Music Circle Outdoors
For ages 0 to 3.5 years old along with a parent or caregiver.
Instructor: Miss Melissa Ayotte, licensed Musikgarten Instructor
2200 Novato Blvd. 94947
Classes are 30 minutes each
2023 Fall session
Sept 14 to Nov 2
2024 Winter session
Feb 1 to Mar 28*
*With no class on 2/22
If class is ever cancelled due to rain/poor air, etc the session will be extended another week.
Enrollment fees per 8 class session
With all materials included
$230 one child
*Sibling under 5 months at the time of enrollment may attend for free. Nanny share/cousin is not a sibling.
Session enrollment fee includes tuition and home materials (CD, digital music, songbook).
All NEW families will receive an instrument kit at their first class with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, and scarves for each participant.
Class size is limited, early enrollment recommended.
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 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!
Listen to the music:
Musikgarten activities include
· Instrument Exploration
· Steady Beat Practice
· Focused Listening
· Rhythm Patterns
· Vocal Development
· Rocking & Relaxation
· Keyboard Geography
· Sign Language (ASL)
· 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 group 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 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.
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 take out any food, drinks, or toys
These items are distracting and do not belong in our learning environment. Please keep these items in your car, or completely tucked away during class time. If you send another person to attend with your child, please let them know (also important).
Siblings attending together
Outdoor Music Circle class is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and attending with 2 or 3 siblings is fine. There is a discounted sibling fee for the 2 sibling, and the third siblings may attend for free. Sibling babies under 6 months at the time of enrollment are also invited to attend for no extra charge. Please note that a cousin is not a sibling, and neither is a caregiver's child (or nanny share.)
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. Please help your child become familiar with our songs by listening to the music at home and in the car (a lot!)
Full refund is avaialble 24 hours prior to first class only. If after attending your first class, the program does not suit your needs, you may request a partial refund (minus $60 materials fee, materials are yours to keep). After the first week refunds are not available.
Make Up Classes
You will be offerd one make class up per 8 week session. The make up offered may or may not fit into your schedule. If class is cancelled due to rain, dampness, or poor air, the session will be extended another week.