International School of Music Finland

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SMILE is a music playschool for children aged 0-7. It aims to inspire a profound love and enthusiasm for music by immersing young children in a rich musical environment whilst also contributing to their overall development and wellbeing. It offers a variety of music playschool activities. We have family groups, music playschool groups, pre-instrumental groups and music carousel groups. Read all about what we offer below.


Research across the world has shown that early music education is beneficial for brain development and supports a child’s holistic development


In our classes, your child will develop and build basic musical, social, emotional, cognitive, and psychomotoric skills through singing, playing, listening and moving to music.


We offer packages of 5, 10, and 15 lessons in our studio as well as in a number of playschools/daycares in Helsinki and Espoo

We offer:

  • Group lessons for children of similar ages:
  • 5-10 children in the same group
  • 30 minute lessons (0-3 years old) or 45 minute lessons (4-7 years old)
  • Learn the basics of music through song, play, listening, dance, and playing instruments
  • Target-oriented and versatile activities tailored to each child’s age and development. Family groups for children aged 0-3 yrs old with an adult can be formed upon request. Lessons will take place at our Studio. Groups will be established if there is minimum of 5 participants.
Methods and approaches used during the lessons:

Orff’s method combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child’s world of play. It was developed by the German composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman during the 1920s.
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Dalcroze’s method teaches musical concepts, often through movement. The variety of movement analogues used for musical concepts develop an integrated and natural musical expression in the student. Turning the body into a well-tuned musical instrument—Dalcroze felt—was the best path for generating a solid, vibrant musical foundation.
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A music teaching method based on the child’s experience, his or her sensory perception, affectivity and mental state. This method develops the child’s listening ability, sense of rhythm, motivity, memory and concentration. It helps to develop the child’s musical qualities, to help the child open up and prepare him or her to play an instrument.
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Pre-instrumental music lessons introduce children to the world of music by promoting basic musical skills in a fun and encouraging way. We offer group lessons for single-instruments and multiple instruments (“Music Carousel” lessons). If your school is our partner, the  group classes take place at your child’s own school. Otherwise, we also offer group lessons at our Studio.


Single instrument

We offer single-instrument group lessons for the following age groups:

1. Groups for 5-6 yr olds
2. Groups for 7-8 yr olds

Multiple instruments: “Music Carousel”

We offer multiple-instrument group lessons for students interested in trying different instruments on a rotating basis:

1. Music Carousel for beginners 5-6 yrs old
2. Music Carousel for beginners 7-8 yrs old

Instruments for this autumn’s carousel are violin, piano, recorder, and guitar. All instruments are provided for carousel lessons. We offer pre-instrumental students the opportunity to take lessons on instruments provided by the school, but it is not possible to take these instruments home. For home practising, we recommend students buy or hire their own instruments. We can help you find good, affordable instruments. Just let us know.




                                                   Autumn 2019           Spring 2020
Playschool (5-10 kids)          (15 lessons)            (17 lessons)
30 min (0-3 year olds)                  125€                          141€
45 min (4-7 year olds)                  172€                          194€



Pre-instrumental groups       Autumn 2019          Spring 2020
(30 minute lessons)
                   (15 lessons)             (17 lessons)

2 students                                            250€                           283€
3 students                                           172€                            194€

Pre-instrumental groups         Autumn 2019          Spring 2020
(45 minute lessons)                     (15 lessons)            (17 lessons)
2 students                                               328€                         371€
3 students                                               250€                         283€
4 students                                               234€                         265€

For more information, please contact:

Giedre Tabocchini
Music Playschool Coordinator
045 265 7848