Sibelius Academy's Junior Academy

Sibelius Academy’s Junior Academy performs a nationally important cultural mission. Its purpose is to introduce musically gifted young people to a high-level music community and education before they enter a university.

General information about the Junior Academy

The Junior Academy has long traditions: it was established as the Helsinki Primary Music School in 1884. Many of the Junior Academy students continue their studies at Sibelius Academy as bachelor- and master-level students. The Junior Academy has a significant impact on the results of education and artistic activities at Sibelius Academy.


The Junior Academy is for school-aged young people in Finland with exceptional musical aptitude. All Junior Academy students write an individual Junior Academy study plan, which includes goals for music education in addition to the educational goals of basic education and upper secondary education.


Youth education after the age of compulsory school education is always oriented toward later, university-level music education. The Junior Academy is led by Teppo Koivisto (classical music performance), Roope Aarnio (folk music), and Ari-Pekka Anttila (jazz).


The annual service fee for Junior Academy students is EUR 340 (EUR 170 per term).


Applying to the Junior Academy

>> NEWSROOM: Sibelius Academy admission results 2019


Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki selects new Junior Academy students only once a year in the spring. The next application period for Junior Academy studies will be open between 9 and 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). The entrance examinations are usually held in May.


Applicants who are under 18 years of age at the beginning of their first year at the Junior Academy [1st of August] and enrolled in elementary or secondary education in Finland are eligible for education.

  • Only applicants who have turned 15 by the end of the application period can be admitted to Classical Music Performance, voice as a main subject.
  • Only applicants who have turned 13 by the end of the application period can be admitted to Classical Music Performance on wind instruments, percussion, harp, or early music period instruments.


>> Junior Academy Admissions Guide 2019

>> Electronic application form (opens 9 January 2019)

>> Entrance examination timetable 2019

>> Instructions on how to submit materials online via the Embark system
(the document is is three languages, the English version starts from page 5)



N.B.! The International Class for Young Musicians education is Sibelius Academy's pilot programme during the academic year 2018-2019. This education is offered to those applicants, who are interested in Sibelius Academy's Junior Academy, but do not fulfil the "enrolled in elementary or secondary education in Finland" eligibility requirement. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sibelius Academy Admissions Office at N.B.! In 2019, only Classical Music Performance and Jazz programmes admit new students to the programme.

Contact information


Please send your queries about admissions via e-mail to siba.admissions(at)

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