Private Music Lessons

Lessons are offered in English, Finnish and many other languages

For music playschool lessons (children ages 3-6) click here.

  • All Ages
  • All Skill Levels
  • Professional teachers
  • Private lessons and group lessons
  • No entrance exams
  • Year-round enrolment


We offer lessons for the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Voice (pop, classical, jazz)
  • Guitar (pop, jazz, classical)
  • Ukulele


  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • Clarinet (classical, klezmer)
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn


  • Percussion
  • Djembe
  • Cajón
  • Pan flutes
  • Harp


  • Cuatro
  • Setar
  • Charango Accompaniment
  • Theory (ABRSM)

If you are interested in any other instruments, or in band music, choir, chamber or other ensembles, please let us know.

Renting/Buying Instruments

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



Lesson fees per semester include weekly lessons, an end of the year concert (with the last lesson being the concert) and smaller recitals upon request. 


Individual lessons


It is possible for students to have a trial lesson on the instrument of their choice with no obligation to continue lessons.
All trial lessons must be paid for in full prior to the arranged lesson time.


                                                                     Autumn 2019           Spring 2020
Length                1 lesson trial                   (15 lessons)              (17 lessons)
20 min                        21€                                 312€                           354€
30 min                        30€                                 452€                           513€
45 min                        43€                                 640€                           725€
60 min                        56€                                 852€                           955€


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


                                                                        Autumn 2019           Spring 2020
Students                    1 lesson trial                (15 lessons)              (17 lessons)
2 students                        27€                                406€                          460€
3 students                        19€                                281€                          318€
4-10 students                  17€                                250€                          283€



Individual Theory lessons


Length          1 lesson
30 min              24€
45 min              35€
60 min              48€


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.


Want to Apply?

If you want to apply for lessons, you can fill out our online application form.

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ISM’s teaching curricula (opetussunnitelmat) for 2018 and 2019 are available for download by clicking the images above.

Note that the curricula are only available in the Finnish language.


School Guidelines

Teaching begins on 19th August 2019 for the autumn term. There are 15 lessons in Autumn and 17 lessons in Spring including the end of the term concert. The application and withdrawal processes is done through Eepos, our online portal. Cancellations should be done at least a week before the start of the term. Teaching for current students begins automatically for the Spring term 2020, so a new application does not need to be filled out after the end of the Autumn teaching term. We unfortunately cannot refund students who drop out mid term as we are committed to pay the teachers for the whole term. We accept students during the term, after the term has started. The rate will be calculated for the remaining lessons for the term. Please consult nanna@ismfinland.org for this. Private lessons are provided by professional teachers in English, Finnish and many other languages.


We will need an application form from each student before the lessons start. We will ask for some personal information which will not be shared. We will use the email address on the application form for invoicing and communication with you by newsletter. Please inform us of any changes to your email address. We will also take photos during the term of our students so please let us know if you do not give permission for this by stating it on the application form. We will not need a new application form for the students continuing from Autumn term to Spring term. However, we will need a new application form at the start of every new school year.


The teacher is in charge of the content of the teaching. The goal for the school year will be planned together with the student. The teacher will communicate and keep a teaching diary using Eepos and update the student’s homework book for each lesson so that parents may follow their child’s progress.


Information during the term is communicated through newsletters, through our Facebook page, and on the website. Please follow these as there is important information regarding the term’s events. Teachers will keep students informed of dates for these events well in advance. The student/parent is responsible for the student’s participation in lessons and informing the teacher of any absences.


Each student needs their own instrument for practicing purposes. A practice book is recommended in which the teacher will make notes after each lesson for homework practices. Practice at home is essential for improvement. Instrumental teachers will advise students on purchasing their own instruments and other age-specific requirements. Some instruments can be rented from ISM, if needed, by contacting their own teacher or ISM’s principal. However, there are a limited number of instruments for rent.


The student/parent is responsible for the student’s participation in the lessons and informing of any absences of the students in advance. Please keep the teachers contact information on hand. If a teacher is absent for any reason, the lesson will be made up at a time agreed upon by the teacher and student. If the student is absent, the lesson will not be made up or refunded, unless the student has given the teacher prior notice. It is then up to the teacher whether or not to make up the lesson.


Invoices are sent during the first two weeks of teaching each term. The invoice is sent to the email given in the application form at the beginning of the term. Please check your email inbox and spam folder for messages, as ISM is not able to take any responsibility for messages lost in spam mail. Please let us know of any changes in your email addresses. There will be a late fee charge of 5 euros plus 7% annual interest fee, every two weeks of a late payment. Invoicing is done by Visma Duetto invoice service; however, all enquiries regarding lessons can be addressed to nanna@ismfinland.org.


Please inform us by email at least a week before the new term starts if you wish to cancel music lessons. If we are informed less than a week before teaching commences, we will charge half a term’s fee. If we are informed after the lessons have started, we will charge the whole term’s fee. Please contact the coordinator for any concerns regarding the above or any other matters.

Links to School Info and Academic Calendars:

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European School of Helsinki
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International School of Helsinki
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