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Early Music - Harpsichord, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Helsinki, Finland
Immerse yourself in the special characteristics of early music and period instruments with the help of the large instrument collection in world-class training that emphasises ensemble playing. The Early Music - Harpsichord programme is offered by the University of the Arts Helsinki.
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Come and study at one of the best performing arts universities of the world! As a student of early music, you will increase your knowledge of music from the renaissance to the romantic era, without forgetting contemporary music composed for period instruments. 

You will have access to a large collection of instruments, including the full range of baroque orchestra instruments and a collection of renaissance and classical instruments. 

You will gain an understanding of different musical styles and learn to work in different ensembles as well as in different types of roles as a musician. Mastery of your own instrument and performing in concerts is at the core of the studies. 

In addition to honing your solo repertoire, you will deepen your skills in ensemble playing in our own Baroque Orchestra and in different chamber music ensembles, for example. 


The Early Music - Harpsichord programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki prepare students for their career by combining artistry and research, seminar work and pedagogical studies. 

You may also study instrument pedagogy more extensively and complete pedagogical studies providing qualifications as a teacher. 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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instrument performance
  • Continuo performance
  • Structure and history of the harpsichord
  • Secondary instrument performance 

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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