• Benefits of Music & Movement

    Today we know more about how children learn and grow than ever before. Today we have data to confirm our hunch that "Music is vital to life." Read what experts in their fields think about the benefits of music and movement:


    Music brings people together. Through music, children take an inner experience and move it into a shared creative experience. Group music-making releases energy which can be channeled in creative, productive directions. Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other — tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child's playing.

    Judi Bosco
    Board Certified Music Therapist



    Resiliency — to bounce back after a disturbing event — is not something we are born with; it must be learned and sometimes that takes many years. There is no vehicle more joyful and playful for providing such training than early childhood music and movement.

    Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D.
    Neuroscience Educator


    A rich voice opens the ear and gives energy to the nervous system. Not only does it help children process and memorize the message, but it also increases their desire to listen more, learn more, and know more. A good voice fills the cognitive and emotional brain.


    Paul Madaule
    Founder and Director
    The Listening Centre


    Speech and music have a number of shared processing systems. Musical experiences which enhance processing can therefore impact on the perception of language which in turn impacts on learning to read.


    Susan Hallam
    Institute of Education
    University of London



    Noted author and neuroscience educator Jane Healyspeaks about children whose parents have chosen more "academic" pursuits for their children:


    Studies show that 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in heavily "academic" classes tend to become less creative and more anxious - without gaining significant advantages over their peers.

    Jane M. Healy
    Your Child's Growing Mind


    And, if everything else were not convincing enough...


    A 2007 poll found that 88% of all post-graduate students in college and 83% of all people earning $150,000 or more had extensive music training.

    Poll, November 14, 2007
    Reuters, Ltd.


    Why Music and Movement are Vital for Children:

    Peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes, bats and balls, hide and seek, music and children — are all elements of childhood. Children are naturally interested in music, and music is naturally good for children. Why is music so attractive to children and why is music so well suited to children?


    • Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
    • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
    • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
    • Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC's without the ABC song?
    • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.
    • Music is perfectly designed for training children's listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
    • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
    • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.
    • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.
    • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation. Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.


    As published in Early Childhood Connections

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement: Birth - Age 5




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    Congratulations! By considering music education for your child at an early age, you have taken a first step toward bonding musically with your child and enriching your family life with active music-making.


    Children are naturally drawn to music, which will make your time with them in Musikgarten both fun and beneficial.


    Why Musikgarten


    The Plan

    Only Musikgarten offers a comprehensive, sequential plan for the musical development of your child from birth through beginning piano. Each of our six courses stands on its own and fits the developmental needs of the child. Class time is educational, fun and purposeful.


    The Teachers

    Your Musikgarten teacher is a highly trained professional with classroom and field experience in early childhood music education and child development.


    The Curriculum

    Musikgarten's programs are based on meeting the developmental needs of children as they grow. Favorite songs, stories, and dances are revisited throughout – building on what each child has mastered and enjoyed – making successful learning easier.


    Family Involvement

    You will receive CDs, family activity guides and instruments to continue the bonding and fun of music with your child at home.



    Family Music for Babies: New born - 18 Months


    Designed for parents and their babies to take together. This 30-minute weekly class helps you learn how to play musically with your baby.


    Musical play activities:

    – Increase your child's curiosity

    about music.

    – Develop listening skills and

    sense of beat.

    – Establish a foundation for

    singing and musical thought.

    – Help you form a closer bond

    with your child.


    – Bouncing and rocking songs.

    – Wiggle and peek-a-boo games.

    – Superb CD recordings by a fine children's choir and outstanding instrumentalists, together with a book describing the activities and games to play with baby.

    – A lovely cloth instrument pouch with rhythm sticks, Musikgarten rattle and colorful scarf.



    Family Music for Toddlers: 15 Months - 3.5 Years

    Participate with your toddler for 30 minutes each week in singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening and playing simple instruments.


    Musical play activities:

    – Help develop a strong musical bond with your child and closer family ties.

    – Bridge the natural connection

    between music and movement.

    – Enhance your child’s musical

    aptitude and listening abilities.

    – Lay the foundation for singing

    and vocal development,

    listening skills, and

    purposeful movement.


    – Movement activities for coordination, body awareness, exploration of space, body control and the pure joys of movement.

    – Folk songs for singing, dancing and listening.

    – Focused listening examples from both daily life and music instruments.

    – Instruments to explore: rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.

    – 4 wonderful semesters, each with a 60-minute CD, a parent activity book and an instrument or scarf to use at home.



    Cycle of Season: Ages 3 - 5

    Celebrate your child’s love of nature and growing independence through activities involving the four seasons (45 minute class).



    Musical play activities:

    – Nurture 3 year olds’ ability to

    use language and participate in

    dramatic play within a musical


    – Develop listening, focused

    attention, imagination,

    creativity, and self-expression.


    – Singing, chanting, moving, focused

    listening, musical games.

    – Exploring musical instruments,

    creative movement and storytelling.

    – Family packets for each season of the year. Packets include outstanding CDs, full color illustrated cards for listening activities, and a parent activity book, all in a cloth Musikgarten pouch.


    Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the brain that help develop memory, math skills, and powers of abstract and creative thinking.


    Music touches all spheres of development:

    – Language

    – Self Expression

    - Concentration

    - Social Interaction

    - Fine Motor Skills

    - Listening

    - Problem Solving

    - Teamwork

    - Goal Setting

    - Coordination


    – Confidence

    – Self Esteem

    – Music Playing

    - Creativity

    - Family Involvment

    - Poise

    - Bonding

    - Voice Expression

    - Family Interaction

    - Emotional Development


    Overall, music activities are ideal for your growing child.

    – Music immerses the child in language.

    – Evokes movement.

    – Stimulates the brain.

    – Fosters physical coordination.

    – Develops listening skills, the foremost necessity for learning.


    All in a group setting that builds community

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    Teaching Music, Understanding Children



    To begin your musical journey call Lessons by Lisa
    813-765-0737 or complete our Registration Form

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement: Birth - Age 9

    Musikgarten is a sequential music and development program for children


    At the head of each program are internationally-acclaimed authors who provide developmentally appropriate activities of the highest quality.


    Musikgarten's programs awaken and develop your child's inborn joy and talent for making music. Early childhood — a time of rapid growth and brain development — is the optimal time to start this musical journey. Beginning with Family Music for Babies and continuing through Music Makers At the Keyboard, your child steps across that important bridge from general music learning to instrumental skill. Choose from Musikgarten's full spectrum of classes from birth to age 9, and share with your child the gift of music — the gift that lasts a lifetime.



    Family Music for Babies

    Family Music for Babies: (ages newborn - 18 months)

    Play musically with your baby through bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, dancing, moving, and singing. Music play activities are designed to increase your child's curiosity about music, to develop listening skills and a sense of beat, and to establish the foundation for singing and musical thought.



    Family Music for Toddlers

    Family Music for Toddlers: (ages 15 months - 3 1/2 years)

    Participate with your toddler in singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments — while developing a strong musical bond with your child. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, your child's musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and further developed.



    Cycle of seasons

    Cycle of Seasons: (ages 3 - 5)

    Celebrate your child's love of nature and growing independence through activities which focus on the seasons of the year. Classes are designed to build attention and self-expression and include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling.



    Music Makers: At Home in the World/Around the World

    Music Makers: At Home in the World/Around the World (from age 4)

    Your child is now ready for this sequential two-year music program. Music Makers includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening, as well as a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression.



    Music Makers: At the Keyboard

    Music Makers: At the Keyboard Years I & II (from age 6)

    Musikgarten children come to the piano ready to play the songs they have learned to sing, dance, and love. Small group lessons at the keyboard capitalize on your child's delight in making music with others and allow the children to gallop through the beginning keyboard levels with delight.




    Music Makers: At the Keyboard

    "My most sincere encouragement to parents is to make music freely with your child... to lose yourself in the world of childhood, to delight in the play that your young child is showing you, and to experience your child's wonder and enjoyment of the musical world."

    — Lorna Heyge, Ph.D.
    Musikgarten Founder
    NPR Interview, 1999


    To begin your musical journey call Lessons by Lisa
    813-765-0737 or complete our Registration Form

  • Give Your Child a World of Possibilities

    From the moment they are born, you feel an overwhelming urge to give your children the world. Then life gets in the way. There are time and financial constraints, social pressures, and conflicting advice. How do you give your children the most beneficial experience within the constraints of modern life? Easy. You do it through music.


    Studies from around the globe have shown that, from a very early age, music lessons can have profound long-term effects that include improved language development, higher standardized test scores in math, improved graduation rates, and even decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use.


    What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.

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