Music, Bachelor's Degree

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Degree Programme in Music stands for the highest standards of musical and pedagogical excellence. As a dynamic leader in the classical and pop/jazz field, Metropolia Music Degree Programme is continuously innovating to meet future challenges. By applying novel approaches to music pedagogy in harmony with the evolution of instrumental music tradition, the institute promotes musical performance and pedagogy in a variety of contexts. A key part of our approach is the collaboration with the rich and varied music and cultural life in and around Helsinki through innovative R & D and working life projects.

Degrees and Major Subjects

Metropolia's Degree Programme in Music educates professionals in both classical music and popular music and jazz. Music students graduate as Bachelors of Culture and Arts, specializing in Music Education (Music Educator) or Music (Musician). A flexible range of undergraduate programmes offers high-level training that provides the springboard to a professional career or further study. Offering education in classical and popular music, jazz, community music and innovative music pedagogy, Metropolia’s profile is unique in Finland.

Major subjects

  • Instrument and Vocal Teaching (classical music, Music Educator)
  • Instrument and Vocal Teaching (pop and jazz music, Music Educator)
  • Early Childhood Music Education and Community Music (pop/jazz and classical music, Music Educator)
  • Music Performance (pop and jazz music, Musician)
  • Music Writing and Production (pop and jazz music, Musician)

See also:

Music, Master’s Degree
Creativity and Arts in Social and Health Fields, Master’s Degree

Content of the Studies

Musical productions and instrumental expertise are at the heart of our students’ education. The process includes production of recitals, chamber music, Metropolia-orchestra, opera, pop/jazz bands, and music theater connected to projects in schools, music institutes and social services.

Metropolia prides itself on the distinction of its musically active and pedagogically innovative teaching staff, which is devoted to the profession of music. The degree programme is also active in international networks and receives several international students, interns, visitors, artists and educators every year to study, perform and teach at Metropolia Music.

Our graduates work e.g. as performing musicians, music educators, instrument or voice instructors and music writers and producers.

See detailed information about the study contents in the Curriculum

Creative Campus

The Music Degree Programme operates at Soiva (Finnish for “sonorous” or “sounding”) which is a brand new building designed for Metropolia Music. The building's learning and performance areas enable innovative pedagogy: each space is designed with modern learning concepts in mind. Soiva houses state-of-the-art sound studios, a concert hall and a rehearsal hall especially designed for amplified music, a smaller concert hall designed for chamber music, all kinds of rooms for instrument and ensemble studies and various group learning activities.

Soiva is located at Metropolia’s Arabia Campus, which houses the largest faculty in the field of higher education in culture and arts in Finland. Our students experience a truly multi-disciplinary environment via co-operation with other Metropolia degree programmes. National and international professional links ensure that our students are highly equipped for the creative environments in which they will work.

The versatility of Metropolia’s study programmes and projects provide students with unique opportunities for networking across disciplines. Music students collaborate regularly with other fields of study in Metropolia, e.g. participating in working life based innovation projects together with students from Metropolia’s other degree programmes.


Applying takes place online at the national joint application webpage for higher education in Finland: Opintopolku. All application instructions are published in Finnish language only.

Tuition in this degree programme is in Finnish.

More information:
The Music Degree Programme webpage in Finnish

Exchange Students

Contact information

Lea Vartiainen
Head of Degree Programme
lea.vartiainen [at] (lea[dot]vartiainen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Anna Finstad
Programme Coordinator (application process)
anna.finstad [at] (anna[dot]finstad[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Paula Turkkila
Head of School of Cultural Services and Music
paula.turkkila [at] (paula[dot]turkkila[at]metropolia[dot]fi)