Musikgarten Musikgarten

MUSIKGARTEN
     OF OAK PARK

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14 WEEK WINTER SESSION 2017
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 - APRIL 22
(No classes March 27 - April 1 & April 14 -15)

 

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.

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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

 

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

The Heart RULES! The Art of Heart-ful Parenting

 

Musikgarten of Oak Park Parent Education Event

Where: Oak Park Arms Ballroom 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

When: Wednesday, February 8

Time: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

 

We can’t wait to see you. Your engagement with Musikgarten will have a brand new significance. Even all you long-attending families will experience a broader excitement when you see and hear this fresh approach.  

 

We will start the evening with a very special performance by our beloved Ms. Ana.  

 

So what’s this fresh new direction?!? The answer is simple.  We will be putting greater emphasis on how Musikgarten nurtures heart values in young children.  Musikgarten has always prized the neuroscience of music.  Now we wish to emphasize more overtly how parent/child partnership education, grounded in heart-based virtues and implemented through early childhood music and movement, is transformational.  

 

As I have been studying the research on child and human development, you cannot imagine how Musikgarten’s activities, songs, dances, stories, and poetry have acquired a new meaning and purpose.  At every turn I think about how all aspects of child development and loving relationships are being enhanced and encouraged - everything from loving connection to self-regulation and impulse control, to creativity, confidence and self-expression, to appreciation, gratitude, and even reverence for nature.   

 

On Wednesday, February 8th, we will be touching on three overarching gifts that this new focus will give you and your children.  The gifts will do you a power of good to enhance your home-love and your child’s whole development.  We will be sharing tips, tools, and expressions of joy you will be happy to use at home.  

 

You will also be invited to be co-creators of a special project we are generating at Musikgarten of Oak Park.  We will reveal this the evening of September 8. We hope to use our example at Musikgarten of Oak Park to light a fire in the hearts of families and music studios everywhere.  

 

Please be sure to R.S.V.P. to Katy at musikgartenoakpark@gmail.com  We have a few special gifts to give and we need to know how many parents will be in attendance. 

 

With gratitude for your support,

 

Ms. Amy

 


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