Highlights From Musikgarten: Session #1

Highlights From Musikgarten: Session #1

This year in September, Faith Presbyterian launched Musikgarten, a music program for toddlers that helps them develop a deep connection to music while being able to express it in a way that is natural to them. We wrapped up the first session of “God’s Children Sing” last month and it really was a blast! I had a great time teaching this past class and look forward to the Musikgarten sessions next year. I’m still amazed at how quickly kids connect with this method of teaching & learning. All children develop at a different pace, and it is very interesting to see how children at this age pick up the Musikgarten routine and run with it, making it their very own.  From what I’ve seen running this program is that the children open up to the class and relax, opening their brain to what is presented to them. They love mimicking people and are little sponges, especially at this age. When we teach them in a way they understand, it is amazing what they show us they can do.   The first session of “God’s Children Sing” was a great experience for all!  Everyone seemed to have a great deal of fun in the class and learned many things; I certainly did. The last few classes had children getting extra excited during the musical patterns presented every week, repeating & teaching each other patterns on the xylophone, requesting songs, and children, who were at times shy, fully engaging in the class. We even successfully pulled off a few difficult exercises, with some practice, as a group. It’s times like this...