Wind instruments, classical instrument, bachelor and master

Study to become a wind instrument professional under the guidance of the best possible teachers and build your network with top musicians.

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Why study here?

Study at one of the best performing arts universities in the world. You will get a wonderful opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra from the very first year of your studies. The Orchestra Academy of the Helsinki Music Centre and the close-knit cooperation between professional orchestras allow you to gain work experience. You will get to network with top current and future musicians already as a student.   

Content and objective of the programme

You can choose any of the following as your major subject: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, baritone horn or tuba.

Graduates from the Sibelius Academy know the essential repertoire, styles, techniques, and interpretations of their respective instrument as well as the key orchestra repertoire of Western art music. They work as both soloists or as versatile chamber and orchestra musicians and have acquired at least basic pedagogical competence.

Bachelor’s studies

During the three-year bachelor’s studies, you will study orchestral and ensemble performance, chamber music, structural awareness of music, music history, pedagogy and languages. You can also include optional and elective studies in your schedule. Performance and audition coaching and general training in career skills are part of your studies. The health of a musician is part of your study plan from the beginning.

You will receive 90 minutes of individual instruction per week. In addition to the lessons with your own teacher, you can also regularly attend masterclasses taught by visiting teachers. You will also receive instruction in your subsidiary instrument from a specialized teacher in this field.

Master’s studies

During the 2.5-year master’s studies, you will deepen your competence in your major subject. You may also choose optional studies in, e.g., orchestral performance, chamber music, contemporary music, early music instruments and performance practice. You may also deepen your knowledge in pedagogics.

You can also choose courses organised by the two other Uniarts Helsinki academies and complete 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 top international professionals as guests on a regular basis. You can search for teachers by instrument from the link below.

Sibelius Junior Academy

This instrument is part of our Junior Academy, a national programme, which prepares young music students for studies in a higher education institution. In addition to studies in either a major subject or a main instrument, you will study ensemble playing, structural awareness of music and other subjects offered by the Sibelius Academy.

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. 

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Student experiences

Admissions guide

Target degree and length of study

Master of Music (MMus)
5,5 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.
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Supervising teacher

  • Petri Alanko

    Lecturer, flute, Wind instruments, percussion and harp, Sibelius Academy


Sibelius Academy

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