Music education, bachelor and master

Study to become a professional and innovative music teacher, musician or researcher under the guidance of our excellent teachers.

Why study here?

We give you the chance to become a multi-talent in music education. You will learn to master different musical styles on several instruments, lead choirs and bands, and arrange material for various kinds of ensembles. You will utilise research results to develop your teaching as well as your evaluation and development work. We help you to build networks with potential employers already during your studies. 

About the studies

Most music education graduates find work as music teachers in comprehensive and upper secondary schools. We give you a well-rounded basis to also take on other kinds of assignments that require music education expertise or to pursue doctoral studies. The degree requirements include studies in music and research and pedagogical studies for teachers (60 credits). 

Bachelor’s studies

During your first three years as a music education student, you will study music, pedagogy and research skills. Your studies will also include elective courses and possibly studies in minor subjects, e.g. music technology or the pedagogy of free accompaniment. You can also choose courses organised by the other two Uniarts Helsinki academies and complete so-called joint studies that are available to all students. 

Master’s studies

In your master’s degree studies, you will continue studying music subjects, teachers’ pedagogy and research techniques. The degree requirements also include elective studies, which constitute at least a fifth of your master-level studies.  

During your studies, you will take part in various music projects as a musician, bandleader, music composer and arranger. You will gain experience by teaching in schools and other educational institutions and via other cultural collaborations. Three on-the-job training periods in schools are included in the curriculum. 


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. 

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

Finnish, Swedish Read more about the language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students studying in English and who come from outside the EU and EEA countries.
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Supervising teacher

  • Minna Muukkonen

    Lecturer, subject didactics, research studies, Music education, Sibelius Academy


Sibelius Academy

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