Harp (main instrument)

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

Studen playing harp

Why study here?

The core of the programme 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 required for working as a teacher.

Content and objective of the programme

The focus of harp studies is that the student learns to master their instrument. With this goal in mind, you will receive 90 minutes of one-on-one instruction in your main instrument per week from some of the best teachers in the field. 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 of your own choosing. 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 academies of the University and complete so-called joint studies that are available for 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:

  • 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 international top professionals as guests on a regular basis.

Applying to the programme

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.

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, main instrument: harp

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

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy

Application languages

English, Finnish, Swedish 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 is in January 2023. Studies begin in August 2023.


Päivi Severeide
Coordinating T
eacher, University teacher