Registration for the fall semester "Musikgarten" classes is now available. The 10-week program beings Sept. 26, 2011.

Registration open for fall Musikgarten classes

Parents looking for a way to promote activities for their young children that involve movement and singing are encouraged to register them for Musikgarten classes at Eastern Mennonite University.

Musikgarten classes are designed for infants up to age 7.

“Our goal is to nurture children’s music aptitude by engaging them and their families in activities that promote singing and movement,” said Christy Stoner, Musikgarten instructor.  “These activities help attune the ear, refine the voice and develop a rhythmic body through music.”

Toddlers and preschoolers will use rhythm sticks, scarves, bells and shakers to learn to keep a steady beat while older children will learn to sing, play music games and perform simple songs, said Stoner.

The 10-week program begins Sept. 26, 2011.

More information can be found on the Musikgarten website or by contacting Christy Stoner, 540-432-4277;