Musikgarten at EMU

Fall 2016 Online Registration is now closed. To register late, please download the PDF registration form and contact the Prep Music Office to inquire about class space.

Teaching music, understanding children. Classes available for ages infant to 7 years with parent or caregiver.

Musikgarten is an exciting music program for infants to age seven. These music classes are taught in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Eastern Mennonite University.

Why are music classes important?

Musikgarten logoChildren love music for the pure joy of it! When nurtured in a child’s early years, the rewards of a music class and a musical foundation expand to provide immeasurable results.

Hear from other parents who love Musikgarten! Watch the video HERE.

Music is a vital link for all future learning. EMU’s Musikgarten program provides opportunities for children to build confidence in musical expression and lays a foundation for future music learning. Through a combination of songs, movement games, instruments, story telling, and listening, children are exposed to a wonderful musical experience.

Learn more about Musikgarten and children’s musical development.

About Musikgarten at EMU

Created by early childhood music specialists Lorna Heyge and Audrey Sillick, each level of the Musikgarten curriculum introduces children to musical concepts and provides opportunities for sensory-motor exploration, language development, and abstract thinking.

Each music class will have a minimum enrollment of 6 children and a maximum of 8-10 depending on the class. Classes are designed to grow with your children. There are four separate semesters in each class: Toddler class, the Preschool class and the Musikmaker class.

Sibling Policy: Participating siblings in the age range of the class pay the regular fee. There are no discounts.

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Class Descriptions

Music Classes for Babies (older siblings welcome; each child must enroll)
You and your child will enjoy this fun and exciting class! You will learn how nursery rhymes can come to life with wiggles and tickles, bounces and chants, while your baby feels the steady beat. Your child will love to move and dance in your arms….with classical pieces, a waltz, an Irish Jig or a lively folk dance. Learn beautiful lullabies to rock your baby to sleep. With parent or caregiver.

Music Classes for Toddlers
Come join us as we dance and sing! In this class we explore our voices and hear wonderful music from all over the world. We will learn how to keep a steady beat using simple instruments like rhythm sticks, shakers, bells and scarves. We will practice simple songs and rhymes and get ready to play the music games in the preschool class. With parent or caregiver.

Music Classes for Preschoolers (ages 3-5; 2 1/2 yr olds welcome with teacher approval)
Using songs and movement activities, the children will especially love the exciting music games they are now old enough to play. These games encourage the children to sing. We will continue to move and dance to beautiful music, as well as play instruments and practice our exciting rhythm patterns with varying methods. With parent or caregiver.

Musikmakers Around the World (ages 5-7; 4yr olds welcome with teacher approval)
Musikmakers includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments, fine tuning our voices with solfege instruction, ear training, singing chase games, instrument recognition, storytelling and learning to play simple songs on the resonator bells. This class is a wonderful introduction to private piano or instrumental instruction. With or without parent. (4 year olds welcome with teacher approval)

Class Schedule FALL 2016

Classes begin Sept 12 and continue for 10 weeks.

Thursday morning classes will be in Lehman Auditorium, Rm 11. Monday morning classes will be in the Discipleship Center, and Monday evening classes will be in Lehman Auditorium, Rm 25.

Musik for Babies (up to 2yrs; older siblings welcome, each child must enroll)

- Mondays 10:00am to 10:30am
- Thursdays 9:15am to 9:45am

Musik for Toddlers (ages 2-3)

- Mondays 9:00am to 9:45am

Musik for Preschoolers (ages 3-5; 2 1/2 yr olds welcome with teacher approval)

- Mondays 5:25pm to 6:10pm


Fall 2016 online registration is now closed. To register late, please download the PDF HERE and contact the Prep Music Office to inquire about class space availability.

Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Our Instructors

Rebecca MacDanel, instructor, is a vibrant teacher who loves to engage young children with music and movement. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education from ODU.

Tana Ray, instructor, is trained in all levels of Musikgarten. She comes to us with high recommendations from her previous professors at JMU.

Other Information

  • Music Kits (CD and parent book) are optional and will be ordered on the first day of class. ($40-45)
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  • For information or to register, call 540-432-4277, fax 540-432-4622, or email .