Wind instruments (main instrument)

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

Mies soittaa pasuunaa.

Why study here?

Come and study at one of the best performing arts universities of 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 collect hands-on work experience. You will get to network with current and future top musicians already as a student. 

Content and objective of the programme

You can choose flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn or tuba as your major subject.

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 soloists or a versatile chamber and orchestra musicians and have acquired at least the basic pedagogical competence.

Bachelor’s studies

During the three-year bachelor’s studies, you will study chamber music, music perception, music history, pedagogy and languages, and you will also be able to include optional and minor studies in your schedule. Performance and audition coaching and general training in skills needed as a professional are part of the studies in the programme.

You will receive 90 minutes of individual instruction per week. In addition to the lessons with your own teacher, you can also regularly attend master classes taught by visiting teachers.

Master’s studies

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

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.


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. 

Find out more

Introductory video of the Sibelius Summer Academy course for Woodwinds in June 2019
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You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, main instrument options: woodwinds, brass instruments

  • 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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Next application time

Next possible time to apply is in January 2021.

Studies begin in August 2021.

Persons in charge

Kaisa Holopainen
Department Head

Pasi Pirinen
Professor of Brass Instruments

Harri Mäki
Professor of Woodwinds

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