If your child needs to miss class for any reason, please let Anja know by phone or text.
Dress for "moving and dancing!" Food, toys and other distractions often cause problems rather than provide comfort when brought into music class. Since another child might want your child's drink, food or stuffed animal, it is often easier to leave those things at home or in the car. There is no food or drink allowed in the studio.
If public school is closed due to bad weather, we will be closed. Every attempt will be made to make up missed classes. If public school is operating on a delayed schedule, we will be open and classes will run on their regular schedule.
Understand that all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Some children will be quiet in class, others will be active. Some children will do everything perfectly at home, but not in class. As a parent, you know that every child is unique, so check your comparisons at the door and let the music work it's magic!
Six class levels are offered. The first three lay a strong aural and sensory-motor foundation for musicality. This also serves as an excellent foundation for cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. The final three classes are a sequential curriculum leading to musical literacy, i.e., "the ability to see what you hear and hear what you see in musical notation".
Family Music with Baby
Family Music with Baby is a 30 minute class for Parent and Infant up to 18 months. The adult learns lullabies, bounce rhythms echoes, and other music/movement activities to awaken the infant's curiosity about music. Babies absorb everything, learning the language of music as they learn to talk! A foundation is laid for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination. The materials packet includes a parent handbook and companion CD, a woven pouch containing rhythm sticks, a rattle, and a scarf.
Family Music for Toddlers
Family Music for Toddlers is a 40-minute class designed the joy of musical movements from 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers while developing musical skills. Adult and child explore music through singing, focusing listening, moving, echoing rhythmic and melodic patterns and playing simple percussion instruments. The material packet includes a family songbook, a child's instrument, and companion CD.
Musikgarten's Cycle of the Seasons
A musical celebration of the year for young children, ages 3-5, is a 45 minute class with a caregiver. Activities nurture musical, as well as overall developments and include singing, beat/rhythm activities, movement exploration, listening, poems, stories, and play instruments. Musical concepts, such as rhythmic and melodic pattern, tempo, dynamics, and timbre are experienced in many ways. The child receives two home packets during the year each of which includes a parent book, 2 CDs, and an 8 animal listening cards.
Musikgarten's Music Makers at Home in the World
Muiskgarten's Music Makers at Home in the World is a 60 minute class for children at least 4 1/2 years old. Each class ends with a 15-minute family sharing time. This level initiates a four-year sequential curriculum. Musical concepts are explored through singing and vocal development, playing instruments, moving, listening and creating. Musical skills evolve through performing, writing and reading musical patterns, instrumental ensemble work, and a focus on the orchestral families of instruments. Materials per semester are 2 packets, each containing a parent booklet, CD, notation cards, nature-themed picture and instrument posters.
Musikgarten's Music Makers Around the World
Musikgarten's Music Makers Around the World is a 70 minute class for children ages 5 to 7 years. Each class ends with a 15-minute family sharing time. This class continues sequential music learning within the context of world cultures. New concepts include reading and playing whole songs, I and V7 chords, syncopation, Orff ensembles, folk dances and celebration from around the world. Materials per semester are 2 packets, each containing a parent booklet, CD, notation cards, nature-themed pictures and instruments posters.