Babies Family Music for Babies (newborn to 18 months)
This 35-minute class introduces playful musical activities to help you and your baby bond and have fun at the same time! Activities include bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, singing, dancing, and moving. Musical interaction benefits your child in so many ways, as it demonstrates love and security, increases your baby's natural curiosity about music, and develops listening skills as well as a sense of flow and beat through movement. An excellent recording provides a model and resource for home activities, bringing the joy of musical play to daily life!
Friday 9:05-9:40 a.m.
Materials include Baby Packet 1, with recording (CD plus a digital download), Parent Book and a Baby Instrument Kit containing 2 rhythm sticks, a wooden rattle, and a scarf in a cloth bag
$200 total includes 13 classes for baby & caregiver, a special parent information class, and all materials
Music for Toddlers (16 months-3 1/2 years)
13 week session
Join us in a 35-five minute class that will bring the joy of music and movement to you and your young child, aged 16 months to 3-1/2 years! Learn to play musically with your child through singing, dancing, focused listening, and exploring and playing instruments. This class environment promotes the development of each child's music aptitude and skills, as well as attention, impulse control and language skills. Through simple echo games, little children begin to hear and perform a vocabulary of rhythm and melody patterns, the building blocks of music! Parents are encouraged to repeat music activities at home, to continue the fun and learning throughout the week!
Class time options:
Monday 10:10-10:45 am
Wednesday 9:25-10:00 am
Thursday 10:10-10:45 am
Thursday 12:25-1:00 pm
Friday 9:55-10:30 am
Friday 10:45-11:20 am
Materials: New! Musikgarten On a Trip materials, child's picture songbook, a percussion instrument and a recording (CD plus digital download) to continue musical play at home or for listening in the car. PLEASE NOTE--all materials for this class will be new this year, so the Re-use materials discount does not apply.
$200 total includes 13 classes for child and caregiver, parent information class, and all materials.
(SEE ALSO All Together Now classes for ages birth-4 years)
All Together Now (newborn-4 years)
Bring your family to this 35-five minute class that will nurture the joy of music and movement in your young child (or children), aged birth to 4-years! Learn to play musically with your children through singing, dancing, focused listening, and exploring and playing instruments. This class environment promotes the development of each child's music aptitude and skills, as well as attention, impulse control and language skills. Through simple echo games, little children begin to hear and perform a vocabulary of rhythm and melody patterns, the building blocks of music! Younger children learn from the older children while the older ones gain confidence through being the "leaders." Families are encouraged to repeat music activities at home, to continue the fun and learning throughout the week!
Class time options:
Monday 6:15-6:50 pm
Tuesday 6:10-6:45 pm
Materials: NEW!! Musikgarten's On a Trip, child's picture songbook, a percussion instrument, and a recording (CD plus a digital download) to continue musical play at home or for listening in the car.
$200 total includes 13 classes for 1 child and caregiver(s), parent information class, and all materials. For additional sibling over 1 year of age, add $90 (At checkout for second child's registration, use Discount: ATN)
(SEE ALSO Family Music for Toddlers classes for ages 16 mo-3 1/2 years)
Cycle of Seasons (Ages 3 1/4 - 4 1/2)
13 week session
This forty-five minute class connects the child's world with the natural world, while nurturing the emerging independence of three- and four year-olds. Activities include singing, stories and rhymes, listening games, playing instruments, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which promote musical development while satisfying the child's need to learn in a creative, holistic environment. In this class, children progress to new levels where they are able to . .
play rhythm and melody patterns on instruments
sing entire songs
create their own movement and instrument ideas
verbalize and describe their ideas, promoting language learning.
Parents stay for the class, although some of the activities are designed to encourage the children to participate independently of their parents. The home materials packet allows the learning and fun to continue at home!
Materials: Wind Dancers, with 2 recordings (CD plus digital download for each), a parent book, 8 listening cards
Total: $220, includes 13-week semester for child w/caregiver, parent class, all materials
Music Makers: At Home in the World (Pre-PIANO 1, Ages 4 & 5 Years)
13 week session
Join us for exciting adventures with music inspired by natural habitat themes! This sixty-minute class cultivates the child's musical development through singing, echoing and playing tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, movement activities, listening games, and exploration of instrument families. Rudimentary music skills in pitch matching, rhythm and beat competency, building instrumental ensembles, and music notation will be developed through carefully-planned sequences. Such skills greatly enhance the child's readiness to begin piano study in a few years! Caregivers share in the last 15 minutes of class. Children receive two packets each 13-week semester, each including: a recording (CD plus digital download for each), nature folder and game pieces, notation games, posters of instrument groups, and a parent book.
Class time options: Mon. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Tues. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Materials: My Home Place and Woodlands packets
Total: $250 includes all classes and materials
Music Makers: Around the World (Pre-PIANO 2, Ages 5-7 Years)
13 week session
Come celebrate the music of cultures around the world! Our sixty-minute Music Makers: Around the World 1 class for 5- to 7-year-olds is a perfect follow-up to Music Makers: At Home in theWorld, but we also welcome new students to join the fun and learning.
In this class, children explore the music, dances, and stories of different cultures. The key music ingredients are singing, listening, playing instruments, movement, tonal and rhythm patterns, as well as chording and ensemble work. By echoing and playing patterns, the children will build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually, leading to an understanding of musical notation. Culminating celebrations of each culture, through music, foods, and participation in special traditions, are highlights for the children.
Caregivers join in last fifteen minutes. Music Makers: Around the World classes are an excellent preparation for studying piano in Music Makers: At the Keyboard next year! Call Karen (671-9574) if you have questions about which World class is right for your child (See the description of Music Makers: Around the World 2 below**).
Materials in each packet include a recording (CD plus a digital download), a map, song pages, and notation games. Children will receive 2 or 3 packets throughout the 27 weeks, comprised of two 13-week semesters plus a make-up week.
Class time options:
World 1 Tues. 3:55-4:55 p.m.(3 folders for the year: British Isles, Amerindians, Germany)
World 1 Wed. 3:40-4:40 p.m. (3 folders for the year: British Isles, Amerindians, Germany)
World 2 Wed. 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Materials for the year: Intro to Piano book and recording, African-American Heritage packet w/recording, World 1 song pages for use at piano)
**Music Makers: Around the World 2 builds on the activities from the Around the World 1 level by taking the children to the piano, where they learn to play simple chords and melodies that have been sung in class. The African American Heritage unit presents many fun new activities for listening, moving, ensemble work, reading notes, and hearing stories, as well as material for work at the piano. The World 2 class offers a gradual transition from the pre-piano levels into the study of the piano. Please call Karen to discuss which class may be the best placement for your child, 671-9574.
Total: Tuition + all Materials, $250
Music Makers: At the Keyboard I (Minimum age: 6 1/2)
27 week session
Extending our pathway to music literacy and skills to an instrument, the Musikgarten Music Makers: At the Keyboard piano program teaches the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, moving to, and enjoying in earlier years! Progressing on from Music Makers: Around the World, this sixty minute class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills, developing the abilities to improvise and compose, and understanding musical notation. Parents are required to participate in final fifteen minutes of class, and are encouraged to attend the entire class as much as possible. This is an amazing program, but success requires the support of an adult committed to working with the child during the first year.
(Six-year-olds who have not been in previous Musikgarten programs should start at the previous level: Music Makers: Around the World).
Over the course of the 27-week session, children will receive two music books for playing pieces, aural perception training, composing, and theory work. Materials also include four recordings (CD plus digital download for each), rhythm and melody notation/reading games and a parent handbook.
Class time options: Wed. 1:45-2:45 p.m. Wed. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thurs. 2:40-3:40 p.m. Thurs. 3:55-4:55 p.m.
Total: Tuition plus Materials--$275 per semester/$530 if pay for full year
Music Makers: At the Keyboard 2 (Graduate of Keyboard I)
27 week session
Keyboard Year Two:
(Prerequisite: Music Makers at the Keyboard, Year One)
Musikgarten children come to the piano ready to play the songs they have learned to sing, dance, and love. Small group lessons at the keyboard capitalize on your child’s delight in making music with others and allow the children to have success quickly playing songs that they know. In this second year of the program, your child will continue to learn to play by ear, with an increasing emphasis placed upon music reading skills. A much-loved piano repertoire of familiar songs along with new, unfamiliar reading pieces improves his ability to read, memorize, and play with fluency – resulting in pride and excitement in making music! Materials: To continue the fun at home, you will again receive 2 listening CDs and 2 practice CDs over the year (along with a digital download for each), with special tracks for practice each week. Notation games, repertoire pieces, sight-reading pieces, study of composers and styles of music, opportunities for composing and improvising, and more comprise your child’s comprehensive learning materials that will help him stay excited about playing and encourage him to make music long after the lessons stop. You’ll both love Music Makers: At the Keyboard, Year 2!
Class time options: Tues. 3:40-4:45 p.m. Tues. 4:50-5:55 p.m. Thurs. 5:05-6:10 p.m.
Total: Tuition plus Materials: $275 per semester, $530 if pay for full year
Music Makers: At the Keyboard 3 (Graduate of Keyboard 2)
27 week year
(Pre-requisite: Music Makers at the Keyboard, Year Two)
In many ways, MMK Year 3 is the most fun of all! In addition to continuing the tracks of reading, playing by ear, improvising and composing, the students now move into new levels of music skill and knowledge. In this 70 minute class, your child will read and play ensemble music, drum to complex rhythm scores, write compositions and perform piano music written by famous composers, from Haydn to Kabalevsky, just to name a few! Graduates of this program have the confidence and understanding that comes from enjoying and performing music in a group setting. They easily move on to private instrumental study in the future, and also are excellent singers, able to match pitch and sight sing new melodies!
Tuition and Materials Total: $280 per semester, $540 if pay for the full year
Class time options: Mon. 3:30-4:40 p.m. Mon. 4:50-6:00 p.m. Wed. 3:15-4:25 p.m.
Musikgarten Adults: Enjoying the Piano Together (19-99)
Musikgarten Adults: Enjoying the Piano Together
Whether you are an adult beginner who has always wanted to play the piano, or someone who studied a little a long time ago, this is the class for you! Join the Recreational Music-Making movement, learning to play the piano in a supportive group setting. Our thorough preparation of concepts nurtures each individual's abilities, so that producing music on the piano or keyboard is an enjoyable and successful experience. The sequential curriculum leads to a strong foundation in both hearing and reading music. Nine classes per session develop threads in the following areas: Technique Playing by Ear Reading Music at the piano Ensemble Playing Music Appreciation of form, classical repertoire and history ALL new material is reviewed and developed for several weeks.
Student Book--songs, theory, music appreciation, reading pieces CD--songs, exercises for rhythm work, and listening, and exercises for ear training and progressive music reading. Notation games--quarter and eighth notes; melody patterns