Musikgarten Musikgarten

MUSIKGARTEN
     OF OAK PARK

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NOW TAKING REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING SESSION
It is not too late to register. Tuition will be prorated.  

7  WEEK SPRING SESSION
April 24 - June 12
Saturday classes end on June 24
No classes May 27 & 29 (Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.)

 


4  WEEK SUMMER SESSIONS
Reduced schedule. 

We will open up registration for the summer session this week.  Please note that families with multi-age children are welcome in the Family Music class.  Children ages 2 - 5 love this class. To attend a Cycle of Season’s class, children must be 3 years of age and above.  

Babies under 1 and children 6 and older attend class for free when accompanying a registered sibling.

 

SESSION I:  
Wednesdays & Thursdays June 21 - July 13
Saturdays: July 1- July 22
 

 

SESSION II:  

Wednesdays & Thursdays: July 19 - August 10 
Saturdays: July 29 - August 19 

 

*Make-ups allowed for missed classes.
 

SPECIAL FREE PREVIEW CLASSES
Advance registration is required. See free previews by clicking here: http://www.makingmusik.com/msamy/DisplayPage.php?sID=3101&pID=preview 
Please contact Ms. Katy at: musikgartenoakpark@gmail.com

Classes posted on our Class Schedule page.
 

You are invited to an exhibition.  
Saturday, May 20 
11:00 - 5 P.M.
Musikgarten of Oak Park
907 S. Lombard Ave.


 

Musikgarten of Oak Park will be participating in What's Blooming on Harrison.    Beautiful paintings, pottery, and fine woodwork will be on display and for sale. The talented Ann Garcia and Garen Hudson will be sharing their gifts of music. We will have refreshments galore, including special treats from Ms. Beky’s family-owned bakery, Seph’s Sweets.  

 

Throughout the day award-winning painter George Ceffalio will conduct a live oil painting demonstration. You will love to watch a master oil painter at work.  May you be inspired by George’s gift of painting and consider attending one of his workshops at the Brigantine Gallery someday soon.  He is an exceptional teacher with a very generous heart.  

 

Artists

George Ceffalio is best known for his rich, vibrant colors and creative depiction of subject.  His still-life paintings evoke a sense of warmth and appreciation for all that is good. They are glimpses of those precious moments when one feels grateful to see life at its very essence. Design is foremost and each painting is quite unique.   Throughout the day George will conduct a live oil painting demonstration.

 

Expressing her love of pottery, Pennie Ebsen states, “I work with clay because I believe it is a transformational material that transcends explanation. My pots are formed with your use in mind. When you add flowers to a vase, or fill a serving bowl with a colorful salad, then together we have completed an art process; we have finished transforming the clay.”

 

Nicholas Harazin loves wood. He loves plants. He loves the long lasting nature of nature. He believes in keeping wood simple and keeping it good. Through his work, he reuses, restores, and repurposes whenever he can, keeping the beauty of this good wood out of landfills and trash heaps. He does custom work, large and small, and at the end of the day wants to bring joy to people through all his pieces.

 

Amy Pappageorge, better known as Musikgarten teacher “Ms. Amy,” is reviving a childhood love of making art. She loves the challenge of painting the reality of simple things. “The beauty that is everywhere can be lost on me in my eagerness to live life to the full.  I love to bring all of my attention to the still-life.  When I paint I stand in a quiet, beholding space.  There is fulfillment and wonder in this simple, crystal-clear seeing." 

 

Musicians

Garen Hudson has been playing piano since he was 8 years old, and has had a passion for music his whole life. Garen has music directed classes for the Actors Garden, hosted a teen open mic night at Fitzgerald’s for three years, and is a songwriter himself. He just returned from 8 months of travelling abroad, and is excited to be back in Chicago where he is working in the live music scene with his band, Saltwater Tap. 

 

Ann Garcia is a local Musikgarten teacher and musician.  She discovered the flute at an early age and fell in love with its silvery sound, which reminded her of the beautiful music of nature.  She enjoys playing the flute in ensembles and singing in choirs as well as teaching music to young children.

 

This exhibition coincides with What’s Blooming on Harrison, the Oak Park Arts District's annual street festival. The street is closed and the day is packed with so much to do! Shop the art fair, watch your kids have a ball at the children's carnival, sip a refreshing drink at the beer garden, listen to live music at three different venues, sample sweet and savory bites from the food trucks, enjoy a craft demonstration or take part in an all ages art workshop. Don't miss exploring the Sixth Annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk. Celebrate the Arts District Community! For more information please visit www.oakparkartsdistrict.com

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At Musikgarten of Oak Park we teach you how to show up to your child's life with loving minds and joyful hearts.  Our mission is to inspire you to be dynamos of playful love-in-action.  We partner with parents and caregivers to nourish the mind and heart of the child through music and movement, poetry and storytelling.  

Musikgarten believes that all children have musical aptitude and artistic promise and that early childhood is the opportune time to begin to develop this potential in an active, joyful, and developmentally appropriate way.  We make sure
 that every step of the way the parents and caregivers partner with the teachers and children, keeping their relationship to music and learning affectionate, playful, enthusiastic and connected.  The songs, musical activities, stories, poetry, instrumental play, and appreciation for nature are enjoyed in the context of family togetherness. 
 

Classes promote musical literacy, singing and rhythmic skills, aural perception, language development, motor coordination, ensemble skills and loving interaction while awakening the child’s imagination and creativity. Instrumental activities are part of the program, ranging from playing simple rhythm instruments to playing keyboard for older children. 

​Our approach to music education is fun for children, parents and teachers. As a result of our sequential pathway to music education, children can become independent, thinking musicians. To foster music literacy, Musikgarten offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first nine years of a child's musical development. Children love the progression from semester to semester, as patterns and songs are repeated and built upon, addressing students' needs at each level. 
 

Our philosophy

When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life. Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting, and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. What's more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development — creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, emotional development — are also positively impacted.


Musikgarten's philosophy is steeped in this understanding. Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain, and fosters physical coordination — all in a group setting that builds community — a truly holistic experience.

   

“Children must receive music instruction as naturally as food, with as much pleasure as they derive from a ball game, and this must happen form the beginning of their lives.”   Leonard Bernstein

Exhibition at Musikgarten of Oak Park

Saturday, May 20  

11 A.M. -  5 P.M. 
 

Musikgarten of Oak Park will be participating in What's Blooming on Harrision.   The works of award-winning painter George Ceffalio, his student Amy Abbott Pappageorge, & gifted potter Pennie Ebsen will be featured at our studio. 

 

George Ceffalio is best known for his rich, vibrant colors and creative depiction of subject.  His still-life paintings evoke a sense of warmth and appreciation for all that is good. They are glimpses of those precious moments when one feels grateful to see life at its very essence. Design is foremost and each painting is quite unique.  

 

Throughout the day George will conduct a live oil painting demonstration. 

 

Amy Abbott Pappageorge, better known as Musikgarten teacher “Ms. Amy,” is reviving a childhood delight in making art.  She loves the bright challenge of painting with oils and shining a light on the beautiful in life.  She is happy to make art when she is not living it up with her family, friends, and students. 

 

Expressing her love of pottery, Pennie Ebsen states, “I work with clay because I believe it is a transformational material that transcends explanation. My pots are formed with your use in mind. When you add flowers to a vase, or fill a serving bowl with a colorful salad, then together we have completed an art process; we have finished transforming the clay.”

 

  
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