2790 W. College Ave., Suite #7, State College, PA 16801

Email: info@scmusicacademy.org |Phone: 814-238-3451

Early Childhood Program (Musikgarten)

(0 - 9 years)

Research has shown that we are all born with an aptitude for music, but that aptitude diminishes if it is not actively nurtured between the ages of birth and nine. Musikgarten provides early childhood music classes specifically created for each step in your child’s development.

We hope you’ll come for the fun, and stay for the education!

Musikgarten Class Descriptions

Family Music: 0 - 3 ½ years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: Birth to 3 1/2 years

Duration: 15 weeks

The Family Music Class is designed to bring the joy of music and movement to energetic young toddlers and their caregivers. Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child's musical aptitude is nurtured and skills such as listening, language, and balance are developed.

Includes digital download and CD of music, as well as a Read-at-Home Book with lyrics and illustrations. Parents may also purchase an instrument pack: 2 all-natural, wooden rhythm instruments, wooden rattle, peek-a-boo scarf and earth-friendly, cloth carrying pouch. ($20)

Cycle of Seasons for Ages: 3 ½ - 5 years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 3 ½ - 5 years

Duration: 15 weeks

The Cycle of Seasons Class is designed to nurture the emergent independence and creativity of 3 - 5 year-olds. Children and caregivers participate together in activities which include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which encourage each child's musical development while satisfying the child's need to learn in a holistic environment.

Includes digital download and CD, as well as an Activity Book and illustrated picture cards in an earth-friendly, cloth carrying pouch.

Music Makers for Ages: 4 ½ - 7 years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 4 ½ - 7 years

Duration: 30 weeks

The goal of the Music Makers classes is Music Literacy: Being able to hear what you see and see what you hear. In this introductory class, children will become familiar with both the sound and the look of basic rhythmic and tonal patterns, building blocks of the musical language.

The class includes singing, creative and structured movements, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening. Using themes taken from the child's home environment and natural surroundings, Music Makers Classes present a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression. Music Makers I for ages 4 1/2 - 6 years. Music Makers II for ages 5 1/2 - 7 years.

Parents attend the last 10 minutes of class, to learn about the child’s progress, and how to encourage musical learning at home.

Materials include digital download and CDs of music, learning folders and game pieces, notation games, instrument pages and activity books. Children receive 4 packets throughout the 30-week session.

Music Makers at Keyboard I-III for Ages: 7+ years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 7+ years

Duration: 30 weeks

Music Makers at the Keyboard: This 3-year program is the final step on the pathway to music literacy! In Keyboard Year 1, children come to the piano ready to play the songs they will learn to sing, dance and love. Small group lessons at the keyboard capitalize on your child's delight in making music with others and allow the child to gallop through beginning keyboard levels with delight. Children learn basic theory, harmonization, improvisation and sight-reading skills.

Keyboard Year 2 & 3 classes build on the musical skills gained in the first year, improving rhythmic and tonal understanding, expanding improvisation skills, reading and writing musical notation, as well as building the students’ repertoire of songs to play. Each class includes singing, dancing, rhythm instrument work, and time at the keyboard.

Children will receive 2 books, including 4 digital downloads and CDs of music and notation games throughout each of the 30 weeks.

Class Days and Times

2022-2023 CLASSES Spring

Family Music (0 -3 ½ years) - 15 weeks

  • Mondays 10:30 - 11:10 am

  • Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:10 am

  • Wednesdays 9:30 - 10:10 am

  • Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:10 am

  • Wednesdays 6:00 - 6:40 pm

  • Thursdays 9:30 - 10:10 am

  • Thursdays 10:30 - 11:10 am

The Cycle of Seasons (3 ½ - 5 years) - 15 weeks

  • Mondays 9:30 - 10:15 am

  • Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:15 am

  • Tuesdays 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Music Makers intro (4 - 5 years) - 15 weeks

  • Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Music Makers I (4 ½ - 6 years) - 15 weeks

  • Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm

  • Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Music Makers II (5 ½ - 7 years) - 30 weeks

  • Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Music Makers at Keyboard I (7+ years) - 15 weeks

  • Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 pm

  • Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Music Makers at Keyboard II (KB I grad) - 30 weeks

  • Mondays 4:45 - 5:45 pm

  • Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:15 pm

Music Makers at Keyboard III (KB 2 grad) - 30 weeks

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  • Summer session includes 6 classes, bi-weekly or weekly, to fit your summer plans!

  • Outdoor classes will be held at 617 Berkshire Drive

  • Indoor classes will be held at The Music Academy, 2790 W College Ave, #7

Family Music (0 - 3 ½ yrs)

  • Tuesdays 9:30 AM

  • Tuesdays 5:45 PM

  • Wednesdays 9:30 AM

  • Thursdays 9:30 AM

  • Thursdays 10:30 AM

Cycle of Seasons (3 ½ - 5 yrs)

  • Tuesdays 10:30AM

  • Wednesdays 10:30 AM

  • Wednesdays 5:45 PM

Music Makers (4 ½ - 7 yrs)

  • Tuesdays 11:45 AM

  • Tuesdays 1:00 PM

  • Wednesdays 1:00 PM

  • Wednesdays 4:45 PM


Fall 2022

September 12, 2022 - January 13, 2023

No classes: Oct 31; Nov 22 - 26; Dec 20 - Jan 3

Makeup Classes: Jan 16 - 20

Spring 2023

January 23 - May 12, 2023

No classes: March 6 - 10

Makeup Classes: May 15 - 19


Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Session

  • Family Music (0 - 3.5 years) $245 (siblings $75) for 15 weeks

  • Cycle of Seasons (3.5 - 5.5 years) $245 (siblings $75) for 15 weeks

  • Music Makers (4.5 - 7.5 years) $320 (siblings $300) for 15 weeks; $505 (siblings $480) for 30 weeks

  • Keyboard (7+ years) $615 (siblings $590) for 30 weeks; $ (siblings $) for 15 weeks

For payments via CHECK or CASH:

  • Please deposit in the TMA Payment Box (available 24/7) located on the inside wall of the TMA entryway.

For payments via VENMO:


Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child won’t sit still?

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Young children are learning to move and moving to learn! Every class has a balance between sitting and moving and playing instruments, which meets the needs of most children. Some toddlers have just learned to walk, and they do it almost constantly and at a high speed! Other children may quietly watch, observing but not participating for weeks on end. All children are learning if they are in the room! As long as your child is not posing a major distraction to other children and is not destroying anything in the room, let them wander, but model for them the activity we are doing. Most children eventually join in when they see how much fun you are having!

Can your classes help my shy child?

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Our classes offer a safe, nurturing environment where very shy children often flourish. We believe in the Montessori principle of “Follow the Child,” so your child is never forced into an activity they are not ready for. Many children come out of their shell over the course of the semester and enjoy the community music making our classes provide. Children are especially motivated if their accompanying adult is participating in a relaxed, pleasant manner. Forcing a child to participate may negatively color his perception of music and music class. With patience and understanding shy children flourish in music classes.

What do we do in music class?

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A lot! Every activity has been carefully chosen for its musical, social, cognitive, aural, gross motor, fine motor and/or speech benefit to your child. Our classes use a lot of singing games, focused listening activities, simple instrument playing and movement to engage your child in the most beneficial way. The best part is, your child is having so much fun bouncing, dancing, singing, thinking and playing, they have no idea how many skills they are absorbing!

How early can I tell if my child is musically talented?

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Research shows that ALL children have musical potential, and that it is highest in very young children! Aptitude in rhythm and melody can both be significantly developed through musical pattern activities and through joyful singing, movement, and listening to high quality music in early childhood. Frequent musical interaction between parent and child at home is a key to developing the child’s potential. When you enroll your child in a music class, you are helping them to develop the musical potential they already have, instead of allowing it to gradually decline as they get older.

This class is fun, but when should my child start seriously studying music, such as taking violin or piano lessons?

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I truly believe that children in these classes are building a strong musical foundation in the most developmentally appropriate way. Young children are much more interested in singing, dancing and trying out instruments than in intense, focused practicing 30 minutes a day. It is exciting to see them develop musical skills and literacy in this playful music environment. Usually they are far ahead when they do begin to study an instrument around the age of seven. Many children who complete the last level of Musikgarten instruction, the keyboard class, can play up to 20 songs with melody and chords, in several different keys, and can read song patterns in traditional music notation. A strong foundation has been laid, their ears have been trained, and the instrument is just another level to their musicality, which comes very naturally.


Musikgarten understands that all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Some children will be quiet in class, others will be active. Some children will do everything perfectly at home, but not in class. As a parent, you know that every child is unique, so check your comparisons at the door and let the music work it's magic!

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