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

SUMMER 2017 CLASSES, DESCRIPTIONS and PRICING

Our summer semester runs for eight sessions from June 5 through August 3 (no classes July 3-7).  We hope you will join us for a summer of music, art, drama, and movement!

Register for Summer Classes.



Bouncing Babies (4 months - 16 months)

30 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered


Babies enrolling in our Summer 2017 session will use a delightful collection of songs and activities from our "Baby's Musical World" 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:$64 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$27.63 for CD/Book & instrument kit; $18.95 for CD/Book only


Wandering Walkers (15 months - 28 months)

30 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered


During the Summer 2017 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 Summer Session is "What Do You Hear?" 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:$64 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$20.03 for CD/digital download and song book


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

40 minutes/week; 8 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 Summer Session is "What Do You Hear?"    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:$72 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$20.03 for CD/digital download and song book


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

30 minutes/week; 8 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 only 30 minutes long.  The curriculum for the Summer Session is "What Do You Hear?"  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:$64 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$20.03 for CD/digital download and song book


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

45 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered


The Precocious Preschoolers use a curriculum called The Cycle of Seasons ~ "Summer."  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:$80 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$25.46, includes CD/digital download, book, and animal cards


Precocious PreK -Dancing, Drumming & Drawing CAMP (3.5 - 5 years)

2 hours 15 minutes weekly, 8 weeks offered


The Precocious Preschoolers use a curriculum called The Cycle of Seasons - "Wind Dancers" (Fall), Sun Catchers" (Spring), and now for this session, "SUMMER!".  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.

During the summer, our morning class time is expanded to a "CAMP" setting.  The 9:30am-11:45am session includes music, snack time, short play time, and then a 45-minute art class.  In the art class, children will be exposed to different media such as paint, clay, and paper as they explore different art concepts ~ line, shape, perspective, contrast, color and more.  Children enjoy being creative as they work on developing fine motor skills and exploring the amazing world of art!  

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.  We continue with active listening and enjoy poetry to experience the music of language.

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.  
 

Tuition:$150 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$25.46, includes CD/digital download, book, and animal cards


Music Makers - Dancing, Drumming, Drama & Drawing CAMP (4.5 -8 years)

2 hours 30 minutes weekly, 8 weeks offered


Music Makers is a two-three year sequential program leading to music literacy and Keyboard.  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. During the school year, the themes include: My Home, Cattail Marsh, The Woodlands, and The Meadow. Our summer program this year will be focused on "The Seashore."

During the summer, our class time is expanded to a "CAMP" setting. The 9:30am-12:00pm session includes music, snack time, short play time, drama, and a 45-minute art class. In the art class, children will be exposed to different media such as paint, clay, and paper as they explore different art concepts ~ line, shape, perspective, contrast, color and more.  Children enjoy being creative as they work on developing fine motor skills and exploring the amazing world of art!  

Children ages 4.5-7 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.

Tuition:$165 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$26.54, includes CD/digital download, folder, game pieces, instrument page


Spanish and Music (2-5 years)

30 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered

Sonrisas in Spanish - Music provides the perfect vehicle for natural Spanish acquisition in this delightful 30 minute class. Children and grown-ups will learn Spanish vocabulary about greetings, colors, emotions, shapes, and numbers, Families will build a repertoire of authentic Spanish folk songs that will make language learning active and engaging. The classes draw from Blue and Brooks Linder's Sonrisas Spanish curriculum, which is used extensively in preschools and primary schools around the world.

Tuition:$80 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$16.78


Keyboard - Year One (2nd Semester) (6 - 10 years)

1 hour/week, 8 weeks offered


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!  Book 1 and 2 classes are 60 minutes. 

Tuition:$120 for the 8-week semester
Materials:varies


Keyboard - Year Two (2nd Semester) (7 - 10 years)

1 hour/week, 8 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:$120 for the 8-week semester
Materials:varies


Introduction to the Harp (7 through Adults)

45 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered

This class lets you get your hands on a harp!  By the end of the session, students will be able to play simple pieces with good technique, know how to tune and care for the instrument, and will be ready to continue with the Harp 1 class in the fall or into private harp lessons.  You do not have to know how to read music to participate in this class.  In-studio use of a lap harps is included in the tuition.  Harp rentals for at-home practice are also available.  

Tuition:$120 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$0


Fundamentals of Musicianship (8 through Adults)

45 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered

Using Artistry at the Piano’s “Introduction to Music” as our curriculum, we will review the fundamentals of music, from note reading to rhythms to ear training.  This course contains a strong emphasis on the physicality of rhythm & meter, and pattern recognition for improved sightreading.  A system of intervallic note reading is used, and we take our theoretical knowledge and apply it to simple exercises on the piano.  This course is ideal for students who have completed Keyboard 2 or 3, students who will be starting a band or orchestral instrument in the fall, or those who just want to refresh their musical knowledge.

Tuition:$120 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$17.86


Music Composition (8 through Adults)

45 minutes/week; 8 weeks offered

Students will learn basic composition techniques and create their own piano masterpiece!   They will begin with guided exploration of rhythm, melody, and harmony, and will eventually compose a piece entirely of their own creation.  The class will conclude with an informal performance of the newly written music for family and friends.  Students enrolling in this class must have completed Keyboard 3 or have a basic knowledge of music notation (both treble and bass clefs) and be able to play simple melodies and harmonies on the piano.  

Tuition:$120 for the 8-week semester
Materials:$8.10


Piano Partner Lessons

1 hour/week, 8-week session

Partner lessons combine the best of group classes and private lessons.  The instructor can still cater to the students’ learning styles and interests, but with the added motivation and social aspect of having a musical partner with whom to practice and learn.  Partner lessons are one hour to allow time for playing duets and individual instruction time with each student.  This is also an excellent way for parents to learn alongside their children!  Partners must sign up together, and will meet with the instructor prior to the first lesson.  Lessons are scheduled with the instructor at a mutually convenient time.

Tuition:$200 per student for the 8-week semester
Materials:varies


Private Piano Lessons

30 or 45-minute lessons; 8-week session

Private piano lessons are available for students who have completed three years of Keyboard class, are currently enrolled in Keyboard class and need extra help or enrichment, or 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.  

Half-hour private lessons are $160 for the 8-week semester; 45-minute private lessons are $240.

A one-on-one interview with the instructor to assess readiness, goals, and learning style will take place prior to the first lesson.  Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with the instructor at a mutually convenient time.

Tuition:$160-240 for the 8-week semester
Materials:varies


Private Harp Lessons

30 or 45-minute lessons; 8-week session

Harp lessons are available on both pedal (orchestral) harps and lever (Celtic) harps. Lessons focus on technique and repertoire development, and will also include aspects of music theory, ear training, harp maintenance, sight reading, and music history. It is strongly recommended that students have a basic knowledge of music notation before beginning lessons. All students must have a harp at home on which they can practice. A limited number of rental harps are available from the studio ($15/month). 

Half-hour private lessons are $160 for the 8-week semester; 45-minute private lessons are $240.

A one-on-one interview with the instructor will take place prior to the first lesson to assess readiness, goals, and learning style, and to discuss the logistics of acquiring a harp.

Tuition:$160-240 for the 8-week semester
Materials:varies