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Music classes for small children in spring 2024

05.12.2023, 17:13 /  päivitetty 20.02.2024, 08:42
Music classes (Muskari in Finnish ) are held in six different places all over northeast Helsinki. There are both morning classes and evening classes to choose from. Registration for the spring season starts on Friday December 8th at 9am and ends on Sunday January 7th at 10pm.
Soittimia, leluja ja tervetuloa muskariin -kyltti

(Suomeksi)

You and your child are welcome to muskari even when your child is only a few months old. A child can attend classes with their parent, grandparent or other close adult. For over 2-year-old children we offer sibling classes, where younger sibling(s) can attend with the child.

Muskari groups are closed groups and taught by professional early childhood music educators. If the groups are not full, we take new participants in also in the middle of the season.

Age recommendations are to guide you to choose a suitable group for your child, but it is better to choose your group by the development phase of your child. For example, classes for 8 months–1 year and 3 month are suitable for children who crawl and are learning to walk, but classes for over 1-year-old children are already demanding steady walking skills. It is always possible to ask about chancing group!


What do we do in muskari? 

In muskari classes we sing, play, dance, listen to the music and learn nursery rhymes. Muskari classes are held in Finnish. However you get along with very basic Finnish skills, since we are also learning the Finnish language with the children too. Muskari classes develop language, social and motor skills, helps grow imagination and makes music elements familiar by multisensory experiences. Muskari also strengthens the bond between the parent and the child and giving ideas how to continue musical playing at home.

Muskari classes in Malmi parish are based on Christian values. This means equality and zero tolerance for discrimination. We use some Christian children’s songs in our classes. You can attend muskari classes even though you don’t belong to or live in the Malmi parish area.


Morning classes

On Mondays at Viikki church, Teacher: Hanna Shemeikka

  • Children able to walk steadily (over 1 year old) at 9.50–10.20 am.
  • Toddlers (8 months–1 year 3 months, learning to walk) at 10.25–10.55 pm.
  • Babies (0–8 months) at 11–11.30am GROUP IS FULL

On Tuesdays at Tapanila church, Teacher: Elina Peltonen

  • Children able to walk steadily (over 1 year old) at 9.15–9.45am.
  • 2-year-old children with or without younger sibling(s) at 9.50–10.20am
  • Toddlers (8 months–1 year 3 months, learning to walk) at 10.25–10.55pm GROUP IS FULL
  • Babies (0–8 months) at 11–11.30am GROUP IS FULL

On Wednesdays at Puistola church Teacher: Hanna Shemeikka

  • Children able to walk steadily (over 1 year old) at 9.15–9.45am
  • 2-year-old children with or without younger sibling(s) at 9.50–10.20am
  • Toddlers (8 months–1 year 3 months, learning to walk) at 10.25–10.55pm
  • Babies (0–8 months) at 11–11.30am

On Thursdays at Siltamäki parish house, Teacher: Aino Hänninen

  • Toddlers (8 months–1,5 years, learning to walk) at 9.15–9.45am
  • Children able to walk steadily (1,5 years–3 years) with or without younger sibling(s) 9.50–10.20am
  • Babies (0–8 months) at 10.25–10.55am

On Fridays at Malmitalo, Teacher: Elina Peltonen

  • Children able to walk steadily (over 1 year old) at 9.15–9.45 am.
  • 2-year-old children with or without younger sibling(s) at 9.50–10.20am
  • Toddlers (8 months–1 year 3 months, learning to walk) at 10.25–10.55 pm. GROUP IS FULL
  • Babies (0–8 months) at 11–11.30am GROUP IS FULL

Evening classes

On Tuesdays at Tapuli parish house, Teacher: Aino Hänninen

  • 1–2-year-old children at 4.50–5.20pm
  • 2–3-year-old children with or without younger sibling(s) at 5.25–5.55pm GROUP IS FULL
  • 3–5-year-old children* at 6.00–6.30pm

* Group of 3–5 years old children are possible to attend without parent/other adult if child has attended muskari classes alone before. For new participants, it is recommended that adults attend classes with their child at first. If there will be more than 7 children registered, it is recommendable than as many parents/adults as possible are attending classes with their children.

On Wednesdays at Viikki church, Teacher: Hanna Shemeikka

  • 1 year old children at 5–5.30pm
  • Group for siblings: 2–4-year-old children with younger sibling at 5.30–6.00pm GROUP IS FULL
  • 2–4-year-old children without siblings at 6.00–6.30pm GROUP IS FULL
  • Family group (for 0–6-year-old children)

Registration

Registration is now closed. On January and February you can still ask free seats, and get registration link via email.

If you have any questions, please contact music educator Aino Hänninen aino.hanninen@evl.fi, 09 2340 4498/050 564 9564. You reach Aino quickest by e-mail. The best time to call is Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Prices for spring season 2024

Muskari classes will start on 15th January (week 3) and include 15 meetings, duration approx. 30 min. On winter holiday 19th–23rd February, Easter 26th March–1st April, on Vappu 30th April–1st May and Ascension day 9th May there are no classes. Muskari classes end on week 19 or 20 depending on how many classes are held between previously mentioned holidays.

The fee for the season is 60€ and for younger sibling attending same group it is 30€. Participation for younger siblings born after 1st December 2023 is free of charge.

Terms of cancellation: Registration is binding. Possible cancellations must be done 7 days before the beginning of the season at the latest. If you are cancelling your registration after that, we are charging 50% of the participation fee. However, it is possible to cancel later for free if you have medical certificate to show. Once we have sent you the bill, cancellation is not possible anymore.