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Welcome to The Helsinki Conservatory of Music

Since its foundation in 1922 the Helsinki Conservatory of Music has been one of the leading conservatories in Finland. Together with The Guards Band 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 70 students enrolled in vocational music studies and about 1000 students in basic education. The Conservatory employs about 100 distinguished pedagogues and performers.

Current matters

Registration to Music Play School: 28 April to 5 May 2021

Applying to Basic education (Music School): 6-11 May

HELSINKI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – OPERATIONS BETWEEN APRIL 6 AND APRIL 30. 

We will largely carry on by the instructions given on March 8th. Please note, that our instructions will likely change, should the lockdown or other planned restrictions on movement be brought into use in the capital area.

Music School and Music play school

  • Music Play School lessons are given as distance teaching, apart from the special needs group
  • For those born 2008 or later, individual instrument and singing lessons will continue as contact teaching, apart from wind instrument lessons, of which all will be held in distance teaching. If wanted, teacher and pupil can decide to hold the lessons in distance teaching.
  • All other lessons will be taught in distance teaching
  • Concert exams (taitokonsertti) can be carried out in the halls of the conservatory, according to current safety measures, or by video. Teachers will advise their pupils regarding these examinations, including regarding accompaniment.
  • Guardians of our young pupils must not enter the conservatory building. If needed, teachers will escort their young pupils to and from the lobby.

Vocational education

  • Vocational students have received these instructions by email as well. Educations will continue in distance teaching until April 5th. We should receive new instructions from the City of Helsinki on April 6th, after which more information will be provided.
  • The instructions regarding practicing in the conservatory, given on March 16th, will be in use until further notice.
  • Please note that during Easter, practicing is possible only on Saturday 3 April. The building will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
  • Students are still entitled to a free lunch at the cafeteria. Options for take away meals can be inquired from the restaurant.

Open Conservatory

  • All lessons will continue as distance teaching for the duration of April. The semester has been prolonged until the end of May. However, it looks unlikely that the local ban on contact teaching in recreational activities for adults and older children will be lifted during April.

Concerts

  • All concerts in April have been cancelled, apart from the NÄYTTÖ! festival of the vocational education, which will be streamed online and performed without a live audience.

Contacting administrative staff

  • Please contact our administrative staff primarily via phone or email (konservatorio@konservatorio.fi). Any necessary in-person meetings should be scheduled in advance.

Meetings and staff facilities

  • All meetings will be held online.
  • Please use the coffee rooms by rotation. Please eat and/or drink you coffee alone, so that only one employee uses the room at the time.

Library

  • The library is available as self-service during the Conservatory building opening hours. When needed, you can contact the librarian via email.
  • Please contact the librarian by mail, if needed: kirjasto@konservatorio.fi
  • Loans have been extended until May 31.

Contacting the management staff

  • Please contact us by email or by phone.

General guidelines

  • Do not come to the Conservatory if you have any symptoms, if you are ill or if you are under quarantine.
  • Always wear a face mask or a respiratory mask while at the Conservatory, both while moving about and during classes. Wearing a mask is not required if you are alone in a practice room, classroom, office, or break room.
  • Everyone over the age of 12 must wear a mask unless they are medically exempt. A social distance of min. 2m must be kept while at the Conservatory. For wind instrument classes, we continue to use plexiglass guards and visors in addition to face masks.
  • Guardians bringing children to lessons in basic education in music may not enter the Conservatory building. The teachers will collect the children from the lobby for their lesson if necessary.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands when you arrive at the Conservatory building, when entering or exiting a classroom and before touching any instruments or communal devices.
  • Follow the proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, covering your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or with your sleeve.
  • Abide by general, nationally advised hygienic instructions.

Information about the holidays and important dates of the semester can be found from our Finnish website.

Concert Calendar (in Finnish)