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Music at EMU

Musikgarten at EMU

Teaching music, understanding children. Classes available for ages infant to 6 years with parent or caregiver.

Musikgarten is an exciting music program for infants to age six. 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.

MusikTogether (ages 0-4)
Designed for parents and their babies/toddlers to take together, these weekly classes help you learn how to play musically with your child. These weekly classes are action-filled - 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.

MusikMakers (ages 5-6)
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.

Class Schedule Winter 2017
Classes begin Jan 30 and 31
10 week sessions

Musik for Babies (up to 2yrs; older siblings welcome, each child must enroll)
Tuesdays: 9:15-9:45 a.m. in the Discipleship Center
Wednesdays: 9:15-9:45 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium Rm 11
Cost: $120 (includes student materials: music packet and CD)

Musik Together (ages 0-4; each child must enroll)
Tuesdays 5:25-6:10 p.m. in the Discipleship Center
Cost: $130 (includes student materials: kit determined by student age)

Musik for Toddlers (ages 2-4)
Tuesdays 10-10:45 a.m. in the Discipleship Center
Wednesdays 10-10:45 a.m in Lehman Auditorium Rm 11
Cost: $130 (includes student materials: music packet, CD, and scarf)

MusikMakers (ages 5-6)
Tuesdays 6:20-7:05 p.m. 
Cost: $130 (includes student materials: folder, game pieces, instrumental sheets)


You may download the mail-in registration form now. 

Office phone: 540-432-4277
Office email:
Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Our Instructor

Tana Ray, instructor, is a recent graduate of JMU’s piano performance program with emphasis in teaching. Tana also has received extensive training in Musikgarten teaching. She has served as an intern and is now taking over EMU’s Musikgarten program. She enjoys helping children and parents explore and experience the potential that music has in enriching a child’s development.

Other Information

  • Music materials to be used at home are included with your tuition. If you have purchased the materials for the upcoming class in the past, please contact Tana Ray at to determine if an adjustment in tuition needs to be made.
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  • For information or to register, call 540-432-4277, fax 540-432-4622, or email