Early Childhood Music and Movement program

With our early childhood curriculum, Give your child a world of musical possibilities.

FortePiano School of Music offers the leading early childhood music education program: Musikgarten.

Musikgaten consists of music and movement activities for babies and toddlers, from newborn to children under 6 years old.

Our early childhood music curriculum is carefully designed for young children. Musikgarten will positively affect their social and self development while introducing them to the joy of music. They will gain experience and learn to develop meaningful relationships with music at a young age.

Through joyful and age appropriate activities, our curriculum emphasizes active and thoughtful participation from babies, toddlers and young children. Our classes include music and movement activities, singing, listening, dancing and playing simple instruments.

Most of all, the benefits of early childhood music education for your child are more than an introduction to music and music therapy. Attending Musikgarten can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development while creating the pathway to musical proficiency.

At our music school, we also offer a complete bridge from early childhood music education to any musical activity, providing children with a strong musical foundation. Visit our blog for more information on benefits of music for children.

We serve Winchester and some of the Greater Boston area. Our music school is proud to welcome families from towns including Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Medford, Stoneham, Winchester and Woburn. 

Have a look at our early childhood music programs below to find the one that is best for you and your child.

Contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

FAMILY MUSIC FOR BABIES (NEWBORN TO 18 MONTHS)

TUESDAYS, 1:00 PM to 1:40 PM

This early childhood program is designed for parents and their babies to take together, these weekly classes help you learn how to play musically with your baby. Each class features bouncing songs, rocking songs, peek-a-boo games, finger plays and other fun activities. When you go home, you can continue the fun with a superb CD and parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten rattle, and colorful scarf.

Musikgarten's musical play for babies:

  • Establishes a foundation for singing and musical thought.
  • Develops listening skills and a sense of beat.
  • Helps you form a closer bond with your baby.
  • Gives you and your baby a chance to interact with other parents and babies.

FAMILY MUSIC FOR TODDLERS (16 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS)

TUESDAYS, 2:00 PM to 2:40 PM

These classes are action-filled for exploring toddlers and their parents. Together you will sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles and drums. 

Additionally, you’ll receive a wonderful CD, a parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf to use at home for more fun time together.

Family Music for Toddlers:

  • Develops musical aptitude, focused listening, body awareness, motor ability and beat competence.
  • Fosters interactive experiences between the caregiver and toddler.
  • Encourages exploration, experimentation and self-expression through music and movement.

MUSIC MAKERS (AGES 3 and 4)

This program includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments, ensemble work, ear training and guided listening. This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression. Children will also begin to work with written musical patterns. 

Music Makers - SATURDAYS, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM  | MONDAYS, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Your child will explore the music of the British Isles, Germany, and our own Amerindian and African-American music heritage. She / he will learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to help her / him feel and understand others around the world. At the end of this two-year program, your child will have a comprehensive music foundation that will be an excellent preparation for any instrument study.

Children in Music Makers will:

  • Sing, develop ear training, play instruments, ensemble work and creative movement activities
  • Grow in musical literacy and develop listening and vocal skills
  • Use higher-level cognitive skills such as symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self-expression
  • Get introduced to basic piano skills

Program resumes in 2018

Welcome to the wonderful world of Musikgarten. The best early childhood music curriculum available. 

Preschool music classes, group piano lessons, baby and toddler classes are available at our music school.

We are proud to offer this early childhood program to families from Winchester and surrounding cities including Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Medford, Stoneham and Woburn.