Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Humanities and Arts

Starting group code


Forms of study

Full-time and/or part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Halme Eva

Halme Eva

Päällikkö musiikki, Head of Department Music
Musiikki, Music
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies


Studies in music pedagogue are aimed at strong musical and pedagogical competence. Instrument studies, playing music together, workshops, musical perception and instruction subjects and modules that support creativity provide a robust foundation for developing professional skills – both in classical music and pop/jazz music. The practical intensive courses, projects and productions make working life part of the studies. The studies offer opportunities to make new contacts and to learn in diverse ways in different learning environments. The foreign degree and exchange students as well as the visiting experts make the learning environment international. The multinational staff also brings foreign languages and cultures as a natural part of the musical community.

The teacher’s pedagogical studies worth 60 ECTS credits develop the student’s skills as the teacher and tutor of individuals and groups. The studies include teaching practice, which is supported by basic studies in educational science and studies in didactics according to the student’s personal study path. The studies confer general pedagogical eligibility for teaching positions. The eligibility may also be affected by the education and work experience requirements of the field or type of educational institute concerned.

After the first study year, the students in the degree programme can shape their profile by developing the competences required in the positions of instrument teacher, music instructor or early childhood music instructor. In addition to pedagogical competence, all study paths create capabilities for extensive knowledge in the field of music, a high level of practical musicianship and provide skills to apply competence in different changing operating environments. The studies include studies that support entrepreneurship, which help the students to productise their competence and promote employment.

In addition, the Finnish Music Campus, a centre of excellence of three educational levels, makes it possible to create and utilise an extensive network of expert and student colleagues and to transfer smoothly from one educational level to another.

Key learning outcomes

Graduates of the degree programme in Music have extensive knowledge in music and a strong pedagogical competence as well as high level skills as a musician in practice. Music pedagogues apply these skills in different kinds of changing operating environments – both as an employee and as an entrepreneur. The entrepreneurship, interaction and internationalisation competence acquired during the studies create capabilities to operate in networks and multi-professional teams in creative and adjacent fields, such as media and the wellness sector. Music pedagogues are able to experiment and create new things and productise their own competence. They have the capabilities for lifelong learning, creative problem-solving and maintaining professional skills and personal functional capacity and ability to work. They act ethically and support sustainable development.

Professional growth and know-how

The curriculum for the degree programme in Music is based on the working life-oriented competence areas of music and on the university’s common and national degree programme-specific qualifications. The students make choices within competence areas/courses according to their career plan. The competence areas of the degree programme are musicianship and teaching. In addition to the above, the students will develop their working life and entrepreneurship skills both as part of their degree programme studies and in the competence modules that are taken by all JAMK students.

The degree programme in Music provides an opportunity to develop musicianship along with acquiring pedagogical competence. In addition, the studies related to musicianship and teaching coach the students in meeting different kinds of audiences and learners.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences' degree programme in Music familiarises the students in the field of music and its adjacent fields already at the start of their studies. The knowledge of the field gained during the familiarisation phase helps the students to make justified choices and set goals for their own career. A personal learning path, supported by counselling, makes it possible to reach these goals.

Students may complete part of their studies in the joint study path for entrepreneurship at JAMK or by participating in the student-centred and working-life oriented LAB activities of the Future Factory operating model.

Forms of study

Full-time studies follow a weekly schedule under group and individual guidance. Additionally, the students are required to complete exercises and assignments independently (individually or in groups).

Part-time studies combine independent studies flexibly with distance and classroom learning. Working methods include learning tasks, lectures, small group work either in a classroom or in webinars, and studification of work. Part-time studies will suit you if you have previously completed vocational studies in the field of music and/or are currently working in a teaching role in the field of music. The studies require an active approach to studying and willingness to take responsibility for your own learning. Online learning requires basic IT skills and willingness to develop as an online learner.

Working life cooperation and learning

Practical training to promote professional skills is carried out in accordance with the student’s personal career and learning plan. The practical training of music educators mainly consists of teaching practice at music education institutes and the Practice Music Institute mentioned in the degree programme, among others. You can explore the work of an early childhood music instructor at the Musical Playschool Studio or in integrated form as part of the operations of day-care centres. Other typical practical training activities include various performances (musician’s practical training) and participation in projects and productions.

Working life cooperation is also part of the thesis process, which is a long-term research, development or innovation project implemented in response to the development needs of working life.

Students obtain working life experience and connections as well as basic entrepreneurship skills through concerts and working life projects that are integrated as part of their studies as well as in the entrepreneurship studies included in the degree programme. At the same time, students also gain the skills to productise and market their own competence. Students will also participate in the Innovation Week organised by JAMK, with assignments from various working life organisations and projects. JAMK University of Applied Sciences also offers excellent opportunities to improve entrepreneurship skills, covering everything all the way up to starting your own enterprise.

The identification, assessment and recognition of the competence produced by the studification of work (working during studies) is also possible.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Professional profiles of graduates

Those who have graduated from JAMK University of Applied Sciences' degree programme in Music work in music schools and institutes, community colleges as well as adult education centres in different positions, such as instrument and theory teachers, early childhood music educators, choir leaders or conductors.

In addition to teaching tasks, music educators also work as musicians who encounter diverse audiences at day care centres and schools, concert halls and clubs as well as care and nursing homes. In addition to being musician entrepreneurs, pedagogues also employ others by establishing companies, such as music schools and companies providing educational and content production services.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

The music department of the University of Jyväskylä, which functions at the Finnish Music Campus, offers natural opportunities for further studies in music.


The planning work of the degree programme and the definition of the curriculum learning objectives have involved not only teachers, but also representatives of the students as well as experts from working life. The periodic evaluation of degree-awarding education in accordance with the European quality assurance standard has also been used for developing the quality and working life relevance of the curriculum. National reports and domestic and international studies and surveys have also been utilised in the curriculum work.

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