We’re not just teaching music. We’re transforming a generation.
High-quality early childhood music and movement classes, such as Musikgarten, are shown to:
- create new neural pathways
- develop active listening, comprehension, language, memory, and vocal response
- develop balance and both fine and gross motor skills
- teach the brain to notice patterns
- engage social skills
- help children achieve academically and socially
- help children define body parts
- transmit culture
Musikgarten offers instruction that is just right for each age level—from your baby who benefits greatly from being part of a live music environment, right up through preschool-age children who delight in exploring the Cycle of Seasons through dramatic play in a musical context.
Beginning simply with singing, moving, and exploring rhythm instruments, we add levels of complexity as the children grow, expanding the singing repertoire, teaching more complex dances, and eventually tying the songs and activities to music notation, preparing students for further study in private lessons, ensembles, or just for life!
Family Music for Babies (newborn - 18 months)
Designed for parents and their babies to take together, these weekly classes help you learn how to play musically with your baby. Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun activities for the two of you. When you go home, you can continue the fun with a superb CD recorded by a fine children’s choir and outstanding instrumentalists. Using your parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten rattle, and colorful scarf will give you both hours of enjoyment.
Musikgarten’s musical play for babies:
– increases your baby’s curiosity about music.
– develops listening skills and a sense of beat.
– establishes a foundation for singing and musical thought.
– helps you form a closer bond with your baby.
– gives you and your baby a chance to interact with other parents and babies.
Runs Sept. 27 – Dec. 11
Tuition: Pay what you can ($150 suggested)
Family Music for Toddlers (ages 1-4)
These weekly classes are action-filled for toddlers—full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning—and their grown-ups. Together, you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement.
Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks and jingles.
Day & Time:
Sept. 29 – Dec. 11
$150 (includes family materials)
Cycle of Seasons for Preschoolers (ages 3-5)
Celebrate your preschooler’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities involving the four seasons in The Cycle of Seasons. Developed to build attention and self-expression, activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling. The Cycle of Seasons nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.
Fun family packets including wonderful music CDs are included for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process.
Day/Time: Mondays 10:30-11:15
Runs: Sept. 27 – Dec. 11
Tuition: $175 (includes materials)
Music Makers (ages 4-7)
In Music Makers, your child will be engaged in activities that establish a solid music-making foundation, including singing, creative movement, ear training, guided listening, and playing instruments. This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self expression. The children start to work with written musical patterns, too. Such a listening foundation will lead to long-term success with music reading in future classes, such as our Piano Prep class for ages 4-7, and develop a life-long love of music.
Tuition: $175 (includes materials)