MUSIKGARTEN IS A FANTASTIC CURRICULA THAT WOULD COMPLIMENT A HOME SCHOOL CURRICULA. THE CURRICULUM IS A COMBINATION OF ORFF SCHULWERK, KODALY METHOD, SUZUKI METHOD, DALCROSE EURYTHMICS AND GORDON’S MUSIC LEARNING THEORY. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR CYCLE OF SEASONS (3-5 YEARS OLD) AND MUSIC MAKERS AROUND THE WORLD (4-7 YEARS OLD) CURRICULA!
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.
MUSIKGARTEN (early childhood music and movement that culminates to group keyboard method)
The Musikgarten classes offered at Soundcastle are designed to nurture the child’s music aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. Additionally, instrumental activities are part of the program, ranging from playing simple rhythm instruments such as sticks and drums for babies and toddlers to playing keyboards for older children.
Musikgarten is the only program that offers curricula for newborns through group piano instruction. It is based on a keen understanding of how children learn, in both a general sense and, specifically, how they learn music.
As you familiarize yourself with our class offerings and learn more about Musikgarten, we look forward to answering your questions and welcoming your family into our music studio.
Family Music for Babies – Newborns – 18 months
All babies are born with an aptitude for music. But research shows that their aptitude diminishes if it is not nurtured. The best way to nurture a child’s music aptitude is through active music making. By singing and dancing for and with our children in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles we are helping our children reach their full music potential.
This class offers adults the opportunity to play with their babies in a musical setting, experiencing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music. By singing, dancing, bouncing, and rocking, the child’s music aptitude is being carefully nurtured, laying the foundation for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination.
Activities include singing, bouncing songs, rocking songs, dances, finger plays, body awareness games and echoes.
Family Music for Toddlers – 16 months – 3 Years
This class is designed to bring the joy of music and movement to toddlers and their caregivers.
Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child’s music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed.
Cycles Of Seasons – Ages 3s and 4s
This class is designed to nurture the emergent independence of the 3 and young 4 year old.
Activities include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which nurture the child’s musical development while satisfying the child’s need to learn in a holistic environment.
Parents stay for the class, although some of the activities are designed to have the children participate independently of their parents.
Home materials including a CD, songbook, and manipulatives allow the learning and fun to continue at home.
Music Makers: At Home in the World – Ages 4-7 Years
This class cultivates the child’s musical development through songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, movement activities, listening games, instrumental play and manipulative games. Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are dealt with using themes taken from the child’s home environment and natural surroundings.
Material packets include a CD, a poster and game pieces, notation games, instrument pages and a book. Children receive 4 packets throughout the 26-week session.
Music Makers: Around the World at the Keyboard- Ages 5-7 Years
This 2 year program is a combination of Music Makers Around the World with Music Makers on the Keyboard book 1 and book 2.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard I – Ages 6 – 9 Years
Music Makers: At the Keyboard I (Ages 6 – 9 Years)
The final step on the pathway to music literacy, this program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they’ve been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood. An extension of the work done in Music Makers: Around the World, this class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.
Children will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games plus a Parent Handbook throughout this 30 week semester.