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SIBELIUS ACADEMY OF MUSIC (Sibelius-Akatemia), HELSINKI University of the Arts, Helsinki







Street Address:

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Postal Address:

PO Box 30, FI-00097 Helsinki, Finland


+358 20 753 9600


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz/pop, folk instruments, early music, kantele), choral, band and orchestral conducting, composition, theory, music history, pedagogy, music education, church music, music technology, global music, instrument construction. Bachelor of Music in Church Music. Four years. Taken at the Kuopio campus. Studies in vocal music, organ, conducting, composition and arranging, accompanying, improvisation, pedagogy.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance, early music performance, opera performance, folk music, composition, theory, conducting, music technology, arts administration, music education, church music (taken at the Kuopio campus). Nordic Performance Master. Offered jointly with conservatories in Århus, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden. Available in jazz (NOMAZZ), folk music (NoFo), global music (GLOMAS). Doctor of Music.


Diploma program


Licentiate Diploma.

Institution Notes:

In 2013 the Finnish Sibelius Academy, the Theatre Academy Helsinki and the Academy of Fine Arts merged to become the University of the Arts Helsinki. The Sibelius Academy received its name in 1939. It is the only university-level music institution in Finland and one of the largest in Europe. In addition to providing the highest education in the field of music it engages in performing and creative art and research and is committed to the fostering of Finland’s musical cutlure and cultural heritage. There are two faculties: Faculty of Classical Music, and Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music. There are some fine performing spaces with excellent acoustics. The library holds a sound archive of Finnish and international folk music. The Department of Opera organises a three-year opera studies course. The Academy has a branch at Kuopio specifically for the training of church musicians (Sibelius-Akatemian Kuopion Koulutusyksikkö). It also has Training Centres (Koulutuskeskus) for in-service and master courses at the main campus, at Kuopio, Seinäjoki and Järvenpää (mostly offering short residence courses). There is a Youth Academy organized by the Training Centre of the main campus, providing training to musically talented young people of school age, with studies in performance, composition, jazz and folk music, theory. The Continuing Education unit and Open University provide music and cultural adult education. Language of instruction is Finnish and Swedish. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

October 2021