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Church Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Come and study at one of the best performing arts universities of the world! The Church Music programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki prepares you for working in diverse expert and developer roles. 

Besides focusing on your musical skills, you will also improve your knowledge of pedagogy, theology and research. You can choose to complete studies that will give you the qualifications for a church musician post within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. 

Depending on your interests, you can focus on early childhood education, solo musicianship, gospel music, or choral conducting, for example. 

Studies in vocal music, conducting and organ music are the core of church music training. You will also complete studies in accompaniment, arranging and composing music, improvisation, pedagogy, all-around music skills and research. The degree gives the competence to work as a cantor and in several other roles in the field of music. 

Career opportunities

After completing a degree in church music, you can work in diverse expert and developer roles and as a musician, pedagogue or a researcher. 

As a cantor in a parish, you are in charge of planning and performing the music for church services, and you can also work in other positions in the field of church music, including as a singer, musician or conductor. Church musicians also work as artist-performers, composers and researchers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Church music practices
  • Organ structure and maintenance
  • Choral conducting studies, church music
  • Choral conducting
  • Choral conducting practice: rehearsing an adult choir

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

You must submit the following:

  • Certificate of basic education and transcript of records
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Document exempt

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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