Early music training at Sibelius Academy holds long traditions. It became an independent course programme in 1995 under the name "Early Music Studio." Organisational restructuring has since changed the name, but the work has remained the same.
In the early music programme, it is possible to study period instruments as a major or a minor subject. The instrument selection includes nearly all woodwind and brass instruments, most plucked instruments, as well as baroque voice.
In addition to mastering one's own instrument, the primary studies consist of chamber music, orchestra work, and instrument pedagogy. Concert activities form an important part of studying, and numerous concerts are arranged during the academic year at Sibelius Academy and elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Several master classes are also held for early music students each year.
The early music programme has a large collection of instruments, including all baroque orchestra instruments and a collection of renaissance and classical instruments. Most activities take place at the traditional R Building on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu. It houses the programme's classrooms and the Chamber Music Hall, which is used for teaching and to hold early music concerts.