Admissions Guide: Master's programme in Nordic Master in Jazz (NOMAZZ)

2.5-year education



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

Entrance examination date: 9 May 2019

For more information about the programme, see: Nordic Master in Jazz (NOMAZZ),



Admissions requirements 2019


Please read also the general admissions requirements before applying!


The same guidelines are followed in the Nordic Master in Jazz admissions as in other admissions to 2.5-year educations at the Sibelius Academy.

The language of tuition in the Nordic Master in Jazz (NOMAZZ) programme is English. All applicants to the Nordic Master in Jazz programme must prove their language skills in English.

The application process of Nordic Master in Jazz programme will be carried out in two parts at the Sibelius Academy:


Pre-examination assignment

In addition to filling in the application form and delivering the required certificates, you are asked to deliver a motivation letter – a brief (250 word) description of your musical background, recent musical activities, and musical aims, as well as your reasons for applying to the programme. You should include your ideas on your possible study plan: topic, subjects, specific teachers, etc.

The motivation letter must be submitted to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 (at 3 pm Finnish time). The motivation letter must state your name and the main subject you are applying to. Further instructions on using the Embark system will be published in November 2018 on Uniarts Helsinki admissions website. If you fail to provide a pre-examination assignment or if you have not provided it in the required format, you will not get an invitation to the entrance examinations. N.B.! Pre-examination assignment cannot be submitted via e-mail or via the StudyInfo application system!


Entrance examination

The Entrance Examination Board will consist of members who are involved during the whole application process. In addition, there will be local representative(s) taking part in the Entrance Examination Board in each participating institution. The language of the entrance examinations will be English.

You will perform a self-chosen programme (max. 10 min), demonstrating your performance skills and artistic direction. The accompanying musicians are to be provided by you. If needed, the rhythm section (piano, bass, and drums) will be provided by the institution.

The audition will also include an interview in English, during which you will be asked to discuss your aims regarding the programme, your career, and future plans as a jazz musician.

The Board will also ask you to demonstrate abilities in the following:

  • Sight-reading (prima vista playing)
  • Aural skills (playing by ear)
  • Improvisation / accompaniment in ensemble playing (the accompanying musicians provided by the Entrance Examination Board)

The most important part of the entrance examinations is the self-chosen programme, displaying your artistic quality and musical skills. The audition must show high competence in mastering your instrument(s) or voice.



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

  • Instrument performance audition 90%
  • Aural skills and theory test 10%