Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Toddlers are on the MOVE! Learning to move as they move to learn, they explore the world that beckons them. This sensory-motor activity is how the child learns and supports growth and development. The toddler desires and needs to learn to control and master body movements.

MUSIKGARTEN’S musical environment supports all areas of development through research-based activities. Moving, Singing, Listening, and Playing instruments in ways a toddler can and will. You will likely enjoy class as much as your child, and get a little exercise, too! Enjoy this FUN MOMMY & ME CLASS together!

FORMAT: Weekly, 35-45 min class, offered Sept-May

TUITION: $22/mo

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 10:15am - 11:50am, Wednesday 10:30am - 11:05am

MATERIAL COST: $37 - Materials are a one-time investment. Younger siblings taking the course can re-use them.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: CD and digital download

Cycle of Seasons lays music foundations through perceptual and holistic learning. Main objectives are to build on the child’s growing independence and developing competencies while feeding the imagination. A broad-based experience in vocal exploration, rhythm development, instruments, body awareness, finger-plays, storytelling, poetry, creative expression and movement, spatial exploration, singing games, free-dance, and sensory games, all enjoyed through themes involving nature and the seasons. At this age, the nature experience is both intriguing to the child and healthy for development.

FORMAT: 45-60 min class, weekly (with adult until separation readiness as a class is established)

TUITION: $25/mo

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 11:00am - 11:45am, Wednesdays 11:15am - 12:00pm

MATERIAL COST: $46 - Materials are a one-time investment. Younger sibs will re-use them.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: CD and digital download

Our Preschool has been built upon the developmentally sound Musikgarten Curriculum that our families already know and love! Singing, movement, theatrics, playing instruments, and focused listening activities are the core of our program, and our Preschool also includes Kindergarten Readiness Skills along with Arts & Crafts.

Children are immersed in a rich learning environment of the Arts and Nature that they can relate to and enjoy! Making music and making friends, all within a creative learning environment that fosters a LOVE of learning and a love and respect for self, nature and others!

Our students are immersed in a rich environment of Music Notation (reading and writing), Kindergarten Readiness specific to their age, and Music Ensemble which aids in building teamwork, cooperation, compassion and empathy. Special day for theses kiddos!

FORMAT: 3 days a week for 2 hours & 15 mins a day

TUITION: $85 per month

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 12:15pm - 2:30pm, Wednesdays 11:15am-1:30pm, Wednesdays 12:15am-2:30pm, Thursdays 12:15am - 2:30pm

MATERIAL COST: $48 per semester

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1: Wind Catchers Material Set
2 CDs, Parent Book, 12 animal/insect picture cards (Rooster, Cow, Chicken, Pig, Blue Jay, Cricket, Downey Woodpecker, Bee, Goat, Donkey, Sheep, Horse), cloth pouch

Semester 2: Sun Dancers Material Set
2 CDs, Parent Book, 12 animal/insect picture cards (Coyote, Chickadee, Cardinal, Squirrel, Kittens, Ducklings, Puppies, Baby Birds, Raccoon, Robin, Grasshopper, Great-horned Owl), cloth pouch

Music Maker at Home explores the sights and sounds of various habitats which serve as the child’s connection to music. Children will also discover many of the different instrument families and specific instruments will be demonstrated by guest musicians. Children will begin to create instrument ensembles, hear specific patterns within the context of a song, and finally read and write their first music notation!! A very exciting year!

MUSIC MAKERS AT HOME can be taken for TWO YEARS. The curriculum is the same both years, but I choose to emphasize different components so a child who repeats will be given time to develop without becoming bored.

FORMAT: Weekly, 60-min class, Adult joins final 15 mins

TUITION: $28/mo

SCHEDULE: Mondays 1:45pm - 2:45pm, Wednesday 9:15am - 10:15am

MATERIAL COST: $66.50 - Materials are a one-time investment. Younger sibs will re-use them.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1
My Home Place CD, Parent Book, Notation Game (blue), Guitar/Drum/Recorder picture, Home Place poster-folder, creature manipulatives (parent w/ child)
Woodlands CD, Parent Book, 2 Notation Games (yellow, pink), Percussion Instruments picture, Woodlands poster/folder, creature manipulatives (hermit thrush, owl, racoon, chipmunk, cicada, click beetle, katydid)

Semester 2
Cattail Marsh CD, Parent Book. Notation Game (green), Woodwinds Instruments picture, Woodlands poster/folder, creature manipulatives (great blue heron, bullfrog, red-winged blackbird, weasel, muskrat, turtle)
Meadow CD, Parent Book, 2 Notation Games (orange, white), String Instruments picture, Meadow poster/folder, creature manipulatives (goldenrod plant, grasshopper, cricket, northern flicker, red fox, meadow vole)

Music Makers Around the WORLD prepares the child for first year KEYBOARD/PIANO class. Children explore a people and their culture through song, dance, and story specific to British, Native American, African-American and German cultures. One goals is to make the connection from ear to page through reading, writing and playing music notation. Glockenspiel instruction is included and provides another way to reinforce their pattern vocabulary and work on fine motor skills needed to play piano. Children grow their rhythm and tonal patterns significantly this year, and they are so proud of what they can READ and PLAY!

MUSIC MAKERS WORLD can be taken for TWO YEARS. The curriculum is the same both years, but I choose to emphasize different components so a child who repeats will be given time to develop without becoming bored.

FORMAT: Weekly, 60-min class, Adult attends final 15 mins

TUITION: $28/mo

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 9:00am - 10:00am, Wednesdays 2:25pm - 3:45pm

MATERIAL COST: $66.50 - Materials are a one-time investment as younger siblings will reuse them.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1
British Isles CD, 4 Song Pages (Mousie, Hot Cross Buns, Who's That, Sea Shell), 3 Notation Games (red, green, yellow), viewfinder, British Isles Map/Folder
Amerindians CD, 4 Song Pages (See the Pony, Canoe Song, Pierrot, When the Train), 3 Notation Games (hot pink, orange, purple), viewfinder, Amerindians Map/Folder

Semester 2
African-American: CD, 4 Song Pages (Juba, Chatter with the Angels, Willum, Boat Song), 2 Notation Games (black, gold), viewfinder, African-American Folder
Germany: CD, 4 Song Pages (Listen for Bells, Lightly Row, Twinkle, Wild Horses), 2 Notation Games (blue, lime green), viewfinder, Germany Map/Folder

Singing, playing instruments, creative movement with an emphasis on vocal technique and quality singing. Children will LOVE the FUN music they will sing! The choir provides performance opportunities!

FORMAT: Weekly, 60-min. class, January-March

TUITION: $65 for 8 weekly sessions

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

DRUM LESSONS lay solid foundations in rhythm and explore percussion instruments and styles. We cover basic percussionist skills using a drum set as well as the djembe and other percussion instruments, focusing FIRST on what foundations are needed by the student. This may mean focusing on a single drum until the student is ready for the complexities of a drum set.

Lab time on an electronic Drum Kit (like a rock band drum set) is included. We emphasize self-expression and enjoyment of the instrument, with opportunities to write, play, listen, teach, and perform. Drum students develop a strong sense of rhythm, discover confidence to improvise and compose, and improve skills.

Our Drum curriculum has been built on the same Musikgarten principles that have made our program so effective and successful, so you can be sure that your student’s experience will be both fun and enriching!

FORMAT: Weekly 1-hr lesson (30 min w/ teacher; 30 min in lab)

TUITION: $32/mo

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Private flute lessons offer the opportunity to become a confident performer and musician. Reading, playing, creating, technique, expression, intonation studies, effective use of breath and support, and studying music history all combine to make a solid foundation.

Students can apply their skills in band, symphony orchestra, small ensembles, or for solo performance. Each student will prepare solos accompanied on piano as well as duets with the teacher and possibly small ensembles with other flute players. Playing the flute is FUN!

FORMAT: Weekly 30-min lesson w/ teacher; 15-min lab time

TUITION: $53/mo

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Group Piano (keyboard) classes are based on an aural approach to music literacy. Through playing the piano, singing, dancing, and drumming, children follow a logical progression to true music literacy which builds on foundations laid in earlier classes.

Keyboard class activities can include: singing, dancing, drumming, playing by ear, sight reading, instrument ensemble, rhythm and tonal pattern work, improvisation, writing activities and notation games. Children share songs they can play on a weekly basis…and love it! Note: Adult joins class for 15 minutes, ask your child's teacher for the correct time of Parent Time.

FORMAT: Weekly, 75-min class, Adult joins final 15 mins

TUITION: $31/mo

SCHEDULE: Mondays 3:15pm - 4:30pm, Wednesdays 4:00pm - 5:15pm, Thursdays 4:45pm - 6:00pm

MATERIAL COST: $73 per semester or $24 if family already has the CDs and Parent Books

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 1 (the RED book): Book 1, Listening CD1, Practice CD1, Notation Games (white, blue, red, yellow, green #1-6), Parent Book

Semester 2
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 2 (the GREEN book): Book 2, Listening CD2, Practice CD2, Notation Games (pink, gold, purple, green #7-8)

This is a great class for improving rhythm skills! Rhythm is the foundation of all music. The experience Includes:

  • African Djembe emphasis
  • Comprehensive Rhythm work
  • Correct percussionist postures
  • Exploration of different drums and styles
  • Basic improvisation

All drums used in class are hand-made in Africa or Germany from authentic materials and of the highest quality./p>

FORMAT: Weekly, 1-hour class

TUITION: $28/mo

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD. Note: Students do not need to own their own drum, however we offer opportunities to purchase African Djembes.

Keyboard Year 2 (group piano) classes are based on an aural approach to music literacy. Through playing the piano, singing, dancing, and drumming, children follow a logical progression to true music literacy which builds on foundations laid in earlier classes.

Keyboard class activities can include: singing, dancing, drumming, playing by ear, sight reading, instrument ensemble, rhythm and tonal pattern work, improvisation, writing activities and notation games. Children share songs they can play on a weekly basis…and love it!

PRE-REQUISITES: Graduate of Keyboard 1

FORMAT: Weekly, 75-min class, Adult joins final 15 mins

TUITION: $31/mo

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 4:45pm - 6:00pm, Thursdays 3:15pm - 4:30pm

MATERIAL COST: $64 per semester or $24 if family already has the CDs

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 3, the PURPLE book: Book 3, Listening CD3, Practice CD3, notation games: Triple Rhythm, Duple Rhythm w/ Rests, Song Cards (Billy, I See the Moon, Alouette, Zum Gali), Major Chord Symbols, F Minor Melody, Key Cards (C, D, E, F, G, A)

Semester 2
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 4, the BLUE book: Book 4, Listening CD4, Practice CD4, notation games: Sight Reading in FM Triple, G Major Melody, Dotted Duple Rhythm, Notes on the Staff, Song Cards (Summ, Aiken Drum, Billa Boo)

Keyboard Year 3 (group piano) classes are based on an aural approach to music literacy. Through playing the piano, singing, dancing, and drumming, children follow a logical progression to true music literacy which builds on foundations laid in earlier classes. Note: Parent joins class for 15 minutes every week. Please ask your child's teacher for exact time of Parent Time.

Keyboard class activities can include: singing, dancing, drumming, playing by ear, sight reading, instrument ensemble, rhythm and tonal pattern work, improvisation, writing activities and notation games. Children share songs they can play on a weekly basis…and love it!

PRE-REQUISITES: Graduate of Keyboard 2

FORMAT: Weekly, 75-min class, Adult joins final 15 mins

TUITION: $34/mo

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 3:15pm - 4:30pm, Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:45pm

MATERIAL COST: $64 per semester or $24 if family already has the CDs

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Semester 1
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 5, the ORANGE book: Book 5, Listening CD5, Practice CD5, notation games: Duple Rhythm w/ 16ths, 3/4 Triple Song Rhythms, Major Chord Progressions, Minor Chord Symbols, Song Cards (The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Country Gardens, Hey Let's Dance Together)

Semester 2
Music Makers At the Keyboard Book 6, the YELLOW book:: Book 6, Listening CD6, Practice CD6, notation games: Musical Words, Rhythm Dictation, Scale Notes (A, A, B, Bb, C, C, C#, D, D, D#, E, E, F, F, F#, G, G, G#), Rhythms (6 quarter notes, 2, 2-eighth notes, 4 16ths, 2 16ths and 1 eighth, 1 eighth and 2 sixteenths, dotted quarter, 2 triplets, whole note, half note, dotted half note, 3 eighth notes), C MinorSight Reading in 2/4, Minor Chord Progressions, Song Cards (Kalump, Juba)

Great class for those who want Ukulele lessons to be tailored to their specific schedule, needs and/or wants. Let me know what songs you want to learn! If I don't have them, we can add them in!

Instruction can include:

  • Chords: how & what to play and understanding how they work
  • Expanding chord repertoire
  • Playing melody notes
  • Strumming patterns and techniques
  • Learning songs YOU want to play
  • FORMAT: Weekly, 45-min. lessons

    TUITION: $32/month

    SCHEDULE: Call for info

    MATERIAL COST: TBD

    REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Private PIANO Lessons are for the piano student who has a solid musical foundation to build on, and is ready to focus on developing skills specific to the piano. It is recommended that a student starts as early as possible in Musikgarten classes before tackling the challenges and solitude of private study. This will facillitate piano study in so many ways.

Lessons are one hour long: 30 minutes with the teacher at the piano, and 30 minutes in the music lab doing: music theory, ear training, and sight reading. The following elements are emphasized during the time at the piano: practice skills, technique, sight reading, improvisation, performance, theory, composition, note reading, notation, and musical terms.

Performance masterclasses are held twice a year and replace the private lesson for that week.

FORMAT: Weekly, 60-min lesson (30 min individual time w/ teacher, 30 min lab)

TUITION: $32-62/month, depending on the teacher

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Come learn how to play YOUR favorite songs! Guitar class is a fun, safe place to learn together as friends. We cover basic chord progressions paired with strumming patterns and how and when to use them.

Come develop foundational skills that will equip you with everything you need to learn your favorite songs and become an effective guitarist. Playing the guitar assists in understanding chord progressions in music, which unlocks the world of composition and lays a great foundation for learning other musical instruments.

FORMAT: Weekly, 1-hour class

TUITION: $28/month

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TDB

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Private guitar lessons offer the opportunity to learn basic chord progressions paired with strumming patterns and how and when to use them. Come develop foundational skills that will equip you with everything you need to learn your favorite songs and become an effective guitarist. Playing the guitar assists in understanding chord progressions in music, which unlocks the world of composition and lays a great foundation for learning other musical instruments. Join the fun with guitar lessons!

FORMAT: Weekly 30-min lesson w/ instructor

TUITION: $44/mo

SCHEDULE: Call for info

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD

Singing with an emphasis on vocal technique and building confidence. Reading music, part singing, music theory and preparation for BRHS Madrigals tryouts! Fun, fun music that teens LOVE to sing! This choir provides performance opportunities!

FORMAT: Weekly, 60-min. class, January-March

TUITION: $65 for 8 weekly sessions

SCHEDULE: Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

MATERIAL COST: TBD

REQUIRED MATERIALS: TBD