Sibelius Academy develops its own research and development profile as an art and music university. A significant part of its research activities stem from the experiences of musicians and pedagogues. Part of the research relies on traditions of musicology. Applied research and development requires strong basic research. Research is being done in every essential educational field at Sibelius Academy. Research is in constant interaction with education and various practices and styles of music.

Research is conducted by a diverse expert community. Research projects and scientific doctoral education is led and coordinated by 10 professors. A couple of dozen lecturers, assistant professors, and postdoc researchers also participate in research and research training. Doctoral students also take part in research groups and projects.