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

SPRING 2017 CLASSES, DESCRIPTIONS and PRICING

For Summer 2017 classes and pricing, click here

Students may enroll in a class at any point during the semester, and pay a pro-rated tuition fee based on the number of weeks remaining.  Please contact us about joining a class for the second half of Spring Semester!

Bouncing Babies (4 months - 16 months)

30 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


Babies enrolling in our Spring 2017 session will use a delightful collection of songs and activities from our "Babies I" 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:$91 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$34 + tax for CD/Book & instrument kit; $27 + tax for CD/Book only


Wandering Walkers (15 months - 28 months)

30 minutes/week; 14 weeks offered


During the Spring 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 Spring Session is "Dance With Me." 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:$112 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$29.50 for CD/digital download, song book and instrument


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 Spring Session is "Dance With Me."    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:$117.60 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$29.50 for CD/digital download, song book and instrument


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 only 30 minutes long.  The curriculum for the Spring Session is "Dance With Me."  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:$112 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$29.50 for CD/digital download, song book and instrument


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

45 minutes/week; 14 classes


The Precocious Preschoolers use a curriculum called The Cycle of Seasons ~ "Wind Dancers" (Fall) and "Sun Catchers" (Spring) .  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:$122.50 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$38 + tax, includes two CDs/digital download, book, and animal cards


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

1 hour/week; 14 classes offered


Music Makers at Home is part one of the two-three 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:$137.90 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$50 + tax, includes 2 folders/posters, 2 CDs/digital download, notation games


Music Makers Around the World (6 - 8 years)

1 hour/week; 14 classes 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

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:$150.50 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$35 + tax, includes folder, CD/digital download, notation games and songs


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

1 hour/week


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:$168 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$55.00


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

1 hour/week


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:$210 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$50.00


Keyboard - Year Three (2nd Semester) (8 - 10 years)

1 hour/week


See description under Keyboard - Year Two

Tuition:$210 for the 14-week semester
Materials:$50.00


Piano Partner Lessons

1 hour lesson, 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
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.  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
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). 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
Materials:varies