The World Music School Helsinki

Is a non profit association registred in Helsinki, Finland.

The World Music School is born out of the World Music School Helsinki ry. It  is a nonprofit association registered in Helsinki, Finland, founded in 2015 with the purpose of teaching music as a mother language.


We teach music as a mother language by mixing experts with beginners from the very first day through monthly folk dance events. Each event combines two local minorities. For that goal we

1) attach the association into a local small scaled economy (glocal and online)

2) generate folk dance events and online and local teaching, and with it we

3) subsidize the lessons of the students who go to our local events giving back to the local economy.

Students should play at our events but teachers can be from anywhere. We publish the music, dances and cultural content in interactive platforms to allow constant improvements.


  • Links itself to a local community with a fully or halfway working internal economy (cohousing, coworking, etc) and optimizes both models to optimize the link between local and global economy (via eg. Fablabs, cafe concertos, teaching rooms, sound studios, etc)
  • Organizes local folk dance events by mixing each time two distinct cultures (eg. Kurdish and Irish) with the local one (eg. Finnish).
  • Promotes and organizes locally, music workshops, concerts and camps
  • Manages a list of teachers worldwide but does not influence on their teaching methods (eg. Suzuki, Orff, etc.). The teachers remain independent on their teaching methods (teaching directly to the student) but having content guidelines for the next dance event to which the student should prepare for
  • Creates open publications of its work
  • Subsidizes the classes of its students (the more they perform locally in our events, the less their future classes costs) 


The WMS fills in the gap between the many high level teaching Institutions and the informal music sessions spread out around the country. Finland needs such a school because exploring music traditions of other countries and continents will not only increase participants knowledge of different cultures but also strengthens everyone`s own cultural tradition. The WMS will contribute to development of social capital, new cultural skills and mindsets for future Finland.


1 – We mix experts with beginners, where rules are added later and incrementally.

2 – As a language, students use immediately what they learn, performing from day one to improvise and make mistakes. To achieve that, we use folk dance music because:

  • it uses easy to pick up tunes through their repetitiveness and simple arrangements
  • it focuses, not on the musicians, but on the social gathering itself, taking the pressure away from the learning.
  • It offers room for more experienced players to improvise showing to the novice its power as means of expression
  • it gives an immediate recognition effect (as in games)
  • it enhances the body language (via dance) decreasing the need for a common native language

3 – We increase the student’s knowledge by focusing on the “words” (instruments and repertoire) they like most. For that we generate income from the monthly public dance folk events where students play with others. That money is used to subsidize further private lessons. Students can choose from our list of teachers worldwide and via video-conference, they learn their favorite “language” so they can come back to the dance events and perform further and even teach others!

4 – We document the process in a systematic and interactive way to promote further improvements. The events content and outcome is documented via the latest available technologies such as Virtual Reality 360 Cameras, to allow a multitude of exploration and participation of the public and of students.


The name “World Music” is not used by us as the widely accepted meaning of being in opposition to the Western music. We use the term for three reasons: 

  • That music is an universal (world) language (music) and should be mastered by all
  • That music from all the corners of the world should be cherished and disseminated for its richness and diversity (resilience)
  • That music unites people all over the world (community)


– 1st ever invited Speakers from Finland for the prestigious WOMEX
– Organized over 50 local events in 5 years mixing over 20 diaspora groups resident in Finland via Music and Dance monthly events.
– Co-organizer of the 50th Kaustinen Folk Festival.
– Expanding the school’s innovative model to 3 other continents since 2017, including China and West Africa.
– Currently with over 64 teachers
– Invited directly by the Finnish Prime Minister’s cabinet to be part of the Finland100 official program.


elcomunista“The World Music School, do not intend to use such Music and Dance events to oversimplify public discussion.”

“A escola portuguesa que sonha ser um “uber para músicos” está a caminho de África”


 ”Currently the World Music School has schools in Helsinki, Shanghai and Porto. I asked myself, why not Africa?”


elcomunista “Podemos y debemos utilizar las minorías locales, juntarlas, para obtener un mejor conocimiento de nuestra propia cultura.”


Our headquarters in Finland, in Hyrsylän Koulu,
40 min away from Helsinki

Meet The Team

We are a very diversed group of people from different backgrounds and expertise.
Since February 2016, when the board members sat together and wrote the association principles, we have been welcoming new members. We are in this because we believe this work is very relevant to local communities and to societies.

Pedro Aibéo

Pedro Aibéo


The founder of the World Music School. Architect, musician of the Band “Homebound”.

Tiina Laurila

Tiina Laurila

Board Member

Sustainability Specialist. Environmental / sustainability management, Design for Sustainability, Virtual teaching in higher education.

Susu Nousala

Susu Nousala

Vice Chairman

Writer, Senior Academic Researcher focusing on cultural heritage, community and educational networks.

Liisa Manninen

Liisa Manninen

Head of Africa Operations

Trained French teacher, specialized in multilingual communication, experienced in sales and team management

Wilfrid Houndje

Wilfrid Houndje

WMS Grand-Popo

A very experienced cultural manager, with proved work under ciamo, he is our Ambassador of the World Music School in West Africa, most exactly at Grand-Popo, Benin.

Ruut Karhula

Ruut Karhula

Cultural Manager

Professional musician (classical singing and piano) and music manager. Skilled in music, management and event production. Studying vocal arts in the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy.

Melonnie Manohar

Melonnie Manohar

User Experience Designer

As a UX designer Melonnie concerns herself with understanding user mindsets and thereby translating them into functional products and services.

Timothée Landa

Timothée Landa

Head of recruitment

Political science and urban studies student. Experienced in associative projects related to  event’s organization in multicultural context


You, here!

You, here!

We are always looking for motivated people for our team. Send us an email

Lars Högström

Lars Högström

Graphic Designer

Lars is a graphic designer based in Helsinki. He studies graphic design at Aalto University. Within visual communication he has an interest for critical design and self publishing.


[in detail]

a network and a cooperative

Cooperative World Music School
Fig 1. The publication period

Fig. 2 – The “virtuous circle” self-sustainable by which musicians-teachers involved in the school will give a series of lessons/workshops paid by students with a subsidized fee.

If interested in being part of this school, you need not to change your methods, place of teaching nor contracts.

As a student, you will benefit from our method and cooperative system.