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Why should I pursue early childhood music education for my child?
Music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics and science. Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Remember singing the ABC song to learn your ABC's? Studying music helps children establish good listening habits, which are essential for achievement in school. Overall, music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical coordination - all in a group setting that builds community - a holistic experience. Most important, live music-making is joyful, and builds a child's confidence through a supportive, fun community setting!
How long do the classes last each week?
Weekly class times are as follows:
Babies and toddlers: 35 minutes
Cycle of Seasons (3-4 year-olds): 45 minutes
Music Makers at Home in the World (4-5 year-olds): 60 minutes
Music Makers around the World (5-6 year-olds): 60 minutes
Music Makers at the Keyboard 1, 2, or 3 (6-12 year-olds): 60, 65 or 70 minutes
All Together Now family music (children aged birth through 4 years): 35 minutes
What does is mean when you say Musikgarten has a 9 year developmental plan for my child?
Only Musikgarten has a program that addresses the unique developmental needs of children at each age. Each of the classes are interrelated, as they were written in order for children to grow-up with Musikgarten. This sequential planning also makes it easier for the students to grow in their musical competence and graduate to instrument playing.
Should Parents attend and participate in the classes?
Parents are an integral part of class in the younger years. As students get older they participate by themselves, but parents take part in the classes towards the end of each lesson. For all classes, parents are asked to include active music making in their child’s life. Sing along with the recording, play echo games, make up patterns as we do in class. Put the picture cards or notation games on your refrigerator and play identification games with them as you get ready for dinner! More structured practice is required when the children get to Music Makers: At the Keyboard.
Does Musikgarten today better prepare students for piano lessons?
Yes, in most cases. Musikgarten classes develop students' aural senses more than other pre-piano methods. The Music Makers: At the Keyboard classes are taught in a group session, so that children learn from each other and grow in their comfort of playing with and in front of one another.
Why do the students get Home Materials? Are we supposed to practice at home?
Children and parents can have so much fun at home and in the car with Musikgarten songs and dances. In class you learn the songs, but at home you can have fun with the songs and dances every day. It's a great family bonding time. Try it and you won't have to ask this question ever again!
What if I can't make it one week due to a vacation or other conflict?
Please let us know as soon as you know. That way we can work on a plan to accommodate your needs while keeping your child's progress with music on track.
Do you have a class that would allow me to bring several of my children of different ages to at the same time?
Musikgarten has created a class called "All Together Now," which allows pre-schoolers and toddlers to be in one class at the same time. The program is based on adapting nursery rhymes to a music and movement format. As you might imagine, there is lots of movement to keep the toddlers busy. We offer these classes 2 evenings during the school year sessions, and 3 different times in the summer session.
As my child gets older there seem to be more and more activities for him/her to do? Why should I continue with music and movement training?
After being in the program for a while, you can see the benefits your child is getting from class, both in comprehensive music learning, and school readiness. It is our view that the singing, listening, dancing and playing (in class and at home) is the best for your child's wholistic development: language, movement, math skills, and physical coordination - all in a group setting that builds community and self-confidence. While other activities can be fun too, the primary building block of your child's developmental time should be spent with Musikgarten.