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Music Circle Outdoors

For ages 0 to 4 years old along with a parent or caregiver.

Instructor: Miss Melissa Ayotte, licensed Musikgarten Instructor

Class Location

Miwok Park

2200 Novato Blvd. 94947

Regular Class Times

Mondays 10:00

Thursdays 10:00

 

Sing and Play Days

Saturday 11/20 10:00

Come check it out!

Classes are 30 minutes each

 

Weather caused cancellations (heat/rain/poor air) will result in extending the session another week.

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Enrollment fees

$25 Sing & Play Day (11/20)

$140 / 5 week Fall (10/28 to12/2)

$215 / 8 week Winter (1/31 to 3/31)

 

Enrollment fee includes tuition and home materials (CD, digital music, songbook). 

 

All NEW families will receive an instrument kit at their first class: 4 egg shakers, 4 rhythm sticks, 2 scarves.

Class size limited to 10 families with social distancing. 

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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!  Preview a Musikgarten Family Songbook here

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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.​

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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.
 
Instrument play
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.
 
Dance 
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.
 

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Together time
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!

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A Few More Details.....

   
Please do not bring in 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 enrollment is per family, there is no added fee for attending with siblings.  You are welcome to attend with as many adult participants as you'd like, as well.

Home Materials
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!)

Payment Policies
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 are welcome to make up a missed class by 2 classes (M & Th) the following week.  If a class is cancelled due to rain, dampness, or poor air, session will be extended another week.