Since its foundation in 1922 the Helsinki Conservatory of Music has been one of the leading conservatories in Finland. Together with the Metropolia Polytechnic Department of Music we form a vibrant centre of music in the heart of the capital city. A significant number of the top Finnish professionals of music (soloists of orchestras, pedagogues) have studied at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music. The student body comprises 60 students enrolled in vocational music studies and 900 students in basic education. The Conservatory employs 100 distinguished pedagogues and performers.

Up-to-date, tailor-made premises

The Conservatory moved to its current premises in 1999. We are located by the sea, in the heart of Helsinki. Our purpose-built facilities include a 520-seat, acoustically superb concert hall, a multifunctional chamber music hall and 85 spacious classrooms. The Conservatory is a major concert venue promoting approximately 200 concerts annually.

A centre of music

Together with the Department of Music of the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (located in the same building) the Conservatory arranges each year a full programme of concerts, recitals and opera performances. Both schools of music specialize in classical music. The Conservatory has several orchestras and choirs.



Music Play School

In the Music Play School every child receives elementary instruction in music and musical skills through positive experiences. The child’s sense of melody and rhythm develops while singing, playing games, listening to music and moving in harmony with music. In this way the child is led to develop an interest in music. For age groups ranging from 3-month-olds up to 7-year-olds. Approximately 250 students, no entrance examinations.

Preparatory instrumental instructions

Musical training is offered both in small groups and in individual instrumental lessons for children between the ages of 5 and 8. The duration of studies is not more than two years after which a child may take part in the entrance examination to the School of Music.

Advanced syllabus in basic education of the arts
School of Music

a) Lower level (ISCED level 1)

Musical training is offered to young instrumentalists and singers under 16 years of age in solistic study, theory and history of music. Participating in chamber music, orchestras / choirs is included in the studies. Tuition is given in individual instrumental lessons for 60 minutes / week and in theory and history of music / solfège lessons for 45 – 60 minutes / week.

b) Higher level (ISCED level 2)

Musical training is offered to those young instrumentalists and singers who have succesfully completed their studies at the lower level. Tuition includes solistic study, second instrument, theory and history of music/solfège and participation either in chamber music, orchestra or choir every year. Tuition is given for 60 minutes / week in individual instrumental lessons ( 30 minutes / week for the second instrument). Theory of music / solfège lessons or history of music take 60 – 90 minutes / week.

Adult education (approx. 80 students)

Tuition is given for young adults ( between the ages 18 – 30) who want to complement their studies in order to apply for vocational or degree programmes or for singers who are talented enough for the opera class.


Upper Secondary level

Vocational Qualification in Music for students (preferably between the ages of 16 to 20 years) aiming to become musicians. The duration of studies is three years and the extent 120 credits (one credit being equivalent to a student’s average study effort of 40 hours). The study curriculum consists of individual instrumental tuition, solfège, theory of music (incl. music analysis, writing of music etc.), on-the-job learning, orchestral / chamber music / choral studies, conducting and elective music studies.

Studies include learning periods in real working life (on-the-job learning). These periods are goal oriented, supervised and assessed (by a workplace instructor). Skills demonstrations form a part of student assessment. In these demonstrations students show their vocational skills and compencies at work situations.

Students who who have complete the Vocational Qualification in Music can apply for higher education studies (universities, academies of music). Completion of upper secondary education is considered to be the minimum requirement for performance in working life. The Conservatory cooperates closely with the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and several professional orchestras.

Contact information

tel. +358 9 5860 580
fax +358 9 5860 5868
e-mail: konservatorio(at)