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Master's Program in Music Theory

University of the Arts Helsinki
2.5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Helsinki
English, Finnish, Swedish
August 2022
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About this program

Master's Program in Music Theory

Gain the competence to work in expert duties requiring a profound knowledge of music.

Essential to music theory majors are skills in harmony and voice leading, music analysis and instrumentation, as well as instrument studies. During your Master's studies, you will deepen your understanding of music research and gain more knowledge of your personal research field.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted as a degree student to 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 program’s 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 bachelor’s and Master's admissions, and in doctoral admissions where appropriate.

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


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Program content

Main Subject Studies

Analysis, history and methodology studies

Advanced course in the history of music

Advanced music analysis, music theory

Music theory research 2, music theory

  • Seminar

Harmony & voice-leading and orchestration

Main subject studies that may be freely allocated

  • Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay
  • Maturity essay

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

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.

Qualification

The Program aims to give you such extensive knowledge of music, music theory and practical composition or research skills that you will be able to work in positions that demand creative artistic skills, particularly musical expertise and pedagogical skills, after you graduate.

Continuing studies

It is possible to complete a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating as a master, you’ll have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented doctoral studies or applied doctoral studies.

At Sibelius Academy you can complete the Licentiate of Music (LMus) and Doctor of Music (DMus) degrees.

Career paths

Graduates of the program work in demanding roles of music expert and music pedagogue, for example as teachers, journalists, researchers and musicians.

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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 (2016–2021).
  • 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.

Contact info

University of the Arts Helsinki

P.O. Box 1
FI-00097 UNIARTS Helsinki
Finland

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www.uniarts.fi

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