Nordic Master in Jazz (master’s program)

Grow into a versatile jazz professional in the Nordic Master in Jazz programme by completing studies in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Why study here?

Learn about the jazz scene of three different Nordic countries by studying in the Nordic Master in Jazz programme. The programme gives you the chance to grow into a professional in jazz in an international environment provided by three different music institutions.

About the studies

Nordic Master in Jazz (NOMAZZ) is a master’s programme in jazz organised collaboratively by the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark (Aarhus/Aalborg), University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy in Finland and Royal College of Music in Sweden. You will deepen and develop your artistry and technical proficiency, while simultaneously acquiring an advanced knowledge of the Nordic jazz scenes. The arranging universities take turns hosting the studies, and the language of instruction is English. Students will be granted a Nordplus study grant for their studies abroad.

Read more about the studies on the Nordic Master in Jazz website


The Sibelius Academy’s teaching staff represents the top of the Finnish jazz scene. In 2018-2020, international teacher guests included:

  • Jim Beard
  • Seamus Blake
  • Peter Bernstein
  • René Marie
  • Christie Dashiell
  • Sinne Eeg
  • Jamie Baum
  • Jeff Hirshfield
  • Aaron Parks
  • Tony Malaby
  • Guillermo Klein
  • Marquis Hill
  • Frank McComb
  • Tim Hagans
  • Craig Taborn
  • Mark Soskin
  • Billy Cobham
  • Aaron Goldberg
  • Matt Penman
  • Leon Parker
  • Jonathan Kreisberg
  • Martin Bejerano
  • Phil Markowitz
  • Jeff “Tain” Watts
  • Paul Bollenback
  • Pedro Martins
  • Godwin Louis
  • Samora Pinderhughes
  • Terell Stafford
  • Jason Moran
  • Dana Hall
  • Ralph Alessi
  • Ashley Kahn.


Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in music can apply to the programme, and new students are admitted in accordance with the admissions criteria of the music institution that they are applying to. Your “homebase” will be the institution where you are admitted as a student after applying and where you complete your degree. A good command of the English language is required and will be assessed as part of the entrance examination.

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

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You can apply to

Nordic Master in Jazz (NOMAZZ)

  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy


English Read more about our language policy

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 2022. Studies begin in August 2022.

Persons in charge

Jussi Kannaste
Department Head

Sami Linna
Department Head