Nordic Master in Folk Music

Nordic Master in Folk Music (Nofo) is a joint Nordic master’s programme in folk music, in which students get to deepen their artistic expression, engage in intensive ensemble work through performances and enhance their knowledge of the Nordic folk music field in four different countries. The degree programme is taught in English. The programme offers the chance to achieve the qualifications needed to work as a versatile folk music professional in the Nordic countries.


Nordic Master in Folk Music programme (Nofo) is managed by the Royal College of Music (Stockholm, Sweden), Danish National Academy of Music (Esbjerg, Denmark), Ole Bull Academy (Voss, Norway) and the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Nofo students work together in a close-knit group and also perform actively as an ensemble. Studies include a module of music management, where the members of the Nofo ensemble get to be in charge of organising a tour for themselves in the Nordic countries at the end of their studies.


Students also get to engage in a lot of individual work and deepen their own artistic expression under the direction of the universities’ esteemed teachers.


The arranging universities take turns hosting the studies. Students will be granted a € 1000 Nordplus study grant for their studies abroad.



Teachers in the Sibelius Academy’s Nofo programme include professor of folk music Kristiina Ilmonen (artistic research), Timo Alakotila (composition and arrangement), Arto Järvelä and Emilia Lajunen (violin), Eero Grundström (ensemble), Pauliina Syrjälä (Finnish folk music), and numerous guests and virtuosos of different instruments.


The degree programme admits new students once every two years, next time in 2019. Application instructions and academy-specific admissions guides can be found on the ‘Become a Student’ page.

Contact information

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Pauliina Syrjälä
Coordinator of the Nordic Master in Folk Music programme

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