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Musikgarten at EMU

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

 
Teaching music, understanding children. Musikgarten is an exciting music program with classes available for ages infant to 7 years, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Our classes are taught by instructors Lindsay Lam and Hannah Shultz in Harrisonburg, Virginia, through Eastern Mennonite University.

 

Fall 2020 Session

Online Musikgarten Registration Form
PDF Registration Form

Parent Orientation will be held Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 am via Zoom. RSVP now! Orientation is for all interested and registered parents.

Fall 2020 Registration deadline is September 12, and classes begin September 15 or 19. 

Music for Babies & Toddlers (0-3 yrs)held via Zoom
Tuesdays @ 9:15-9:45 am
Saturdays @ 10-10:30 am
Cost = $140 (includes family materials)

Cycle of Seasons (3-5 yrs), held outside
Tuesdays @ 4:30 - 5:15 pm
Cost = $165 (includes family materials)

Hijos de Dios, Alabemos (4-7 yrs)held via Zoom
Tuesdays @ 6 - 6:45 pm
Cost = $150 (includes family materials)

Questions? Email prepmusic@emu.edu or call 540-432-4277.

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!

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 4 children and a maximum of 8-12, depending on the class. Classes are designed to grow along with your children. There are four separate semesters in each class curriculum.
 
Sibling Policy: Participating siblings in the age range of the class pay the regular fee. 
 
Visit www.musikgarten.org for more information.

 

Class Descriptions

Hijos de Dios, Alabemos!
Hijos de Dios, Alabemos es una clase de música en Español diseñada para niños de 4-7 años. Nuestro deseo es cultivar en los niños una reverencia hacia Dios, un aprecio hacia la cultura Latina y un fundamento musical excelente a través de danzas Latinas, alabanzas, instrumentos de percusión, y lo básico de lectura musical. Enfocaremos en el tema de nuestra identidad como hijos de Dios y la importancia de amar a Dios y a toda humanidad. Les mandaremos un paquete que incluye una mapa, pizarrón musical, cartas de ritmo y una bufanda de danza.

(This Christ-centered music class is designed for 4-7-year-olds and will be offered in Spanish. We seek to foster a reverence for God, an appreciation for Hispanic culture and an excellent musical foundation through traditional Latin dances, percussion and pitched instruments, scripture-based songs and an introduction to musical notation. This year’s theme focuses on our identity as children of God, loving God and loving others. You will receive a packet including a map of Central and South America, a mini 5-staff whiteboard, musical notation cards and a scarf.)

Music for Babies
You and your child will enjoy this fun and engaging class! Parents will sing songs with wiggles, tickles, bounces, and chants while baby feels the steady beat. Your child will love to move and dance in your arms as they tap sticks and jingle bells, play with scarves, and explore touch through nursery rhymes and games. Learn beautiful lullabies to rock your baby to sleep. This is a great opportunity to experience music with your baby!

Music for Toddlers
Come join us as we dance and sing! In this class toddlers and parents explore their voices and expand their musicality through world music and nursery rhymes. By reinforcing the concepts from the babies class, toddlers and parents alike will learn how to keep a steady beat using tools like rhythm sticks, hoops, bells and scarves. Simple songs, rhythms, and tonal patterns will get your child ready for Cycle of Seasons.

Music Together
Music Together classes are designed for parents and children to take together. Activities are based on nursery rhymes - the beloved poems and chants handed down from generation to generation! They offer today's children the wisdom of the ages as well as what current research and practice tell us children need: communication, movement, interaction, repetition, and cultural custom - all experienced in a playful way.

God's Children Sing 
A wonderful, child-centered celebration of God's presence, this sacred music and movement curriculum addresses the faith development, as well as the music and general develop­ment of young children. In this class, basic music concepts such as tuneful singing, and a sense of steady beat are ad­dressed through activities that foster family involvement and an appreciation of the natural world surrounding us. Through song, stories, playing instruments, movement activities, and moments of worship in each lesson, children grow in their awareness of God's love for them and for all creation.

Cycle of Seasons
Designed for parents and their pre-school children to take to­gether, these weekly classes help you learn how to play musi­cally with your child. The classes are action-filled, exploratory, and engaging of the whole child in the learning process. The curriculum draws its central themes from nature, is research­based and developmentally appropriate. Together you'll experience storytelling, sensory games, call and response songs, playing simple instruments and more.

Music Makers
Music Makers includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments, fine tuning our voices with solfege instruction, ear training, storytelling, an introduc­tion to musical notation, ensemble skills, and learning to play simple songs on the resonator bells. Children receive a poster and learn interesting facts as we sing about animals in the meadow, woodlands, cattail marsh, and around the home. This class is a wonderful introduction to private piano or instrumental instructions and can be taken with or without a parent.

Our Instructors

Lindsay Lam, from Denver, Colorado, has been playing double bass since she was 8 years old. She received her Bachelors of Music in Double Bass performance from the University of Maryland in 2011. She moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Michael in 2014. Currently, she enjoys playing with local folk bands, teaching double bass privately, performing with the Waynesboro Symphony, and attending Musikgarten classes with her toddler, Lydia. Lindsay is an experienced Music for Babies parent and a licensed Music for Toddlers teacher, and she enjoys working closely with Hannah Shultz so that all young children in the Shenandoah Valley can learn music from the very beginning!

Hannah Shultz is a recent graduate of EMU's music education program with both vocal and instrumental licensure. For sev­eral years, Hannah has taught piano lessons, worked at Good Shepherd School and Day Care and served at Highland Retreat Camp where she has pursued her passion to teach children. Hannah excitedly shares, "Music, nature, children, and God bring me joy. Musikgarten beautifully intertwines all these pas­sions and allows me to collaborate with parents in furthering the development of a life-long enjoyment of music for their children:' 

Other Information

  • For directions go to emu.edu/map
  • During Fall & Winter sessions, a free parking permit is provided for the Mt. Clinton parking lot at EMU.
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