Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is responsible for the highest level of music education in Finland. Founded in 1882, the Academy trains artists skilled in independent artistic work, teachers and other music professionals.
Sibelius Academy’s primary function is to renew and foster Finnish music culture. It is one of Europe's largest music academies, internationally known and recognized.
Teaching is divided into two faculties: the faculty of classical music and the faculty of music education, jazz, and folk music. In addition to bachelors and master’s degrees, Sibelius Academy also offers the option of earning a music licentiate and a doctoral degree.
Sibelius Academy’s traditional youth academy aims to gather musically gifted children and youth for high-level music education. Sibelius Academy’s Continuing Education unit and Open University provide music and cultural adult education. The Sibelius Academy Library is situated in the Helsinki Music Centre, and its collections and services are open to all.
In addition to Helsinki, Sibelius Academy also operates in Kuopio and Seinäjoki.