The Sibelius Academy’s Department of Early Music is unique even by global standards and allows you to study the most essential period instruments in an internationally renowned environment. After graduating, you will be able to work as a musician and a teacher specialised in early music instruments and performance customs.
In a nutshell
- Person responsible for the degree programme: Department Head Jari S. Puhakka
Objective of the studies and career opportunities
Upon graduating, you will possess excellent artistic tools for working both as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. You will gain an understanding of different musical styles and learn to work in different ensembles as well as in different types of roles as a musician. You will learn the basics of pedagogy, but you may also choose to study instrument pedagogy more extensively and complete pedagogy studies entitling you to work as a teacher. As a professional in the field of music, you will have the skills needed to work in different environments and know how to collaborate with experts working in other fields. The selection of subjects includes nearly all woodwind instruments as well as baroque singing, brass instruments, stringed instruments and keyboard instruments, and most plucked instruments. As a student of early music, you’ll have access to a large collection of instruments, including the full range of baroque orchestra instruments and a collection of renaissance and classical instruments.
Contents and structure of the education
In the Department of Early Music, you can study the following instruments as your main subject
- viola da gamba
- baroque violin
- baroque cello
- baroque oboe
- baroque trumpet
Additionally, you can study baroque viola, baroque singing, baroque bassoon, natural horn, baroque trombone, violone, fortepiano and clavichord. In addition to mastering your own instrument, your studies will include chamber music, orchestra work and instrument pedagogy. As part of your degree, you can participate in ensemble playing in baroque orchestras and different chamber music ensembles, for example. Teaching and working as a musician typically go hand in hand in early music studies, and even later on as a professional. Concert activities form an important part of studying, and several master classes are held for early music students each year. During the first three years of studying for the bachelor’s degree, you will not only study your main instrument and ensemble work, but also musical perception skills, music history and pedagogy. Studying a secondary instrument is also a natural choice for students of early music. You may also take elective courses of your own choice or study a minor subject. You can complete courses organised by the Sibelius Academy or any of Uniarts Helsinki’s other two academies, and there are also so-called joint studies that are available for all students. As part of your degree, you will also complete language studies. During your master’s degree studies, you will continue studying your main instrument. Elective studies enable you to either develop your competence more broadly or select a focus for more indepth study.
- Jari S. Puhakka (lecturer, Department Head)
- Eero Saunamäki
- Esa Fagerholm
- Minna Kangas (lecturer, Department Vice Head)
Viola da gamba
- Maria Vahervuo
- Anna Franzon (accompanist)
- Matias Häkkinen (accompanist)
- Assi Karttunen
- Anssi Mattila (lecturer)
- Elina Mustonen
- Anna-Maaria Oramo (accompanist)
- Annamari Pölhö
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.