Applying to EMO

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Instrument and singing studies

It is possible to apply for instrument and singing studies once a year in the spring through entrance exams or by enrolling in free places for one-year instrument coaching in The Music Ladders. 

Registration for the spring 2023 student admissions will open in April and the student selections will be arranged on 25 May and 29-31 May 2023. 

The selection of Music Ladders varies, for example French horn, trombone, brass, woodwind coaching with recorder, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon or double bass. 

The Music Ladders for the most popular instruments, such as piano, guitar and kantele, are formed on the basis of student selections. 

You can apply for Kameleontti choirs through auditions. Kameleontti choirs’ auditions are arranged on 16.8. Registration:

EMO Ensemble (adult´s choir : learn more about the audition from EMO Ensemble’s Facebook page). 

Please notice that applicants from Espoo are given priority especially for the most popular instruments (for example piano, violin, guitar). However there is an exception if the applicant has previous studies in an instrument and a special criterion to apply to EMO. If there is vacant study places in other instruments, they can be granted also to non-Espoo-resident. 


Enrolling for groups 

  • For the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year, there are places for rhythmics and music playschool
  • Registration on website >>New Students
  • Students at Matinlahti School will register for the Aluetassu-teaching (string instruments) in August. 
  • Students receive a brochure and enrolment instructions from the school.


Preparatory Group Music Lessons: Music Ladders

Music ladder preparatory groups will familiarise pupils with the basics of playing and practising at home, ensure the suitability of the instrument, and build up a general understanding of playing a musical instrument. After a year of training, you can apply for basic studies with the same instrument without an entrance test.

The Music Institute’s Basic Studies

EMO provides basic arts education in the extensive study field of music. The studies include individual and group lessons, playing music in a group, and music perception studies. Some years this means several visits to the Institute a week. You can only learn to play by playing, so it’s important to find time for regular practice at home. Encouragement and support from home is important, especially in the early stages of playing a musical instrument.
To make it easier to choose an instrument: here you will find sound samples of the instruments.

The wide range and quality of EMO’s curriculum offer a good start for individual study paths for all kinds of players.

Other ways to join the EMO - 2022

Admission by Order of Arrival. First Come, First Served:

Music Play School 0-6 yr

Rhythmic Training 5 yr – adults

Aluetassu – training (strings) for the students of Matinlahti school

  • enrollment at the school 


Admission through Auditions (groups):


Kameleontti Choirs

  • Information on the auditions:

EMO Ensemble

  • Information on the auditions:


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