Applying to EMO

Let´s play music!

This year there are 2 paths to EMO music studies. Please note you can select only one option. Registration is open from 8th of April to 16th of May.

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. 


Option 1:

Shortcut to preparatory Music Ladders groups on a first come first served basis for the following instruments:

The music instrument ladder is group instrument coaching for one academic year. There are different numbers of places in the Music ladder groups depending on the instrument. If the student has already had some instruction or supervision in the above-mentioned instrument, we recommend pursuing basic studies directly through the student selection process (see option 2). 
Music ladder groups:
  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Low brass (tenor horn, baritone horn, tuba)
  • Woodwind preparation/ recorder
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Double bass

Option 2:

Application through entrance tests

Through the entrance test you can apply for basic studies in all instruments at Espoo Music Institute. (more information about the content of basic studies at the end of this letter) Beginners who have participated in the entrance test can also be offered a place for one academic year in the preparatory Music ladder groups or workshops.
Instruments: piano, violin, viola, double bass, guitar, recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba (and other low brass), percussion, singing (from approx. 15 years old) accordion, harp, kantele, organ, harpsichord, and free accompaniment (for those who already play the piano)
EMO entrance tests will be held remotely using the Google Meet platform on  24th-27th May 2021.
Registration and appointment booking is open from 8th April to 16th May, 2021:

Preparatory Group Music Lessons: Music Ladders 

Music ladder or instrument workshop. 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 - 2021

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

Music Play School 0-6 yr

  • Enrollment of new students is from 23rd of April.

Rhythmic Training 5 yr – adults

  • Enrollment of new students is from 22nd of April.

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

  • enrollment at the school in May


Admission through Auditions (groups):


Kameleontti Choirs

  • Information on the auditions:

EMO Ensemble

  • Information on the auditions:


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