Why study here?
The programme gives you the chance to become a multi-talent in music education. You will learn to master different musical styles on several instruments, lead choirs and bands, and arrange material for various kinds of ensembles. You will utilise existing research in your teaching as well as in evaluation and development work. Our programme allows you to build networks with prospective employers already during your studies.
About the studies
Most music education graduates find work as music teachers in comprehensive and upper secondary schools. The programme gives you a well-rounded basis to take on even other kinds of assignments requiring music education expertise or to pursue doctoral studies. The degree requirements include studies in music and research and pedagogical studies for teachers (60 cr).
During your first three years as a music education student, you will study music, pedagogy and research skills. Your studies will also include elective courses and possibly studies in minor subjects, e.g. music technology or the pedagogy of free accompaniment. 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.
In your master’s degree studies you will continue studying music subjects, teachers’ pedagogy and research techniques. The degree requirements also include elective studies, which constitute at least a fifth of your master-level studies.
During your studies, you will take part in various music projects as a musician, band leader, music composer and arranger. You will gain experience from teaching in schools and other educational institutions, as well as from collaborating with various operators in the field of culture. Three on-the-job training periods in schools are included in the curriculum.
If your are only applying for the master’s program, see this study guide.
Our teachers are some of the best experts in their respective fields. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes international top professionals as guests on a regular basis.
Teachers in the degree programme (to be updated in December)
Applying to the programme
Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the applicant statistics from previous years.
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.