Music Makers At the Keyboard, Year 1 (ages 6-1/2 to 8)
The next step on the pathway to music literacy, Music Makers at the Keyboard, allows the active music making to continue, but now involving the keyboard! This class continues to progress through the skill sequence as the children are well on their way to becoming musically literate. Once the aural foundation has been laid, it is time to focus on symbols that represent the familiar tonal and rhythm patterns that make up the repertoire. Presented in the form of notation games, children are provided endless opportunities for repetition, ensuring that they become well familiar with both the sound and the look of these basic building blocks of the musical language. When the time is right, the children delight in finding the same patterns – by singing AND playing them – through the discovery of "mystery songs."
These skills – being able to hear the notation pattern that you see in the written music, and being able to see what you hear – are imperative for success in instrumental instruction, whether that is in the form of our keyboard class or as part of the school instrumental music program. Allow your child this year of excitement and exploration to ensure his or her success in future music-making activities.
Helpful home materials include listening and practice CD's, enabling parents to work with students on determining through the familiar solfege syllables, how to apply their patterns to "turn it into" the song they are learning to play. Tonal and rhythmic notation games continue, along with listening exercises, form games, writing assignments, and singing games, to include the whole family in the fun. Involvement of the family is the key to success in the learning process.
It is absolutely crucial to have a keyboard (not necessarily full size) or piano for practice at home. The students will need to establish a regular practice routine involving a LOT of repetition for these simple melodies and chordal accompaniments in order for their skills to develop as desired.
Listen to a sample from this class!
All Semesters are 15-weeks. These are sequential classes, therefore we cannot add new students in the mid-year for Spring Semester. We are currently holding Year 1 & Year 2 classes.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard Year 1 (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022) Fall Semester: Red Book 1 Spring Semester: Green Book 2
Music Makers: At the Keyboard Year 2 (Fall 2022- Spring 2023) Fall Semester: Purple Book 3 Spring Semester: Blue Book 4
Music Makers: At the Keyboard Year 3 (Fall 2023 - Spring 2024) Fall Semester: Orange Book 5 Spring Semester: Yellow Book 6
Fall 2021 Musikgarten Classes begin September 13.
$330 Fall Semester or $66/month (Sept-Jan, 5 pmts.)
$320 Spring Semester or $80/month (Feb-4, 4 pmts.)
($18.00 per class + materials) Fall Tuition includes Home Materials: Keyboard Book, Music Notation Games, Song Cards, Listening and Practice CD/Digital Download and Parent Book (with red book only). Parents/siblings join in the last 15-min. of each class.