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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

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.

Studen playing harp

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 music 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. 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 chamber music, music perception, music history, pedagogy and languages, as well as minor and optional studies. You will prepare for a career as an orchestra musician by participating in audition training and practice auditions.

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. 

New curriculum to be launched

Our curriculum is currently being updated. Teaching according to the new curriculum will start in autumn 2024. Please keep this in mind when browsing the current curriculum.

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:

  • Lyon & Healy 23 (2013)
  • Lyon & Healy 23 (1964)
  • Salvi Aurora
  • 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.

Applying to the programme

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

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. 

Target degree and length of study

Master of Music (MMus)
5,5 years


Sibelius Academy

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

Application period

Next possible time to apply will be announced later.

Supervising teacher

  • Päivi Severeide

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

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