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Heino Eller Music College is a national vocational educational institution with a focus on music and the most important music school in South Estonia.

Heino Eller Music College is a successor of the Tartu Higher Music School established in 1919 by the Estonian Sound Art Society.   

The student body of the school can be divided into two: Youth Department students and upper secondary students. 

The Youth Department of Heino Eller Tartu Music College includes students in grades 1–9 who also attend a general education school at the same time. In the Youth Department, it is possible to study the piano, organ, strings, classical guitar, Estonian zither, harp, wind and percussion instruments and accordion.

In the upper secondary stage, it is possible to acquire education on the basis of both basic education and secondary education. Vocational secondary education curricula have a period of study of four years and vocational education curricula have a period of study of three years. In the upper secondary stage, it is possible to study the piano, organ, strings, classical guitar, Estonian zither, wind and percussion instruments, accordion, classical singing, choral conducting, music theory, composition, pop-jazz instruments and singing as well as folk instruments.  

The school also offers continuing education for adults. 


Since 1971, the school has been named after Heino Eller.

Heino Eller Tartu Music College is situated in a fully renovated and modern school building. In the autumn of 2014, a new study complex was opened.

Heino Eller Tartu Music College significantly enriches the musical life of both Tartu and South Estonia. Around 100 concerts are organised during the academic year, providing students with the necessary performance experience. Throughout the academic year, four music festivals are organised, encompassing not only concerts but also masterclasses and training sessions conducted by both local and foreign teachers.

The education received at this school is comprehensive enough to continue music studies at any European higher music school, including the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. At the same time, there are also students who have successfully continued their studies at non-musical higher education institutions (eg the University of Tartu and Tallinn University).


In 1997, the Tartu branch of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre was opened on the premises of the Heino Eller Tartu Music College.


The school has its own symbols:

  • logo (PDF)

  • School song, lyrics and melody by Aare Allikvee 

  • Flag

Good practices and agreements

at Heino Eller Tartu Music College


We adhere to the established agreements and deadlines.


We respect our own and others’ schedules, arrive to classes on time and coordinate changes in advance. We complete exams and assessments within the stipulated deadlines; in the case of academic debt, I submit a letter of explanation or a medical certificate before the end of the session.


As a student of the Heino Eller Tartu Music College, I am dedicated to my studies and learn all subjects to the best of my ability.


We look after our own and the school’s instruments and equipment and ensure that we do not forget at home the things we need in class. After practising, I close the piano’s fallboard and switch off the lights. We return the instruments, textbooks, sheet music and other learning materials belonging to the school at the end of the academic year or upon leaving the school.

We do not use mobile phones or any other distracting items during studies.


We keep school premises and property in good order and, in the event of any damage or destruction caused by our fault, we compensate for the damage incurred.


We keep our school building clean and beautiful and wear a change of shoes in snowy and muddy weather.


We follow the law that prohibits smoking and alcohol consumption in school and on school grounds.


We treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect, abide by the rules of community life and respect good practices, the code of ethics and behavioural norms. I am polite and courteous. I smile and radiate positivity!


I care about myself and others: in the event of accidents or violence at school, I immediately report it to the school management.


We are well-versed in the history of the school, respect the work of teachers, school staff and fellow students, and value the continuity of generations. We express interest in and appreciate the musical activities of both fellow students and teachers.


        As a student of the Heino Eller Tartu Music College, I have the right to:

  • receive free instruction within the prescribed programme outlined in the school curriculum;

  • choose elective subjects based on the curriculum and in accordance with established procedures;

  • receive additional assistance from a teacher if needed;

  • receive information from teachers regarding the assessment procedure and grades and from school management regarding the organisation of studies and the rights of students;

  • receive study allowance, commuting and accommodation benefit and school lunch support in accordance with the rules provided in law;  

  • express my opinion and make proposals to the Student Council or directly to the school management to improve the organisation of studies.

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