NOW OFFERING MUSIKGARTEN CLASSES IN COCHRANE & AREA
Erin Holkestad is a certified Musikgarten teacher with 8 years of experience in early childhood education, including developing preschool music programs. Musikgarten offers the most pedagogically sound program available, covering children from birth to age nine. Our curricula are uniquely effective because we have designed learning sequences that repeat and build patterns to continually reinforce and stimulate our students. This is a progressive program designed to lead to successful instrument study.
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 group piano instruction.
Family Music for Babies (Newborn to 18 months)
Designed for parents and their babies to take together, these weekly classes help you learn how to play musically with your baby. Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun activities for the two of you. When you go home, you can continue the fun with a superb CD recorded by a fine children’s choir and outstanding instrumentalists. Using your parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten rattle, and colorful scarf will give you both hours of enjoyment.
Musikgarten's musical play for babies:
Increases your baby’s curiosity about music
Develops listening skills and a sense of beat
Establishes a foundation for singing and musical thought
Helps you form a closer bond with your baby
Gives you and your baby a chance to interact with other parents and babies
Family Music for Toddlers (16 months to 3½ years)
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 (ages 3 to 5)
Celebrate your preschooler’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities involving the four seasons in The Cycle of Seasons was 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 (from age 4)
Musikgarten offers two sequential programs for 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)
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!
Ready to enroll and discover Musikgarten in person? Contact Erin for details.