Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal – Metal Summer School

Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal
“Heavy Metal needs more researchers.”
“Tour” dates (8th to 24th Aug) at Helsinki Summer School, Finland announced

Hellsinki, Finland, April 21, 2017

Metal is often considered to be mainstream only in Finland. And indeed as Heavy Metal music and the subculture related to it is particularly strong in this country, and Finnish Heavy Metal is recognised worldwide as a key manifestation of this musical style, it is only natural that Finland’s leading university, the University of Helsinki, offers this August an academic course about the history of Heavy Metal music and its importance in contemporary western society.


The course is led by PhD candidate Paolo Ribaldini, Heavy Metal musician and singer himself, whose research at the University of Helsinki is focused on varied musico-theoretical, sociological, semiotic, and philosophical aspects of Heavy Metal musical practices and recent development of heavy music singing.

Ribaldini’s educational background involves classical and popular music practices, musicology, and philosophy. According to Ribaldini, the research of Heavy Metal is a rapidly developing field which needs more interested and enthusiastic researchers. Furthermore, it still lacks multi-disciplinarity, which is what he wants to foster through his course by encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. Ribaldini is hoping to gather in Helsinki a group of advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students mainly coming from backgrounds in musical practice, humanities, social sciences, psychology and pedagogy who have a common passion for Heavy Metal music and who are willing to share their own expertise with others.

Ribaldini aims to spotlight the importance of Heavy Metal music in western musical culture, its historical development and the characteristics of the subculture related to it. He wants the students to achieve competences in music critique, musical theory, the sociology of music, music semiotics and cultural studies to better understand and appreciate Heavy Metal. Furthermore, he also wants to give the participants a solid basis to critically understand popular music genres in addition to Heavy Metal.

Ribaldini promises that an important part of the course is to listen a lot of good music and possibly going to gigs where the participants will get to know the Heavy Metal scene of Hellsinki! There will also be several guest lecturers on the course, among others Tarja Turunen, Prof. Deena Weinstein and Douglas Lucek (guitarist from W.A.S.P.). The world certainly needs more Heavy Metal scholars like Ribaldini!

More information about the summer course is available on the website of Helsinki Summer School. or by email