The function and objectives of music playschool education

One of the principal aims of our music playschool education is to instil children with a positive attitude towards music, to open doors to musical self-expression and to provide stimuli to help pave the way to the continued pursuit of music as a hobby.

Methods of instruction

Children have a natural ability to perceive the surrounding environment using all of their senses. The guiding principle behind the methods of instruction used in music nursery education is to provide the child with a holistic experience of music. Methods used include nursery rhymes, singing, playing, exploring and experimenting with different instruments (both rhythmic and melodic instruments and the five-stringed kantele), listening to music and moving in time with music. In groups for older children, the teaching introduces students to the basics of music theory and ear training.

Groups

Family groups:

Babies (with parents) (from 3 months)
Toddlers (with parents) (one-year-olds)
Toddlers (with parents) (two-year-olds)

Family sessions take place once a week. Lessons last 30-45 minutes.

Music Playschool groups:

Youngsters (three-year-olds)
Music Playschool I (ML I, four-year-olds)

These lessons meet once a week and last 45 minutes.

Instrumental groups:

Music Playschool II (ML II, five-year-olds) and Music Playschool III (ML III, six-year-olds). In addition to other forms of music making, these groups introduce the five-stringed kantele and melodic rhythm instruments.

ML II groups meet  once a week for 45 or 60 minutes, depending on the group.

ML III groups meet once a week for either 45, 60 or 90 minutes, depending on the group.

When and where?

EMO’s music playschools are located at the Espoo Cultural Centre in Tapiola and at the "Kellopeli" (add. Opinkuja 2) building. In addition, music playschools are organised on a peripatetic basis at twelve nursery schools in the south Espoo area.

Teaching normally takes place on weekdays between 8am and 3pm. Evening sessions are held at the Kellopeli building on Thursdays from 4pm–7pm. Saturday sessions are held at the Espoo Cultural Centre in Tapiola.

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