Nordic master in jazz

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.

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.


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

  • Dana Hall
  • Aaron Goldberg
  • Tim Hagans
  • Nicole Glover
  • Chuck Israels
  • Dave Kikoski
  • David Hazeltine
  • Peter Washington
  • Joe Farnsworth
  • Mike Moreno
  • Danny Grisset
  • Linda May Han Oh 
  • Jeff Parker
  • Joyce Moreno
  • Charles Altura
  • Mark Turner
  • Adam Cruz
  • Ethan Iverson
  • Han Bennink
  • John Hollenbeck
  • Fabian Almazan
  • Martin Sjöstedt
  • Melissa Aldana
  • Pablo Menares
  • Kush Abadey
  • Kalle Kalima
  • Severi Pyysalo
  • Mats Gustafsson
  • Dave Friedman
  • Håvard Wiik
  • Peter Bruun
  • Petter Eldh
  • Ashley Kahn
  • Anders Jormin

For more information about the programme check out the NOMAZZ homepage

Video: Welcoming new people and familiar faces

Video: Getting ready for the entrance examinations

Admissions guide

Target degree and length of study

Master of Music (MMus)
2,5 years

Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2024. Studies begin in August 2024.

Application languages

English Read more about our language policy

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

Supervising teacher

  • Jussi Kannaste

    Lecturer, jazz (saxophone), ensemble, Jazz, Sibelius Academy
  • Sami Linna

    Lecturer, jazz (guitar), instrument pedagogy, Jazz, Sibelius Academy


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