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 →


Using acoustic simulations in musical instrument restoration

Last February I attended the opening conference of the COST-Action Wood MusicK at Cité de la Musique, Paris. "This Action (WoodMusICK - WOODen MUSical Instrument Conservation and Knowledge) aims to combine forces and to foster research on wooden musical instruments in order to preserve and develop the dissemination of knowledge on musical instruments in Europe... Continue Reading →

Mechanical distorters continued

After I wrote my last post, I learned about Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir, a doctoral student at Sibelius Academy experimenting with all kinds of materials on harp strings. Some very nice sound samples and videos about the prepared harp can be found at her webpage.   I am particularly inspired by the use of honey spoons between... 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 →

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