Spring semester begins January 30th and runs through May 19th.
We are pleased that you are considering music classes for your child. Music is invaluable to the growth and development of children. Research has shown that we are all born with an aptitude for music, but that aptitude diminishes if it is not actively nurtured between the ages of birth and nine. The Music Factory develops young musicians!
The Musikgarten curriculum is a holistic program, in that it develops the whole child - physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and of course, musically! At The Music Factory, we nurture the child's music aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. We sing, chant rhymes, do fingerplays, clap, skip, hop and jump! We keep a beat with rhythm sticks and drums! We dance with scarves! We sing with shakers and jingle bells! Older children play resonator bars and xylophones! Bouncing songs, lullabies, peek-a-boo games, stories, poetry, listening activities, and more = FUN!
Musikgarten is the only program that offers curricula for newborns through group piano instruction. It is based on a keen understanding of how children learn, in both a general sense and, specifically, how they learn music.
Our classes are family-centered, loving and nurturing. Class time is educational, fun and purposeful -- a rarity in today's world in which education is often confused with entertainment.
KEYBOARD GROUP CLASSES
This class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard. The ideal age to begin is between ages 6 1/2 and 8 years. Starting too early often causes frustration, especially if a child's fine motor skills are not well developed. A child who begins at age 7 will usually progress faster than one who starts at age 5.
The final step on the pathway to music literacy, this program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood. This is not your traditional piano lesson! Activities include singing, dancing, drumming, ensemble playing, notation games and lots of movement! We get the music inside of us!! After all, music is an aural art, and the instrument is just an extension of the music that is inside of us!
After children are aurally familiar with a song, a four-step learning process is used to transfer the song to the piano (demonstrated on the Practice CD's provided with the materials.) Your child will learn to transpose, learn to improvise, learn to compose their own songs!
Students will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games plus a Parent Handbook throughout the 28 weeks. Note: a parent is required to attend class during the first year with the child. You will have the benefit and pleasure of learning along with your child! Book 1 and 2 classes are 60 minutes.
As you familiarize yourself with our class offerings and learn more about Musikgarten, we look forward to answering your questions and welcoming your family into our music studio. Please don't hesitate to call us at
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