Sibelius Academy

Studies at the Sibelius Academy begin with an orientation period. During the orientation you will make your individual study plan and enrol for tuition. You will also get to know your fellow students. The freshmen choir is a great way to make friends and meet other Sibelius Academy freshmen.
Freshmen choir

The Sibelius Academy Freshmen choir is the place to get to know your fellow students. On the schedule for your orientation period programme you'll find the rehearsals and concerts for the Freshman Choir. It doesn't matter whether you have sung a lot or not at all: we will be performing some very fine music, and all of it is both approachable and rewarding. At the end of the orientation period we will present our short programme as part of the University of the Arts Helsinki's opening festivities and it will be a good occasion to see and hear all the new Sibelius Academy students on stage at the same time. We look forward to getting to know all of you at the rehearsals! You will find more information on new students info letter.

You'll find the freshman choir rehearsal times in the orientation period schedule.

Individual study plan HOPS

The individual study plan (HOPS) is a plan where the modules of the students degree along with the schedule for each semester are recorded. First year students make their first HOPS during the orientation period. Counselling for making your study plan is available during the orientation period as well.

It is recommandable to take a look at your own degree structure and unit descriptions before your HOPS discussion. You will find them in the study guide.

To help you tp orientate yourself to studies, check student's online tutor here.

General musical skills studies

NOTE! Instructions for the year 2020 will be updated below in June!


Aural skills studies at the Sibelius Academy

The Bachelor of music degree in the classical music performance and music education programmes include mandatory aural skills studies. New students will be placed in level groups according to the main subject and skill level:

  • Most new students will begin with courses "Structural awareness of music 1a: Aural skills" and "Structural awareness of music 1b: Applied analytical skills".
  • Students, who have completed previous professional level studies or have otherwise very strong skills, may apply for recognition of prior learning.
  • Students, who need additional studies before beginning the actual bachelor's studies, will be placed in complementary study groups.

There will be a briefing on aural skills studies on 20.8.2019 at 12.30-14 (T-auditorium). The teachers are available to answer questions on the same day at 14.15-15.45 in classroom T-419.


Solfege: Lotta Ilomäki, lotta.ilomaki (at) / tel. +358 50 384 3483

Music theory: Ville Komppa, ville.komppa (at) / tel. +358 40 582 0782

Credit transfer

Prior studies or competences acquired in other ways may be credited towards a degree at the Sibelius Academy. The decisions are made according to the Uniarts Helsinki general guidelines on accreditation of prior learning (AHOT), and to the Sibelius Academy guidelines. The AHOT application should be done at the beginning of the studies and when the first study plan is drawn up or at the latest during the first semester.

Discuss the possibility of credit transfer with your departments study coordinator in your HOPS discussion at the beginning of studies. More information in ARTSI.

Language and communication studies

NOTE! The information for the year 2020 will be updated below in June!

The language requirement for international degree students
International degree students are required to complete the following language and communication classes:
X-yk14 English for Music Studies and Practice 1 (3 cr)
X-yk15 English for Music Studies and Practice 2 (2 cr)
X-K19 Written Communication (1 cr)
X-K11 Finnish 1 (4 cr)

B.M. in Vocal Arts also includes the following classes:
X-K23 Italian Language 1 (4 cr)
X-K24 Italian Language 2 (5 cr)
X-K25 German Language 1 (4 cr)
X-K26 German Language 2 (5 cr)

English for music studies and practice 1&2
English 1 & 2 classes involve intensive English language practice and language immersion activities with music content. Topics include, for example, introducing yourself and your major subject, musical instruments, musical eras and styles, music theory and notation terminology, music analysis and writing a résumé and biography.

Already fluent in the special English of Music?
If your English skills are excellent (Level B2 or higher) and you have extensive experience in using English in music settings, you can earn credit for English for Music Studies and Practice 1 by taking a Reading and Writing Proficiency Test (worth 2 credits) and possibly giving an Oral Proficiency Demonstration (worth 1 credit).

The written test will be held in the Auditorium of the Music Centre on Monday Aug. 26, 5.15 - 7.15 pm. The test is voluntary and there is no need to sign up - just show up with your pens or pencils. To prepare for the test, study the course handout that is available on the university intranet:→ Language Studies
àEnglish for Music Studies and Practice 1.

If you pass the test, you will earn 2 credits towards English for Music Studies and Practice 1.
To earn the third credit, you can either sign up for
a) a language proficiency demonstration to be held on Aug. 30 in the classroom N-K55 (Nervanderinkatu 13).
b) a class that we call Triple Speed, because the classroom time is only a third of a normal class.

Your English teacher will give you further instructions when she announces the results of the placement test.

Inquiries: Camilla Kurki,

Written communication

This class focuses on honing your academic writing skills during the third year of your studies.

Inquiries: Emmi Huttunen,

Finnish 1

This is a beginner’s class.  No previous knowledge is needed. If you have studied Finnish before, please contact Sanna Teerenhovi about your options.
If you want to learn more, you can take three more classes at the University of the Arts:
X-K12 Finnish 2 (4 cr)
X-K13 Finnish 3 (4 cr)
X-K14 Finnish 4 (4 cr)

Inquiries: Sanna Teerenhovi,

Elective Language Studies: Learn a Language with a Duo Partner

If you’re into independent and effective language learning, you can improve your current second language skills or learn the basics of a new language by signing up for the Duo Second Language Program to earn 1 or 2 credits.

Inquiries: Suvi Huuhtanen,

Further Information on Language and Communication Studies

is available on the university intranet: For Students / Studies and course offerings / Language studies and joint studies.

Language and Communication Teachers and Staff

  • Sarka Hantula (on maternity leave from April 2019) / English (Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy)
  • Emmi Huttunen (on maternity leave until August 2019) / English, Swedish
  • Camilla Kurki, tel. +358 50 5746 504 / English, Swedish
  • Laura Lehtinen, tel. +358 50 4141 536 / Communication Studies in Finnish, Finnish as a Second Language (S2)
  • Sanna Teerenhovi, tel. +358 50 5756 353 / Finnish as a Second Language (S2), Finnish as the Second Domestic Language, Communication Studies in Finnish
  • Rakel Tikkanen, tel. +358 50 3877 305 / Swedish, Communication studies in Swedish
  • Suvi Huuhtanen, tel. +358 50 4720 849 / Coordinating Language and Communication Studies, Accreditation of Prior Language Learning


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Pedagogy studies

Students in the music education programme have teacher's pedagogical studies included in their curricula. Students in instrument and vocal subjects, jazz and folk music, church music, general music and music technology can also include optional pedagogy studies in their curricula. You will get more information on pedagogical studies during the orientation period.

More information is also available in ARTSI.

Individual classes
To be able to receive instruction and attend classes, you need to have your individual study plan HOPS approved and be registered as attending. You may request classes from a certain teacher at your HOPS discussion. The head of department decides which students are allocated to each teacher and at that time considers whether your request is possible.
Group tuition

Group tuition - rules for students

  • Group tuition requires regular attendance. Inform the teacher if you can't attend a class.

  • Don't be late from classes.

  • A small number of absences may be compensated by individual study. Unless otherwise informed by the teacher, the limit is 3 classes / semester (when the tuition is 1 class / week) and 6 classes / semester (when the tuition is 2 classes / week).

  • Instrument class, chamber music rehearsal, another course or work are not acceptable reasons for absence.

  • Keep track of your absences. Find out the contents of the class and what tasks were given. The teachers do not provide individual materials for those who have been absent from class.

  • Confirm your place in the group by being there for the first class.

  • Teaching times and groups are not adjusted according to the student's individual schedules.

  • Previous studies (prerequisities) must be registered before a place in the group can be confirmed.

  • Assignments must be completed within the given time or latest within one year from the end of the course.

  • If you need to leave the course unfinished for any reason, get in touch with your study coordinator.