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TAKING REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015 WINTER SESSION.

2015 WINTER SESSION
14 Week Session: January 5 – April 18
No classes:  March 30 – April 4 (Spring break) 


FALL SESSION
SEPTEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 20
No classes: November 24 - 29



FREE PREVIEW CLASSES   

Monday, December 1 & 8
Cycle of Seasons (3 – 5 years) 10:30 A.M.
Music Makers at Home (4 - 5 years) at 1:15 P.M.



Tuesday,
December 2 & 9
Family Music 9:45 & 10:30 A.M. (17 mos. – 3 years)




Wednesday, November 19 & December 10
Family Music for Babies (Baby to 17 mos.) 11:30 A.M.
Family Music 10:45 A.M. (17 mos. – 3 years)

Cycle of Seasons (3 – 5 years) 9:45 A.M.

Thursday,
November  20 & December 11
Family Music for Babies (Baby to 17 mos.) 11:30 A.M.
Cycle of Seasons 9:45 A.M.
Family Music 10:45 A.M. (17 mos. – 3 years)

Music Makers at Home (4 - 5 years) at 1:00 P.M.

Music Makers Around the World (5 - 6 years) 3:35 P.M.



Friday, 
November  21 & December 12
Family Music 9 & 9:45 A.M. (17 mos. – 3 years)

Cycle of Seasons (3 – 5 years) 10:30 A.M. & 12 noon

Saturday, 
November 22 & December 13
Family Music 10:45 A.M. (17 mos. – 3 years)
 Class meets at Oak Park String Academy.
Cycle of Seasons (3 – 5 years) 10:45 A.M.
 
Please contact Katy at musikgartenoakpark@gmail.com Space is limited. 
If a class has an opening, a free preview can be arranged in designated classes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

 
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 postively 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.

 

We believe that:
  All children are musical.
  Music meets the needs of children.
  Music benefits the whole child, must be introduced early and must involve the family.
  By using only the highest-quality educational resources and instruments, we can help deepen a child's appreciation for music and the natural world around him, building a foundation for life-long music making.
  Providing an appropriate musical experience and following a carefully sequenced approach to music reading allows a child to participate fully in musical experiences of all kinds.

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. The Musikgarten experience culminates in group piano lessons.

“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 Berstein
 

 

 Ms. Kristin leads the children in Mouse, Mousie at the Musikgarten Gala.
Photo by Eileen Molony www.emphotography.net 

 


 

  
Photo by Frank Pinc
 
Take a moment to watch a video about Musikgarten  Note: You will need quiktime to view the movie.

 Click here to watch movie
 

TAKING REGISTRATION FOR THE WINTER SESSION AT THE ACTORS GARDEN. CLICK ON THE ACTORS GARDEN LINK TO SEE CLASS OFFERINGS.

The Actors Garden, a theatre school brought to you by children’s theatre veteran Gigi Hudson and the area’s finest teaching artists, offers exciting theatrical adventures to your children. Actors Garden takes theatre education very seriously - so seriously that we believe theatre should be taught with a word that is not so serious: Fun! 

Questions or to register call:   708 369-1055 or email gigi@theactorsgarden.com


Friends Tell Stories Together

 
 
 
 

Piano students preparing for the recital 

Photo by Eileen Molony

 

MATERIALS FOR THE WINTER SESSION 

Family Music for Babies: Baby CD I + parent book & instrument packet (if you don’t already own one from a previous session).
Family Music:  Dance With Me  CD, parent book & 2 sets of rhythm sticks. 
Cycle of Seasons: Sun Dancers 2 CDs, 12 cards, parent book, cloth bag.
Music Makers at Home: Marsh & Meadow
Music Makers Around the World/Introduction to Keyboard: Germany & African-American Heritage
 
Sibling discount:  Families with siblings, please remember to deduct $30 for your sibling discount.  

 

MUSIKGARTEN RECITAL

JOYOUS MOMENTS AT THE MAY 18 RECITAL.
Extra-ordinary thanks to our talented photographer, Rob Hart. His eye for the perfect moment made for exquisite photographs.  

You can view/purchase the photos at: http://robhartphoto.zenfolio.com/musikgarten

What a joy to listen to the wonderful piano performances of the children. How happy it made us to celebrate your musical accomplishments.  We smile to remember the children in their fancy attire, playing with gusto and confidence and skillfulness. The dances and ensemble performance were special delights.  We are truly blessed with the lovely talent and dedication of our wonderful keyboard teachers Maria Bolchert and Laura Moglia Kelley. 


Wonderful thanks to the Oak Park Arms and the gracious Desi Vasquez, social director at the Arms. We are tremendously grateful for their extra-ordinary support. “It is a wonderful world and it’s all at the Arms.”