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.
How long do the classes last each week?
Class length ranges from 30 minutes to 75 minutes, generally increasing with the age of the child. For specific class lengths, check the Class Descriptions page.
What does it 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 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.
What distinguishes Musikgarten from other early childhood music programs?
Musikgarten is the only program to offer a progression from birth all the way to instrumental studies, as well as adult classes. The curriculum and program are based on decades of research in the field of child development, and each class is carefully designed to be age-appropriate with respect to brain development, physical development, and musical development. Musikgarten is also unique due to a holistic, nature-based approach, as well as an emphasis on folk music from various cultures. While many music programs seek merely to entertain, in a world where children are often overstimulated both visually and aurally, Musikgarten's emphasis on fine-tuning children's listening skills and actively engaging their bodies and minds in music-making is truly refreshing. This rare combination of education and FUN is of great benefit to today's children (and adults)!
Should parents attend and participate in the classes?
Yes! 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 toward 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 CD. Play echo games, making 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 is where you really have fun with the songs and dances. 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 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. Please check on class availability.
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 will see the benefits your child is getting from class. It is our view that the singing, dancing, and playing (in class and at home) is the best for your child's holistic development, including language, movement, math skills, and physical coordination. Our group setting also builds community. While other activities can be fun too, it is a wise investment in your child's future to make Musikgarten the primary building block of your child's developmental time. Please ask your teacher for more information on the holistic and developmental benefits of Musikgarten for your child.