Early Childhood Music Education

Early childhood music education aims to introduce children to the world of music. During these lessons, children learn to hear and sense music and express themselves through it. They gain new musical experiences, competencies and skills that form a good foundation for growth, development, a personal relationship with music and future musical hobbies.

Muskarissa lapset ja oma aikuinen leikkivät ja laulavat opettajan johdolla.

A family group taking part in a class taught by Music Play School Teacher Tiina Hirvikangas.

Music Play Schools (0–6 years)

At music play school, we get to know the world of music by singing, poems, playing instruments, physical playing and lesson-specific exercises. The goal is to encourage an interest in music and develop the child’s singing ability, sense of rhythm and tone, music listening ability and social skills. At music play school, children are also given an introduction to Finnish folk traditions. Internationalism and different cultures are also an integral part of music play school lessons. 

Each music play school group consists of 6–10 children. In family groups, children create music together with an accompanying adult. They can be joined by their father, mother, grandmother or, for example, their godmother. Slightly older children enjoy music playschool together with the music playschool teacher and other children of their age. 
Family groups
Children aged 0–2 
Each child accompanied by their familiar adult 
Duration of each lesson: 45 minutes 

Play groups  
Children aged 3–6 (separated into age-based groups)
Further development of earlier-acquired skills and competencies 
Duration of each lesson: 45–60 minutes 
Instrument groups 
Children aged 5-6
Duration of each lesson: 45–60 minutes 
Additional information: 
Sari Laakso 
tel. 050 312 4815‍

Music Skills Education (ages 7–9)

Music skills education is an education phase between music play school and basic music education.

Depending on the student’s age and skill level, they can begin studying in any of the available groups. Students can also apply to basic music studies from any music skills education level. Students may participate in multiple groups at the same time. Students taking part in basic music education studies can also join these groups, for example, to fulfil music group session-related requirements.

Music Keys and the Minit Choir

Music Keys, children aged 7, 8 and 9  

Keys to Music groups are pre-training groups in which children are given a broad introduction to musical studies and various musical elements and the basics of music perception through singing, physical activities, playing instruments and listening. In the groups, children can play, for example, recorders, the kantele or ukuleles. There are separate Music Keys groups for 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds. Music Keys groups for children aged 7 and 8 continue naturally from where music play school ends, with the same familiar methods. The 9-year-olds Music Keys group also provides pre-training for music perception subjects.

You can find all Music Keys group schedules in the below Eepos application form.  
Minit Choir, ages 7–9  

The Minis Choir is the first step into the world of choir singing. In the Minis Choir, children’s knowledge of songs is broadened through a diverse programme, and they are taught appropriate vocal control and performance skills. During the choir’s classes, the children are also taught the basics of music perception (MUHA) through play and instrumentation.

Instrument and vocal coaching (ages 7–9)

Instrument and vocal coaching groups are meant for children aged 7–9. Each group contains 2–4 children (pair/group lessons). Every week, each student attends both their own instrument/vocal lesson and a Music Keys group lesson.

The instrument and vocal coaching lessons aim to enhance the child’s capability to attend instrument or vocal lessons and help them take the first steps towards learning how to play the chosen instrument/sing. Available instruments vary yearly. Instrument and vocal coaching lessons are attended for one school year at a time. Each separate instrument can be studied for one year.