Musikgarten Musikgarten

THE MUSIC FACTORY
Main Studio Address:   1139 North MacArthur Blvd.,  Springfield, IL
Mailing Address:   17 Kirkley Lane,  Springfield, IL   62704

Studio Phone:  217-502-4958

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Class Descriptions

FALL 2018 CLASSES, DESCRIPTIONS and PRICING

Our fall semester runs for fourteen sessions from September 10th, 2018, through January 19th, 2019 (no classes November 19-24 or December 10-January 5).  We hope you will join us for a semester full of music, movement, and learning!

Register for Fall Semester Classes
 


Bouncing Babies (Birth - 16 months)

30 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


Babies enrolling in our Fall 2018 session will use a delightful collection of songs and activities from our "Babies II" collection.  In this 30 minute class, adults have the opportunity to play musically with their baby so that their well-being and total development might be served. Parents or caregivers will learn many songs for touching eyes and ears, hands, and feet - to help baby learn about the body and to build body awareness; songs for wiggling and tickling - to help baby enjoy the delight of music; songs for movement - to allow baby to feel the flow, beat, meter, phrase, and nuance for music.

This class is rich in interactive songs - bouncing, rocking, and dancing songs - to express the joy of playing together. We sing rocking and quiet songs, to help baby calm him/herself. We explore various rhythm instruments that baby can use and manipulate as he/she learns about sound, timbre, and vibration. There is much repetition from week to week because repetition of simple songs and rhymes enhances memory, oral expression. and later, written language.

Our goal is to awaken baby's natural curiosity and response to music, to develop aural perception, a musical sense, and a sense of beat, and to encourage pleasure in listening to and making music together at home.  Come enjoy a wonderful playtime with your baby, and meet other moms and dads!

Tuition:$119 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$44.86 for CD/Book & instrument kit


Wandering Walkers (15 months - 28 months)

30 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


During the Fall 2018 Session, the busy Wandering Walkers will love making music for 30 minutes using fun songs about nursery rhymes, instruments, and every day activities!  The curriculum for the Fall Session is "On a Trip." We'll experience the joy of playing together through finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs and bouncing songs to experience the joy of playing together! Lots of movement is part of this class to allow children to feel the beat of music and learn about spatial awareness while enhancing their gross motor skills and coordination. Children will wander (hence the name "Wandering Walkers") during this class, and adults are not to worry... they are still listening and taking everything in!   Children need time to explore the environment, and as long as they are not endangering themselves or another child, wandering is just fine!

Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child's music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed. Occasional use of drums and hoops enhance the delightful playtime. Patterns continue as part of every class to shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the rhythms of music. Dancing with scarves and hiding games are part of the fun! Parent (or other grown-up) and child enjoy a time of bonding, playing and music-making!

Tuition:$119 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$37.03 for CD/digital download and song book


Jaunty Jumpers (29 months - 3 1/2 years)

40 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


Busy, inquisitive Jaunty Jumpers will love making music in our 40-minute class, using songs that relate to nursery rhymes, different instruments, and daily activities. The curriculum for the Fall Session is "On a Trip."    This class is very similiar in content to the Wandering Walkers.  We'll experience the joy of playing together through finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs and bouncing songs! Songs from all over the world with contrasting tonalities, moods and meters are used throughout each class. Lots of movement is part of this class to allow children to feel the beat of music and learn about spatial awareness while developing their gross motor skills and coordination.  Because their language is starting to explode, the children often make suggestions for various movements to enjoy.... such as running, jumping, twirling, tip-toeing and marching!

Simple rhythm instruments are played while we develop musical concepts such as high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet. Occasional use of drums and wooden hoops enhance the delightful playtime. Patterns continue as part of every class to shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the rhythms of music. Dancing with scarves and hiding games are part of the fun! A wonderful, fun environment is created for these children, where their music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed.

Tuition:$133 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$37.03 for CD/digital download and song book


Walkers/Jumpers Combo (15 months - 3 1/2 years)

30 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


The Walkers/Jumpers Combo class is great for "Singles & Siblings!"  It is essentially the same as a Walkers or Jumpers class, but is designed for families with two or more children who would like to attend together, although a "single" child is also welcome to attend with his/her grown-up! This class is 30 minutes long.  The curriculum for the Fall Session is "On a Trip."  Children love making music along with their parent (or other grown-up).   Songs of contrasting tonalities, moods, and meters are included in every class, as are songs from other cultures. We do finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs and bouncing songs to experience the joy of playing together! Lots of movement is part of this class to allow children to feel the beat of music and learn about spatial awareness while developing their gross motor skills and coordination.

Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child's music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed. Occasional use of drums and hoops enhance the delightful playtime. Patterns continue as part of every class to shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the rhythms of music. Dancing with scarves and hiding games are part of the fun!

Tuition:$119 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$37.03 for CD/digital download and song book


Precocious Preschoolers:Cycle of Seasons (3 1/2 - 5 years)

45 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


The Precocious Preschoolers use a curriculum called The Cycle of Seasons ~ "Wind Dancers."  This marvelous program draws its central themes from nature and aims to bring the family into the music, movement, and environmental experience. Life on earth is subject to seasonal changes - a wonderful phenomenon! This class cultivates the child's musical development through songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, drumming, poetry and stories, movement activities, listening games, instrumental play and manipulative games.

The children will explore songs, dances and instruments using themes from the seasons and nature - a subject children love! Children are reminded that music is all around them - even in a sunset or a breath of wind!

The children are introduced to musical language for the rhythm and tonal patterns (Du Du-de for the rhythm patterns, and "do-mi-sol" solfege for tonal patterns.) The children begin to transfer tonal patterns to resonator bars. Understanding of musical tonal and rhythm patterns is the first step towards music literacy!!  We continue with active listening and enjoy poetry to experience of the music of language. At this age, the child's language is exploding and is a source of joy and pleasure.  

We do group dances for gross motor development and cooperation. A lot of movement is incorporated in all classes to develop balance, control and coordination, and to raise the level of consciousness of how to move, where to move and how parts of the body feel while in action.

The senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste - are the pathways to knowing, and the language for the sensory discoveries is confirmed by touch. As neurological networking occurs through movement, hand-eye coordination develops.

Humans are social beings and naturally seek community. Through making music with other chlldren and adults, young children are invited to become part of a music-making community. Adults will join us for the first 15 minutes of this class. Holding hands, listening and moving to music together bond the child to the larger family through shared activities that bring pleasure and enjoyment to everyone. 

Tuition:$147 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$49.35, includes CD/digital download, book, and animal cards


Music Makers at Home (4 1/2 - 6 years)

1 hour/week; 14 weeks offered


Music Makers at Home is part one of the 2-3 year sequential program leading to music literacy and the Keyboard curriculum. Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are dealt with using themes taken from the child's home environment and natural surroundings. These themes include: My Home, The Woodlands (Fall semester),  Cattail Marsh and The Meadow (Spring semester).  Children get two folders with notation games, instrument pages, and a CD each semester.

Children ages 4 1/2 through 6 years will begin to learn how to write music patterns thru making music. An hour of songs, dances, and expanded instrument exploration (use of resonator bars, glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones) will give the child a solid music foundation in the language of music. We continue with active listening, and listen to and learn about instruments of the orchestra. Names are given to tonal patterns (do-mi-sol) and rhythmic patterns (du du-de du); then we begin to "read" these patterns through card games.

Stories, poetry and singing games enhance the child's developing language, vocabulary, comprehension.   This is a wonderful, well-rounded holistic program that meets all the needs of the young child, while taking him/her on the path to music literacy!

Tuition:$161 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$61.01 + tax, includes 2 folders & 2 CDs/digital downloads


Music Makers Around the World (6 - 8 years)

1 hour/week; 14 weeks offered


Music Makers Around the World is a PRE-KEYBOARD CLASS. and is imperative for your child's success in our Keyboard curriculum. It is part two of the sequential Music Makers Program. This class is designed to accommodate the 5 1/2 to 8 year old; it is a perfect follow-up for children who have completed Music Makers at Home. Although Music Makers at Home is not required for Keyboard class, it is excellent preparation for Music Makers Around the World. 

In the World classes, children explore the music, dances and stories of different cultures, including AmerIndian, British Isles, Germany, and Afro-American. One unit is covered per semester; the entire program lasts two years. Children may begin in any unit, and we will be offering the AmerIndian and Afro-American curricula this Fall

As always, the key ingredients are singing, listening, playing instruments, lots of movement, and tonal and rhythm patterns. Through echoing patterns, the children will build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually.   The children work with isolated patterns written in music notation, and begin looking for those patterns on song pages.   We learn an increased repertoire of songs, and then build more complex instrumental ensembles to accompany our singing.

Children will take one or two years of Music Makers Around the World before beginning the keyboard class, depending on their readiness.  Fine motor skills and attention span are extremely important to success in the keyboard class!  Rushing these developmental skills cause frustration in the keyboard class if a child is not ready.

Materials include a CD, a map, song pages, and notation games.  Children start reading music patterns with the games, and finding rhythm and tonal patterns in the music we sing!  This is a holistic musical education - singing, movement, composing, improvising, and listening!   You will be amazed at what your child learns in this class!

Tuition:$175 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$35.83 + tax, includes folder, CD/digital download, notation games & song sheets


Keyboard - Year One (6 - 10 years)

1 hour/week, 8 weeks offered14


An extension of the work done in Music Makers: Around the World, this class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard. The ideal age to begin is between ages 6 1/2 and 8 years.  Starting too early often causes frustration, especially if a child's fine motor skills are not well developed.  A child who begins at age 7 will usually progress faster than one who starts at age 5. 

The final step on the pathway to music literacy, this program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood. This is not your traditional piano lesson!  Activities include singing, dancing, drumming, ensemble playing, notation games and lots of movement!  We get the music inside of us!!  After all, music is an aural art, and the instrument is just an extension of the music that is inside of us!

After children are aurally familiar with a song, a four-step learning process is used to transfer the song to the piano  (demonstrated on the Practice CD's provided with the materials.)  Your child will learn to transpose, learn to improvise, learn to compose their own songs!

Students will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games plus a Parent Handbook throughout the 28 weeks.  A parent is required to attend class during the first year with the child.  You will have the benefit and pleasure of learning along with your child!  

Tuition:$217 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$69.98


Keyboard - Year Two (7 - 11 years)

1 hour/week, 14 weeks offered


The fun and learning continues in each successive book of the Music Makers At the Keyboard Program!  Musical games, drumming, ensembles with xylophones and metallophones, singing and dancing all help solidify an aural foundation as the children progress on the road to music literacy.  Children learn about composing and improvising, and learn to play chords from the very beginning!  This is a very complete, holistic music program!

The same learning process as introduced in Book 1 continues as the children learn new songs.  The ear is first, because after all, music is an aural art! We learn to sing tonal patterns, and then find those tonal patterns in the printed music.  Thus we are able to decode a new song, before we've heard it played!

Each book takes approximately 15 weeks to complete.  Children meet weekly for 60 minutes.  Parents will join us for the final 15 minutes when homework and new concepts are discussed.

Tuition:$217 for the 14-week semester
Materials:varies


Keyboard - Year Three (8 - 12 years)

1 hour/week, 14 weeks offered


See description under Keyboard - Year Two

Tuition:$217 for the 14-week semester
Materials:varies


Family Ukulele (6-adults)

1 hour/week, 14 weeks offered

Grab your ukulele and have the whole family come and learn to make music together!  Parents and children can take this class together, then continue the music-making at home.  Students will learn ukulele basics, music theory, ear training, and plenty of tunes they can play at home. Rather than having a formal recital at the end of the class, we will have a ukulele jam to show off your favorite songs!

Students will need a ukulele to use during class and for at-home practice.  We recommend the Makhala Kala Shark Soprano Ukulele (available on Amazon).  Parent-child pairs may share a book, but each student will need his or her own instrument. 

Tuition:$217 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$10.88


Private Lessons (6-adults)

30 or 45-minute lessons; 14 weeks offered

Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with the instructor at a mutually convenient time.

Half-hour private lessons are $294 for the 14-week semester; 45-minute private lessons are $441.

Piano Lessons

Private piano lessons are available for students who are completely new to the piano, those who have completed three years of Keyboard class and wish to continue their studies, those who are currently enrolled in Keyboard class and need extra help or enrichment, or students for whom the group format does not best serve their learning needs. 

All students must have a piano (acoustic or digital) at home on which they can practice.  Piano lessons are taught by Devon Carpenter.

Voice Lessons

Are you interested in singing classical, broadway, jazz, folk, or pop music?  Sign up today to start voice lessons! Students will learn a healthy, classical technique, which can be applied to all styles of music and will make them versatile singers. Lessons are available for students age 6 through adults. Voice lessons are taught by Squire Prince.

Flute, Oboe, Saxophone, and Ukulele Lessons

Private lessons are available to any students--regardless of level! Whether you are just beginning, have a few years experience, or are an older player, you can certainly benefit from taking private lessons. The lessons will include technique, studying repertoire, music theory, ear training, music history, and general musicianship development.

 

All students must have their own instrument to use. Flute, oboe, saxophone, and ukulele lessons are taught by Bethany Swartz.

Tuition:$294-441 for the 14-week semester
Materials:varies


Touch-Explore-Create Art Class (3 months - 5 years)

30 or 45-minute classes; 14 weeks offered

Music and art go hand-in-hand. In this class, children will have the opportunity to grow and learn through various art, exploratory, and creative activities that are designed to develop their senses, vocabulary, and interest in the visual and tactile world around them. Through touch, sight, listening, and smell, children will create and discover throughout class.  A grown-up attends with the child.  

Classes for babies (3 to 16 months) are half an hour, and all materials used are taste-safe.  Classes for toddlers and preschoolers (15 months to 5 years) are 45 minutes, and may include some materials that are not taste-safe.  

Tuition:$140 for Babies, $175 for Toddlers & Preschoolers for the 14-week semester


Acting & Drama (10-18 years)

1 hour/week, 14 weeks offered

In this one-hour class, students will get to not only explore the art of acting, but get an understanding of the inner workings of theatre. This program will give students experience covering a variety of different acting styles, while also exposing them to the chains of commands in theatre, and even some proper theatre etiquette. 

This one of a kind class will expose students to some critically acclaimed techniques such as: The Stanislavsky Method, The Meisner Technique, Laban Effort Shapes, Improv, Shakespearean Delivery, and more! Students will then use skills learned in the class and produce an end-of-term theatrical showcase, this year themed "Under the Stars." 

By the end of this course, students will be able to effectively encapsulate a character, and use proper technique to convincingly portray that character in a naturally supported mindset. Students will be able to analyze objective, and apply movement and objective cohesively to create a fully realized character. Students will also develop their social skills and communication skills, as they collaborate with others, and prepare these demonstrations to be presented to the public. 

Tuition:$217 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$32.52