School Guidelines

Teaching begins on the 9th January 2017 for the Spring term.

There are 14 lessons in Autumn and 17 lessons in Spring including the end of the term concert. 

The application and withdrawal processes should be submitted in writing by email or mail. Cancellations should be done at least a week before the start of the term.

Teaching for current students begins automatically, so a new application does not need to be filled out after the end of the teaching term. We unfortunately cannot refund students who drop out mid term as we are committed to pay the teachers for the whole term.  


We accept students during the term, after the term has started. The rate will be calculated for the remaining lessons for the term. Please consult nanna@ismfinland.org for this. 

Private lessons are provided by professional teachers with music degrees, in English, Finnish and many other languages. Please contact the coordinators for more information about lessons in other languages.


ENROLLING FOR LESSONS:

We will need an Application form from each student before the lessons start. We will ask for some personal information which will not be shared. We will use the email address on the application form for invoicing and communication with you by newsletter. Please inform us of any changes to your email address. We will also take photos during the term of our students so please let us know if you do not give permission for this by stating it on the application form. 

We will not need a new application form for the students continuing from Autumn term to Spring term. However, we will need a new application form at the start of every new school year. 

LESSONS:

The instrumental teacher is in charge of the content of the teaching. The goal for the school year will be planned together with the student. The teacher will keep a teaching diary and update the student's homework book for each lesson so that parents may follow their child's progress.

COMMUNICATION: 

Information during the term is communicated with newsletters, through our Facebook page, and on the website. Please follow these as there is important information regarding the term's events. Teachers will keep students informed of dates for these events well in advance. 

The student/parent is in charge of the student's participation in lessons and informing the teacher of any absences. 

INSTRUMENTS and LESSONS: 

Each student needs their own instrument for practicing purposes. A practice book is recommended in which the teacher will make notes after each lesson for homework practices. Practice at home is essential for improvement. 

Instrumental teachers will advise students on purchasing their own instruments and other age-specific requirements. Instruments can be arranged and rented from ISM, if needed, by contacting the coordinator. However, there is a limited number of instruments for rent. 

ABSENCES: 

The student/parent is responsible for the student's participation in the lessons and informing of any absences of the students in advance. Please keep the teachers contact information on hand. 

If a teacher is absent for any reason, the lesson will be made up at a time agreed upon by the teacher and student. If the student is absent, the lesson will not be made up or refunded, unless the student has given the teacher prior warning. It is then up to the teacher whether or not to make up the lesson. 

INVOICES: 

Invoices are sent after one week of teaching each term. The invoice is sent to the email given in the application form at the beginning of the term. Please  let us know of any changes in your email addresses. We will need an application form from every student before the teaching starts. There will be a late fee charge of 5 euros plus 7% annual interest fee, every two weeks of a late payment. 

TERMINATION: 

Please inform us by an email a week before the term starts of a cancellation of your lessons. If we are informed less than a week we will charge a half a terms fee. If we are informed after the lessons have started we will charge the whole terms fee. 

Please contact the Coordinator for any concerns regarding the above or any other matters.


Links to School Info and Academic Calendars:

ISH

Ressu

Esceula de Käpylä

ESH

Jules Verne

HRSK

Finnish-American Kindergarten