational educationHigher education
Recommended measures
Lower and upper secondary school Basic arts education: Advanced syllabusSecondary vocational educationHigher education
2) MUSIC AS A PROFESSIONThe present situation
Orchestras and ensemblesFreelance musiciansThe educational sector and the parishesMusic therapy The Finnish Broadcasting CorporationCopyrightsOccupational health and safety 
Objectives
Orchestras and ensemblesFreelance musiciansThe educational sector and the parishesMusic therapy The Finnish Broadcasting CorporationCopyrightsOccupational health and safety 
Recommended measures
Orchestras and ensemblesFreelance musiciansThe educational sector and the parishesMusic therapy The Finnish Broadcasting CorporationCopyrightsOccupational health and safety 
3) MUSIC AS A LEISURE ACTIVITY
 
The present situation
The role of music in early educationPursuing music as a hobby 
Objectives
The role of music in early educationPursuing music as a hobby 
Recommended measures
The role of music in early educationPursuing music as a hobby 
 
THE FINNISH MUSIC COUNCIL’S POLICY PROGRAMME ON MUSICFOREWORD
The activity of the Finnish Music Council is guided by the principles adopted byUNESCO, which recognise access to culture as a fundamental right of all citizens.Founded in 2003, the Finnish Music Council has a membership representing all areas of Finnish music. This policy programme was drafted in cooperation with the Council’smember organisations, who were asked to provide a report describing the current stateof affairs in their respective sectors and identifying future goals and the steps required toachieve them. We wish to take this opportunity to thank all who participated in thedrafting of this policy programme.This policy programme analyses the current situation in Finnish music and seeks toinform decision-makers in both politics and civil service about future needs for development.On the whole, the state of music in Finland is reasonably good. Still, this policyprogramme will highlight a number of problems, some of them acute. These includeregional deficiencies in the availability of music, the diversity of music and the teaching of music in lower secondary schools, the last of which has been significantly impaired bythe adoption of the new distribution of lesson hours.A number of recently formulated national strategies for the future recognise thesignificance of culture as a building block of the welfare society and as a factor contributing to economic well-being. Not only are the direct benefits of cultureacknowledged, but its positive effects on the national economy have also become moreapparent.In order for us to realise a vision of Finland as a place of culture and creativity, theFinnish society must ensure sufficient resources for artistic endeavour. The moneyinvested in culture represents a minuscule share of the national budget, yet itssignificance for the well-being and functioning of the nation is crucial.Music changes with the surrounding world, and the central task of the Finnish MusicCouncil will continue to be to offer both local and national decision-makers theinformation they need.The Finnish Music Council hopes that this policy programme on music will provide itsreader with inspiration and food for thought.Pekka Vapaavuori Timo KlemettinenChairman General Secretary
 
ON THE VALUE OF MUSICCulture and the arts are such an integral and essential part of society and people’s livesthat their significance to the individual human being is difficult to discern with clarity. Wecan examine the significance of the arts to the individual through the prism of science. Aworld without music would be a world without culture. Musicality seems to be a productof evolution which has contributed to mankind’s survival on Earth. It is precisely in musicthat we often find the most beautiful and the most exalted aspirations of culture.According to an ancient oriental saying, “If you wish know the state of a nation, listen toits music.”
Kalevi Aho, Composer 
Cultural and artistic education may play an important role in nurturing socially active,cooperative and responsible citizens, and on the whole in promoting a vibrant Finlandwith an appreciation for diversity and humane values. Cultural and artistic education canhelp to cultivate the personality of children, youth and adults, offer fresh insights andskills, and reinforce creative attitudes. Such development will be conducive to theformation of a meaningful sense of life and the promotion of individual life mastery. Awell-functioning musical environment can help to develop skills and aptitudes which mayprove themselves valuable not only to the arts but also to mental well-being, science,economic life and society at large.
Kari Kurkela, Professor 
 From the perspective of business and economics, music appears as a constantlygrowing area of economic activity and as a foreign export. The economic significance of music is difficult to measure, since its indirect proceeds are often just as important as thevisible cash flows. Everyone knows how important it is that Finnish excellence is visibleon international concert stages and in international media.
Pekka Kivelä, Press attaché
 From the vantage point of history, social sciences and social psychology, music can beseen as developing the social skills of people and promoting the social integration of different population groups, as preventing social exclusion, especially among the youth,and as exerting a positive influence on general social attitudes. Moreover, arts andculture serve as regional resources that promote the vibrancy of the peripheral areas of Finland. Adequate cultural services and opportunities for study are key attractors for newbusinesses and skilled individuals. Arts and culture can also engender new ways of thinking and enable economic innovations in the country’s periphery.
Ilkka Levä, Psychohistorian
 Progress in neurological imaging and other methods of functional diagnosis has providednew evidence about the role of music in ”enforcing” a communication between thehemispheres and other areas of the brain. Better communication between different areasin the brain can also help to explain the fact that children who study music or other artsperform better than average in school and show aptitude for other subjects as well,including mathematics. One indication of the significance of music for the brain are themany good results that have been attained with the use of music and singing in speechrehabilitation. Enhanced brain activity can also show outwardly apparent results such asimproved concentration ability.
Markku Partinen, Docent in Neurology 
Research in media and the culture of media highlights such aspects as the significanceof technology and digitality for the shaping of musical culture. In our media-centred age,

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