Organ, classical instrument, master

Study to become an organist under the guidance of expert teachers in a unique and international environment.

Why study here?

Study at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. During your master’s studies you will focus on your performance skills, improvisation and organ pedagogy. Major subject studies in organ are organised by the Department of Church Music, which is a close-knit and welcoming community of over 160 students. 

About the studies

With organ as your major subject, you will focus on mastering your instrument and learning about improvisation, continuo playing and the structure and history of the organ. Your studies will include ensemble playing and mastering the keyboard, as well as the history of organ music and organ pedagogy.

During your master’s studies, you will reach a higher level of expertise in organ playing, organ pedagogy and organ improvisation and prepare a repertoire for the Level A performance examination.

Top-quality instruments

With organ music as your major, you will have the opportunity to use three organs, all representing different eras, in the Organo Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre. Various organs at the Sibelius Academy premises on Nervanderinkatu are also available for students’ use. Classes are also organised in churches in the Helsinki region.


Our teachers are Finland’s leading experts with extensive international experience. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes organ artists and pedagogues 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)
2,5 years

Application period

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

Application languages

English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about the language skill requirements

Tuition fee

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

  • Timo Kiiskinen

    Professor, organ improvisation, organ, liturgical playing, Church music and organ (Helsinki), Sibelius Academy


Sibelius Academy

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