Harp, classical instrument, bachelor and master

We offer you the chance to study harp in an international community under the guidance of the best possible teachers.

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Why study here?

The core of your harp studies is weekly one-on-one instruction given by the best teachers in the field. Graduates of the programme have the skills to work as an orchestra musician, soloist, chamber musician, or harp teacher. You can also complete a larger study module in pedagogical studies to work as a teacher. 

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Content and objective of the programme

The most important thing in your studies is that you learn to master your instrument. With this goal in mind, you will receive a 90-minute one-on-one harp lesson per week from our excellent teachers.  Besides the solo and chamber music repertoire you will gain a broad understanding of the central orchestral parts for the harp and learn to master contemporary music in collaboration with composers. You will also study structural awareness of music, music history, pedagogy and languages, as well as optional and elective studies. You will prepare for a career as an orchestra musician by participating in audition training and practice auditions. The health of a musician is part of your study plan from the beginning.

In addition to the lessons with your own teacher, you can also regularly attend master classes taught by visiting teachers. You will take part in the activities of our symphony orchestra already during your first year of studies.

You can also choose courses organised by the other two Uniarts Helsinki academies and complete joint studies that are available to all students.

High-quality facilities for harp studies

As a harp student, you will have access to the harpists’ own classroom at the Helsinki Music Centre, as well as another classroom where harp students have the primary booking right. 

You can also apply for the right to borrow the valuable harp owned by the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation, Salvi Iris Gold harp.

Our instrument collection is regularly maintained and includes the following high-quality instruments:

  • Salvi Iris natural (2023)
  • Salvi Iris natural (2020)
  • Lyon & Healy 23 (2013)
  • Lyon & Healy 23 (1964)
  • Salvi Aurora
  • Salvi Iris natural (2023)
  • Horngacher Orchestra gold
  • lever harp Camac Korrigan
  • Camac Blue electroacoustic pedal harp


Our teachers are some of the best experts in their respective fields. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes top international professionals as guests on a regular basis.

Sibelius Junior Academy

This instrument is part of our Junior Academy, a national programme, which prepares young music students for studies in a higher education institution. In addition to studies in either a major subject or a main instrument, you will study ensemble playing, structural awareness of music and other subjects offered by the Sibelius Academy.

Doctoral studies

You can complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at Uniarts Helsinki as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you can apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies. 

Admissions guide

Target degree and length of study

Master of Music (MMus)
5,5 years

Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2024. Studies begin in August 2024.

Application languages

English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

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

Supervising teacher

  • Päivi Severeide

    University Teacher, harp, Wind instruments, percussion and harp, Sibelius Academy


Sibelius Academy

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