Musikgarten Musikgarten
Immanuel Valpo Musikgarten    
1700 Monticello Park    
Valparaiso, IN 46383    
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Immanuel Kindergarten

Kindergarten students at Immanuel  meet weekly for Music Makers: At Home in the World--a year long, holistic music program developed by Musikgarten.  Students learn fundamental music skills (beat competency, pitch matching, and aural discrimination) in active, varied, and developmentally appropriate activities that they love! 

Kindergarteners are introduced to the families of orchestral instruments in quarterly units that correspond to various natural environments.  The thematic content of our song lyrics, games, and other activities are inspired by the various animals found in these habitats: 

   



   Brass
(My Home Place)
   Percussion  (The Woodlands)
   Woodwinds  (The Cattail Marsh)
   Strings  (The Meadow)


   


The concept of 
musical notation is introduced at this stage.  Musical   notation is the association of visual  graphics with the aural  patterns  they have come to recognize in  class. There is also a new emphasis on ensemble development  (two-sections of instruments, duets, beginning rounds, borduns, ostinati, etc.) 

Students receive a parent guide book, 4 CD's, instrument pages, flash cards, posters, and a binder for their compositions, homework assignments, and activity pages.





After completing Music Makers: At Home in the World, student have the necessary foundation for the next level:  Music Makers: Around the World. (TBA: Speak to the teacher about forming an afterschool class)

Semester 1:
Music of the British Isles 
Musik of Germany          

Semester 2:
African-American Music
Music of the Amerindians


In this year long class, children learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of four different cultures to help them feel and understand others around the world, while internalizing a variety of musical forms and styles.  Whether it's actually dancing a minuet, meeting the great composers, using a map to locate the various Amerindian tribes, or enacting folk ballads, this comprehensive music foundation serves as an excellent preparation for keyboard lessons.