First Musikgarten Class Tomorrow!

13 September 2006

Parent Newsletter, Volume 1

Following are the two main goals I have for your child(ren) for our class this semester and steps that will contribute to the accomplishment of those goals. Some of these goals will only be fully realized once your child is in the Music Makers classes—I just want to give you a picture of what we’re ultimately working toward:




  • Find and develop singing voice.
  • Learn to match pitch and sing in tune.
  • Build repertoire of quality songs and musical activities.
  • Learn to feel the underlying beat in music.
  • Perceive melodic and rhythmic patterns, the building blocks of music, in a developmentally appropriate sequence:
  • Hear & imitate tonal/rhythm patterns on neutral syllable (“bahm” or “bah”)
  • Attach meaningful labels to the tonal/rhythm patterns (sol-mi-do, doo-deh-doo--)
  • Play patterns on an instrument
  • Recognize aurally familiar patterns from a known song
  • Write and “read” graphical notation patterns
  • Connect aurally familiar patterns to visually familiar graphical notation cards
  • Develop aural discrimination—listen to and try to imitate instrument sounds, nature sounds.
  • Introduce to a variety of musical concepts, such as major/minor, duple/triple, tempo, dynamics, etc. Preparation for, and, at appropriate time, introduction of traditional symbols for these concepts.
  • Experience musical concepts through the whole body. For example, if the child can walk a beat, clap a rhythm, then it will be much easier to eventually perform the same concept on a musical instrument.
  • Develop and broaden musical taste through exposure to classical composed pieces, songs, etc. and high-quality recordings.
  • Introduce families of instruments through recordings, live performance, and visual identification.
  • Strengthen focus and “wholeness” in the child’s life by connecting music with nature, stories, poems, movement, folk dance, world cultures.
  • Develop ability to play simple instruments, from steady beat to simple patterns and melodies, to an ensemble with several contrasting parts...


  • Foster the “courage to create.”
  • Develop confidence to sing alone.
  • Develop confidence to play an instrument in a class situation.
  • Participate in a joyful community musical experience.
  • Develop social skills necessary for community experience.
  • Connect music to the child’s everyday life.
  • Make music part of family activity.
  • Motivate child to continue musical participation through instrument study, vocal study, etc.
  • Develop attention span and self-control.
  • Through successful, unforced experiences, to develop into a music-maker rather than merely a music consumer!

Merinda's Garden of Music
D-1075 New Friends Colony
9871081013 / 41327404