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.

Oscar Beerten Sapio playing violin on Glo­bal Spring: The Boat Floats with Goats concert
Maarit Kytöharju

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, create, 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
Head of Department Nathan Riki Thomson’s music video CYCLES from the SibaRecords album Resonance

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Global Music

  • bachelor’s and master’s (5,5 years)
  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy

Application languages

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.

Application period

Next possible time to apply will be announced later.


Nathan Riki Thomson
Lecturer, Head of Department