Master's Program in Folk MusicUniversity of the Arts Helsinki
Master's Program in Folk Music
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Master's Program in Folk Music
Study to become a music professional in a world-class program leading to a university degree in folk music.
As a master's student, you can direct your focus in instrument studies, pedagogy or research. After completing a master’s degree, you will have a profound understanding of the playing and singing styles in old and contemporary folk music and know how to apply concepts that are central to the history, aesthetics and research of folk music.
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.
To be eligible to study for a Master's degree at Sibelius Academy you need to have completed at least one of the following:
- A lower university degree in music (Bachelor)
- A university of applied sciences degree in music
- A foreign degree or qualification in music that makes you eligible for corresponding higher education in the awarding country
- At least a lower university or university of applied sciences degree in another fieldand, additionally,university-level music studies, which serve as proof of sufficient skills and knowledge for a Master's degree in music.
Any exceptions to the previous qualifications requirement given above will be detailed in the admissions criteria for each degree program.
You cannot apply for a Master's degree program if you have not completed at least a lower university degree.
Sibelius Academy may require you to complete supplementary studies of a scope equivalent to a maximum of one year of studies in addition to the minimum number of ECTS credits required by your degree Program. You will be notified about any supplementary studies required when you receive your admission results. The supplementary studies will not count towards your degree. They are to be completed as specified by the head of department in your first year of study, and they will be entered on your individual study plan.
The languages of tuition in the program are Finnish, Swedish, and English. You must demonstrate your language proficiency in one of the above-mentioned languages by the given deadline. However, the majority of group tuition at the Sibelius Academy is provided in Finnish or English.
Does this course require proof of English proficiency?
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Folk Music, Master of Music
Instrumentation and co-making skills
Folk music perception skills
Folk music history and research
Creative, interactive and community skills
- Composition and arrangement 2
Study skills, wellbeing and career skills
- PROFICIENCY DEMONSTRATION AND MATURITY ESSAY
- Maturity test
For more information, please check the course webpage.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The languages of instruction for this Program are English, 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.
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.
After graduating, you will have a wide range of career options and can work as a musician, composer, pedagogue, researcher, community musician, and entrepreneur, or in expert and developer duties in different organisations or socially engaged contexts and in various roles in multi-artistic productions. Depending on your interests, you can specialise in creative musicianship, pedagogy or research.
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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...
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 (2016–2021).
- 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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