Musikgarten at UNCSA

Musikgarten at UNCSA

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The Musikgarten program at UNCSA, taught by certified Musikgarten and Music Together instructor Brenda Morie, offers a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. 

Try a class with no obligation. Families interested in joining an ongoing class at any point during the semester may contact the Community Music School to schedule a free visit to any currently running class. Attended class will count toward the semester total upon registration.

Registration 

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Course descriptions are available below. Registrations are for 16-week semesters. Musikgarten classes are sequential 16-week semesters and organized into Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. For schedule inquires or to RSVP for a free class demo, contact Cameron MacManus, Interim Director of the Community Music School. For additional class content information, contact Brenda Morie at brenda.t.morie@gmail.com and copy Cameron Macmanus at macmanusc@uncsa.edu.   

Fall 2017 Classes

CLASS NAME DATES & COSTS DAY & TIME

Family Music for Babies I
Ages 6-18 months

Course Fee: $290 – Class fee includes 15 weekly classes ($17 per class) and take-home materials ($35)**

Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Starts September 16

Family Music for Toddlers - Animal Friends
Ages 1.5-3 years

Course Fee: $287 – Class fee includes 15 weekly classes ($17) and take-home materials ($32)** 

Tuesdays at 5:25 p.m.
Saturdays at 10:15 a.m.
Starts September 12 & 16

Cycle of Seasons - Wind Dancers
Ages 3-5 years

Course Fee: $300 – Class fee includes 15 weekly classes and take-home materials ($45)**

Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m.
Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.
Starts September 12 & 16

**Musikgarten take-home materials are required for participation in Musikgarten classes. Continuing Musikgarten class activities at home between class meetings is crucial to the child's development. Materials are handed out on the first day of class, and cost is included in the course fee.

Class Descriptions 

Family Music for Babies I

Ages 6 to 18 months*

Designed for parents and their babies to take together. This 30 to 40 minute weekly class helps you learn how to play musically with your baby. Important: Shoes are left at the door, and socks are necessary. No bare feet.

MUSICAL PLAY ACTIVITIES FEATURES
Increase your child's curiosity about music. Bouncing and rocking songs
Develop listening skills and sense of beat Wiggle and peek-a-boo games
Establish a foundation for singing and musical thought Superb CD recordings by fine children's choir and outstanding instrumentalists, together with an activity book 
Help form a closer bond with your child A cloth instrument pouch with rhythm sticks, Musikgarten rattle, and colorful scarf

All babies are born with an aptitude for music, but research shows this capacity diminishes if it is not nurtured through active music making. This class offers adults the opportunity to play with their babies in a musical setting, sharing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music.

Activities include singing, bouncing songs, rocking songs, and dances in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles, along with finger plays, wiggle and peek-a-boo games and echoes. A bond of love and security develops the foundation for your child to reach his or her full musical potential through listening skills, beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination. Home materials include a parent book, CD and small instrument kit with wooden rattle, pair of sticks and scarf.

*Final class payment determined by teacher during first class based on child's developmental needs. Materials may be exchanged if not opened.

Musikgarten take-home materials are required for participation in Musikgarten classes, and are meant for 16 weeks of use. Continuing Musikgarten class activities at home between class meetings is crucial to the child's development. Materials are handed out on the first day of class, and cost is included in the course fee.

Family Music for Toddlers - Animal Friends

Ages 1.5 to 3 years*

Participate with your toddler for 45 minutes each week in singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments. Important: Shoes are left at the door, and socks are necessary. No bare feet.

MUSICAL PLAY ACTIVITIES FEATURES
Help develop a strong musical bond with your child and closer family ties Movement activities for coordination, body awareness, exploration of space, body control, and the pure joys of movement
Bridge the natural connection between music and movement Folk songs for singing, dancing, and listening
Enhance your child's musical aptitude and listening abilities Focused listening examples from both daily life and musical instruments
Lay the foundation for singing and vocal development, listening skills, and purposeful movement Instruments to explore: rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars
4 unique semesters, each with a 60 minute CD, parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf for home use

In our Family Music for Toddlers classes we will delight in the endless energy of your children, their joy in bouncing, rocking, and dancing with you, and in seeing them develop in this wonderful, musical environment! As we watch them grow, we can imagine them singing in the choir, playing in the band, or playing songs on the piano for a family gathering in just a few years. As we sing, bounce, rock, dance, and play instruments together we are laying the foundation necessary for success in music, regardless of which path your toddler takes in the future.

Toddlers are always moving! In fact movement is not only your toddler’s favorite new-found skill, it is your toddler’s most effective way to learn. Although children eventually have to learn to “sit still and listen” they cannot do it yet, and engaging them in purposeful movement activities is the perfect preparation for this all-important skill.

Listening is the cornerstone of all learning. While most children are born with the ability to hear, all children have to be taught to listen well. Family Music for Toddlers class is the perfect environment for nurturing this critical skill. Our focused listening activities direct the children to listen to short examples of familiar sounds that tie in with the activities. They hear the sound of a cat after singing Three Little Kittens, or the sound of hammering, sawing, and drilling after doing The Workshop. In our noisy world, it is necessary to teach children to focus on sounds which they already know, as well as filter out peripheral sounds. This is so important given the barrage of sounds that fill our malls, restaurants and even classrooms!

All children are innate singers! In fact, the cooing of a child is very light, high, and musical. By keeping the child in a singing-rich environment your child will retain his/her singing voice and gain control of it in an ever-expanding range. And singing songs, playing instruments, dancing, and rocking with you elevates these experiences so they live on in the mind of the child forever.

*Final class payment determined by teacher during first class based on child's developmental needs. Materials may be exchanged if not opened.

Musikgarten take-home materials are required for participation in Musikgarten classes, and are meant for 16 weeks of use. Continuing Musikgarten class activities at home between class meetings is crucial to the child's development. Materials are handed out on the first day of class, and cost is included in the course fee.

Cycle of Seasons - Wind Dancers

Ages 3 to 5 years*

Celebrate your child's love of nature and growing independence through activities involving the four seasons! (45 minutes). Important: Shoes are left at the door, and socks are necessary. No bare feet.

MUSICAL PLAY ACTIVITIES FEATURES
Nurture 3 year olds' ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context. Singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games
Develop listening, focused attention, imagination, creativity, and self-expression Exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling
Family packets for each season that include CDs, illustrated cards, and a parent activity book in a Musikgarten cloth pouch

A musical celebration of the four seasons, with activities that build on the child's growing independence and competencies, this class nurtures three year olds' ability to use language, and capitalizes on the child's delight in dramatic play within the musical context.

Lessons include: songs, movement activities, exploration of instruments and imaginative stories for children to make their own. Participation in Cycle of Seasons enhances moving, singing and talking skills; develops listening, focused attention and self-expression skills, and taps into the child's vivid imagination. This lays the foundation for creative development via story-telling and play-dance response to poetry. Home materials including 2 CDs, songbook, and animal picture cards to allow the learning and fun to continue at home.

*Final class payment determined by teacher during first class based on child's developmental needs. Materials may be exchanged if not opened.

A minimum of 1/2 of tuition plus materials cost is due before the first class.

Musikgarten take-home materials are required for participation in Musikgarten classes. Continuing Musikgarten class activities at home between class meetings is crucial to the child's development. Materials are handed out on the first day of class, and cost is included in the course fee.

 

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