Vefsn Folk High School Toppen is a liberal (religiously and politically independent) folk high school with an age limit of 18 years youngest. You will have a solid range of subjects within MUSIC band, MUSIC laptop, ACTOR, SOUND/LIGHTS/STAGE, WEBSERIES AND FILM, SPORTS , FOOTBALL, MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND KAYAKING NZ , OUTDOOR LIFE LIGHT and E-SPORTS .
The two-pronged profile allows you to study a subject in depth while simultaneously trying out new activities and subjects. You will meet like-minded people and really shine on the stage, in the studio, on tour or in the gym. You will also get to know people with other interests than you, this undoubtedly will broaden your mind and make you a bit wiser and more generous. All employers look for personal development and social skills, and this is precisely what you get at a folk high school.
A bit of day-to-day life
Below you will see how the timetable looked like usual weeks last school year. There will be some adjustments for the school year 2018-19. Most elective courses take place in the afternoon / evening. Some line activity also requires work in the evening. We divide the school year in 4 periods, and plan one period at the time. This will cause some changes to the plan throughout the year.
During the year there are mandatory classes/events every other Saturday and 4-5 Sundays.
The school is open all day till we close at. 23.00 (usually). To make the most of the year you should take advantage of this opportunity and make things happen. Some of the classrooms are occasionally relegated to courses, trim groups and the like, but there is still good access in most rooms, except for regular teaching hours. The timetable is under revision and changes can be made.
As a student at folk high school, you must take a lot of responsibility for the community, both socially and practically. It also implies voluntary work and kitchen / in-house duty. In addition to these common duties, of course, cleanliness and order in your own room and bathroom / toilet is your responsibility.
We have a sheared kitchen for the students which can be used if you want to cook yourself a meal. Here you wash your clothes in a common laundry room, as all students use. You may want to mark your clothes before you arrive so that they are not easily confused. It is not allowed to bring pets to school. Smoking only in designated places (also applies to electric cigarettes).
During the school year, all the lines will go on field trips, both domestic and abroad. It is important that you have passport, travel insurance and European health insurance card (or similar for your country). You will receive more information about the tours when the school year starts. We are also planning an optional joint trip to New York. It’s important for us to know if you are going to join this. – This in relation to further planning.
Elective subjects are selected after you have arrived, but you can register for the major subjects Subjects for Higher Education (only Norwegian students) and Diving. When it comes to diving, there is a limit of 15 participants.
You may want to check that you have insurance that covers all conditions by staying outside the home and your country. Make sure you have insurance that covers high value items (camera, computer equipment, musical instruments and sports equipment). It may also be advisable to secure against damage you may incur on other people’s assets. The school has an insurance for accidents occurring during school hours.
Next year you can choose following programes:
ACTOR – FILM AND THEATER
This course is a suitable choice if you want to become an actor. Whether your experience from the theatre is scant or great, you will have challenges, knowledge and qualifications that really matter! Being inquisitive and motivated provides a good basis of learning a lot. You will develop as a human being and an actor. With dedicated teachers guiding all the way from script to a full-fledged performance magical moments on the stage are created.
We want you to gain an insight into the world of theatre so that after this year you will be provided with tools and qualifications that will enable you to work in the theatre on many levels.
- acting skills
- script/how to play a part
- improvisation/stage sport
- performance/Physical theatre
STAGE PRODUCTION TEAM
In the Stage Production Team you get the opportunity to realize your dreams and make your ideas come to life! You will create exciting solutions with sound and light for stage productions, and insights into how professional technicians make their choices. The experience gained through the different productions is equivalent to several years of work in the industry, and you will be left with a unique professional knowledge.
Mosjøen is a cultural city that offers a lot of cultural experiences during the winter. We work closely with Mosjøen Kulturhus, music and theater festivals in the district, and we have a good reputation. We are often hired as audio / lighting technicians and stagecrew at events. There may also be local actors or other Norwegian artists who are on tour.
You will definitely get valuable contacts in the industry.
Through the year we work with:
- PA systems: how to rig and use
- Microphones: types and techniques
- Searchlights: Fresnell, Profile, LED, Par etc
- Sound mixers: analogous and digital
- Equalizers (EQ): graphic and parametric
- Dynamics: booster/limiter, gate/expander
- Movable lights
- Lights design
- Lights programming
- Stage design
- Stage set, building/construction of stage
- Effects: reverb, chorus , delay etc.
- Musical productions in a studio: recording, mixing, mastering
- Maintenance: repairs, soldering
- Ear training, listening exercises, musical understanding, style analysis
- Theoretical basis within sound and lights
WORK AT MUSIC – LAPTOP
On WAM-Laptop you get to know what it’s like to be a music producer. Producing takes time, a lot of time. At TOPPEN you will get the time to do it!
Not only do we get 1-2 hours a day, but often 6-8! In such a collective, where everyone listen to each others music and instant access to constructive criticism, you develop very quickly.
We are also focusing on playing live! Therefore, our classes often varies between much personal work, technical theory and beeing «on the floor». Such teaching is about finding out different techniques and tricks to deliver electronic music in the best possible way.
This way you get a lot of inside information about how to go ahead to promote your own music!
In key words, the teaching is as follows:
– Own music
– Sound Design
– Collabing / Collaboration
– Train your ear
– Transcribe sounds
– Teachings and scales
– Develop Harmonies
– Learn about sound
– A lot of time for your own work
– Interaction with electronic instruments
– Artist Development
– Copyright and rights
– Tournament plans
– Recording plan
– Music Management
WORK AT MUSIC – BAND
Here are the days never the same!
The classes on WAM- band takes place almost exclusively on the students’ premises.
We are primarily concerned that you are doing well and doing well. Here you should spend your year on what you are passionate about!
The teaching method contains a lot of freedom, dialogue and personal wishes for the content of the hours. Often we are planning weeks together.
– We play and talk.
– Train your ear
– Teachings and scales
– Production / Arrangement
– Writing text
– Make melody
– Develop harmonies
– Artist Development
– Copyright and rights
– Tournament plans
– Recording plan
– Booking concerts
A year at Sport ALT will be packed with activities and almost no theory. It’s never a week that’s alike and it’s almost impossible to get bored. We aim to be Norway’s most versatile sports line and there will be at least one new activity every week. Additionally, it will be possible to keep on with your favorite activity. We practise a lot of codetermination at Sport ALT, and the students are always included in the planning.
During the year we try out the following:
Soccer, bandy, volleyball, handball, rugby, baseball, basketball, american football, lacross. Paintball, Shooting, Skiing, Lasertag, Claying, Climbing / rappelling, Martial arts, Cycling, Mountain biking, Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Deep-sea fishing, Kiting, Jazz dance, Horseback riding, Snowmobiling, Skiing, Slalom, Snowboarding.
You will receive admission tickets to the Kippermoen Sports Center. Here you can exercise as much as you want to at one of Norway’s best health clinics. You also have access to swimming facilities and squash courts. The school also has a completely new and well-equipped fitness room.
Outdoor trips with kayaking and canoeing. Caving, rafting, sailing and climbing. Helgeland may have the nicest areas in the world to pursue outdoor activities.
MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND KAYAKING
We mostly focus at Mountain Sports- here is a lot of action, exciting trips and nice prospects. Top of the mountain walks, climb the mountains, kites on the banks, walk Via Ferrata and walk in glaciers; stays in cabins, tents and snow caves and learns to know all the whimsical sides of the mountain.
In Kayaking we use the fjord and the rivers around the school, we practice rescue techniques and eskimorole in the pool and go on island hopping with sea kayaking and tents on the Helgeland coast.
- Island hopping by sea kayak
- Calm seas and roaring rivers
- Surfing with kayak
- Intro and Basic Sea Kayak (Wet Short NPF)
- Intro and Foundation River Kayaking (Wet Short NPF)
- Dog sledding
- Rock climbing inside and outside
- Top Tours
- Topptau- and Ledkort (Steep Short)
- Bouldering in Sila
- Camping in the mountains
- Ski lift trips to the ski lift
- Mountain trips on skis
- Snow cave
- Ice climbing
- Prepared for avalanche
- Sail Boat Tour
- Survival trip
- Chasing The Northern Lights
- Tutorial on using Maps and Compass
- First Aid Course
- Knowledge of maintenance and repair of equipment
- Project week with volunteer work
- Slack rope
- Winter Expedition
E-Sport at TOPPEN gives you an amazing opportunity to get an understanding of what e-sport is, while at the same time experiencing folk high school. During a school year, you get expert guidance on routine e-sports personalities and you will get to know all the e-sports can offer. Our focus is to make sure you get a true picture of what e-sport is and what it takes to keep up with this at the highest level, either as a player or in an administrative role.
In addition to being a student at folk high school and taking part in all that it implies, you will be able to:
- Mapping of own skills
- Participation in tournaments and competitions
- Guide to building an international profile
- Study trips to international events
- Guidance and expertise from routine e-sports personalities
- Guide to diet and exercise
- Guidance in analysis and strategy
A school year at Football will give you the opportunity to grow your hobby and passion without feeling the pressure to become the world’s best football player. At Football you will be allowed to make a mistake without having to be reproved and criticized. You want coaches that give you the opportunity to try, and also the opportunity to fail. Playing football should be fun.
At Football you will get training / professional guidance within:
- General skills development – care and reception / participation
- Football skill attack game – improve scoring skills, fight against established defense, create and utilize overtalls situation in attack, last battleground, betting after ballooning
- Football Skill / Defense – Collaboration 1st and 2nd Defender, Conversion from Defense to Defense, Established Defense Game
- Mental training
- Physical exercise – in addition to the pure football professional, you will have more sessions a week with general basic training
- Those who are keepers will receive follow-up of Espen Isaksen. Former team trainer for the National Womens team
WEBSERIES AND FILM
When most people today watch all of the movies, comics, vlogger and so on online, of course, there’s a movie line anno 2018 to aim for! At TOPPEN, as the only folk high school in Norway, can offer significant focus and expertise on web sites, as well as short films and feature films. Teacher Aleksander L. Nordaas has made «Thale» and «Made in Mosjøen«, and uses his background as a basis for teaching. That means no board teaching, just practice and DIY – that’s exactly what movie production is about.
Our equipment package includes:
- Two cameras; Canon 7D Mark 2 and Canon 5D Mark 2. Original Canon L Series Lenses.
- Field monitors for each camera
- Sennheiser Microphones
- Drone: Phantom 4 Pro +
- Trim stations with full Adobe Creative Cloud package. (Editing with Premiere Pro)
- LED light kit, incl. Rotolight Anova Solo
- Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle (Camera Rig)
- Studio w / greenscreen
- DJI Ronin-S
OUTDOOR LIFE EASY
A year at Outdoor Life EASY gives you lots of fun experiences in a safe and social class environment. We go on trips where you have plenty of time to enjoy your experiences and unwind in proper Northern Norway nature.
This is not a line for you who will always go the longest, the highest or fastest; Here we focus on creating the best hiking experiences with good people. You also lern to make proper gourmet food in the wild.
The area Helgeland is an Eldorado for outdoor life activities. Tall mountains, deep valleys, wild rapids, great glaciers, untouched National Parks, Norway’s best sea kayak coast line with over 30 000 islands – all this and more, in the near perimeter of the school.
South of the city are two National Parks. Lomsdal-Visten is a pearl on the Helgeland coast known for its nature adventure. Børgefjell is our second oldest and one of our most famous National Parks. Here you will find untouched wilderness with varied wildlife. Nature is wild and beautiful with its high peaks and deep valleys. The area is famous for good fishing and hunting.
The easy access to great nature gives us the opportunity to pack the bag and easily meet new adventures. We have a great variety of activities on the course, and together with your fellow students you will get to make an impact on what you want to do during the year. In addition to a great deal of trips in the wilderness, you will also get to try our new sea kayaks, ride a dog sled on snow, go island jumping by bike, climbing inside and on outdoor walls, bouldering and exploring caves.