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Sarah's Music Studio in Staunton
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Class Descriptions


Register now for Fall Classes 2017-18!

Ages 5 - 9 years register by August 14  
for Music Makers at Home, Around the World, Keyboard
Starts week of August 21, 2017  


Ages 0 - 5 years register by August 28, 2017  
Fall term starts September 5, 2017.


Ages 0 - 5 years register by January 2, 2018  
Winter term starts week of January 8, 2018.


Come join us!

 

Family Music for Babies and Toddlers (birth - 3.5 years)

12-week session

All children are born with an aptitude for music, but a child's musical aptitude diminishes if it is not nurtured during the first 9 years of life.  The best time to begin music instruction is while your child is acquiring his or her first language (0 - 6 yrs.) because music helps wire the brain for language.  The best way to nurture your child's music aptitude is through active music making.  By singing and dancing every day with your child in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles both in class and at home, you help your child reach his or her full music potential.   

Musikgarten also offers your child the opportunity to practice important life skills such as impulse control, taking turns, how to relax and be calm, listening, saying please and thank you, being able to wait, and to enjoy practicing (persistence).

Activities include singing, dancing, pattern work, focused listening, and simple instrument playing. Join Family Music classes any time.  

To try a class for free before enrolling:  submit the registration form indicating date, day, and time you wish to come and write 'Preview' in the Comment section, or call or text 540-290-9014 or email sarahgh@verizon.net to confirm a date. 

Two 12-week Semesters

Fall semester begins week of Sept. 5, 2017  (Play With Me)
Winter semester begins week of Jan. 8, 2018  (Clap With Me)

Tuesdays  5:30 - 6:00 PM    or
Wednesdays  9:30 - 10:00 AM

Tuition:$144
Materials:$36
Total:$180


All Together - Mixed Age Class (about 15 months - 4 years)

12-week semester

NEW from Musikgarten!  Mixed Age Classes

My Day and Animal Friends are two new versatile mixed-age curricula for families who wish to make music an everyday part of family life and to nurture the inborn musical talent of their children.  When children experience music as an active part of their daily lives, their own pleasure in making music will begin to unfold.  

In a world so replete with be-alone activities, playing together musically is an ideal medium for families to grow together.  Positive contact and interaction with a caring adult is the single most important ingredient for a child's healthy development.  Nothing pleases very young children more than having a parent / caregiver share an experience with them.  Adults benefit as well, at they witness the magic of music, movement, and song and realize just how appropriate and enjoyable simple activities shared with their children can be.  
 
Activities include singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games.  Families will receive an illustrated book with CD.  
 
To try a class for free before enrolling:  submit the registration form indicating date, day, and time you wish to come and write 'Preview' in the Comment section, or call or text 540-290-9014 or email sarahgh@verizon.net to confirm a date. 

Two 12-week Semesters

Fall semester begins week of Sept. 5, 2017  (My Day)
Winter semester begins week of Jan. 8, 2018  (Animal Friends)

Mondays 11:00 - 11:45 AM   or
Thursdays 11:00 - 11:45 AM  

Tuition:$144 per child. Add $116 per sibling
Materials:$36
Total:$180 per semester


Cycle of Seasons (Ages 3.5 - 5 Years)

24-week class

This class is designed to nurture the emergent independence of the 3.5 - 5 year old.  Activities include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, pattern work, instruments, 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 stay for the class, although some of the activities are designed for the children to participate independently of their parents.  Home materials include 4 CDs, 2 songbooks, and manipulatives to allow the learning and fun to continue at home.  Join Cycles class any time.

To try a class for free before enrolling:  submit the registration form indicating date, day, and time you wish to come and write 'Preview' in the Comment section, or call or text 540-290-9014 or email sarahgh@verizon.net to confirm a date. 

Fall semester begins week of Sept. 5, 2017
Winter semester begins week of Jan. 8, 2018
 
Mondays  6:35 - 7:05 PM  (starts 9/11)  Pajamas optional.
 
Weekend Special!  
Register by midnight August 28 and pay only $220 for the year, including materials.

Tuition:$288 / year; $144 / winter semester only
Materials:$82 / year; $45 / winter semester only
Total:$370 / year; Special! Register by midnight 8/27 only $220 / year


Music Makers: At Home (Ages 5-6 Years)

28-week class

“To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training, and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing, is to build upon sand.”    -   ZOLTÁN KODÁLY  

This is year 1 of Musikgarten's two-year sequence of Keyboard Preparation classes.

Musikgarten gives children a foundation in music literacy.  Music literacy, the ability to hear what you see, implies comprehension, not just the ability to decode the symbols.  This means that when you see notes on a staff they are aurally connected to their sounds and not simply a string of letters.

The Music Makers classes begin to connect sounds to their symbols.  The pattern work first experienced aurally in Family Music gives children a musical vocabulary they now will experience kinesthetically and visually.  This aural musical vocabulary will give notation meaning and eventually lead to the ability to figure out songs by ear, read music by others, play and write one’s own music, and to self-correct when practicing. Music Makers: At Home introduces basic rhythmic notation and tonal staff notation.  Music Makers: Around the World covers more complex rhythmic notation, expands tonal notation patterns, and begins reading simple songs. 

With piano the traditional downfall for so many is having to learn to control the body, read music, and navigate the keyboard simultaneously.  That’s a lot to ask of a mature adult brain so it’s no wonder that piano can be frustrating for children.  Music Makers classes focus first on preparing the ears, mind, and body for music making and learning to read music, so that when we get to the keyboard we already have the aural foundation that allows us to focus on keyboard navigation and fine motor control.  These aural skills will also transfer to any musical activity.  Parental support is vital and essential to your child's success in music class and at the keyboard.

Music Makers: At Home, the first year of the keyboard preparation sequence, cultivates the child's musical development through songs, rhythmic and tonal patterns, poetry, stories, movement activities, listening games, instrumental play, and manipulative games.  Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, steady beat competency, ensemble development, repertoire development, and music notation are dealt with, using themes taken from the child's home environment and natural surroundings.  Children receive 2 packets per semester and each packet includes a CD and parent book, a folder with game pieces, notation games, and instrument pages.  Brief weekly assignments begin to establish the habit of practice at home that we'll need for keyboard class.

28-week class

Begins August 23, 2017

Wednesdays  5:45 - 6:45 PM  

Tuition:$364
Materials:$122
Total:$486


Music Makers: Around the World (Ages 6-7 Years)

28-week class

“To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training, and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing, is to build upon sand.”    -   ZOLTÁN KODÁLY  

This is year 2 of Musikgarten's two-year sequence of Keyboard Preparation classes.

Musikgarten gives children a foundation in music literacy.  Music literacy, the ability to hear what you see and see what you hear, implies comprehension, not just the ability to decode the symbols.  This means that when you see notes on a staff they are aurally connected to their sounds and not simply a string of letters.

The Music Makers classes begin to connect sounds to their symbols.  The pattern work first experienced aurally in Family Music gives children a musical vocabulary they now will experience kinesthetically and visually.  This aural musical vocabulary will give notation meaning and eventually lead to the ability to figure out songs by ear, read music by others, play and write one’s own music, and to self-correct when practicing. 
Music Makers: At Home introduces basic rhythmic notation and tonal staff notation.  Music Makers: Around the World covers more complex rhythmic notation, expands tonal notation patterns, and begins reading simple songs.  

With piano the traditional downfall for so many is having to learn to control the body, read music, and navigate the keyboard simultaneously.  That’s a lot to ask of a mature adult brain so it’s no wonder that piano can be frustrating for children.  Music Makers classes focus first on preparing the ears, mind, and body for music making and learning to read music, so that when we get to the keyboard we already have the aural foundation that allows us to focus on keyboard navigation and fine motor control.  These aural skills will also transfer to any musical activity.  Parental support is vital and essential to your child's success in music class and at the keyboard.

In Music Makers Around the World children explore the music, dances, and stories of four different cultures:  British Isles, Amer-Indian, African American, and Germany. The repertoire we learn in this class we will play on the keyboard next year.  As always, the key ingredients are listening, singing, playing instruments, moving, and working with patterns.  Through echoing patterns, children build a vocabulary of musical phrases that they can recognize aurally and visually, leading to an understanding of music notation.  Materials include a CD, a map, song pages, and notation games for each of 4 cultures: British Isles, Amerindian, African American, and Germany.

28-week class

Begins August 21, 2017

Mondays  5:30 - 6:30 PM 

Tuition:$392
Materials:$130
Total:$522


Music Makers: At the Keyboard I (Ages 7-9 Years)

30-week session

This is a Parent and Child Keyboard Class.  This program is the next step on the pathway to music literacy and is designed to teach children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood.  An extension of the work done in Music Makers: Around the World, this class follows a  sequential approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.  Parents play a vital role in establishing good practice habits and attend class with their children.  Consistent, supervised at-home practice on a tuned piano or keyboard is required and essential for success (5 days per week, 15 - 20 minutes per day).  Children receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games, plus a Parent Handbook throughout the 30 weeks.

Mandatory Parent Orientation Meeting - Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Church 

Begins August 23, 2017

Wednesdays  4:30 - 5:40 PM

Tuition:$450
Materials:$122
Total:$572


Music Makers: At the Keyboard II (Graduate of Keyboard I)

30-week class

This is a Parent and Child Keyboard Class.  The class continues to refine and build on the aural and physical skills developed in year 1.   Introduces much-loved piano repertoire, refines body control and ear tuning, and develops and enhances comprehensive musicianship at the keyboard that provides a foundation for music literacy and life-long music making. Consistent, supervised at-home practice on a tuned piano or keyboard is required and essential for success (5 days per week, 20 –30 minutes per day).  Children will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games throughout the 30 weeks.

Begins August 21, 2017

Mondays 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Tuition:$480
Materials:$114
Total:$594


Music Makers: At the Keyboard III (Graduate of Keyboard II)

30-week session

This is a Parent and Child Keyboard Class.  The class continues to refine and build on the aural and physical skills developed in years 1 and 2.  It develops comprehensive musicianship at the keyboard that provides a foundation for music literacy and life-long music making. Consistent, supervised at-home practice on a tuned piano or keyboard is required and essential for success (5 days per week, 20 –30 minutes per day).  Children receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games throughout the 30 weeks.

Begins August 22, 2017

Tuesdays 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Tuition:$510
Materials:$114
Total:$624