Do you dream of becoming the best instrumentalist ever and refining your skills under the tuition of the best teachers? Is your dream to become an orchestra musician, soloist, chamber musician, or an instrument teacher? At the Sibelius Academy, you can refine your skills in a top-ranking environment.
In a nutshell
- Target degree: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, master’s degree in music
- Scope of the degree: BA + MA 180 + 150 study credits (3 yrs. + 2.5 yrs.), master’s degree 150 study credits (2.5 yrs.)
- Field of art: Music
- Organiser: The Sibelius Academy
- Next time to apply: January 2019
- Person responsible for the degree programme: Department Head Päivi Arjas
Objectives and career opportunities
Classical instrument graduates are proficient soloists and versatile chamber and orchestra musicians. At the Helsinki Music Centre Orchestra Academy, launched in 2015, you can gain work experience and create networks with professional orchestra musicians even before graduation.
During your studies, you will become familiar with the key repertoires, styles, techniques, and interpretations of your instrument and the central Western Classical music repertoire for orchestras. You will learn how to practise your instrument in the most effective and beneficial way and how to study independently. You will also gain teaching skills during your studies. In advanced pedagogy studies, you will become familiar with teaching your instrument, from the beginner to professional level, at music schools in the Helsinki metropolitan region. You can also complete the teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 ECTS credits), which qualify you to teach music at comprehensive and upper secondary schools, and in general education.
Graduates will be able to work as intermediaries between culture and other fields. Other career opportunities include, for example, research, administrative duties, media, and entrepreneurship in music.
Maarit Kirvessalo-Nummela (violin pedagogy)
Yvonne Frye (violin pedagogy)
Arja Sippel (violin pedagogy)
Marko Ylönen (chamber music professor, also cello teaching)
Roi Ruottinen (on temporary leave)
Part time teachers
Tapani Heikinheimo (cello pedagogy)
Päivi Arjas (Head of Department)
How to apply
Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2018.