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MUSIKGARTEN

From the moment your child is born, you feel an overwhelming urge to give your child the best of the world. Then life gets in the way. There are time and financial constraints, social pressures, and conflicting advice. How do you give your child the most beneficial experience within the constraints of modern life? EASY.
You do it through music. 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 and higher standardized test scores in Maths.

What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music.

Musikgarten offers a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. It also helps to strengthen your child's language, school skills and interview; physical, cognitive, social, emotional, as well as listening development.

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.

When the desire of making music is coming from the inside, your child only needs parents and teacher's gentle guidance. Your child can enjoy music for life. Over the two semesters, our teacher will sing and play all orchestral and band instruments in class. Children will be exposed to all four families of instruments – Brass, Woodwind, Strings, percussion instruments and piano.

Courses offered at Joyhouse:

Family Music for Babies (Newborn to 18 months)
Family Music for Toddlers (18 months to 3½ years old)

These weekly classes are action-filled for toddlers - 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.

Cycle of Seasons for Preschoolers (3 - 5 years old)

Celebrate your preschooler’s 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. TheCycle 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.

Music Makers (5 - 6 years old )

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.

Music Makers: At the Keyboard (from age 6) (Click here for details )

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. With material for three years of lessons divided into six 15-week semesters, your child will learn to play by ear and to read music. A much-loved piano repertoire of familiar songs improves his ability to read and play with fluency – resulting in pride and excitement in making music!

To continue the fun at home, you will receive a listening CD and a practice CD with special tracks for practice each week. Notation games, repertoire pieces, sight-reading pieces, opportunities for composing, and more are in 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 Musikgarten!

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