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Music Kindergarten

Music kindergarten, ‘muskari’, is early music education classes for children from 3 months to 8 yrs. old. Music kindergarten classes are also an enjoyable way for parents to experience music together with their children.

Music kindergarten is a good way for children to have joyful, positive experiences with music. Classes include singing, chanting rhymes, rhythm games, playing rhythm and melody instruments, movement, and playing. Drawing and painting are also part of the classes.

Students can enroll in classes during the spring registration period, or, if there is space available, throughout the year.

The classes are taught in Finnish.

Groups for parents and children together

Family groups, for children from 3months to 2yrs together with their guardian, are a good way to start the ‘muskari’ experience.

Classes are grouped by age, according to year of birth, and are held once a week for 30-45 minutes. The classes progress at a rate suitable for the age group.

  • 3-11 months: 30 minutes, together with a guardian
  • 1 and 2 years: 45 minutes, together with a guardian
  • Family groups: 2 children from the same family together with a guardian (no groups for the 2015-2016 school year)

Groups for children alone

  • 3, 4, and 5 yr old children: 45 minutes, alone without a guardian.

Kantele ‘muskari’

In these groups, the children become acquainted with the Finnish national instrument, a five-stringed kantele.

The groups are for children of 5-6 yrs old, the age of grade 0 (Finnish ‘esikoulu’)

The kantele is a very popular instrument at LUHMO. We have about 30 young students in our folk music-kantele department playing under the direction of Maarit Aarvala. The kantele is a fantastic first accompaniment instrument!

Visual Art – Kantele groups

These groups are designed for children 6 – 8 yrs old. We can also arrange classes for 5 yr olds, if there have 6 or more five-year old children.

The teachers of these classes are art instructor Sonja Anttila, and music kindergarten teachers Marja Pennanen and Kati Turtiainen.

The lessons always start with musical elements (rhythmic games, singing, kantele playing, music movement). Visual art expression happens using various methods and materials: chalk, painting, charcoal drawing, plaster and clay.

In these visual art ‘muskari’ classes, art and music are combined through a common theme.

Instrument Carousel

These groups are meant for children of 6-8 yrs. old. Children under 6 years old will only be admitted to the classes through an audition process.

The students have the opportunity to have lessons on 4-6 different instruments during the school year. The instruments offered differ from year to year.

Instrument carousel is a fun way to become acquainted with a variety of instruments and teachers. Many children have found their own favorite instrument this way.

More information:

Best wishes,

The Administration of Northwest Helsinki Music Institute

Registration for New Students

The registration form for new students wishing to begin their musical studies in the fall of 2017 will be available on our website during the registration period (11.3.-3.5.2017).

The application form will be available online during the registration period.

Applying to Music Playschool and Instrumental Carousel:

There are no auditions for new students for Music Playschool and Instrumental Carousel; places will be filled in order of application. New students can register by filling out the application form during the registration period (to be confirmed later). A description of the different Music Playschool groups can be found on the Music Playschool page.

Applying for Private Instrumental or Vocal Studies, or for Preparatory Instrumental Studies

Students applying for private instrumental or vocal studies, or for preparatory instrumental studies will be accepted through an interview process.

Applicants can find the list of instruments offered for study at the Institute, as well as the curriculum of study on the Institute’s website.