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Music Technology (degree programme)

Study the composition of game and film music and learn about recording and sound production in the leading programme in the field of music technology.

Opiskelija tekee musiikkia tietokoneella ja soittimilla

Why study here?

You will be able to study music technology in a diverse community of students at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. We offer our students a unique study environment, a teaching staff with a diverse set of skills, and high-quality technical tools and studio facilities. By studying at our University, you will have the opportunity to engage in collaboration across discipline lines and gain expertise needed for making an impact in society. 

About the studies

As a student, you will complete studies and research projects in music technology and creative music performance. Music technology studies are divided into focus areas, which all offer different perspectives into working as an expert in music technology.

  • Recording and sound/music production
  • Venue amplification
  • Media and sonic arts
  • Electro-acoustic music
  • Building experimental instruments for sound art and performance
  • Music and technology: creative tools, methods and development
  • Applied music
  • Music technology pedagogy

You will learn at least the basics of several of these focus areas and choose an area of specialisation by the time you have moved over to master’s studies.

The studies include studio work, lectures, workshops, master classes as well as collaboration with various partners. 

As a music technology student, you will acquire the skills needed to pursue a career in the field of music in a wide range of professions, including sound engineer, producer, sound systems designer, concert mixer, composer of film, stage and game music or electro-acoustic music, or sound artist. 

To secure versatile career opportunities, you are encouraged to take an active role in building your personal study path. Gaining experience through international studies and traineeships is an important aspect in your competence development. 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.

The Sound Art & Sonic Arts study module (SAMA), available in English, examines the possibilities of sound and sound art from the perspectives of various artistic disciplines. Read more about the SAMA study module. Browse the course selection of the Department of Music Technology (pdf).

Artistic activities

As our student, you will get to create and showcase your own technology-based art in concerts together with other students, for example in the annual MuTeFest festival. Artistic activities in the music technology programme also include recording Sibelius Academy concerts as well as collaborations in staging performances of contemporary music, multimedia events, and electroacoustic music. Artistic activities are always closely linked to the university’s education and research. 

Teachers

In addition to the University’s teaching staff, the Music Technology Department also regularly welcomes international experts as guests. Visiting teachers in the programme have included Robin Minard, Ludger Hennig, Leigh Landy, Jim Anderson, Robert Normandeau, Wayne Siegel, Roland Cahen, Marko Timlin, Derek Holzer, John Richards, Francesco Giomi, John Young, David Griesinger, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Bob Katz, Andrey Smirnov, Natasha Barrett, Dinah Bird, Rodolphe Alexis, Ka Ho Cheung, Dorit Chrysler, Josep Comajuncosas, Simon Emmerson, Charles Dye, Shinji Kanki, Michihito Mizutani, Henrik Möller, Jean-Philippe Renoult, Denis Smalley, Jean-Claude Risset and Jukka Ylitalo.

Teachers in the degree programme (to be updated in December)

Applying

The Department of Music Technology admits new students every two years. The entrance examination has multiple phases. The Entrance Examination Board hopes to learn more about applicants’ background in music and sound art, motivation to study in the Department of Music Technology, possible prior experience in the field and about their artistic interests.

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the applicant statistics from previous years.

Doctoral 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.

Current and recent research projects:

  • Acoustic Localisation Techniques for Interactive and Locative Audio Applications
  • Aquatrio
  • Electroacoustic music performance and improvisation: a pedagogical toolkit
  • Narrative in Acousmatic Music
  • Research Group in Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • Software Tools for Electroacoustic Improvisation
  • Sound & Motion Research Group

Find out more

MuTeFest video

Facilities

Music technology students have access to six well-equipped studios at the Helsinki Music Centre. They are available for use of the Sibelius Academy’s students, and the music technology programme is the most frequent user of the facilities. The studios are also rented out when possible. The Department of Music Technology organises classes and concerts also in the halls of the Helsinki Music Centre. 

  • Studio Erkki
  • Studio Thomas
  • Studio Emile
  • Large recording room
  • Small recording room
  • Studio Max