Musikgarten at EMU

We will follow Harrisonburg City Schools Delay/Cancellation Policy. If City Schools are delayed, morning classes are cancelled, but evening classes will proceed as planned. If City Schools are closed for the day, no classes will happen. Our teacher will also be in touch as weather situations warrant.

Teaching music, understanding children. Classes available for ages infant to 5 years with parent or caregiver.

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

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
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
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
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)

Classes are held in the Discipleship Center

Class Schedule Winter 2016

Classes Begin Monday, February 1, 2016

Musik for Babies (up to 2yrs) ($85)

Mondays 9:15 – 9:45am
Mondays 5:15 – 5:55pm (MusikTogether; for children ages 0-4)

Musik for Toddlers (ages 2-3) ($90)

Mondays 9:55 – 10:35am FULL

Musik for Preschoolers (ages 3-5) ($90)

Mondays 6:40 – 7:20pm

*We are partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir for students ages 5-7yrs. These classes are called “Explorers” and you can find information on the SVCC Website. *


Winter 2016 Musikgarten online registration is closed. To register late, please contact the Prep Music Office at 540-432-4277.

You may download the Winter 2016 PDF Brochure.

The Registration deadline is January 22, 2016.

Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Other Information

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