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Byzantine Church Music

Level: Preparatory level, Upper secondary level

Organiser: Sankt Ignatios Folk High School

Type of instruction: Distance learning with study meetings

Length: 1 year (40 weeks)

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

Language of instruction: Swedish or English

Church music comprises a great part of the services of the Orthodox Church. This course provides a first contact with a systematic and practical study of the Byzantine musical tradition, with the participants' musical level and general knowledge of the Orthodox Church's musical tradition as a starting point.


  • The Typikon and rubrics for Church music
  • Church Slavonic (for students from the slavic tradition)
  • Practical liturgics
  • Hymnology and the eight tones
  • Musical notation and solfeggio
  • Voice care

Distance Learning with Compulsory Study Meetings

This is a distance course, conducted online via our student portal or over skype, but it also includes compulsory study meetings. The location, date and number of study meetings are determined in dialogue with the participants on the course at the start of the course.

Examination Format

Folk high school studies are based on attendance and active participation. This means that the student must participate in all parts and complete all tasks that are included in the course. If the student doesn’t do this, the school has the right and the obligation to remove the student from the course, which also means that any student financial aid for the course will be withdrawn.

Certificate of Completion

If you participate in all parts and complete all tasks that are included in the course, you will receive a certificate of completion after the end of the course.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at Sankt Ignatios is free for everyone with citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country. However, we do charge a service fee for studies at the college or folk high school. For distance courses this fee is SEK 400 per semester. The service fee covers insurance and administration, among other things. The service fee does not cover course literature, which is the participant's own responsibility to acquire.

Student Financial Aid

Participants of this course who are Swedish citizens are eligible to apply for student loans and grants via The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). In some cases, participants who are not Swedish citizens but who have a residence permit in Sweden may also be eligible to apply for student loans and grants via CSN. Applicants must be prepared to validate their eligibility by providing documentation detailing previous education, since this will determine the outcome of their application for student financial aid.

Read more about how to apply for student financial aid via CSN at www.csn.se.

Participants who are not eligible to apply for student financial aid via CSN are encouraged to investigate whether they can apply for student financial aid in their home country for studies at Sankt Ignatios.

Utilising student financial aid is however not required in order to study at Sankt Ignatios.

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-countries:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Occasionally, additional application periods for late application are opened, depending on available spots. Such application periods are announced on our website shortly before opening.


Basic knowledge of either Church Slavonic or Swedish is required, as well as some experience with reading musical scores and notation.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to be over the age of 18 and have a citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country.

Admissions Process

March 15th - April 15th: Fill out the online application form for this course. Within a few days you will receive an e-mail confirmation that we have received and processed your application.

April 16th - July 11th: A letter of acceptance is sent out by e-mail to those who have been admitted. In order to keep your place you need to accept it no later than two weeks after your letter of acceptance was sent. The letter also contains information about the course start.

August 5th - August 9th: A welcome letter with information and login details is sent out, as well as an invoice for the service fee of the first semester.

August 19th - August 23rd: Course start and introductory week.

If the course has too few participants

If the course has too few participants after the last application date, the course may be cancelled. If a course is cancelled, students will be informed of this no later than one week before the course starts. Any fees paid will be refunded.

If for some reason we want to close an ongoing course, the students will be notified at least one semester in advance.

Applicants outside the EU:

This course is not open for applicants outside the EU.