Music Technology (degree programme)

Grow into a music technology specialist in an international environment in the leading degree programme in its field.

Opiskelija tekee musiikkia tietokoneella ja soittimilla

Why study here?

You will be able to study music technology at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. We have a unique learning environment, a multi-skilled, international staff, and high-quality equipment and studio facilities.

About the studies

As a student, you will complete studies and research projects in music technology and creative music performance. Music technology studies are divided into focus areas, which all offer different perspectives into working as an expert in music technology.

The combination of studies and research in music technology and creative music performance is essential to the programme. We offer you a wide course selection and versatile study opportunities to choose from based on your personal interests:

  • electroacoustic music
  • film and game music
  • media and sonic arts
  • music and technology: tools, methods and development
  • music technology pedagogy
  • amplification
  • recording and music production

During your first three years, you will study the tools needed in music technology and apply them creatively in different kinds of music contexts.

As a master’s student, you will complete advanced studies and specialise your interest to pursue a career for example as a sound engineer, producer, venue amplification professional, developer of music technology instruments and applications, composer of film, game or electroacoustic music, or as a sound artist. 

To secure versatile career opportunities, you are encouraged to take an active role in building your personal study path. Gaining experience through international studies and traineeships is an important aspect in your competence development. 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.

The Sound Art & Sonic Arts study module (SAMA), available in English, examines the possibilities of sound and sound art from the perspectives of various artistic disciplines. Read more about the study module in Sound Art and Sonic Arts (SAMA).

Artistic activities

The annual MuTeFest festival, organised by the Department of Music Technology, is your chance to experiment and be creative together with fellow students.

During your studies, you will take part in the recording of Sibelius Academy concerts and the creation of contemporary music concerts, multimedia music performances and electroacoustic concerts. Artistic activities are always linked to the university’s education and research.

The MuTeFest event is an excellent way to learn more about the artistic activities of the degree programme.

Teachers

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. Visiting teachers in the programme have included Robin Minard, Ludger Hennig, Leigh Landy, Jim Anderson, Robert Normandeau, Wayne Siegel, Roland Cahen, Marko Timlin, Derek Holzer, John Richards, Francesco Giomi, John Young, David Griesinger, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Bob Katz, Andrey Smirnov, Natasha Barrett, Dinah Bird, Rodolphe Alexis, Ka Ho Cheung, Dorit Chrysler, Josep Comajuncosas, Simon Emmerson, Charles Dye, Shinji Kanki, Michihito Mizutani, Henrik Möller, Jean-Philippe Renoult, Denis Smalley, Jean-Claude Risset and Jukka Ylitalo.

Applying

The Department of Music Technology admits new students every other year. Applicants’ background in music and the arts, motivation to study in the Department of Music Technology, possible prior experience in the field, as well as artistic interests are some of the aspects that are reviewed in the entrance examination.

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete 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 research-oriented doctoral studies, arts-oriented doctoral studies or applied doctoral studies in music technology.

Current and recent research projects:

  • Acoustic Localisation Techniques for Interactive and Locative Audio Applications
  • Aquatrio
  • Electroacoustic music performance and improvisation: a pedagogical toolkit
  • Narrative in Acousmatic Music
  • Research Group in Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • Software Tools for Electroacoustic Improvisation
  • Sound & Motion Research Group

Find out more

The annual MuTeFest festival, organised by the Department of Music Technology, is your chance to experiment and be creative together with fellow students.

Dinah Byrd and Rodolphe Alexsis visited the Sibelius Academy in 2019 as a part of the International visitor programme

“I think the major and maybe a unique asset of music technology in the context of Uniarts Helsinki is that after you are admitted as a student, you won’t have to commit to a specific profession that you are forced to pursue from day one.

This is really valuable from a student’s perspective, because when you’re nineteen there’s no way of knowing what career paths are out there and what kind of a job suits you best. That shouldn’t be expected of anyone who’s nineteen years old, I feel like. There’s a crazy huge selection of courses and specialisation areas, and at least when I was a student, I always had the freedom to explore whichever direction I wanted and got the support I needed from teachers. The more I’ve seen what goes on in other departments, especially in music education where the personal study plan advisor seems to be kind of a gatekeeper, the more I’ve come to appreciate the vibe in our field.

I don’t know if that could be summarised in a sexy slogan that even the Ministry of Education and Culture could approve… ‘It’s okay to be a little all over the place in our department!’”

  • Matti Strahlendorff

“First it was kind of intimidating to see the freedom that you have as a music technology student, but once I adopted a new mindset, I gained a lot from my studies. You get to acquire versatile skills for a versatile professional life!”

  • Markus Pajakkala, Music Director @ Yousician, freelance musician, composer, producer e.g. for Utopianisti, Ellips, Waltteri Torikka, Kingston Wall & VHB, Stam1na, Laura Moisio

Facilities

Music technology students have access to six well-equipped studios at the Helsinki Music Centre. They are available for use of the Sibelius Academy students, and the music technology programme is the most frequent user of the facilities. The studios are also rented out when possible. The Department of Music Technology organises classes and concerts also in the halls of the Helsinki Music Centre. 

Study programme

Music Technology (degree programme)

Target degree

Bachelor and Master of Music; Master of Music

Unit

Sibelius Academy

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

Next application time

Next possible time to apply is in January 2021.

Studies begin in August 2021.

Persons in charge

Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski
Department Head

Apply to this programme on Studyinfo.fi