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Degree Program in Classical Music Performance (Accordion)

University of the Arts Helsinki
Program overview
5.5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish, Swedish
Start dates
August 2022

August 2022

August 2022
University of the Arts Helsinki

Program description

Degree Program in Classical Music Performance (Accordion)

This 5.5 year Program leads to a Bachelor's and a Master's degree.

Study classical accordion in the leading Program in its field, in an international yet close-knit environment. 

As a bachelor's student, you will practise soloist repertoire and complete studies in music theory and aural skills, music history and chamber music. For a period of two years, you will improve your accordion pedagogy on a weekly basis with your own practice pupil.

As a master's student, you will continue your soloist studies, study chamber music, general music studies, and communications, and improve your career and study skills. You can also select optional courses comprising 30 credits. For example, you may choose to complete pedagogical studies, giving you the qualifications to work as a teacher.

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.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted as a degree student to the Uniarts Helsinki, applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the Program. Having sufficient language skills is, in principle, a requirement in order to be eligible to apply, and it ensures that the applicant has demonstrated educability and suitability for university-level education and has the communication skills needed as a student.

The academies determine the languages of instruction for each degree Program. The languages are stated in the Programs admission criteria as well as the syllabus.

If a Program has several languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the languages.

Applicants must demonstrate their skills with a language certificate or prior studies. Language skills may also be assessed as part of entrance examinations.

A number of our study Programs is offered in Finnish, Swedish, and English. This means that the student has the right to use any of these languages in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of teaching makes it impossible. Please notice that most of our group instruction is held in Finnish or English.

These requirements are followed in our bachelors and masters admissions, and in doctoral admissions where appropriate.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Classical Music Instrument Performance / Accordion, Bachelor and Master of Music (3 v + 2.5 yr)

Accordion, Bachelor of Music

Instrument and ensemble skills

  • Chamber music 1
  • Optional studies
    • Introduction to accordion study and technique, and sight-reading
    • Free accompaniment and improvisation

Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay

General music skills

  • Structural awareness of music 1
    • Assignments (optional)
  • Structural awareness of music 2
    • Structural awareness of music 2a
    • Structural awareness of music 2 b
    • Assignments (optional)
  • Advanced structural awareness of music
  • History of Western art music, optional
  • Optional studies

Pedagogical skills

  • Pedagogical skills (select option A or B)
    • Option A, pedagogical skills
    • Option B, pedagogical skills
  • Optional studies (exchange students)

Study and career skills, and ergonomic studies

  • Studies determined by the apartment
  • Optional studies

Language studies

  • Foreign Language
  • Second official language
  • Written communication
  • Foreign language

Accordion, Master of Music

Instrument and ensemble skills

  • Chamber music
  • Optional studies

Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay

  • Maturity essay

General music skills and communication skills

  • Advanced structural awareness of music

Career and study skills

  • Studies determined by the department

For more information, please check the course webpage.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The languages of instruction for this Program are English, Finnish and Swedish.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.


The objective of the education provided by the accordion department is to allow students to acquire a well-rounded expertise that respects their personality with the help of studies that best suit their interests.

The accordion major focuses on versatile soloist studies, spanning different genres and eras, as well as the development of extensive pedagogical skills. Additionally, the studies include chamber music, sight reading, free accompaniment and improvisation, as well as the repertoire of the accordion, ranging from the Baroque era to the modern day. Seminars and master classes are also organised on a regular basis as part of the studies.

Continuing 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.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work in demanding job positions as a soloist, pedagogue and chamber musician, for example. The music studies also give you a well-rounded foundation to take on other kinds of career paths.

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University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 15 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2020).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts being developed for 2021. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki; Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

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FI-00097 UNIARTS Helsinki

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