Practice pupils

Sibelius Academy trains instrument and voice teachers in several departments. These future teachers 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, for the following instruments/departments:


Application period for academic year 2018–2019 ended 12 August 2018, and we don't accept applications anymore. We will contact all of the applicants after the selection process, latest 17 September 2018. Please note, that we can only accept a selected amount of the applicants.

The possible available places left will be announced on this site.

Available places for 2018-2019:

  • Faculty of Classical Music: accordion. For accordion, we are looking for advanced pupils (basic level or music institute level) with both melody bass and standard bass repertoire. (If interested, please contact us via email: )


Pupils were sought to the following instruments academic year 2018–2019

  • Faculty of Classical Music: accordion, classical voice, composition, general music subjects, guitar, harpsichord, kantele, organ, piano, practical accompaniment (piano), strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass)
  • Faculty of Music Education, Jazz, and Folk Music: African-American (pop/jazz) voice (music education department), folk music (folk music department), jazz voice, and jazz ensemble instruments (jazz department)

Instrument-specific instructions for applying academic year 2018–2019

  • For accordion, we are looking for advanced pupils (basic level or music institute level) with both melody bass and standard bass repertoire.
  • For African-American (pop/jazz) voice studies, you will need to be 12–35 years of age. We appreciate earlier music studies and music reading skills. Selected applicants will be invited to an audition.
  • For classical voice studies, you will need to be at least 18 years of age. We appreciate earlier music studies and music reading skills. Selected applicants will be invited to an audition, arranged on August 22th from 15:00 onwards. The selected applicants will be invited via email on week 33.
  • Composition studies (individual or small-group instruction) are available for teenagers and adults. There are limited places available.
  • Composition and improvisation workshops are intended for children, teenagers and adults who are interested in creating their own music through improvisation and small-scale composition. The workshops are organized as periods for small groups. The groups and timetables are specified in August-September..
  • For guitar, we are looking for 6–9 year-old beginners and more advanced practice pupils of different ages.
  • For harpsichord we are looking for students with previous keyboard instrument studies.
  • For jazz voice and instruments, we are looking for advanced pre-professional students and professional musicians active in another genre. The jazz department offers private lessons (beginning in the autumn term of odd years; the application period is in the preceding spring) and ensemble lessons (beginning in the autumn term of even years). The ensembles are usually put together by the faculty, but if you already have an ensemble, we are happy to receive your application for the whole group. Please note, however, that each member of the ensemble must fill in an individual application form.
  • For kantele, we are looking for 5–8-year-old beginners. The instrument is 38-stringed concert kantele. We will provide help in finding a suitable instrument, if necessary.
  • Musicianship studies (aural skills, music theory) are organised in connection to composition and improvisation workshops. Additionally, we organize musicianship groups for students who study and instrument as practice pupils.
  • For music technology, we are looking for pupils of all ages with interest in computer-aided composition and some previous music studies.
  • For organ, we are looking especially for 14–30-year-old students with a background in piano.
  • For piano, we are looking for 5–8-year-old beginners and advanced pianists with at least a music institute level certificate from a music school. Some of the applicants will be invited to a small aptitude test.
  • For practical accompaniment studies on the piano, we are looking for beginning and more advanced practice pupils. For practical accompaniment, you will need to know how to read music, and, to some extent, be familiar with chords. You will be invited to a small-scale audition and interview.
  • For strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) we are looking for beginning and more advanced practice pupils of different ages. If you speak English, you are welcome to study with our international pedagogy students.
    • In violin we arrange a small aptitude test for selected applicants. The invitations will be sent via email.


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 15th of September 2018. 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 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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