Practice pupils

We train instrument and voice teachers, who gain valuable experience by practising their pedagogical skills with pupils

The practice pupil and the teacher meet weekly on the Sibelius Academy premises, and the teaching sessions are monitored by a supervising senior teacher. We welcome all kinds of instrumentalists and singers, from young beginners to advanced pupils.

Application period

The application period for studies in the academic year 2020–2021 is 8.6 – 12.8.2020.

Fill the application form here.

We will notify applicants of student places no later than September 18, 2020.

Instrument-specific application guidelines for studies in the academic year 2020–2021:

  • Accordeon: Students who are already studying melody bass accordion. For example, musicians who have made basic music level 3 or beyond.
  • The pedagogical studies of clarinet students are organized in co-operation with the Helsinki Conservatory. Children at least 8 years old are applied for. The prerequisite is that the front teeth have become permanent. At first interest in playing the clarinet is enough, no previous experience is required.
  • Flute: students approximately 13-30 years of age who have completed at least either a former basic course 3 or a 3/3 degree.
  • Folk music, practise students for different instruments are applied for separately for the autumn and spring semesters. The need is varied and students who are advanced in their playing studies as well as beginners are accepted as students. The applicant must be at least 8 years old.
  • General music skills (aural skills, basic music theory and notation – small-group tuition available). The teaching schedule will be specified in August. The following courses are planned for the academic year 2020-21:
    • Aural skills and basic musicianship for adults and English-speaking students. Tuition on Thursday evenings at 5-6 pm during the autumn semester.
    • From improvisation to a analysis: The courses concentrates on the study of harmony, improvisation and voice leading through playing by ear. The group is intended for intermediate level students (with 5-8 year of instrumental studies).
  • Guitar: both beginners aged 7–10 and more advanced players of all ages. Based on the applications, some applicants will be invited for a small interview.
  • Harp: Players of different ages, from beginners to more advanced. Own instrument is desirable, but it is also possible to rent an instrument from private parties.
  • Jazz: advanced students, such as professional music students or professionals of another genre. In the academic year 2020-2021, there will be group lessons.
  • Kantele: Two beginners, aged 7 to 9, or an adult student. There is no need to have previous experience in music or playing. We use a Finnish 38-string kantele. The instrument and the music table can be borrowed from the Sibelius Academy.
  • Music technology: Students of all ages with an interest in making music on a computer and a background in music hobbies.
  • Organ: students between the ages of 8 and 30, who do not necessarily have a background in piano playing.
  • Piano: We take beginners between the ages of 5 and 8 as well as advanced players who have completed at least the advanced music college level (formerly MOT level). Some applicants will be invited for a small exam and interview.
  • Piano free accompaniment: multi-level players, from those who have played somewhat to those who are further away. The applicant is assumed to be musical literate and beginners to know some chords. Some applicants will be invited for a small exam and interview.
  • Classical singing (Helsinki): applicants must be at least 18 years old. We hope that the applicants have studied music in the past and could read sheet music. On the basis of the applications, some of the applicants will be invited to a vocal test, which will be held on 20 August 2020 at 3 pm in Helsinki. An invitation will be emailed in week 33.
  • There will be no lessons in rhythm music singing (pop / jazz singing) next school year.
  • Strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass), both beginners and advanced players of all ages. We also need English-speaking practice students for our international students.
    • Violin: for beginners we are looking for children, especially those who speak English. For the advanced level older and more advanced students are also sought. Some of the violin applicants will be invited for a small interview and audition on the basis of the application.
    • Baroque cello and viola da gamba – no lessons available
  • Traverso: we are looking for two students

Readiness for distance learning must exist or the teaching may possibly be arranged as distance learning for part of the academic year.

Application process

We will start processing the applications after the application period has ended in August. We will contact all applicants after a selection process in September, latest 18th of September 2020. Please note, that we can only accept a selected amount of the applicants.

Service fees

The service fee for a practice pupil is EUR 170 per term (EUR 340 per year). The second child from your family will pay EUR 130 per term. University of the Arts Helsinki students as well as wind instrument pupils are exempt from the fee. We will mail the service fee invoice to your home address. The invoice for a minor will be sent to his or her parent. The fee includes 14 lessons per term. The duration of one lesson is up to 45 minutes. For small children, the normal duration of one lesson is 30 minutes.

Goal-directed study

All practice pupils will receive a study plan in accordance with their goals. The plan will be updated if necessary. For the pedagogy students, the objective of the teaching practice is to become versatile professionals. The repertoires of the practice pupils will include music of different styles and genres; it is not sensible for a practising teacher to, for example, hone the pupil’s skills for a few pieces to be performed in a competition.

Through the teacher training period, Sibelius Academy teacher trainees learn to plan and evaluate their teaching and to develop their pedagogical and interactive skills. They will also become experts in the technicalities and artistic features of their instruments’ repertoires or of their main subject.

The practice pupils will pursue their study under the teacher trainee and a supervising senior teacher, who is in charge of the training. We expect the practice pupils to undertake the lessons for both the autumn and the spring term and to do their weekly homework meticulously. Practice pupils will perform in student matinees during the terms. They will also take group lessons as necessary.

Level performances

Practice pupils do not complete level performances automatically. If need arises, performance examinations may be organised. You can request to receive a certificate for your study as a practice pupil.


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