Vocal Arts (major subject)

The leading degree programme of its field gives students the professional skills needed in working in demanding soloist roles and as a professional vocal teacher.

Why study here?

Come and study at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. Through your studies, you will gain a professional-level ability in vocal skills, artistic capability and musical understanding. Music and drama studies are part of the education on all levels. You will also regularly have the chance to participate in master classes taught by international guest teachers. 

Content and objective of the programme

As a bachelor’s student, you will study not only singing but also piano, vocal chamber music, expression techniques, music theory, aural skills and music history, as well as pedagogy and languages.

As a master’s student, you will acquire the extensive professional competence of a vocal artist in the main areas of classical vocal music. Depending on your interests, you can specialise either in voice pedagogy, oratorio music or lied and vocal chamber music and choose minor subjects and optional studies from the selection of the Sibelius Academy or the University’s other academies. You will also complete studies in career skills that will give you practical training in building your portfolio, finding employment and getting started on your career.

You can also choose to complete the required amount of pedagogical studies to fulfil the requirements for working as a teacher. Through your voice pedagogy studies, you will gain theoretical and practical insight into vocal lessons, vocal coaching methods, and vocal physiology. During a teaching practice, you will get the chance to teach practice pupils under the supervision of a supervising teacher. You will develop your pedagogical vision by observing classes and working on your teaching portfolio.

The master’s programme in vocal arts also gives students the preparedness to pursue artistic doctoral studies.

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.


Our teachers are some of the best experts in their respective fields. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes international top experts as guests on a regular basis.

Many of our teachers are also renowned performing artists. Over the years, our staff have included e.g. Soile Isokoski, Tom Krause, Karita Mattila, Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Petteri Salomaa, Seppo Ruohonen and Jaakko Ryhänen.


The entrance examination will assess applicants’ educability and suitability for the profession. An important criterion is the quality of the applicant’s voice and suitability for a career as a performing artist. Applicants must also have a sufficient command of Finnish, Swedish or English.

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

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and 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 doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies. 

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, major subject: vocal arts

  • bachelor’s and master’s (5,5 years)
  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy


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.
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Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2022. Studies begin in August 2022.

Persons in charge

Jenni Lättilä
Department Head