Music education at Sibelius Academy focuses on musicianship, pedagogical thinking, and research. Students gain extensive general knowledge of music, mastery of music-related subjects taught at schools, and personal pedagogical views. The knowledge and skills provided by the department have a direct connection to everyday life in Finland: Music educators work as music teachers in schools and music institutes or research how music can improve well-being for elderly people at care units. The programme is conducted in Finnish and Swedish.
General knowledge of music, a command of subjects related to music and pedagogic skills form the core of music education studies. The syllabus includes pedagogy, didactics, music and movement, international music cultures, music history and theory, accompaniment, instrument and vocal studies, band musicianship, and choir or orchestra conducting. The studies are supported by an efficient tutoring system comprising supervisors, staff tutors, and peer advisors.
In the music education department, students establish close contact with schools and other future employers. They complete three practice periods at schools that provide the opportunity to test and polish their didactic skills in practice.
Students who have a master’s degree in music education can work as music teachers in primary, secondary and upper secondary schools, as well as in other positions that require expertise in music pedagogy. The Master of Music degree also qualifies students for doctoral study.
Juntunen Marja-Leena, professor
Katri Liira, lecturer
Lindholm Marina, lecturer
Mäkinen Toni, lecturer, Vice-Head of Department
Perkiö Soili, lecturer
Pokela Eeva-Leena, lecturer
Puurtinen Aija, lecturer
Seppänen Mikko, lecturer
Tabell Max, lecturer, Head of Department
Tikkanen Riitta, lecturer
Väkevä Lauri, professor
Research and doctoral study
Music education studies focus on musicianship and music teaching skills and developing the field of music education by researching different forms and possibilities in teaching and learning. The department is also an active and attractive researcher community and a member of international and national research networks. Researchers work on or participate in numerous projects that investigate and advance music education. Some of these projects are joint initiatives among several universities, whereas others are part of the teaching, development or research initiatives at the University of the Arts Helsinki.
The Mutri Doctoral School provides doctoral training for music educators with the objective of developing analytical and other skills that are necessary to build an international career as a researcher. The studies focus on the international discourse on music education and research skills. Some studies are conducted in other arts and academic universities. The students are encouraged to complete further studies abroad as well.
Doctoral students’ studies will be integrated as much as possible into the department’s teaching and development activities by utilizing the special skills of students. In addition to this, the department organises various interest group activities, which the doctoral students attend. Music education research is coordinated and funded also by the University of the Arts Helsinki’s internal development centre CERADA.
Music education researchers are involved in, for instance, the following research networks:
- Hollo Institute
The music education department’s own research and development projects:
- Rockway Project
- Rocksmith Initiative
- Kuule, minä sävellän! (Hear this, I'm a composer!/Credit Suisse Very Young Composers)
Ongoing reseach projects
- Capponi-Savolainen Analia: Individual expressions: The use of the body and the development of emotional expression in children
- Fornhammar Lisa: Navigating the changing ideals in contemporary vocal music
- Heimonen Marja: Minorities within the minority - Music Education and Cultural Diversity in Swedish-speaking schools in Finland
- Jordal Havre Sigrid: Musical Gameplay - experience, action, and learning in the world of video games
- Juntunen Marja-Leena: iPads in a 7th grade music classroom: Enhancing student agency
- Jääskeläinen Tuula: Building a foundation for the research-based evaluation of learning in higher music education
- Thomson Katja: The creative space between us - An Interdisciplinary Arts Collaboration in a Changing Society
- Kallio Alexis: Populaarimusiikki koulun musiikinopetuksessa
- Kuoppamäki Anna: Gender sensitivity music education
- Laes Tuulikki: Tasa-arvo musiikkikasvatuksen lähtökohdaksi?
- Lopez-Iniguez Guadelupe: The psychology, musicology andperformance of approaching Beethoven and Mendelssohn holistically
- Mesiä Susanna: Constructing a community of networked expertise in pop/jazz singing pedagogy
- Miettinen Laura: Creating visions together - Intercultural music teacher education in Finland and Israel
- Partti Heidi: Valtakunnallinen selvitys musiikinopetuksen tilasta
- Siljamäki Eeva: Vapaa kuoroimprovisaatio teatterin ja musiikin rajapinnalla
- Timonen Vilma: Co-Creating Music Education in Nepal
- Westerlund Heidi: Global visions through mobilizing networks
How to apply
Approximately 30 students are admitted to the programme annually, of which 4–5 to the Swedish-speaking programme. General requirements for admittance include sufficient musical skills and educability. The examinations inspect the applicant’s general musical skills, instrument skills and suitability for the field through several different assignments.