Global Music (degree programme)

Immerse yourself in a culturally and musically diverse environment to develop into a multi-skilled, flexible, visionary musician and pedagogue with world-class teachers.

Why study here?

Join us as a student at one of the leading performing arts universities in the world. As a Global Music student, you will deepen your own artistic identity and develop the ability to perform, communicate, collaborate, facilitate, research and lead in a wide range of musical, cultural and socially engaged contexts.

About the studies

Your studies include both one-to-one instruction as well as group tuition. You will form an intercultural ensemble with your fellow students and expand your unique artistic portfolio through developing new work, intercultural collaborations, performances and your own projects.  

Through your studies, you will learn about themes that are central to a professional global musician, including artistic identity, intercultural collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches, global musicianship, music creation, improvisation, rhythmics, global pedagogy, entrepreneurship, global choir, experimental instrument making, practice based research and community engagement. 

You may tailor your schedule and choose optional courses from any department suited to your own personal interests. You may also choose courses organised by the other two academies of the University and complete joint studies, which are available for all students. 


Teachers in the programme are various experts employed by the Sibelius Academy as well as visiting pedagogues and artists.


Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the applicant statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies

Video: Ville Tanttu
Responsible teacher Nathan Riki Thomson’s music video CYCLESfrom the SibaRecords album Resonance

Study programme

Global Music degree programme

Target degree

Bachelor and Master of Music; Master of Music


Sibelius Academy


English Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries.
Read more about tuition fees.

Next application time

Next possible time to apply is in January 2020.
Studies begin in August 2020.

Persons in charge

Nathan Riki Thomson