Musikgarten at EMU

Teaching Music, Understanding Children. Classes available for ages infant to 7 years with parent or caregiver

Musikgarten is an exciting music program for infants to age seven. These music classes are taught in Harrisonburg, Virginia at Eastern Mennonite University by Musikgarten specialist, Christa Stoner.

Why are music classes important?

Children love music for the pure joy of it! When nurtured in a child’s early years, the rewards of a music class and a musical foundation expand to provide immeasurable results.

Music is a vital link for all future learning. EMU’s Musikgarten program provides opportunities for children to build confidence in musical expression and lays a foundation for future music learning. Through a combination of songs, movement games, instruments, story telling, and listening, children are exposed to a wonderful musical experience.

Learn more about Musikgarten and children’s musical development.

About Musikgarten at EMU

Created by early childhood music specialists Lorna Heyge and Audrey Sillick, each level of the Musikgarten curriculum introduces children to musical concepts and provides opportunities for sensory-motor exploration, language development, and abstract thinking.

Each music class will have a minimum enrollment of 6 children and a maximum of 8-10 depending on the class. Classes are designed to grow with your children. There are four separate semesters in each class: Toddler class, the Preschool class and the Musikmaker class.

Sibling Policy: Participating siblings in the age range of the class pay the regular fee. There are no discounts.

Visit www.musikgarten.org for more information.

Instructor

Christa Stoner, instructor

Christa holds a bachelor of music degree, with a major in piano and minor in voice. She is licensed and certified to teach Musikgarten (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Kodaly Level 1 (James Madison University).

She is a music teacher with an early childhood specialty, and has taught in private piano studio, preschool and church settings since 1995. Christa has been teaching Musikgarten at EMU since 2004.

She is currently a private piano and voice teacher, accompanist, music assistant and children’s musical/drama director at HFCN in Harrisonburg, and guest presenter at EMU in the education department.

For more info, visit Christa’s website or contact her directly at 540-433-2745.
New Families are welcome to one free class, please call Christy directly to schedule the visit!

Spring 2014 Musikgarten Schedule:

Classes Begin the week of May 5, 2014 and run for 3 weeks.
Registration deadline is 10 days before the first class

Musik for Babies: (up to 2 years) – $26 with parent/caregiver
Mondays 10:00-10:30 a.m. (Older siblings are welcome, each child must enroll)
Tuesdays 5:15-5:45 p.m. Musik Together Class (ages 0-4 welcome, each child must enroll)
Thursdays 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Musik for Toddlers: (ages 2-3) – $30 with parent/caregiver
Mondays 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Mondays 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Musik for Preschoolers: (ages 3-5) – $30 with parent/caregiver
Tuesdays 4:15-5:00 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00-10:45 a.m. (2 year olds welcome with teacher approval)

*MusikMakers Around the World: (ages 5-7, 4 year olds welcome with teacher approval) – $30
Tuesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m.

4-day camp: (ages 3-7):

June 30–July 3: $40
Registration deadline is 10 days before the first class

M-Th 9-9:50 a.m. MusikMakers (ages 5-7)
M-Th 10-10:50 a.m. Musik for Preschoolers (ages 3-4)

Class Descriptions

Music Classes for Babies
You and your child will enjoy this fun and exciting class!
You will learn how nursery rhymes can come to life with
wiggles and tickles, bounces and chants, while your baby
feels the steady beat. Your child will love to move and
dance in your arms….with classical pieces, a waltz, an
Irish Jig or a lively folk dance. Learn beautiful lullabies to
rock your baby to sleep. With parent or caregiver.

Music Classes for Toddlers
Come join us as we dance and sing! In this class we explore
our voices and hear wonderful music from all over
the world. We will learn how to keep a steady beat using
simple instruments like rhythm sticks, shakers, bells and
scarves. We will practice simple songs and rhymes and
get ready to play the music games in the preschool class.
With parent or caregiver.

Music Classes for Preschoolers
Using songs and movement activities, the children will
especially love the exciting music games they are now
old enough to play. These games encourage the children
to sing. We will continue to move and dance to beautiful
music, as well as play instruments and practice our exciting
rhythm patterns with varying methods. With parent or
caregiver.

Musikmakers Around the World
Musikmakers includes singing, creative and structured
movement, playing instruments, fine tuning our voices
with solfege instruction, ear training, singing chase
games, instrument recognition, storytelling and learning
to play simple songs on the resonator bells. This class is
a wonderful introduction to private piano or instrumental
instruction. With or without parent. (4 year olds welcome
with teacher approval)

Classes are held in the Discipleship Center

Registration

Online Registration for Spring Musikgarten/Summer Day Camp 2014 Coming Soon!

Register Now for Spring/Summer Day Camp 2014 (PDF)!

Mail your completed registration form and payment to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Other info

  • Music Kits (CD and parent book) are optional and will be ordered on the first day of class. ($40-45)
  • Normally Musikgarten classes are held in Discipleship Center, but you will be notified by the Preparatory Office as to where your class will meet. For directions go to http://www.emu.edu/map/
  • For information or to register, call 540-432-4277, fax 540-432-4622, or email .