TRY A CLASS FREE IN OCTOBER!
Classes on October 5, 12, and 19 at 9:30 am are open for you to come explore what a Musikgarten class is all about! You must reserve your one free trial class by going to the Contact Page and telling me which date you would like to attend and how many children will be coming. Please wait for a confirmation that space is available before showing up.
Rebekah Keathley has been a musician all of her life, playing piano, clarinet and percussion throughout her childhood. With a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, she started her own Piano Studio in Fauquier County 15 years ago. She loves working with children of all ages, and their parents, to bring music into households around the county.
When Rebekah was attending college, her campus minister’s wife started up a Musikgarten class in town and invited Rebekah to attend. Rebekah had never heard of, or seen anything like it before, and was hooked! Rebekah has always loved that piano can be such a great introductory instrument, with endless possibilities for musical instrumentation stemming from the basics learned through piano lessons. But the Musikgarten program reaches even further back in a child’s development than what piano can offer. It is an opportunity to introduce basic rhythmic understanding through play and movement, as well as strengthening the bond between child and parent. There could be no better combination! The desire to teach the amazing Musikgarten curriculum has been there since learning of it in college. But, starting her own successful piano studio while raising her family meant having to wait for the right timing to launch an extension of her business. Now, with older children and a fantastic venue to teach in, Rebekah is more excited than ever to bring Musikgarten to Warrenton!
The Musikgarten program is a great way to start your child on a path of loving music and learning through music, as early as birth. Studies from around the globe have shown that from a very early age music lessons can have profound long-term effects that include improved language development, higher standardized test scores in math, improved graduation rates, and even decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use.
What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child—free from distractions—and watch him/her grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.
All Together Now
The All Together Now curriculum is a mixed age class for children from birth to five years of age, with their parent or caregiver to participate in together. This class focuses on nursery rhymes, re-imagined with music and movement. The classes are filled with a great variety of music and movement activities to meet children’s developmental needs, to hold children’s interest in the group setting and to bring families together.
Why Nursery Rhymes?
Musikgarten offers these rhymes to modern families in hopes that parents will rediscover the value and joy that traditional rhymes have for children in our time. Nursery Rhymes are perfect for a mixed age class because young children delight in hearing and repeating ear games over and over and rhythmically saying phrases such as “Hickory Dickory” or “Rub-a-dub dub”. Older children may master an entire rhyme as they run or skip down the hallway. Speaking such rhymes again and again leaves an indelible impression in the body and gives children a beginning understanding of how sounds, words, and sentences are put together. They offer just the right amount of humor, surprise, and absurdity to engage both the child’s and the adult’s attention effortlessly.
Nursery rhymes build musicality. Nursery rhymes are rich in rhythm, meter, inflection, and song. They invite clapping, tapping, jumping, and skipping, thus making our emphasis on movement delightfully appropriate. Through music and movement, Musikgarten brings new life to traditional rhymes that have been enjoyed by children for centuries.
Nursery rhymes build language skills and a love for literature. They are filled with imaginative alliteration, such as Wee Willie Winkie. Recognition of these ending and beginning sounds is the basis for phonological awareness – what reading authorities have determined to be the best predictor of early reading. The engaging meter of these rhymes also gives children a sense of speech rhythm – something vitally important in fluency. Rich in language, poetic meter, and linguistic form, these rhymes are founded on children’s receptivity to the spoken word that later develops quite naturally into a love of literature. It is no wonder that nursery rhymes are so important to children’s language development.
Cost and Schedule
The All Together Now Class will consist of 8 weeks of classes from March 1 – April 26, 2021 (no class on March 29 for spring break). Registration closes at midnight on February 26, 2021
First child – $84
Each additional child of the same household – $76
Family Music Packet – $30 (one per family for all new classes you take)
The family music packet includes a CD and digital access code, parent booklet and instrument set for at home fun!
Classes will be once a week for 30 minutes each class. Attendance at the Parent Orientation meeting will be expected. You will receive information about the Parent Orientation upon registering for your class selection.
Please make sure you read over the Policies and Procedures information before you register.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
– mixed-age class for birth through age 5 years of age
– Mondays at 9:30 am
Registration Coming Soon!
If there is enough interest for a 9:30 am class on Thursdays, I will be happy to add another session. Please fill out the contact form and let me know you are interested in All Together Now on Thursday mornings.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MUSIKGARTEN
Where do classes take place?
Classes are held at 650 Alwington Blvd. Warrenton, VA 20186, at The Gathering Place of Warrenton Baptist Church. It is behind Brumfield Elementary School, Walmart, and Home Depot.
Why should I pursue Musikgarten classes for my child?
We know that all children are musical, but that potential will decrease if it isn’t nurtured when they are young. We also know that music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics, and science. Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.
What is Musikgarten’s developmental plan for my child, and why is it important?
Only Musikgarten has a program that addresses the unique developmental needs of children at each age, taking children from infancy up through group piano lessons. Classes are designed for children to “grow up” with Musikgarten. In fact, most children and parents love their Musikgarten classes so much, it is not uncommon for a family to continue with Musikgarten until the child reaches age 9 or 10, at which point he/she will be ready for private piano lessons and/or an instrument for band or orchestra.
Should parents attend and participate in the classes?
Absolutely! Parents are an integral part of class in the younger years. As students get older, they participate by themselves, but parents take part in the classes towards the end of each lesson. For all classes, parents are asked to include active music-making in their child’s life. Sing along with the CD in the car. Play echo games, making up patterns, as we do in class. Put the picture cards or notation games on your refrigerator, and play identification games with them as you get ready for dinner. More structured practice is required when the children get to Music Makers: At the Keyboard.
Why do students get home materials? Are we supposed to practice at home?
Children and parents can have so much fun at home and in the car with Musikgarten songs and dances. In class you learn the songs, but home is where you really have fun with the songs and dances. It’s a great family bonding time. It allows children and parents to share in the experience at home.
Do you have a class that would allow me to bring several of my children of different ages at the same time?
Signature Music Musikgarten’s first class will be a mixed age class. This class is perfect for children from birth through 5 years old. As we add more classes in the coming months there will be more opportunities for classes of specific age groups.
As my child gets older, there are so many other activities to try. Why should I continue with Musikgarten?
After being in the program for a while, you will see the benefits your child is getting from class. It is our view that the singing, dancing, and playing (in class and at home) is the best for your child’s holistic development: language, movement, math skills, and physical coordination—all in a group setting that builds community. While other activities can be fun, too, the primary building block of your child’s developmental time should be spent with Musikgarten.