Early Childhood Music Education

Why Choose Early Music Education?

Benefits of Early Childhood Music

  • Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
  • Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC’s without the ABC song?
  • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.
  • Music is perfectly designed for training children’s listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
  • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child’s desire for language, the body’s urge to move, the brain’s attention to patterns, the ear’s lead in initiating communication, the voice’s response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
  • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.
  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.
  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation. Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.

As published in Early Childhood Connections.

Class Schedule for 2020

Class Schedule 

Cycle of Seasons classes have begun and we can add students anytime during the semester.
Family Music for Lil Ones will begin February 21 and end May 22.  All other piano lessons and classes began week of Jan 6-10 and end week of May 18-22.

No classes in Gunter at FUNovation Station this spring.  Will offer Summer 2020 classes.  Check back for more info.

Class Schedule for Spring 2020
Ages of ChildrenClass Name/Days & Times
0 – 18 mos.Family Music for Babies (Carrollton Playgroup)

Wednesday – Feb 5 10:00-10:40 am (trial class) in established Carrollton playgroup

birth-3 yrs w/ caretakerFamily Music for Lil’ Ones

Friday mornings 11:45-12:25 am in Prosper 

3 – 5 yearsCycle of Seasons (Pre-piano)

Friday mornings 9:20-10:00 am and possibly Wed evenings 6:15-6:55 pm in Prosper

4 – 6 yearsMusic for Lil Mozarts 1

Monday evenings (6:20-7:00 pm) in Prosper FULL

6-9 yearsMusic Makers at the Keyboard

Wednesdays 5:30-6:20 pm in Prosper (FULL)

6 – 9 yearsPiano Partners

To be individually scheduled

9 years and olderPrivate Piano for Beginner/Intermediate

Friday late morning/early afternoon beginning at 11:30 am in Prosper

1 – 4 years oldLet’s Make Music Birthday Bash – basic package

Saturdays (schedule at least 1 month in advance – email me with date preferences first)

1 – 4 years oldLet’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with a take home instrument bag)

Saturdays (schedule at least 1 month in advance – email me with date preferences first)

1 – 4 years oldLet’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with photography)

Saturdays (schedule at least 1 month in advance – email me with date preferences first)

1 – 4 years oldLet’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with photography and a take home instrument bag)

Saturdays (schedule at least 1 month in advance – email me with date preferences first)

 

Course Descriptions

Class Descriptions 

Spring 2020 enrollment now OPEN  (scroll down to all the class options)
Summer 2020 enrollment opens March 31.

Now offering “Let’s Make Music” Birthday Bash!  Have Musikgarten come to your house to celebrate your child’s birthday with musical fun!
(scroll down to bottom of page to choose an option that best fits your needs)

Texas Amps and Axes Music School in Prosper 
(Spring session will begin the week of January 6 for all piano lessons and classes except for Cycle of Seasons which will begin the week of Jan 27 and Family Music for Lil ones which will begin Feb 21.)
For Prosper classes, you can register on this website and then we will enter your info on the studio database to receive emails, statements, etc.  Or, you can go directly to https://school.texasampsandaxes.com/programs/musikgarten/

All classes will end week of May 18-22.

FUNovation Station in Gunter 
(No spring classes.  We will be offering Summer Musikgarten – check soon for more details)

For the Gunter class at FUNovation Station, register on this Musikgarten website. You can find out more about this great facitlity and business in Gunter on http://www.funovationstation.com/

Classes may fill up, so it is recommended you register as soon as enrollment opens.  If you find out about a class after it has begun and it is not full, you may still enroll and we will prorate your tuition.  Please register on registration page.  If class enrollment is marked full for the class your are wanting to enroll, please email me with your name, child’s name and age & your contact info.   I will put you on a waiting list in case there are any openings during the semester.  Below are class descriptions, tuition fees, and the materials fee. 

 

Family Music for Babies (Carrollton Playgroup) (0 – 18 mos.)

40 minute trial class

All babies are born with an aptitude for music. But research shows that their aptitude diminishes if it is not nurtured. The best way to nurture a child’s music aptitude is through active music making. By singing and dancing for and with our children in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles we are helping our children reach their full music potential.

This class offers adults the opportunity to play with their babies in a musical setting, experiencing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music. By singing, dancing, bouncing, and rocking, the child’s music aptitude is being carefully nurtured, laying the foundation for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination.

Activities include singing, bouncing songs, rocking songs, dances, finger plays, body awareness games and echoes.

Tuition:$25 (one week)
Materials:$35 for parent booklet, music download and instrument bag
Total:$60

Family Music for Lil’ Ones (birth-3 yrs w/ caretaker)

40 minute group class

Come sing, dance, and play with your child through song, movement and instruments.  Great bonding time with your child and enhances their listening skills, coordination, balance and musicality too!  Family materials include: CD or download, parent song & activity booklet and an instrument.

Tuition:$192 (12 weeks)
Materials:$35 
Total:$227

Cycle of Seasons (Pre-piano) (3 – 5 years)

40 minute group class

This class is designed to nurture the emergent independence of the 3 to 5 year old.

Activities include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which nurture the child’s musical development while satisfying the child’s need to learn in a holistic environment.

Parents are invited to come at the beginning and end of the class.
Home materials including music recordings, songbook, and manipulatives allow the learning and fun to continue at home!

Tuition:$270 (15 weeks)
Materials:$45
Total:$315 

Music for Lil Mozarts 1 (4 – 6 years)

40 min class w/ 3-4 students (last 5 min. w/ parent)

 

Students are introduced to new musical concepts and the performance of pieces at the piano. The story of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse™ sets the stage for music study at the beginning and continues on each subsequent page. Other characters throughout the book serve as a springboard for introducing students to major composers from the four main musical style periods.

New concepts are introduced and carefully reinforced throughout the book. Each page contains a fragment of the story as background for each new concept or new piece of music, as well as practice instructions to read to the student. Many pages also offer helpful hints to the teacher and parents for effective instruction and practice.

The music was written to develop finger dexterity in young children and includes clever lyrics that will appeal to the student’s imagination. Accompaniments for the teacher or parent are notated for each piece.

Family Materials include:  tote bag: w/  white board w/ marker, stuffed toys, books & flashcards

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Tuition:$380 (20 weeks)
Materials:$55
Total:$435

Music Makers at the Keyboard (6-9 years)

50 minute group class (last 5 min with parent)

This program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they are hearing, singing, drumming and dancing to.  This class follows a very sequential aural approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.

Children will receive a book with notation card games and 2 recordings
for their family materials, one for listening and one for practice time.

Tuition:$400 (20 weeks)
Materials:$65
Total:$465 

Piano Partners (6 – 9 years)

2 children in a 45 minute class (last 5 minutes with parent)

This class has the best of both worlds – the fun learning that takes place with another child and some one-on-one instruction as well.  

This program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they are hearing, singing, drumming and dancing to.  This class follows a very sequential aural approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.

Children will receive a book with notation card games and 2 recordings for their family materials, one for listening and one for practice time.

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Tuition:$440 (20 weeks)
Materials:$65
Total:$505

Private Piano for Beginner/Intermediate (9 years and older)

30 minutes or 45 minutes or 60 minutes

Beginning or intermediate piano lessons for ages 9 and older, or current students in my studio who are already doing private lessons.   Learning theory, technique, and repertoire to play on piano.

Tuition:$35/30 minute lesson or $47/45 minute lesson or $60/1 hour lesson
Materials:pay for books when needed

Let’s Make Music Birthday Bash – basic package (1 – 4 years old)

Musikgarten birthday party in your home

 

This includes 15-20 minutes of set up, 30 minute music-making session and 10-15 minute clean up/wrap up.  I will supply the materials we will use in our music making such as puppets, rhythm instruments, scarves, and hula hoops.  During our music making session, we will sing, bounce, rock, dance, play instruments, and move around with hoops or scarves.  
 
Important note:  My sessions are designed for 4-8 children with a parent/caretaker participating with each one.  For parties exceeding 8 children, there will be an additional $15 fee per child.  We will use the biggest, most open room you have available to move around and make music in. Please try to empty it of (or cover up) any possible toys or distractions. Encourage everyone to dress comfortably with shoes good for dancing and moving around in!
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(cake not included in party)

 

Tuition:$150
Total:$150

Let’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with a take home instrument bag) (1 – 4 years old)

Musikgarten birthday party in your home

 

This includes the basic package as well as each child getting to take home an instrument bag with a scarf, wooden shaker and wooden rhythm sticks to use for music making at home.

This includes 15-20 minutes of set up, 30 minute music-making session and 10-15 minute clean up/wrap up.  I will supply the materials we will use in our music making such as puppets, rhythm instruments, scarves, and hula hoops.  During our music making session, we will sing, bounce, rock, dance, play instruments, and move around with hoops or scarves.  

 
Important note:  My sessions are designed for 4-8 children with a parent/caretaker participating with each one.  For parties exceeding 8 children, there will be an additional $15 fee per child.  We will use the biggest, most open room you have available to move around and make music in. Please try to empty it of (or cover up) any possible toys or distractions. Encourage everyone to dress comfortably with shoes good for dancing and moving around in!

 

Tuition:$150
Materials:$16/child
Total:$150 plus $16 X # of participating children at party

Let’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with photography) (1 – 4 years old)

Musikgarten birthday party in your home

This includes the basic package as well as 8-12 edited photos that will be available online 1 week after the party. 

This includes 15-20 minutes of set up, 30 minute music-making session and 10-15 minute clean up/wrap up.  I will supply the materials we will use in our music making such as puppets, rhythm instruments, scarves, and hula hoops.  During our music making session, we will sing, bounce, rock, dance, play instruments, and move around with hoops or scarves.  
 
Important note:  My sessions are designed for 4-8 children with a parent/caretaker participating with each one.  For parties exceeding 8 children, there will be an additional $15 fee per child.  We will use the biggest, most open room you have available to move around and make music in. Please try to empty it of (or cover up) any possible toys or distractions. Encourage everyone to dress comfortably with shoes good for dancing and moving around in!


 

 

Tuition:$250
Total:$250

Let’s Make Music Birthday Bash (with photography and a take home instrument bag) (1 – 4 years old)

Musikgarten birthday party in your home

This includes the basic package +  8-12 edited photos that will be available online 1 week after the party as well as each child getting to take home an instrument bag with a scarf, wooden shaker and wooden rhythm sticks to use for music making at home. 

This includes 15-20 minutes of set up, 30 minute music-making session and 10-15 minute clean up/wrap up.  I will supply the materials we will use in our music making such as puppets, rhythm instruments, scarves, and hula hoops.  During our music making session, we will sing, bounce, rock, dance, play instruments, and move around with hoops or scarves.  
 
Important note:  My sessions are designed for 4-8 children with a parent/caretaker participating with each one.  For parties exceeding 8 children, there will be an additional $15 fee per child.  We will use the biggest, most open room you have available to move around and make music in. Please try to empty it of (or cover up) any possible toys or distractions. Encourage everyone to dress comfortably with shoes good for dancing and moving around in!

 

Tuition:$250 plus $16 per child
Materials:$16/child
Total:250 plus $16 X # of participating children at party

 
 
 
 


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