THE REGULATIONS OF THE 4th International Music Olympiad
The patron of the Olympiad is the Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Prof Ivari Ilja.
The composer of the Olympiad is Veljo Tormis. Read more.
The 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018 for students of general comprehensive secondary schools will be organized by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) and Estonian Society for Music Education (ESME) in cooperation with the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) and Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.
Before the Olympiad there will be an International Music Education Conference organized on April 17th–21th 2018 with practical workshops, presentations etc. The title of the conference will be “The Power of Music Education - Estonian Experience”
Guidelines for the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018
In recognition of the growing significance of music in the field of culture and in the general education of young people, and with the aim of enhancing the development of international contacts in the field of school education in music, an international music Olympiad will be organized for students of general comprehensive secondary school. The Olympiad will be called the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018 and is a competition between individuals.
The aims of the Olympiad:
- To strengthen the position of music education as a creative subject in national curricula;
- To create motivation and offer musically talented young people opportunities for artistic self-expression at international level;
- To widen opportunities for composing music (participants can use vocal and acoustic musical instruments as well as various electro-acoustical instruments and audio-visual multimedia.
- To develop musical literacy as a prerequisite for creative activities;
The 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018 will take place from April 18th to 21th, 2018 for participants of two age groups:
The 1st group: aged 12–15
The 2nd group: aged 16–19
The contestants shall be students of general comprehensive secondary schools (they can study at music school at the same time). 3 competitors from each country can take part in both age groups. They must be winners of the national competition.
The total number of contestants is limited to 33 participants in both age groups.
The deadline for registration of participants in the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018 is March 26, 2018.
Participation fee 50 EUR must be paid by the 5th of April 2018:
Eesti Muusikaõpetajate Liit
Address: Tornimäe 2, Tallinn 15010
All participants will be provided with free accommodation (3 nights) and meals. The participants must cover the travelling costs. When a participant`s composition requires additional performers, the sending country must cover all the additional costs. Performers do not have to pay the participation fee.
Each country can send up to 2 accompanying persons. One accompanying person who will be a responsible contact person for the country, will be provided with free accommodation (3 nights) and meals. The sending country covers the costs of the second accompanying person. Both accompanying persons must cover all travel costs, they do not have to pay the participation fee.
The 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018 will take place in Tallinn, at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (13 Tatari str Tallinn, 10116 Estonia).
The language used at the Olympiad will be English. Written tasks (assignments) for both age groups will be provided in the native language of the contestant.
The results of the Olympiad will be assessed by an international jury of 5 members in both age groups. The results will be presented in the form of protocols.
Content of the Olympiad (for both ages groups)
The Olympiad will consist of three parts.
The 1st Part
- Music listening and theoretical questions related to the piece.
- Sight singing/playing a melody and clapping a rhythm exercise
The 2nd Part – Performing a song.
The participant will perform one song (by individual choice) at a public concert. The song must be performed from memory, either unaccompanied or with accompaniment by acoustic instruments in suitable key for him/her. We recommend performing a folk song or a song written by a composer of the participant’s country and in the participant’s native language. A song composed by the competitor is not allowed to perform here (in case it will be performed also in the part III of the Olympiad).
The 3rd Part – Original composition.
The participant will perform an original composition up to 3 minutes, prepared beforehand. The original piece of music will be performed live at a public concert or, in case of compositions for multimedia, from a pre-recorded source. The original composition can be a song for solo voice or vocal ensemble, (unaccompanied or with accompaniment), a piece for an instrument or instruments, or a composition using electro-acoustic, audiovisual or multimedia performance. Other singers and instrumentalists can be involved in the performance. The composed music must be the original production of the participant (pre-existing lyrics may be used). The country takes care that musicians perform original composition of their contestant. The contestant (the winner of the National Olympiad) can compose a new composition in case if his/her previous composition cannot be performed at the international level.
The 2nd and the 3rd part (performing a song and original piece) for both age groups of contestants are public presentations (concerts). The performances will be recorded for study purposes and photographs will be taken.
At registration (on April 18 in Tallinn) each participant must add:
- a short description of the song in written form;
- a score and a short description of the original composition in written form.
Awards and prizes at the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018
The awards in both age groups are:
- for the first three places – golden medals;
- for the fourth, fifth and sixth places – silver medals;
- for all other places – bronze medals.
- for the best theoretical test;
- for the best sight reading;
- for the best interpretation of the song;
- for the best composition.
Preliminary program of the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018
Wednesday, April 18 – arrival.
17.00 – Registration
18.00 – Opening Ceremony and Evening concert
Thursday, April 19
10.00 The first part of the Olympiad (the 1st age group and the 2nd age group)
- Music listening and theory related tasks
- Sight singing or playing and clapping exercises
14.00 – Performing a song (the 1st age group)
16.00 – Performing a song (the 2nd age group)
19.00 – Joint singing and concert (an opportunity for participants to introduce the folk music of their respective countries)
Friday, April 20
10.00 – Performing original compositions (the 1st age group)
12.00–13.00 – Lunch
13.00 – Performing original compositions (the 2nd age group)
19.00 – The final concert of the Olympiad, awards and a reception
Saturday, April 21 – Sightseeing and free time, departure
The International Music Olympiad Committee:
Ruta Girdzijauskiene – Klaipeda University, EAS National Coordinator, Lithuania; co-opted member of the EAS board
Ene Kangron – Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, EAS National Coordinator, Estonia
Gabriela Karin Konkol – Gdansk Music Academy, EAS National Coordinator, Poland
Irena Nelsone – Latvian Academy of Music
Branka Rotar Pance – Ljubljana Music Academy, EAS National Coordinator, Slovenia
The organising team of the 4th International Music Olympiad Tallinn 2018:
Alla Eenma – Jakob Westholm Secondary School (Jakob Westholmi Gümnaasium)
Anne Ermast – Kivimäe Elementary School (Kivimäe Põhikool)
Janne Fridolin – Tallinn Music High School (Tallinna Muusikakeskkool)
Signe Granström – Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium)
Kadi Härma – Keila Secondary School (Keila Kool), Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Kadi Kaja – Saue Secondary School (Saue Gümnaasium)
Ene Kangron – Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Kristi Kiilu – Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Ester Pomerants – Estonian Society for Music Education
Kätlin Puhmaste – Viimsi Secondary School (Viimsi Keskkool)
Inge Raudsepp – Foundation INNOVE (Sihtasutus INNOVE)
Aive Skuin – Loo Secondary School (Loo Keskkool)
Siiri Veskimäe – Jakob Westholm Secondary School (Jakob Westholmi Gümnaasium)