Musikgarten

EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC & MOVEMENT

Unlock your child's potential from birth

International Musikgarten programme

CHILD-CENTRED ENVIRONMENT

AGE-APPROPRIATE EDUCATION

OVER A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE

CERTIFIED ECMMA SPECIALIST


Musikgarten is a complete multi-year educational programme from birth that helps infants, toddlers and older children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it.

Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education in the USA and is in many other regions globally including Canada, Germany, Asia. This revolutionary music programme is now available in Trinidad & Tobago with licensed and certified Early Childhood Music & Musikgarten Instructor, Ms Lisa Darmanie.

Through a research-based curriculum, Musikgarten helps develop the child holistically, laying a pathway to musical proficiency.

Certificate of Completion for At the Piano Level 1

The Musikgarten Advantage

Musikgarten is the only programme that caters for the unique developmental needs of children at each age.

Musikgarteners get to explore culture through a variety of classical and folk songs and dances from all around the world, including repertoire in foreign languages such as Spanish, French, German.

All of the classes are interrelated, so that material introduced at one level serves as building blocks for the next level.

By using only the highest-quality educational resources and instruments, you can help deepen a child's appreciation for music and the natural world around, building a foundation for life-long music making

As the children grow-up in Musikgarten, this sequential planning makes it easier for the students to develop musical competence and graduate to instrumental playing and performance.

The Musikgarten teacher presents music in a way that appeals to parents and their children and nurtures children’s natural inclination toward music, movement and learning.

Welcome to Musikgarten  

Trinidad & Tobago

The Musikgarten Progression

From baby playing rhythm sticks 🥁 to primary schooler playing on the 🎹 piano keys!


BILINGUAL FAMILY MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Ages: 0-5yrs


Babies: Newborn - 15mths

Semester II: Feb - Jun 2020
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 Class Description

Family Music for Babies
Duration:15 weeks
Class Length: 30 mins with parent/s, once a week​

Description: This class is specifically designed for the bonding and nurturing needs of the youngest children. Most importantly, children will be guaranteed their parent’s undivided attention with fun, developmentally-appropriate nursery rhymes, songs, dances, and baby massages.

Musical & Developmental Goals: 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.

Materials: Additionally, you’ll receive a wonderful CD/ Digital Download recorded by a fine children’s choir and outstanding instrumentalists, using your parent guidebook along with instruments and scarf that comes with the Semester materials to use at home for more fun time together.

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Toddlers: 15mths - 3½yrs

Semester II: Feb - Jun 2020
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Class Description

Family Music for Toddlers
(Child should be walking)
Duration: 15 weeks
Class Length: 35 mins with parents / caregiver, once a week

Description: These classes are action-filled for toddlers and their parents - full of energy, often on the move, exploring and learning, balanced with calming moments to help regulate their emotions.

Activities: We'll experience the joy of playing together through finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs and bouncing songs. Dancing with scarves and hiding games are also part of the fun!

Musical & Developmental Goals: They'll also be engaged in rocking and bouncing activities, circle songs and listening excerpts and tonal and rhythmic patterns to shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the nuances of music. Movement is a big 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 with instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, occasional use drums.

Parents! It is normal for children to wander during this class, and adults are not to worry... they are still listening while in the environment and taking everything in!

Materials: Additionally, you’ll receive a wonderful CD & Digital Download recordings by a fine children’s choir and outstanding instrumentalists. Using your parent guidebook along with an instrument or scarf that comes with the Semester materials to use at home for more fun time together.

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Ages: 3½yrs - 5yrs

Semester II: Feb - Jun 2020
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Class Description

Musikgarten Cycle of Seasons
Duration: 15 weeks
Class Length: 45 mins, once a week with parent/caregiver

Description: Celebrate your preschooler’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities involving nature. This class nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.

Activities: include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling.

Musical & Developmental Goals: This class is will not only establish the child's foundation for music learning through tuning the voice, developing aural skills, promoting control of gross and fine motor movements, but it will also expand listening capabilities, build self-discipline and social skills through ensemble development, and promote independence and interdependence through movement - skills that impact school readiness and all areas of academic learning.

Materials: Fun family packets including wonderful music on 2 CDs + Digital download, Parent guide-songbook and animal picture listening cards are included for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process and foster the love and appreciation of music and nature.

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Mixed Ages: up to 5 yrs old
DAYTIME

Semester 2: Feb - Jun 2020
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Mixed Ages: up to 5 yrs old

Semester 2: Feb - Jun 2020
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GENESIS MUSIC MAKERS - PIANO PREPARATORY
Ages: 4½ yrs +


Ages: 4 yrs+

Semester II: Feb - Jun 2020
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 Class Description

Piano Prep I - Music Makers At Home
Duration: Feb - June 2020
Class Length: 45 mins with 5 min parent review

Description: This Music Makers at Home class is Part 1 of our year-long Piano Preparatory curriculum designed to bridge the gap between earlier Family Music Classes and the groundbreaking Music Makers: At the Piano class. Children almost 5 years and older are now ready for a more structured music learning experience.

This Music Makers class cultivates the child's musical development through singing, tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, movement activities, guided listening, instrumental play and manipulative games. Activities are presented in a developmentally sound, playful manner; the focus is on learning through process rather than performance.

Musical Activities & Goals: Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are dealt with using themes from the child's home environment and natural surroundings. Children begin learning more about rests, common melodic patterns, rhythmic patterns, tempo, dynamics and instrument classification etc. Parents join in towards the end of the session.

We will be doing a wide variety of “hands-on” activities designed to build a strong musical foundation through:
  • Drumming & percussion instrument play
  • Developing the singing voice
  • Movement, both creative and structured
  • Building the necessary listening skills to lead to long-term success in instrumental study
  • Beginning the process of playing in ensembles along with learning about orchestral instruments
  • The first steps in reading music
  • The songs, stories and sounds from the world of nature in two environments: My Neighbourhood OR At the Seashore

Instruments Used: Drums, Resonator Bars, Glockenspiel, Piano-Keyboard.

​​+Materials: Packets with themed materials [Parent Guide book, Musikgarten Recordings, Poster, Coloured Photos]

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Take a 🎥 Peek: Piano Prep I: Pueblo Videos


Ages: 5 yrs+

Semester II: Feb - Jun 2020
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Class Description

Piano Prep II - Music Makers Around the World
Duration: Feb - June 2020
Class Length: 45 mins with 10 min parent review

Description: This Music Makers around the World class is Part 2 of our year-long Piano Preparatory sequential program designed to give your child a solid music-making foundation for the Music Makers At the Piano curriculum over the next four years.  

Imagine your child being able to figure out what the notes on a sheet of music sound like without even touching an instrument, or listening to a song and identifying the musical patterns to be able to write them. Now that's true music literacy! It's the ability to see what you hear and hear what you see!

Musical Activities & Goals: This class is designed to help your child establish a solid music foundation – singing, ear training, playing instruments, ensemble work and creative movement activities.

We engage your child's fascination with all things new and different as a part of developing music literacy and experiencing the joy of making music together. We continue our musical explorations with an exciting cultural study of musical heritage around the world including our own Parang and Calypso, beloved folk songs, instruments, dances, stories, and customs while building keyboard skills and understanding musical notation.

Instruments Used: Drums, Barred Instruments, Mini Steelpan, Piano-Keyboard. Children will be able to translate their newly acquired skills onto the tenor steelpan.

Preparing for next Semester: At the end of the Semester, children and parents are encouraged to join us for our Intro to Piano Class, where they will be introduced to the group, aural method used in Music Makers At the Piano.

Materials: Folder(s) containing songs, activities, parent guide, and CD/Digital Download High Quality Music recordings Folder is brought to class each week.

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VERSATILE MUSIC MAKERS - AT THE PIANO KEYS
Ages: 6½ yrs+


Ages: 6yrs +

Semester 2: Feb - Jun 2020
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 Class Description

Music Makers At the Piano 1
Age: At least 7 yrs / Std 1 Primary
Required: A Keyboard/Piano at home & CD player/mobile device. Talk to us for recommendations before you purchase.
Duration: 15 weeks (total 30 weeks at this level, Sept - June)
Class Length: 50 mins with 10 min review with parents

Description: This specialised Year-long group Piano class is an extension of the work done in Piano Prep II Music Makers Around the World and follows a very sequential approach to building keyboard skills and understanding musical notation. This programme is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood; it is the final step on the pathway to music literacy.

Musical Goals: Lessons at the keyboard in small groups allow the children to experience the delight in making music with others, while at the same time encouraging the development of rhythmic competency, listening skills, singing, and music-reading.  

Learning Outcomes: Throughout the year, the children will become comfortable with D, C and G major 5 finger positions as well as d, c and e minor. They will be introduced to the I and V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs. Transposing their repertoire to all know positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Added to the wide ranging Classical and Folk repertoire, they'll also learn songs in our own musical culture including Parang, Calypso, Chutney and Soca.

Activities & Instruments: In addition to playing the piano-keyboards, the children will be involved in drumming and dancing to nurture their rhythmic development, singing to nurture their tonal development, and echoing patterns to nurture their aural development as well as composing and musical dictation activities to lead the child to music literacy.

Parents Note: The ideal age to begin is between ages 6 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 is made to start at age 5.

Outcome: Children who complete Music Makers: At the Piano not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so. It prepares children for future keyboard study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds.

Materials: Children will receive Keyboard book for playing pieces, aural training, composing and theory as well as notation/reading games, practice and listening CDs and digital download codes, a card file, and a parent handbook.

Pre-requisite: Piano Prep II - Music Makers Around the World if younger than 8yrs old.

Required: A Keyboard/Piano at home along with a CD player/mobile device kept near the piano/keyboard for ease of access for daily practice. Talk to us for recommendations before you purchase. Have your own keyboard, stand and bench to bring to class? Save up to $200!

Class size is limited and will close when limit is reached. Further names will be placed on a waiting list.

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Ages: 7 yrs +

Semester 2: Feb - Jun 2020
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Class Description

Music Makers At the Piano 1
Age: At least 7 yrs / Std 1 Primary
Required: A Keyboard/Piano at home & CD player/mobile device. Talk to us for recommendations before you purchase.
Duration: 15 weeks (total 30 weeks at this level, Sept - June)
Class Length: 50 mins with 10 min review with parents

Description: This specialised Year-long group Piano class is an extension of the work done in Piano Prep II Music Makers Around the World and follows a very sequential approach to building keyboard skills and understanding musical notation. This programme is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood; it is the final step on the pathway to music literacy.

Musical Goals: Lessons at the keyboard in small groups allow the children to experience the delight in making music with others, while at the same time encouraging the development of rhythmic competency, listening skills, singing, and music-reading.  

Learning Outcomes: Throughout the year, the children will become comfortable with D, C and G major 5 finger positions as well as d, c and e minor. They will be introduced to the I and V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs. Transposing their repertoire to all know positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Added to the wide ranging Classical and Folk repertoire, they'll also learn songs in our own musical culture including Parang, Calypso, Chutney and Soca.

Activities & Instruments: In addition to playing the piano-keyboards, the children will be involved in drumming and dancing to nurture their rhythmic development, singing to nurture their tonal development, and echoing patterns to nurture their aural development as well as composing and musical dictation activities to lead the child to music literacy.

Parents Note: The ideal age to begin is between ages 6 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 is made to start at age 5.

Outcome: Children who complete Music Makers: At the Piano not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so. It prepares children for future keyboard study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds.

Materials: Children will receive Keyboard book for playing pieces, aural training, composing and theory as well as notation/reading games, practice and listening CDs and digital download codes, a card file, and a parent handbook.

Pre-requisite: Piano Prep II - Music Makers Around the World if younger than 8yrs old.

Required: A Keyboard/Piano at home along with a CD player/mobile device kept near the piano/keyboard for ease of access for daily practice. Talk to us for recommendations before you purchase. Have your own keyboard, stand and bench to bring to class? Save up to $200!

Class size is limited and will close when limit is reached. Further names will be placed on a waiting list.

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