Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Humanities and Arts

Starting group code


Forms of study

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


The degree of Master of Culture and Arts (Music Pedagogue) provides the graduate with the necessary skills to function as the developer of their work community and field in their area of expertise. The student accepted in the programme shall demonstrate their research and development expertise acquired before and during the programme in their working-life oriented thesis.

Common to all master’s degrees, the shared master competence studies strengthen the students’ mastery of the key methods in applied research and working life development, as well as general project management competence. In addition, the students acquire skills for continuous learning, which are much in demand in today’s working life, as well as for deepening and keeping their field-specific professional competence up to date.

The Expert Core Competence module focuses on evolving pedagogy with themes that touch upon topical questions in music education. The central themes in renewing pedagogy are functional group learning, music education technology and gamification of learning. In the functional group pedagogy studies, the students will learn about inspiring and experimental pedagogy across the boundaries through improvisation and making music together. The studies on music education technology focus on the utilisation of mobile and network learning technologies, among other topics. In the studies on the gamification of learning, the students will learn to explore the possibilities of learning music through games and play.

Key learning outcomes

The graduates of the degree programme are experts on music pedagogy who

  • recognise and understand the changes that take place in the operating environment.
  • develop their own actions and those of their work community to meet the changing working life needs.
  • choose appropriate pedagogical and technological solutions in support of learning.
  • make use of the opportunities offered by new technology in the development of learning environments.
  • direct the development of their work community and network in the field.
  • continuously evaluate and deepen their competence and keep it up to date.

Professional growth and know-how

In addition to the above-mentioned Master Competence (5 credits) and Expert Core Competence (20 credits) modules, the competence modules included in the studies are the Complementary Competence study module (5 credits) and a Master’s thesis (30 credits) or a working-life development assignment.

The programme is based both on the programme-specific professional competences as well as joint JAMK competences. These competencies are acquired, deepened and evaluated in courses that have been assembled into modules, such as Research and Development, Management and Renewing Pedagogy.

A Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is drafted with the student in order to map their study selections and any recognition of prior learning. The competence acquired in the profession-specific courses in the programme can be deepened by selecting studies from the JAMK entire post-graduate studies course selection, related to entrepreneurship or internationalisation, for example. In addition, the students can utilise open online studies offered by national or international institutes of higher education in accordance with the Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

The extent of the master’s thesis is approximately half of the studies, which is why the thesis is started already in the beginning of the studies. The theme of the thesis should ideally support the development needs of the student’s work community and/or field.

The student’s thesis and development assignments, completed as a part of course work, may be connected to the implementation of research, development and innovation activities and projects or development of business activities in the joint entrepreneurship studies of the university of applied sciences, in which case JAMK’s FutureFactory and the Startup Factory, for example, may provide the student with support and serve as platform for growth.

Forms of study

The recommended period of study is two years and the study period is three years.

The studies are organised as combined face-to-face and distance learning, which enables studying while working full time and requires development which takes place in the student’s working community or other reference group. There are on average 1 to 2 classroom days per month, mainly on Thursdays and/or Fridays. In the distance learning periods, the students work on the learning tasks independently, in peer groups, or under guidance in network environments.

The learning environment of the studies consists of peer students, the students’ working communities, the operating environments in the field of music as well as the guidance services and network environments provided by JAMK.

Working life cooperation and learning

Whenever possible, the learning tasks of the courses are linked with genuine working life development targets. The thesis also usually focuses on working life research and development, usually in the development of the student’s own work community.

The working life competencies and expertise of each member of the student group will be utilised in the studies to the benefit of the entire group. Additionally, liaisons with working life are maintained by arranging workshops and lectures by visiting working life experts, among other things.


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 Master’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

A graduate from the Degree Programme in Music, Music Pedagogue (Master of Culture and Arts) can work in various teaching, management and development positions in the field of music in various educational levels. The degree provides the qualification to apply for public offices or positions as well as other tasks that require a higher post-secondary degree.

Job titles include the following, for example:

  • teacher or lecturer at a music institute
  • teacher or lecturer at a conservatoire
  • principal of a music institute or conservatoire (knowledge of studies of educational administration is also required)
  • teacher or lecturer at a university of applied sciences
  • teacher or planner-teacher in liberal adult education
  • project manager, coordinator or entrepreneur.

Further studies

A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. 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.


​The objectives of the degree are derived from the competence needs of working life. In the planning, the results from competence need surveys for students who have graduated and currently work in the field of music have been taken into account. In addition, discussions with representatives of working life as well as the desire of the degree programme to sharpen its profile on a national level have governed the planning.

The programme also corresponds to the strategic objectives of the Finnish Music Campus. The cornerstones of the Finnish Music Campus strategy are, for instance, creating and applying new research information and developing music pedagogy based on the new information. The strategic development themes include, for instance, business competence and management within the music business and the pedagogical applications of music technology.

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