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Degree Program in Music Education

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

Start dates
August 2023

August 2023

About this program

Degree Program in Music Education

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

Study to become a competent music teacher, musician or researcher with an interest in developing your own field under the guidance of top-quality teachers.

During your first three years as a music education student, you will study music, pedagogy and research skills. Your studies will also include elective courses and possibly studies in minor subjects, e.g. music technology or the pedagogy of free accompaniment. 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.

In your masters degree studies you will continue studying music subjects, teachers pedagogy and research techniques. The degree requirements also include elective studies, which constitute at least a fifth of your master-level studies.

During your studies, you will take part in various music projects as a musician, band leader, music composer and arranger. You will gain experience from teaching in schools and other educational institutions, as well as from collaborating with various operators in the field of culture. Three on-the-job training periods in schools are included in the curriculum.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to study for a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree at Sibelius Academy you need to have completed at least one of the following:

  • The Finnish Matriculation Examination (a final certificate from upper secondary school is not sufficient)
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma at a European School
  • A Reifeprüfung or Deutsches Internationales Abitur (RP / DIA) diploma
  • A vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification, or a specialist vocational qualification defined under the Act on Vocational Education and Training
  • A foreign degree or qualification that makes you eligible for corresponding higher education in the awarding country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate (AICE)
  • A degree at a Finnish higher education institution or a degree abroad corresponding to at least a bachelor’s degree.

Language requirements

The languages of tuition in the Classical Music Performance Program are Finnish, Swedish, and English.You must demonstrate your language proficiency in one of the abovementioned languages by the given deadline. However, the majority of group tuition at the Sibelius Academy is provided in Finnish or English.

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Program content

Music Education, Bachelor of Music

Orientation studies

Music education instrument performance basic studies

  • Voice performance, select level C studies, if it is your 1st instrument

Music education instrument performance basic studies

Other music education subject studies

  • Subject studies in bachelor degree
  • Subject studies in bachelor or master degree

Music perception skills, focus on African-American music

Music perception skills, focus on classical music

Research skills

  • Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay
  • Maturity essay

Subject teachers pedagogical studies

Language Studies

  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Second official language
  • Written communication

Music Education, Master of Music

Advanced studies

  • Proficiency demonstration: Master's thesis, music education (Master of Music) (part)
  • Maturity essay

Subject studies(masters degree)

Subject teachers pedagogical studies(masters degree)

  • Pedagogical specialisation
  • Select two creative skills study units

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 Finnish and Swedish.


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.


Target degree - Bachelor’s + Master’s Degrees in Music

Upon graduating from the degree Program in music education you will have extensive knowledge of music, master different musical subjects and possess versatile professional skills in music pedagogy. As a player and singer, you will master different musical styles on several instruments. You will be able to lead a choir and various kinds of bands, and know how to arrange material for different-size ensembles, taking learners of different levels into account. You know how to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning while utilizing existing research in the field as you teach and develop it. You are familiar with the ethical and social dimensions of teaching.

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 paths

Our education provides you with the tools to work in a variety of roles within music, for example as a musician, composer, arranger or sound technician.Upon graduating you may also seek to pursue a career as a researcher, or set up your own music business.

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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 22 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2022).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. 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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University of the Arts Helsinki

Sörnäinen campus
Sörnäisten rantatie 19
00530 Helsinki

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