Musikgarten at EMU

Spring/Summer 2017 Online Registration is now open! Download the registration form HERE. You may also register online HERE.

Teaching music, understanding children. Classes available for ages infant to 5 years with parent or caregiver.

Musikgarten is an exciting music program for infants to age five. These music classes are taught in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Eastern Mennonite University.

Why are music classes important?

Musikgarten logoChildren 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.

Hear from other parents who love Musikgarten! Watch the video HERE.

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.

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Class Descriptions

Music Classes for Babies (older siblings welcome; each child must enroll)
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 (ages 3-5; 2 1/2 yr olds welcome with teacher approval)
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.

Class Schedule SPRING AND SUMMER 2017

Musik for Babies- 4-week sessions (up to 2yrs; older siblings welcome, each child must enroll)
Cost: $32
Dates: Tuesdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m.
July 12-28, Aug 9, Wednesdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Musik Together (up to 5yrs; each child must enroll)
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesdays 10-10:45 a.m. OR 4:30-5:15 p.m.
July 12-16, Aug 9, Wednesdays 10-10:45 OR 4:30-5:15

Cycle of Seasons (ages 3-5 yrs)
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 p.m.
July 12-26, Aug 9 Wednesday 5:25-6:10 p.m.

Four-day camp (ages3-7)
Cost: $40
Dates: June 26-29
Mon.-Thurs 9-9:50a.m. (ages 3-5)
Mon.-Thurs 10-10:50a.m. (ages 4-7)


2017 Camp and July Class online registration is now open. To register, please download the PDF HERE. You may also register online HERE.
Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Our Instructor

Tana Ray, instructor, is a recent graduate of JMU’s piano performance program with emphasis in teaching. Tana also has received extensive training in Musikgarten teaching. She has served as an intern and is now taking over EMU’s Musikgarten program. She enjoys helping children and parents explore and experience the potential that music has in enriching a child’s development.

Other Information

* Music Kits (CD and parent book) are optional and will be ordered on the first day of class. ($40-45)
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* For information or to register, call 540-432-4277, fax 540-432-4622, or email .