Studies from around the globe have shown that, from a very early age, music lessons can have profound long-term effects that include improved language development, higher standardized test scores in math, improved graduation rates, and even decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use. What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person. Call (610) 489-3676 for Enrollment Options!
Musikgarten offers instruction which is just right for each age level – from your baby who benefits greatly from being part of a live music environment, right up through school-age children who delight in our group piano classes. 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 building instrumental ensembles. Children coming through the Musikgarten program inherently “know” the music they eventually play in later years in music lessons.
Music and movement can have a dramatic effect on babies, toddlers, and older children as well. Some studies indicate that early music instruction positively impacts language and literacy development; others point to improved pattern recognition skills which are the basis for mathematical learning; still others reveal the social and emotional benefits of being involved in music. Given our long-standing reputation as the leader in the field of affordable early music education, Musikgarten can give your child a learning advantage for life.
These weekly classes are action-filled for toddlers (ages 15-months through 3 years of age) – full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning – and their parents. Together you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement through four wonder-filled semesters. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars. Additionally, you’ll receive a wonderful CD, a parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf to use at home for more fun time together. Optional home materials are available ($29-$38)
Fall Session: September 10 – December 15, 2018
- Mondays or Saturdays 9:30-10:15am
Celebrate your preschooler’s (ages 3-5 years) 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.
Fall Session: September 10 – December 15, 2018
- Mondays 10:30-11:15am
Musikgarten offers two sequential programs Music Makers: At Home in the World and Music Makers: Around the World. Your child is now ready for this two-year learning program that includes singing, creative as well as structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening. 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.
In part I, Music Makers: At Home in the World¸ your child will be engaged in activities that establish a solid music-making foundation. This year focuses on your child’s fascination with nature and develops a love of instruments. Your child will be introduced to the sounds of orchestral instruments individually, and then in the context of an ensemble. Such a listening foundation will lead to long-term success with music reading in future classes.
In part II, Music Makers: Around the World, your child will explore the music of the British Isles, Germany, and our own Amerindian and African-American music heritage. She will learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to help her feel and understand others around the world. At the end of this two-year program, your child will have a comprehensive music foundation which is an excellent preparation for the next step, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.
Fall Session: September 10 – December 12, 2018
- Music Makers Year 1: Mondays 5:45-6:45pm – CLASS FULL/WAIT LIST
- Music Makers Years 1: Saturdays 10:30-11:30am
- $196/session plus optional at-home materials
Double the Learning, Double the Fun! For Children Ages 5-7
Ideal for students who have graduated from the Music Makers curriculum or are brand new to music lessons. Taking piano lessons with a partner is a FUN way for children to learn. Their “piano partner” provides motivation, modeling, and joy as the two children progress together. A Practice CD supports their learning and practice at home; a Listening CD provides a variety of musical styles, composers, classic melodies, and répertoire. Aural Games lay the foundation for note-reading. Notation Games make note-reading fun and easy.
Fall Session: September 14 – December 14, 2018
Available Piano Partner Times – scheduled on a first come first serve basis:
- Fridays 4:30-5:15pm
- Fridays 5:30-6:15pm
- Saturday 10:45-11:30am – FULL/WAIT LIST
- Saturday 1:30-2:15pm
- $325/13-week session plus $55 for materials