Online Programs for Babies & Toddlers
While our in-person programs are on hold during the health crisis, please join Miss Melissa online for weekly and monthly videos.
Baby Sign & Sing
New videos posted each Friday morning inside the Novato Piano School Baby Signers group on Facebook. Click here to request to join the group
New videos posted each Thursday morning inside the Novato Piano School Toddler Music group on Facebook. Click here to request to join the group
Baby Sign Basics A monthly Zoom class. Teaching your preverbal baby to use simple sign language is fun and easy and very rewarding!!
Studio Classes for Babies & Toddlers
Family Musikgarten classes with Miss Melissa will resume at our Novato studio on Thursdays and Fridays once the health crisis is over.
Our classes will be smaller (8 families only) and shorter (30 minutes) and offered at a reduced rate. There will probably be a few other changes as well.
What is Musikgarten?
Celebrating 30 years of family music-making and taught by piano teachers around the world, Musikgarten brings the joy of music making right into your home, whether or note you consider yourself musical or not!
In each Musikgarten class you will learn songs, rhymes, rhythms, dances, bounces, and finger plays that are simple and easy enough for you to repeat daily throughout the week between classes.
It is the daily music making experiences that will make the difference in your child's life.
At your very first class you will receive a CD, songbook and digital downloads so that you and your child can bring your class experience home and share it with your family right away!
Musikgarten activities include
· Instrument Exploration
· Steady Beat Practice
· Focused Listening
· Rhythm Patterns
· Vocal Development
· Rocking & Relaxation
· Keyboard Geography
· Sign Language (ASL)
· Musical Storytime
· Creative Movement & Dance
· Traditional Folk Music
· Classical Favorites
A Note from Miss Melissa...
My own personal experience with early childhood music began in 1998 when my son was only 10 months old and I received my training and started my program. Having my own baby to "practice" the home activities with was not only beneficial for me as a teacher and for Charlie as a growing baby, but observing him learn, grow and enjoy music so much was especially empowering for me as a parent. I was sold!
With my background in piano and music theory, I chose to teach the Musikgarten curriculum for a few reasons:
Focus on folk and classical music.
"Follow the Child" teaching pedagogy.
High quality beautifully recorded CDs given out each session.
What you will experience in Musikgarten class:
Folk and classical music
Musikgarten is based on the music that has existed for generations. This music has imprinted itself on the human experience and its familiarity is key in helping children learn to sing in tune and keep steady beat.
Age-appropriate exploration with real instruments enhances a sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing qualities of sound, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.
A room full of family and friends dancing together helps a little body develop the muscle strength needed at first to crawl and walk and then to jump and march. All children are completely free to move about the room at anytime during class and this freedom helps a little heart to fall in love with the sheer joy of responding physically to music.
Musikgarten classes are the essence of “quality time”. We provide you a place to create special memories, nurture the growing bond you share, and gain new insights into your child’s development.
Baby sign language for early communication
You will learn American Sign Language ASL in every class and techniques on how to use sign language every day to enhance your child’s language development.
Learning continues at home
With your CDs, books & instruments (all included in the enrollment fee) the learning continues all week long with your child’s best teacher—you!
A Few More Details.....
Please do not bring in any food, drinks, or toys
These items are not allowed anywhere in the studio, please leave them in the car. In the interest of cleanliness, distraction and fairness, this is very important. If you send another person to attend with your child, please let them know (also important). Breastfeeding OK at anytime.
Siblings attending together
Plan on attending with 2 adult participants when enrolling siblings (whenever possible). Siblings who are not enrolled but have a day off of school may be able to attend class for a drop-in fee, however, please make prior arrangements in this situation. Please know that older siblings will not be permitted to attend the baby class at anytime.
Each session will be designed around a theme and will be complimented with a CD, digital music, and a songbook. All included in the enrollment fee.
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed! If after attending your first class, the program does not suit your needs, you may request a 100% refund (minus any opened or kept home materials). After attending 2 or more classes, refunds are not available except credit may be issued in extreme or rare circumstances.
Make Up Classes
Attending your regular class is very important. Missed classes have no cash or credit value. There may an opportunity to attend an additional class as a courtesy to make up for an absence if you make this request via email within a day or two of your absence.
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