Ebeli the pop & jazz department of EMO

Ebeli is the pop and jazz department of EMO, the Espoo Music Institute. The school aims at fostering well-rounded and diverse musical skills in its students, supported by a teaching staff comprised of the very best local talent. 

The focus in teaching at Ebeli is on the special characteristics of popular music and jazz: in addition to learning an instrument students get to study improvisation, as well as play in bands and groups. Courses at Ebeli are open to applicants between the ages of 12-25 who have already acquired basic-level skills on their instrument. Basic level instruction in acoustic instruments is provided by EMO, for example.

Before starting the studies at Ebeli, applicants go through a student selection process. Upon acceptance to the institute, one may also study a secondary instrument at EMO, as well as take part in their various group courses. Likewise, students at EMO may apply for courses at Ebeli. Student selections take place at the end of May.

Ebeli was originally founded in 1996 as a private music school by Martti Lappalainen. In January 2010, Ebeli merged into EMO and became its artistically and pedagogically independent pop and jazz department. The school receives regular funding from the state, as well as from the city of Espoo. Instruction given at Ebeli complies with the curriculum for the advanced syllabus in basic education (the Finnish national core curriculum devised by the National Board of Education).

Jyväskylä College

Are you interested in live performance, music, ensemble work, instrument know-how or studio work? Make your dreams come true and come and study music at Jyväskylä College!

The music campus as a studying environment offers you lots of opportunities to develop as a musician. You get to do your thing already when studying: you can try out your wings as a musician and build a promotion package to forward your career. Studying is rewarding as you do it with others as interested in music as you. During your studies you get to know congenial people and build great networks for your future. In addition Jyväskylä is a great city for students where you get on well for sure.

Studying reqires musical articulacy and ability to control one's instrument, social skills, sustainablility and commitment. You can focus in your studies either pop/jazz music or classical music. You will study both in small groups and have private tuition. The co-operation with the creative industries and the musical campus of Finland gives you possibilities to learn by doing projects with other fields. 

Karelia University of Applied Sciences

The degree program of pop/jazz music in Karelia University of Applied Sciences is a 4 and a half -year study program giving the student the qualifications to work as a musician and a pop/jazz music teacher. The studies are divided in instrument studies, ensemble work and theory and history studies. Besides all this, the students can choose to study also pedagogical studies.

The aim of the study program is to develop the musicianship of the student comprehensively and give deep understanding of the different fields of pop/jazz music. After his/her studies the student is able to work as a professional musician or a music teacher.

The Pop/Jazz department of Kauhajoki Evangelic School

The studies at the pop/jazz department of Kauhajoki evangelical school offer a great opportunity to gain more knowledge on the field of afroamerican music. The education aims to give the students those qualifications the student needs to get in a conseravatory to study a degree on the field of music. The inspiring and encouraging atmosphere offers a possibility to develop one's strenghts even though the degree studies wouldn't be the personal goal after the evangelical school. The emphasis on the studies is in mastering playing one's instrument, in ensemble work and in improvisation. The school also offers education in i.a. music theory, music history, solfeggio, arranging, harmony and improvisation, trascription and music analysis and studio work. You can also shoot your own music video and edit it with the students studying media and communications. The students can also use the studio, the editing equipments and the band rehearsal rooms for their own private works.

The Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory

In the education program of pop/jazz music in Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory the students are focusing on the different styles of rhythm music. The aim is to teach the student the skills they need to master the basic work of a musician. The student also learns the basic skills to do composing and arranging work and other work related to musician's career in practice. The studies also include lots of ensemble work, instrument studies, music theory and different projects.

The concervatory's private lessons and workshops are frequently taught by many visiting teachers, such as Pentti Lahti, Mikko Hassinen, Markus Ketola, Miri Miettinen, Sakari Kukko, Ari Poutiainen, Puppe Strandberg, Micke Långbacka, Sid Hille and Eero Koivistoinen. Many distinguished artists from the field of jazz and rhythm music have given concerts in the conservatory, a few of them being The New Time Line, Kaisa Kulmala Trio, Herd Trio, InFinIta Quinteto, joonas Haavisto Quartet, Soul What and NordPlus Big Band. A few of them have also been international artists, i.a. Carlos D'I Puerto, Bertil Strandberg, Andreas Öberg, Ted Trimble, Gene Calderazzo, Max Schultz and Jan Simons. 

The Pop & Jazz School of Central Finland

The Pop & Jazz School of Central Finland offers basic education in the arts for children and youths. The mission of the school is to teach both in groups and also give individual lessons. Working in groups and in ensembles inspires the students to make music together but it also develops the creativity of the students and the ability to communicate through music. The aim of the school is to encourage the students to do music independently and goal-directly without concentrating too much on the achievements. 

The emphasis on the studies is to learn by doing and experimenting. The students are adviced to practise independently, to participate actively in the education and to practice and work together in groups. The performing opportunities (gigs, jam sessions) and the visiting lecturers are also an important part of the studies in Pop & Jazz School.

Lappia Pop and Jazz Conservatory

At Pop and Jazz Conservatory Lappia you can qualify as a musician or a music technologist by accomplishing the Vocational Qualification in Music (120 credits). The applicants should indicate prior engagement in music, as well as basic skills in music theory and playing an instrument. Applying through the annual joint application system in the spring. The students are selected according to an entrance examination.

Depending on the specialization field, those who have completed the Vocational Qualification in Music shall know how to work in different assignments related to music, such as a performing artist, sound mixer, sound recordist, as well as in music service and production assignments. They can also be employed by municipalities and societies to teach and instruct in such activities which require versatile musical skills and command of specialist tasks of the field. Students can specialize into pop, rock and jazz music.

There are approximately eighty students and fifteen teachers at the Conservatory. Administratively the Conservatory constitutes a part of Vocational College Lappia. Teaching takes place in the Musiikkitalo (Music House), built in 2003. The facilites are specifically designed for studying music with auditorium, several studios and rehearsal studios. Collaboration with other departments of the Vocational College Lappia and the Culture Department of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences enable carrying out all-encompassing projects with lights, sets, costumes, make-ups, telecastings and broadcastings.

Music School of Western Pirkanmaa

The pop and jazz music program at the Music School of Western Pirkanmaa started in fall 2001. The music school gives education on the basic level and on the degree level. The program gives education in keyboards, electric guitar, bass, drums and harmonica. The entrance examination is held on the last week of May.

The degree program includes individual studies in the main instrument of the student, music theory studies and ensemble work. The ensemble work is a central part of the both basic studies and degree studies.

Metropolia's Pop and Jazz Music Degree Programme

Metropolia’s Pop and Jazz Music Degree Programme has long traditions as the only institute in Finland that offers training in popular music and  jazz. Operating in Arabia, Helsinki, we have the best teachers in  Finland with excellent facilities, including the Arabia Concert Hall and  modern sound studios.

Graduates of the Pop and Jazz Music Degree Programme become different kinds of experts in popular music and jazz. Students can specialise in pop, jazz, r&b, and rock styles, and receive professional qualifications as teachers of an instrument or music theory, or as performers, music writers, or music producers and technologists.

The graduates are skilled in performing, theory and modern technology, and are able to develop their professional skills and knowledge and to enrich Finnish and international popular music and jazz scenes with their creative expertise. 

Oulun Concervatory

The department of pop & jazz music of Oulu Conservatory was established in 2000 to provide education in the different fields of afroamerican rhythm music. The activity is divided into vocational studies of pop & jazz music (120 credits) and non-vocational studies that are directed to students who want to study music as a hobby only. The department has around 150 students (fall 2010).

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

The education on the pop- and jazzmusic department of Oulu University of Applied Sciences is emphasized on developing the main instrument skills of a student but also teaching the ensemble work and performing. Those who choose music theory as their main subject specialize in composing. The pedagogical studies of total 60 credits are also included in the degree. Graduates of the Pop and Jazz Music Degree Programme become different kinds of experts in popular music and jazz. They have professional qualifications to work as teachers or as performers.

Palmgren Conservatory

Palmgren Conservatory, based in Pori, is the third oldest music school in Finland. The rhythm music education has long roots at Palmgren Conservatory.




The Pop & Jazz Department of Pirkanmaa Music School

The Pop & Jazz Department of Pirkanmaa Music School gives education is several instruments, ensemble work and music theory.

The education is mainly basic studies and it focuses on teaching the students skills in all the music styles of pop/jazz music, also including improvising and composing.

The aim of the studies is to give the students the opportunity to participate in ensemble work during their studies.

The graduates of the pop & jazz department can later apply for professional studies leading to a degree.

Pop & Jazz Conservatory

Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory was established in 1972. The 40-year-old school offers three-year program in the Pop/Jazz Musician and Pop/Jazz Music Technology. 120 students are enrolled in vocational studies, which are subsidized by the Finnish government.

Additionally, there are around 650 non-vocational students. The conservatory employs about 90 teachers, half of whom teach full time.

In the fall of 1995, Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory moved to the current premises. The conservatory’s facilities include a 24-track recording studio and a 350-seat concert hall. Annual music festivals in the spring and fall feature the conservatory’s students and visiting musicians. International student music festival Close Encounters is held annually in St. Petersburg and Helsinki at the same time in late January or early February.

Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory cooperates with several organizations, including Berklee International Network (BIN) and International Association of the Schools of Jazz. 


Savonia  School of Applied Science







The Jazz Department of Sibelius Academy

The jazz programme at Sibelius Academy is the only university degree course of its kind in Finland. Its primary function is to provide the highest level of education in Finland regarding music based on the African-American tradition. Cooperation with international jazz schools and tutor and concert visits by interesting foreign jazz artists have laid the groundwork for various forms of international activity.

Sibelius Academy first launched the jazz programme in 1983. It is well established in Finnish cultural life and on the international jazz scene and brings together top Finnish jazz musicians as teachers and students. Many jazz music students come to Sibelius Academy from abroad and are provided instruction in English. International master class visitors are a permanent and essential feature of jazz music instruction at Sibelius Academy. Past few years these visitors have included Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Anders Jormin, Phil Markowitz, Jason Moran, Mike Moreno, Will Vinson, Guillermo Klein, Lars Jansson, Lionel Loueke, Jerry Bergonzi, Ignacio Berroa. Joey Calderazzo, Jim McNeely, Rafael Barata, Ben Monder, Jim Beard and Dave Liebman to name a few.

Turku Conservatory

 Turku Conservatory offers the three-year program in music and music technology, total of 120 credits. The degree also includes general education in the upper secondary school if the student haven't got those skills already. The vocational studies give the student the qualifications he/she needs in the future studies in a university or in a university of applied sciences. The students can concentrate on either classical music or pop/jazz music. The diverse music studies include lots of learning by doing and experimenting in action. The musicals, concerts and opera productions of the conservatory help the students to develop their skills as a musician. The different projects with the co-operation partners of the conservatory offer a possibility for the students to show their skills and make connections to the working life.