Piano, classical instrument, master

Study to become a professional in piano music and achieve the skills required for the role of soloist, orchestral musician, chamber musician, and music pedagogue.

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Why study here?

Study at one of the best performing arts universities in the world. The master’s degree lasts two years, and during it, you will achieve artistic expressiveness, instrument skills and readiness to understand music.

As a piano student at the Sibelius Academy, you will study in a programme that is respected both nationally and globally. You will be guided by top musicians and pedagogues from Finland and abroad. Many virtuoso pianists educated at the Sibelius Academy have gone on to achieve international success, including, e.g., Paavali Jumppanen, Antti Siirala, Laura Mikkola, Gergely Bogányi, Olli Mustonen and Henri Sigfridsson. 

Content and objective of the programme

With us, you will develop the skills needed for independent artistic work and learn to master the playing technique and styles required by the central repertoire. The studies prepare you for a professional life as a soloist, chamber musician or a pedagogue.

During your master’s studies, you will continue studying your main instrument. Optional studies enable you to either develop your competence more broadly or select a focus area for more in-depth study. 


The piano teaching staff have extensive expertise in solo repertoires, piano pedagogy, period instruments, chamber and lied music and performance practices of different eras. The regular visits of top international artists and pedagogues complement our musically rich learning environment. 

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 (MuM)
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 who come from outside the EU and EEA countries.

Read more about the tuition fees.

Supervising teacher

  • Tuija Hakkila

    Professor, piano, Piano, accordion, guitar and kantele, Sibelius Academy
    Part-time teacher, Piano, accordion, guitar and kantele, Sibelius Academy


Sibelius Academy

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