Admissions Guide: Degree programme in Global Music

5.5-year education (Bachelor + Master)



Fill in the application here: [link to the application in Studyinfo service]

Entrance examination date: 17-23 May 2019

For more information about the programme, see: Global Music



Admissions requirements 2019


Please read also the general admissions requirements before applying!


The 5.5-year programme in Global Music is an innovative programme that welcomes applicants from a diverse range of musical and cultural backgrounds. The programme embraces cultural diversity and aims to educate multi-skilled, innovative artists with a strong sense of global responsibility. Students will develop the ability to perform, communicate, collaborate and lead in a wide range of musical, cultural and socially-engaged contexts.

The language of tuition in the Global Music programme is English. All applicants to the Global Music programme must demonstrate their language proficiency in English.

You may audition for the program on any main instrument or voice, including traditional instruments from around the world. You may also be considered with a focus in pedagogy or composition. The Entrance Examination Board will assess your present skills and your suitability for musical education and a career in music. The selection process also takes in to consideration the formation of a well-balanced and versatile student ensemble. The Board may listen to only a part of the audition.  

Admission to the programme is in two phases:


Pre-examination assignments

In addition to filling in the application form and delivering the required certificates by 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time, you must submit the following pre-examination assignments to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time):

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Motivation letter in English (max. 2 pages), including:
    • Description of your musical and educational background
    • Description of your reasons for wanting to enter the programme
    • Description of your long term professional goals
  3. Short video excerpts [max. 3 minutes / excerpt] representing a range of relevant skills. This must include footage of performance skills related to your musical tradition or unique form of musical expression, with optional excerpts from teaching situations, workshops etc.
  4. Optional audio or written examples of your own compositions (N.B.! This requirement is optional for those applicants who wish to demonstrate particular skills in composition)

The accepted format for the CV and motivation letter is .pdf. The video excerpts must be uploaded in .mov format or private YouTube links provided.

You will be provided with detailed information about how to securely submit pre-examination assignments via the Embark system. The instructions will be published in November 2018 on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website.

All pre-examination assignments provided must state your name and the degree programme you are applying for. N.B.! Pre-examination assignments cannot be submitted via e-mail or via the StudyInfo application system!

Based on the pre-examination assignments, selected applicants will then be invited to the second phase of the entrance examination. Selected applicants for the second phase will be notified by e-mail during the month of March 2019.



The audition is held in Helsinki, Finland. You must attend the audition in person.

The audition consists of three parts. All parts of the audition are compulsory. You cannot be admitted to study if you do not complete all of the parts in the second phase of the entrance examination.

Part 1:

You must perform pieces of your own choice, which demonstrate your own tradition or form of musical expression. This may include traditional and/or contemporary pieces. Your own compositions may also be included as part of this programme.

The performance should last 10 minutes and may be solo or with accompanying musicians. You must provide your own accompanying musicians if required. You may perform on more than 1 instrument/voice.

You should bring your own instrument/s to the entrance examination unless otherwise agreed.

Part 2:

Using improvisation, you must interact and contribute creatively to a piece of music presented to you by an ensemble, led by academy musicians. No written music will be used. This section of the audition may also involve small ear training exercises including call and response rhythms and melodic phrases.

Based on your performance during parts 1 and 2 of the audition stage, a select group will then be invited to attend part 3 of the audition.

Part 3:

Part 3 consists of an interactive workshop and discussion in a group, made up of other Global Music applicants. The workshop will involve work away from instruments, including body percussion, voice work, improvisation, and group tasks. In addition, the workshop may involve group work using instruments as required. Part 3 will also involve a theory and listening test, as well as a hand written essay in English on a given topic.



The Examination Board will assess your suitability for education and a career in music based on the audition. The parts of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

  • The performance audition and ensemble playing (parts 1 and 2) amount to a total of 75%
  • The interactive workshop and discussion amounts to a total of 20%
  • Theory, listening test and essay amount to a total of 5%


Demonstrating your language skills for the Global Music programme

Some of Sibelius Academy’s degree programmes do not require English language certificates with the application form. Instead, the English skills of the applicants to these degree programmes will be tested in a placement test at the beginning of the first year of study.

If you cannot deliver the required language certificate mentioned in the general admissions requirements by 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time), you must take a proficiency test in English at the beginning of the studies to determine the level of your language skills. The test will measure your language skills at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in accordance with the Sibelius Academy’s language skills requirements.

If you fail the proficiency test, you will need to complete English courses at the Sibelius Academy, which lead to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (a minimum of 5 ECTS credits). If your language skills are not sufficient for these courses, you will need to include preparatory studies in English in your degree. These courses will be included in the compulsory studies of your minimum standard degree studies. N.B.! To be eligible for completing a degree at Sibelius Academy, you are required to complete these courses and to reach Level B2 in English during the first year of study.

Sibelius Academy strongly recommends all applicants to demonstrate their language skills by submitting the necessary certificates in advance. The only way to avoid having to partake in the proficiency test in English at the beginning of the studies and the compulsory language studies included in your degree (if you do not pass the proficiency test) is for you to submit a language certificate in advance. Having language studies included in your degree reduces the amount of optional studies available for you.

If you wish to take the language proficiency test organised at the beginning of the studies, you must state this on your application form.