About Us

International School of Music Finland


ISM started in Autumn 2015 as the first English speaking music school in Finland


The International School of Music Finland is a registered non-profit organization providing music education in Helsinki as recognized by the City of Helsinki (Taiteen perusopetuslupa) in the following Locations.


Our teachers offer lessons in the following languages: 



If you are interested in having lessons at ISM Finland, you can fill in our online application form.


ISM Finland provides lessons in many schools in Helsinki and Espoo as well as at our studio at Hietalahdenkatu 8, Helsinki:


Lauri Alhojärvi

Instruments: Drums, Bass, Band
Languages: English, Finnish, French
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Dušica Grbatinic

Instruments: Voice, Piano
Languages: Serbian, English, Finnish
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Scott Natzke

Instrument: Trumpet
Language: English
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Chen Qu

Instruments: Piano
Languages: Chinese, English, little Swedish
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Robert Tobin

Instrument: Flute
Language: English
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Ruth Esther Blank

Instrument: Playschool
Language: English
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Silvia Melero Gómez

Instrument: Piano, Ukulele
Language: English, Spanish, Finnish, Catalan
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Mindaugas Neverovas

Instrument: Piano
Languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian, Finnish
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Lotta Suominen

Instrument: Voice
Language: English, Finnish
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Ann Valto

Instruments: Piano, Violin
Language: English
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Kristina Bogataj

Instruments: Piano, Playschool
Languages: English, Slovene, Serbo-Croatian, German, Finnish
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Johanna Knuuttila

Instruments: Violin, Piano
Languages: English, Finnish
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Camilo Pajuelo

Instrument: Guitar
Languages: English, Spanish
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Giedre Tabocchini

Instrument: Piano
Languages: English, Lithuanian
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Juha Matti Varvikko

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Percussion
Languages: Finnish, English, Spanish
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Natalia Castrillón

Instruments: Playschool, harp
Languages: English, Spanish
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Anna Leone

Instrument: Guitar
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
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Samuel Phua

Instrument: Saxophone
Languages: English and Chinese (Mandarin)
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Johannes Teppo

Instrument: Cello
Languages: English, Estonian, Finnish
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Jeremy Wong

Instruments: Piano, Music Theory
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
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Who are ABRSM?

ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) is the world’s leading specialist in music assessment whose consistent and rigorous approach carries recognised international authority.

What are ABRSM exams?

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s core activity is the operation of an authoritative and internationally recognised system of exams and assessments to encourage and motivate players and singers at all levels through the provision of goals and the measurement of progress. Assessments range from a Prep Test for beginners to Diplomas for advanced students and professionals.

Find out more in the following video:

Benefits of taking the ABRSM examinations

For students:

  • You will receive a detailed marking/ comments sheet with an official certificate that is internationally recognized in more than 90 countries!
  • Systemized and progressive grading system means students can track their improvement and is suitable for all ages.
  • Loads of available (and free) music resources and supporting materials for improving your musical skills.

For teachers:

  • The progressive grading system provides you with the ease to decide on what teaching levels is suitable for your students.
  • The well-rounded music syllabus covers both musicianship topics and practical aspects of the instruments, allowing lessons to be done in a more varied and holistic way.
  • ABRSM provides useful supporting materials for each individual musical component (i.e. sight reading, aural, scales, etc.), many which are free for use!


A list of common questions regarding the examination and syllabus can be found here.


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