Study Plan instructions: Jazz Music

This is how you make a Study Plan for your exchange application. Later, your Study Plan will be used to create a Learning Agreement.

How do I get started?

Start planning your Study Plan by looking into your main subject/instrument curriculum here: Under Sibelius Academy, you can also find the section “Courses for exchange students”, from which you can find suitable elective courses from other main subjects’ curricula and studies open for all students regardless of department (e.g. language studies, performance studies, physical education).

Make sure you include the courses and credits required as compulsory by your home institution.

Typically, one semester consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits and two semesters (the whole academic year) of approximately 60 ECTS credits, depending on the student’s individual study plan and learning agreement. Please note that the Sibelius Academy cannot guarantee 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Jazz Music studies for exchange students

Main instrument studies

Bachelor: one-to-one instrument classes 14 hours/semester, 6 ECTS
Master: one-to-one instrument classes 14/semester 15 ECTS (includes more student´s own work than Bachelor)
Second instrument: available upon application 8 hours/semester 1,5 ECTS


S-JZ1 Jazz ensemble: 4 ECTS/semester
S-JZ2 Repertoire workshop 3,5 ECTS /semester
S-JZ16 Jazz line 2: Advanced studies in melodic jazz improvisation

Structural awareness and writing music

S-JZ6 Jazz Rhythm 1 – rhythmic analysis 6 ECTS/academic year
S-JZ11 Jazz Rhythm 2 – Rhythm section workshop 6 ECTS/academic year
S-JZ5 Ear training level 1, S-JZ12 Ear training level 2, S-JZ22 Ear training level 3 / 6 ECTS each/academic year
S-JZ9 Jazz harmony levels 1, S-JZ24 Jazz harmony level 2 / 6 ECTS each / academic year
S-JZ13 Arrangement level 1, S-JZ23 Arrangement level 2 / 9 ECTS each /academic year
S-JZ28 Jazz composition /group or one-to-one lessons/1-7 ECTS upon agreement

History of jazz and aesthetics

S-JZ18 Business in jazz 4 ECTS/academic year / group lessons
S-JZ17 Jazz aesthetics: Music appreciation 1 ECTS / semester
S-JZ7 Jazz history (for jazz degree students)
S-Y40 Basics of Jazz music history
S-Y41 Basics of Finnish jazz history

Working life skills

S-JZ18 Business in jazz 4 ECTS/academic year / group lessons
S-JZ8 Master class 2 ECTS/semester / visiting teachers

Courses outside the Jazz department

Performing skills, ergonomy & wellbeing
Language skills: Finnish for exchange students, 2 ECTS or other language studies

Bachelor level exchange students

Jazz Department recommends the following for Bachelor level exchange students:

  • Main instrument, Second instrument, Jazz ensemble, Jazz rhythm, Ear training, Master class (total 39 ECTS / academic year)
  • One or more of these: Jazz harmony, Arrangement, Composition, Repertoire Workshop
  • Ear training, Harmony and Arrangement courses: the student can visit the courses during the first week in order to be able to find the right level
  • Possible electives

These courses have been popular electives among our exchange students in the past. Click the name of the course to see its page in the Study Guide (opens in a new tab).

Language courses

X-K1E Finnish for exchange students (2 cr)
X-K11 Finnish language 1 (4 cr)
X-K12 Finnish language 2 (4 cr)
X-K20 Preparatory course in English (3 cr)
X-K22 Language duo studies (1–2 cr)
X-YK14 English for music studies and practice 1 (3 cr)
X-YK15 English for music studies and practice 2 (2 cr)

Well-being and performance and learning coaching

S-IO27 Introduction to the Alexander Technique for practicing and performance (0.5 cr)
S-IY11 Performance and learning coaching 1 (2 cr)
S-IY12 Performance and learning coaching 2 (1 cr)
S-IY25 Performance and learning coaching 3 (2–5 cr)
S-IY14 Body mapping (2 cr)
S-FM65 Chi Kung (2 cr)
S-IY15 Feldenkrais Method (0.5 cr)
S-IY16 Physical education (1–2 cr)
S-IY17 Pilates (0.5 cr)

Creative skills and improvisation

S-IY28 Creative improvisation for classical music students (4 cr)
S-IY9 Creative skills 1 (3 cr)
S-Y20 Creative skills 3 (3 cr)
S-JZ3 Basics of jazz improvisation and theory (6 cr)

Early music

S-VM14 Medieval and Renaissance dance (2 cr)
S-VM16 Introduction to Early music performance (1–4 cr)
S-VM26 Baroque dance (3–4 cr)
S-VM27 History of Early music (1–4 cr)
S-VM5 Structure and history of the harpsichord (1–6 cr)
S-VM7 Baroque orchestra (1–3 cr)
S-VM8 Baroque ensemble (Baroque Academy weekend courses around a specific changing theme) (2 cr)
S-Y17 Introduction to continuo playing (3 cr)
S-Y22 Baroque sonata workshop (1 cr)
S-Y29 Introduction to Baroque instrument performance (1–2 cr)

Folk and global music

S-MK14 Folk music in Finland (5 cr)
S-FM3 Folk Song (6 cr)
S-MK14 Folk music in Finland (5 cr)
S-FM40 Dance, music and song from Tanzania as expression (3 cr)
S-FM5 Introduction to folk music instruments (2–4 cr)
S-GM2 Global Ensemble (4–8 cr)
S-GM20 Musical traditions of the world (4 cr)
S-GM3 Global Orchestra (6 cr)
S-GM4 Global Choir (6 cr)
S-GM9 Global rhythmics 1 (4 cr)

Music education

S-MK5 Free accompaniment 1 (4 cr)
S-MK9 Music and movement (3 cr)
S-OP1 Introduction to pedagogy (1 cr)
S-OP4 Introduction to music teaching as a profession (2 cr)
S-OP5 Conceptions of human development and learning in arts education (4 cr)
S-OP6 Special education in arts subjects (4 cr)
S-OP7 Social, historical and philosophical basics of education (4 cr)

Music history

S-Y40 Basics of jazz history (3 cr)
S-Y5 History of Western art music (2 cr)
S-Y9 History of music theme unit: Finnish Music (2 cr)
S-FM43 Basics of the history of folk music (3 cr)

Music technology

S-MT21 Exploration on sonic and corporal gestuality (4–8 cr)
S-MT22 Preparatory course in electroacoustic music (6 cr)
S-MT25 Electroacoustic music seminar (4 cr)
S-MT36 Film music and cinematic narration, lecture series (6 cr)

Vocal music

S-LA20 Baroque vocal music (0.5–2.5 cr)
S-LA9A Oratorio studio (0.5–2.5 cr)
S-Y25 Choir (1–4 cr)