Music lessons in Helsinki, Espoo, Oulu and online with the option of taking ABRSM and Rock School exams.

We provide music lessons by highly-trained international teachers for the following instruments:






Guitar (pop, classical)




Voice (pop, classical, jazz)

Renting/Buying Instruments

We are happy to help ISM students in buying or renting instruments, and we also have our own small stock of instruments available for hire for lessons. Note that instrument rentals are offered for ISM students only. Please contact your teacher or our office for more information.

We offer lessons in the following languages:

Our Music Lessons Are:

for All Ages
for All Skill Levels
For Individuals or Groups
Taught by Highly-Trained International Teachers
Provided without Entrance Exams
Open for Year-Round Enrollment

Our Teaching Approach

Simultaneous Learning

The process of learning music contains elements of listening, performing, memory, rhythm, notation, theory, composition, improvisation, character, and expression. Our music lessons include these elements in the learning process in the form of appropriate, continuously achievable musical activities. The goal of this process is to produce positive and empowered learners. This approach was developed by Paul Harris and is the basis for ABRSM exams.


All of our students have the option to take ABRSM exams. ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) is an international organisation that offers standardised exams for many instruments and all levels of musical ability in over 90 countries. ABRSM exams are organised once per year (generally at the end of the spring semester) and are meant to encourage and motivate players and singers at all levels by providing clear goals and measuring their progress. There are options for both in-person and recorded exams overseen by a panel of teachers. For those instruments requiring accompaniment, there may be an additional accompanist fee.

ISM Finland is one of the few music schools in Finland that follows the internationally recognised ABRSM syllabus. Information regarding the different types of examinations can be found here. For more information, please contact our ABRSM coordinator.


We are also the first music school in Finland to provide Pop and Rock music exams through UK-based RSL Awards. These online exams are especially encouraged for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and pop vocal students. Email us or ask your teacher for more information!


Pricing for music lessons

Lesson fees per semester include weekly lessons and an end of the year concert (with the last lesson being the concert). A maximum of two lessons can be substituted for workshops and the end of year concert. Prices were established at the ISM Finland Kannatusyhdistys RY Board meeting on 5.2022.

Individual lessons

It is possible for students to have one trial lesson on the instrument of their choice with no obligation to continue lessons. The trial lesson must be paid for in full prior to the arranged lesson time. You can purchase trial lessons from our online shop.

               Length     Trial music lesson
20 min            24€
30 min            33€
45 min            47€

Purchase trial lessons from our online shop.

Semester packages

                   Autumn 2022   Spring 2023
Length      (15 lessons)     (17 lessons)
20 min          360€          408€
30 min          495€          561€
45 min          705€          799€
60 min         915€         1037€

Discounts are available for multiple family members and for lessons on multiple instruments. However, there is a limit of one type of discount (early bird, second instrument, and sibling discount) per family . 

Individual Theory lessons

Length          1 lesson
30 min              25€
45 min              36€
60 min              50€

Choir lessons (at Espoo International School)

ISM Students                    FREE
Non-ISM Students              120€

Group lessons (45 mins each, price is per student)

                                     Autumn 2022     Spring 2023
Students        (15 lessons)      (17 lessons)
2 students                 450€              510€
3 students                  330€              374€
4-10 students            300€              340€

For theory lessons, students will be grouped as best as possible by age and theory knowledge. We teach the ABRSM theory curriculum and students are encouraged to take part in the annual theory exam.


The pricing for ABRSM exams varies from 67€ to 150€, depending on the level of the student.

For more information:


Click here for lesson guidelines and current curriculum

Meet our teachers

Mathieu Garguillo

Instrument: Violin
Languages: French, English
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Alan Guerra

Instrument: Guitar
Languages: English, Spanish
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Silvia Melero Gómez

Instruments: Piano, Ukulele
Languages: English, Spanish, Finnish, Catalan
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Dušica Grbatinić

Instruments: Voice, Piano
Languages: Serbian, English
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Johanna Knuuttila

Instruments: Violin
Languages: English, Finnish
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Anna Leone

Instruments: Guitar
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
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Laura Martin

Instruments: Cello
Languages: French, English
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Scott Natzke

Instruments: Trumpet
Language: English
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Mindaugas Neverovas

Instruments: Piano
Languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian, Finnish
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Myra Owens

Instruments: Choir, Music Playschool, Voice
Languages: English
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Camilo Pajuelo

Instruments: Guitar
Languages: English, Spanish, Finnish
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Faten Ruel

Instruments: Piano
Languages: French, English
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Henri Salonen

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Recorder, Piano, Drum, Composition, Music Theory
Languages: Finnish, English
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Livia Schweizer

Instruments: Flute, Recorder
Languages: Italian, English
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Victoria Sergeenko

Instruments: Piano, Composition, Music Theory, Choir/Voice
Languages: English, Russian
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Pinja Suojoki

Instruments: Violin, Piano
Languages: Finnish, English
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Megumi Tiensuu

Instrument: Piano
Languages: English, Japanese
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Juha Matti Varvikko

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Percussion
Languages: Finnish, English, Spanish 
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Mioko Yokoyama

Instruments: Piano, Composition
Languages: Japanese, English, Finnish
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Ani Luna Zafieri

Instruments: Piano
Languages: English, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, French
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Lesson Locations

We offer private music lessons at schools in Helsinki, Espoo and Oulu, as well as our studio (marked with green). Music Playschool locations are marked with blue, and individual lesson locations with red.

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