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Sep 15 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Key Issues in Early Childhood Education: Approaches to Children’s Music Curriculum and Lessons

Over the past several weeks, we have been delving into several key discussion topics or issues that early childhood educators face in the classroom. Much of this content is based on the observations and writings of neuroscience educator Dr. Dee Joy...

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Sep 01 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Issues in Early Childhood Education - Nourishment

Understanding Music Nourishment in Children In our recent blog, we began a series to explore some key issues facing teachers of childhood music education. This installment will continue the series by first shining light on some false assumptions often made about how children’s...

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Aug 25 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Issues in Early Childhood Education

Most teachers, especially teachers of children, will attest that they did not get into education for the money. In an Association of Teachers and Lecturers survey, 80 percent of educators said that they teach because they enjoy working with children, while 75 percent...

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Aug 03 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Music and Fine Arts Education More Important Than Ever

It is no surprise to anyone involved in fine arts education over the last several decades that arts classes have been gutted in public schools all across America. Since the recession of 2008, 80% of the nations schools were faced with...

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Jul 16 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Layers of Experiences Help Children Learn Piano

Over the last several months, we have been exploring the various reasons for how early childhood music education better prepares children to learn any musical instrument, with a focus primarily on piano. Beginning piano teachers understand how early childhood music...

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Jun 28 2021
Musikgarten Blog: How Early Childhood Music Classes Prepare Children to Learn Piano Part 3

Part 3 – Through SPIRIT and THE FAMILY Many early childhood music programs take a very concentrated approach to teaching piano keyboard, focusing mainly on technique and notation. While these methods are competent in teaching piano skills, many do not take...

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Jun 11 2021
Notes in the Garten Podcast 12: Adapting Online - What to Take Away for In-person Part 2

This is part two of a two part episode. In this exciting and fun episode of the Notes in the Garten Podcast, we explore some adaptations to activities that have worked really well for online teaching and also some things...

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Jun 03 2021
Notes in the Garten Podcast 11 - Adapting Online - What to Take Away for In-person Part 1

In this exciting and fun episode of the Notes in the Garten Podcast, we explore some adaptations to activities that have worked really well for online teaching and also some things that you may consider “taking with you” as you...

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Jun 10 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Back to the Children Music Classroom Post Pandemic

As with about everything else, we are all very tired of topics being written on the Covid-19 pandemic, and are ready to move forward to normalcy. As we cautiously move back to in-person school settings, there are several things that...

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May 26 2021
Musikgarten Blog: How Early Childhood Music Classes Prepare Children to Learn Piano Part 2

Part 2 – Through THE MIND Children’s piano instructors understand that a strong foundation in music from the earliest ages will help improve student’s progress and understanding of the keyboard later in childhood. We began by exploring how movement and the body...

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May 14 2021
Musikgarten Blog: How Early Childhood Music and Movement Classes Prepare Children to Learn Piano

Part 1 – Through THE BODY Children’s piano teachers often must “start from scratch” in teaching the child not just the keyboard, but all of the different facets of music. That is why many piano instructors will attest to how a...

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Apr 29 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Marketing for Summer Music Camps and Classes

With the summer quickly approaching and Covid guidelines continuing to relax for in-person instruction, parents returning to work are going to be looking for opportunities for their children while school is out. Although the official first day of Summer is not...

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Apr 15 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Earth Day Helps Teach Music to Children

Thursday, April 22 marks the 51st year that Earth Day has been celebrated around the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. As Spring brings warmer temperatures, Earth Day creates a good opportunity to use nature as a backdrop for teaching children’s music...

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Mar 25 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Considering Resuming Childrens In-Person Music Classes?

March 20th marked the first day of Spring, as the sun officially crossed the equator. Figuratively, this has been a long winter for most of us. But with Covid vaccinations accelerating and the CDC releasing new guidelines for operating schools, there are more and more...

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Mar 23 2021
Notes in the Garten Podcast 10 - Back to Basics: Music Meets the Needs of Children Part 2

Music meets the needs of children Part 2. In Part 2 of this podcast Jeff, Amy and Ellen explore the role of the teacher, the other adult in the room, and highlight several key aspects of a teacher’s proper attitude,...

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Mar 16 2021
Notes in the Garten Podcast 9 - Back to Basics: Music Meets the Needs of Children Part 1

Music meets the needs of children is a multitude of ways. For Musikgarten and early childhood music and movement teachers this begins with the realization that a child’s primary learning motivation comes from being in a pleasant and non-threatening environment....

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Mar 11 2021
Musikgarten Blog: The Pathway to Music Literacy in Children

From whatever country they were born, or environment they were born into, all children are born with a natural ability and inclination to sing and dance. Famed children’s music researcher, teacher, author and lecturer Dr. Edwin E. Gordon concluded that until age...

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Feb 25 2021
Musikgarten Blog: The Listening and Movement Connection

Our series on how early childhood music programs influence Music Literacy at the Keyboard continues with the importance of body movement with music and listening. We have explored how singing a repertoire of familiar songs, as well as setting a good foundation of keyboard...

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Feb 12 2021
Musikgarten Blog: In Memory of Hermann Heyge

Hermann Karl Friedrich Heyge November 26, 1935, Ilmenau – February 4, 2021, Weimar “The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live.” (Socrates) The Musikgarten family wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to Lorna Heyge...

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Feb 10 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Learning the Piano Starts with a Good Foundation

In this third installment from our series on Music Literacy at the Keyboard and children’s music programs, we will explore how setting a good foundation of posture, arm and hand position, and finger technique are vital to instrumental education. Proper posture with...

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Feb 04 2021
Musikgarten Blog: How Singing Helps to Learn Piano

Many of us have memories of piano teachers that used metronomes meticulously, or in some cases beat on the edge of the piano with a ruler as we struggled to play in time. While some of their methods may seem old-fashioned today,...

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Jan 26 2021
Musikgarten Blog: Music Literacy and the Second Stage of Child Development

Merriam-Webster first defines literacy as simply “the ability to read and write,” but a second definition expands that to “knowledge that relates to a specified subject.” This is an important distinction, especially when considering childhood music literacy. In our next...

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Dec 22 2020
Musikgarten Exemplary Programs 2020

As we bring this year to a close, Musikgarten wants to thank all of our teachers who continue to bring the best of early childhood music education to children and parents, especially the Musikgarten Exemplary Programs for the 2019-2020 year. Exemplary...

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Dec 18 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 8: Why Teach Early Childhood Music and Musikgarten

Have you ever asked yourself these questions: What experiences as a child influenced you musically? Why did you become a musician? What eventually led you to early childhood music education?...

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Nov 24 2020
Musikgarten Blog: The Importance of Teaching Children to be Thankful

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach children the importance of being grateful. It’s not uncommon for children, let alone adults, to disregard the significance of the little things that go on in our daily lives. While holidays do stand...

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Nov 16 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 7 - Back to Basics - All Children are Musical

For this episode of the Notes in the Garten Podcast you are going to need to buckle and get comfortable because this is a long one. Jeff, Amy and Ellen are getting Back to Basics and start a series discussing...

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Oct 27 2020
Musikgarten Blog: An Open Letter to Musikgarten Teachers

Down the river, O, down the river, O, down the river we go…. down the river, O, down the river, O,  down the Ohio…. When everything started to change this past March, I was teaching several children whose parents had paid for...

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Nov 19 2020
Musikgarten Blog: The Role of Adults in Young Children’s Music Class

Exploring the natural development phases of The Nature of the Young Child, we have shown how the first phases of life are crucial in how a child discovers independence. Our final part of this series explores the child’s home environment, and...

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Oct 15 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Understanding the Nature of the Young Child in Teaching Music

Maria Montessori, the acclaimed Italian physician and educator best known for the pedagogical philosophy that bears her name, once wrote “follow the child.” The statement is acknowledgement that children have their own particular pattern, of which careful observation is key to understanding in...

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Nov 03 2020
Musikgarten Blog: The Role of Music in Early Childhood Development

In this third installment of our series on The Nature of the Young Child, we continue to explore how children learn during the first phases of life, and how the first three years in particular are critical. Based on the pedagogical...

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Oct 01 2020
Musikgarten Blog: The Philosophy of Early Childhood Music Education Programs

There has been a great deal of research and publication on the importance of music in early childhood development. Whether it is the educational, social, or emotional benefits that exposure and participation in music provides to children throughout their development from birth,...

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Sep 24 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 6 - Marketing with Jeremy Evans Part 2

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Sep 17 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Five Basic Steps for Marketing Early Childhood Music Programs

With so many things needing attention at once, it is all too easy for owners of children’s music studios to lose focus on basic marketing principles that will help them ensure the ongoing success of their business. We often unintentionally...

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Sep 02 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 5 - Marketing with Jeremy Evans Part 1

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Sep 02 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Virtual Children's Music Class - A Teacher's Prospective - Dr. Joy Galliford

If you have not been following our blog series which explores different music teacher’s perspectives on teaching children’s music classes virtually, you can find them here. In this final installment of the four-part series, we interview Dr. Joy Galliford, Ph. D.,...

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Aug 24 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Virtual Children’s Music Classes – A Teachers Prospective Part 3

This is our second teacher spotlight in our blog series about virtual teaching early childhood music in the wake of Covid-19. Today, we interview Anthony Williams, Director of the Early Childhood Music School in Williamsburg, VA., and certified Musikgarten teacher. Thank you...

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Aug 21 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Virtual Children’s Music Classes – A Teachers Prospective Part 2

In this second installment exploring the challenges and reflections on teaching a virtual early childhood music class, we continue our interview with Rebecca Cauthron of East Dallas Children’s Music. A certified Musikgarten teacher, Rebecca provides her experiences, tips, and ideas...

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Aug 12 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast - Setting Parents up for Success Online

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Aug 06 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Virtual Children’s Music Classes – A Teachers Prospective

This is part one of a two-part interview with Rebecca Cauthron, certified Musikgarten teacher at East Dallas Children’s Music. Rebecca shares her experiences and insight into translating in-person children’s music classes to a virtual environment as a result of the...

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Aug 05 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 3 - Adapting for Online Teaching Part 2

Adapting for Online Teaching Part 2...

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Jul 20 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 2

Adapting for Online Teaching Part 1...

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Jul 15 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Balancing Digital Media for Children at Home

With summer in full swing, and the pandemic still influencing parents work arrangements and social activities, we find ourselves asking the familiar question “How much screen time at home is adequate for my child?” Children’s music studio owners and teachers...

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Jul 02 2020
Enjoy a Long Weekend

Hello Everyone, It is hard to believe that it is already July and two weeks into summer. A lot of us are getting outside, enjoying parks, bike rides, walks, and continuing our close connection to family. Some of us are enjoying...

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May 25 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Planning for Re-opening of Your Children's Music Studio

As governors across the country monitor their states criteria for re-opening businesses and other organizations, children’s music studio owners should be developing a plan for how and when they will resume their in-person classes in a safe and responsible manner....

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May 22 2020
COVID-19 News: Lots of News!

Hello Everyone, As many states across the US, plus some foreign locations, start to ease restrictions, business owners and consumers alike find ourselves in a slightly uneasy situation – a conflict of emotions about reopening in the wake of a pandemic. While we...

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May 08 2020
Notes in the Garten Podcast 1

Musikgarten Explores Online Children's Music Classes...

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May 08 2020
Musikgarten News: No News is Good News

Hello Everyone, Someone once said, "no news is good news." As we have all grown a little more comfortable in our current situations we do realize that much of life continues and we make plans, learn something new, and start new...

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May 06 2020
Musikgarten Blog: Tips for Conducting a Virtual Music Class for Children

For many teachers across the country and the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has required that they embrace technology in a way like never before. Whether they were already tech-savvy or tech averse, teaching virtually has become a necessary reality for...

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May 01 2020
COVID-19: A Note From Musikgarten 5-1-20

Hello Everyone, During these challenging times, we at Musikgarten have been impressed by the resilience and creativity that many of our studio owners and teachers are showing. With the help of technology, many studios are continuing to conduct their music classes...

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Apr 24 2020
COVID-19: A Note From Musikgarten

Hello Everyone, We at Musikgarten hope that you are staying safe and healthy. The COVID-19 situation has presented plenty of challenges, but this “new normal” has also brought some very positive outcomes. On a personal level, slowing down some, spending more...

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Apr 21 2020
Utilizing Downtime to Nurture your Children’s Music Studio

As many businesses across the world have temporarily (and in unfortunate cases permanently), shuttered their doors amid the coronavirus crisis, there are some signs of light at the end of the tunnel for states begin lifting stay at home orders. However,...

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Apr 15 2020
Spring Reminds Children of Music

The Covid-19 epidemic, and subsequent stay at home orders, are testing our resolve and family dynamics. However, there is a place where almost anyone can find refuge from the monotony by simply stepping outside. Just on the heels of Easter,...

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Mar 28 2020
A Family that Sings Together is Stronger

While social distancing would seem like a means by which we will all have more time to ourselves, anyone with family members at home knows this cannot be farther from the truth. Parents who are lucky enough to be able...

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19: Musikgarten Office Hours Change

Hello Everyone, The COVID-19 situation continues to present new challenges to all of us on a daily basis. Our first priority must be the health of our teachers, studio owners, employees, and families. The city of Greensboro, NC, where Musikgarten is located,...

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19: Cleaning Unfinished Wood Instruments

Hello Everyone,   We all have our concerns during this uneasy time and I wanted to address cleaning the natural, unfinished, wood instruments. These would include the sticks, jingles, rattles, and sand blocks.   The best way to think about these...

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Mar 20 2020
More COVID-19 News

Hello Everyone, Every day we face another new phase of this ever changing situation. Every business is adjusting in new, and let’s face it - scary, ways. Here in Greensboro, NC all restaurants, bars, and coffee houses are either closed or trying...

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Mar 19 2020
Message from Musikgarten: COVID-19

Hello Everyone,   What challenging times we are all experiencing! Things are moving so fast that making the best decision for you, your family and your business is a daunting task. We wish to assure you, that we will support you, our teachers,...

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Mar 13 2019
Book: A Song from the Heart: The Pedagogical Philosophy of Lorna Lutz Heyge, PhD

Title:  A Song from the Heart:  The Pedagogical Philosophy of Lorna Lutz Heyge, PhD A Song from the Heart is the story of Musikgarten.  The book includes background on Lorna Heyge's educational and professional journey toward Musikgarten  and a concise history of...

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Jan 25 2018
Hungry Children Update: Donation for Mobile Market

This past summer the Musikgarten Foundation agreed to donate $15 to Guilford Child Development for each summer workshop registration Musikgarten received. With this help, we were able to help supply three months of food for our neighborhood. The line for the...

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Jun 27 2018
Blog Post: HELP! How to manage a class of VERY active Toddlers!

As Musikgarten teachers, we always have to be on our toes, and have lots of tips up our sleeve!!  "Educating" parents and setting up expectations from the beginning will help immensely!  Here are a few quick tips or reminders to...

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