Classical Instruments: Accordion

With accordion as your major at the Sibelius Academy, you’ll have the chance to study in an international yet close-knit environment and receive instruction from the top professionals in the field. 

In a nutshell

  • Target degree: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, master’s degree in music
  • Scope of the degree: BA + MA 180 + 150 study credits (3 yrs. + 2.5 yrs.), master’s degree 150 study credits (2.5 yrs.)
  • Field of art: Music
  • Organiser: The Sibelius Academy
  • Next time to apply: January 2019
  • Studies begin: at the start of the academic year in August
  • Person responsible for the degree programme: Responsible teacher Matti Rantanen
  • Other responsible persons/Head Teachers: Univesrity lecturer, responsible teacher for accordeon pedagogy Helka Kymäläinen

Objective of the studies and career opportunities

The objective of the education provided by the accordion department is to allow students to acquire a well-rounded expertise that respects their personality with the help of studies that best suit their interests. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work in demanding job positions as a soloist, pedagogue and chamber musician, for example. The music studies also give you a well-rounded foundation to take on other kinds of career paths.


Classical accordion has been offered as a major subject at the Sibelius Academy since 1977, and the education is considered one of the most eminent in its field. Many international students come to study at the academy via exchange programmes. Several accordion musicians who have had international success have studied classical accordion as their major at the Sibelius Academy, including Mika Väyrynen, Janne Rättyä, Mikko Luoma, Veli Kujala, Niko Kumpuvaara, Ari Lehtonen, Heidi Luosujärvi, Vincent Lhermet and Ivan Sverko.

Contents and structure of the education

The accordion major focuses on versatile soloist studies, spanning different genres and eras, as well as the development of extensive pedagogical skills. Additionally, the studies include chamber music, sight reading, free accompaniment and improvisation, as well as the history and repertoire of the accordion. Seminars and master classes are also organised on a regular basis as part of the studies.

How to apply

Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2019.

Doctoral studies and other further training

After graduation you have the opportunity to apply for postgraduate studies in music with our doctoral programme, focusing on scientific, artistic or applied doctoral studies. At the Sibelius Academy you may graduate with a licentiate degree in music or a doctoral degree in music.


Prof. Matti Rantanen,
DMus Helka Kymäläinen,
Department Head, DMus Niklas Pokki,