Musikgarten Musikgarten

The Music Garden, Houston TX
since 1984

713-270-0480

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Class Descriptions / Fees

Baby / Toddler Monday 9:15 (Birth to 36 months)

13 week session (30-minute class)

This class is designed to bring the joy of music and movement to babies, toddlers and their caregivers.

Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child's music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed. 

Parents accompany their child during the 30-minute class. Home materials include a full-color parent book, and digital music download or CD.

Tuition:$170
Materials:$40
Total:$210, each semester


Baby / Toddler Monday 10:00 (Birth to 36 months)



Baby / Toddler Tuesday 9:30 (Birth to 36 months)

13 week session

All babies are born with an aptitude for music. But research shows that their aptitude diminishes if it is not nurtured. The best way to nurture a child's music aptitude is through active music making. By singing and dancing for and with our children in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles we are helping our children reach their full music potential.

This class offers adults the opportunity to play with their babies in a musical setting, experiencing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music. By singing, dancing, bouncing, and rocking, the child's music aptitude is being carefully nurtured, laying the foundation for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination.

Activities include singing, bouncing songs, rocking songs, dances, finger plays, body awareness games and echoes.

Home materials include a parent book, CD and small instrument kit with wooden rattle, pair of sticks and scarf.

Tuition:$170
Materials:$40
Total:$210


Baby / Toddler Wednesday 10:30 (Birth to 36 months)



Baby / Toddler Thursday 11:30 (Birth to 36 months)



Baby / Toddler Thursday 6:00 (Birth to 36 months)



Baby / Toddler Saturday 10:15 (Birth to 36 months)



Cycle of Seasons Monday 10:45 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)

13 week session (45-minute class)

This class is designed to nurture the emergent independence of the 3 and young 4 year old. Themes are nature-based and designed to follow the seasons.

Activities include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which nurture the child's musical development while satisfying the child's need to learn in a holistic environment.

Parents stay for the 45-minute class. Home materials include digital music download or 2 CDs, songbook, and animal picture cards to allow the learning and fun to continue at home.

Tuition:$200
Materials:$50
Total:$250, each semester


Cycle of Seasons Tuesday 10:15 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Wednesday 11:15 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Wednesday 2:30 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Thursday 10:30 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Thursday 1:15 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Thursday 6:30 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Cycle of Seasons Saturday 9:15 (Ages 3 & 4 Years)



Pre-piano I Monday 4:30 WAIT LIST (Ages 4 & 5 Years)



Pre-piano I Thursday 3:15 (Ages 4 & 5 Years)



Pre-piano II Tuesday 6:15 (Ages 5 & 6 Years)

13-week session (60-minute class)

This class is designed to accommodate the 5 and 6 year old and can be a great follow-up for children who have completed Pre-piano: Music Makers I.

In this class, children explore the music, dances and stories of different cultures: British Isles, Amerindians, Germany and African-American.

 As always, the key ingredients are singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments, lots of movement, and tonal and rhythm patterns.

Through echoing, writing and reading patterns, the children will build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually, leading to an understanding of musical notation as a useful language.

Parents join their children during the last 15 minutes of class. Home materials include digital music download or CD, poster, song pages, and notation games for each culture. Children receive 4 packets throughout two 13-week semesters. Optional 6-8 week summer session.

Tuition:$235
Materials:$65
Total:$300, each semester


Pre-piano II Wednesday 3:00 (Ages 5 & 6 Years)



Pre-piano II Thursday 4:30 (Ages 5 & 6 Years)



Pre-piano II Saturday 11:00 (Ages 5 & 6 Years)



Piano I Wednesday 4:45 (Ages 6 & 7 Years)

75-minute classes in two 13-week semesters

During Piano I year, the children will be introduced to the keyboard. As the final step on the pathway from early childhood music to music literacy, this program is designed to teach the children to begin to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood.

Through 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.

This class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills, understanding musical notation and setting up practice habits as set forth in the book, Music Makers: At the Keyboard, Book One.

Year One Piano consists of Book 1 (and its CDs) and Book 2 (and its CDs), notation games, and a Parent Handbook. It is the first of a 3-year / 6-book program.

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

Tuition:$295
Materials:$65
Total:$360, each semester


Piano I Saturday 12:15 (Ages 6 & 7 Years)



Piano II Tuesday 4:30 (Ages 6 & 7 Years)

75-minute classes in two 13-week semesters

In Piano II, the children learn new hand positions that move out of the 5-finger position, new keys and notation games, how to write out familiar songs and will have many more opportunities to compose their own music.

Materials include the keyboard book, 2 CDs and notation games.

Pre-requisite Piano I.

 

 

Tuition:$295
Materials:$65
Total:$360, each semester


Piano II Friday 4:30 (Ages 6 & 7 Years)

75-minute classes in two 13-week semesters

In Books 3 and 4  the children will play folksongs by ear in major keys with I, IV and V7 chords in the accompaniment and the equivalent in the minor keys. 

 They will read and play both familiar and unfamiliar folksongs with chordeal and arpeggiated bass. There will be technique exercises including major scales followed by I, IV, V7, I chordal progressions.

Improvisation activities and exercises include melodies on isolated I and V7 chord tones in both duple and triple, melody in left hand, right hand and divided.

The children will do harnomic analysis of folk and classical repertoire, listen to classical literature, compose and take dictation, and increase their working vocabulary of dynamic and articulation markings, musical terms and symbols.

Home materials include books, CDs, and notation games.

Pre-requisite Piano II.

 

Tuition:$295
Materials:$65
Total:$360, each semester


Piano III Monday 6:00

In Books 5 and 6, the children will have increased exposure to Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart.  They will be introduced to the works of Mouret and Bartok and prepared to make important decisions for their improvised solos.

Scales will be played with both hands in parallel motion and the children will learn to play arpeggios. 

The children's aural skills combined with a knowledge of melody, harmony and rhythm will be utilized in improvixing on a 12-Bar Blues Progression and the chance to compose and write their very own blues composition. 

Pre-requisite Piano III.

 



Adult Piano Wednesday 12:15 (Ages 16 to 116!)

A series of four books/dependent on student

Ideal for: 
1. Those who took lessons as a child and quit,
2.  Those who learned the traditional way but now want to learn to play by ear
3. Totally clueless beginners....

In other words, ANYONE who wants to have fun playing the piano!

Materials (as needed) may include a book, CD and flash cards.  There are typically four books, covered in a series 8 week class sessions.

Tuition:$100 per month
Materials:as needed


TRIAL CLASS

Trial classes are an opportunity for you and your child to try a class without commitment.

During the Fall and Spring semesters*, you are welcome to visit a class once during the with no obligation. When you enroll your child, that visit will be rolled into the normal or pro-rated tuition.

  1. Check the schedule for the class that fits your schedule and your child's age.
  2. Call or e-mail to verify there is a class that day/time. We may be on break or a class may be full.
  3. Confirm with us the date and class you would like to try.
  4. Complete the On Line Registration and be sure to indicate the class, day and time in the "Question/Comment" section on the page.  
*During the Summer session, our class sizes and enrollment vary from one week to the next, so we ask for payment for a single class as an "a la carte" option. You must call or email for availability.
 

Total:No Charge