Leaps in kantele pedagogy – encourage children to play through play

The department of piano, accordion, guitar, and kantele at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki organised a national seminar on kantele pedagogy last weekend. While not being directly involved in teaching at any official institute, I am occasionally guiding and giving workshops to groups and individuals on the instrument.  Thus,... Continue Reading →


About studying the kantele at a later age

In Finland, kids normally have their first touch to the kantele in music playschools, or by latest in the elementary school, thanks to the project that started in the 1980s, "Kantele to school!". Some kids continue studying in music academies and conservatories, and a few reach the highest level at Universities of Applied Sciences, or... Continue Reading →

Mechanical distorters in the kantele

This Wednesday instrument builder Jyrki Pölkki  (Soitinrakentajat AMF) came for a visit at the university to talk about musical instrument making. The thought that struck me the most was that unlike violin or piano, the kantele is not yet fixed in sound or shape, and thus it is easy to develop and introduce new features ... Continue Reading →

Kantele in Japan

I just returned from Japan where I did a four-month internship related to guitar acoustics. I took my 15-string kantele with me. Before I went to Japan, I knew that there was a community of kantele players, mainly in Tokyo and the Hokkaido area. So, in the early days of November I set out to... Continue Reading →

Essentially, the kantele consists of strings wrapped around tuning pins, which are attached to a wooden resonator box. The amount of strings can vary from 5 to 40. In most kanteles, there is a sound hole on the top plate. The strings are typically strummed or plucked. The kantele is said to belong to the... Continue Reading →

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