Classical Music Specialization

The Classical Music Specialization includes a wealth of instrumental studies, various forms of ensemble playing, and project work. Studies also naturally include music theory, composition, history, and free elective studies.

In the Classical Music Specialization, studies focus primarily on classical music but may also include other genres. Earlier high school or music studies are taken into account and may replace part of the courses and shorten the study period. Personal instrument lessons aim to advance the student’s skills as much as possible, and students are expected to perform annual recitals or course performances (e.g. D or C courses).  Instrument lessons are taught by a skilled and experienced faculty.

Ensemble playing and project work is done both within the Conservatory's own organization and in cooperation with other professional organizations.

Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory ensembles include, for example:
•    String, wind, and Lied/opera ensembles
•    Symphony orchestra
•    Chamber music
•    Local festivals

Cooperative partners include:
•    Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
•    Kokkola Municipal Theatre
•    Pietarsaari Sinfonietta
•    Kaustinen Chamber Music Week
•    Kokkola's Winter Accordion Festival

Is This For Me?

This program is right for you if you are interested in classical music and you are willing to make a long-term and purposeful investment in studying music. Students are expected to have a strong musical background, an enthusiastic attitude and a strong desire to develop their own skills. In the Vocational Education in Music programme, students complete a upper secondary vocational qualification in music.  This qualification provides an excellent base to apply for University-level classical music studies, and graduates have the competences to perform in a soloist and/or ensemble role in various classical productions.

For more information, please contact Study Counsellor Juhani Koivisto (