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

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

Musikgarten

(3 ½ - 7 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 set in your child’s development.

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

Classes Offered

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 I for Ages: 4 ½ - 6 years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 4 ½ - 6 years

Duration: 30 weeks

The goal of the Music Makers Class 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.

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 II - Ages: 5 ½ - 7 years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 5 ½ - 7 years

Duration: 30 weeks

This class is perfectly designed for 1st and 2nd graders, and is a wonderful follow-up to Music Makers I. In this class, children explore the music, dances and stories of different cultures. As always, the key ingredients are singing, listening, playing instruments, lots of movement, and tonal and rhythm patterns. Through echoing patterns, the children will build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually, which leads to an understanding of musical notation. At the end of the year, the children will be introduced to the keyboard, using the same method they'll use in Music Makers: At the Keyboard in the next year!

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

Materials include digital download and CDs of music, maps, song pages, notation games and activity books. Children receive 4 packets throughout the 30-week session.

Group Piano

Music Makers at Keyboard I for Ages: 7+ years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 7+ years

Duration: 30 weeks

Keyboard I: The final step on the pathway to music literacy! 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.

Music Makers at the Keyboard II for Ages: KB I Graduate

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: KB I Graduate

Duration: 30 weeks

For graduates of the Keyboard I Program. Our Keyboard 2 class builds 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 continues to include 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 the 30 weeks.

Music Makers at the Keyboard III for Ages: KB II Graduate

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: KB II Graduate

Duration: 30 weeks

For graduates of the Keyboard I Program. Our Keyboard 2 class builds 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 continues to include 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 the 30 weeks.

Piano Partner Lessons for Ages: 7+ years

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Instructor: Betha Christopher

Ages: 7+ years

Duration: 30 weeks

Following the curriculum of the Music Makers at the Keyboard, the Piano Partners Classes offer an opportunity for siblings or students who are unable to attend another Keyboard class. Children will learn basic theory, harmonization, improvisation and sight-reading skills as they begin to play favorite songs and musical games on the piano.

Children will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and Notation Games plus a Parent Handbook throughout the 30 weeks.

Class Days and Times

(Subject to changes. Please see the Registration Form for the latest updates.)

The Cycle of Seasons (3 ½ - 5 years)

  • Fridays 10:30 am - Zoom

  • Saturdays 9:30 am - Zoom


Music Makers I (4 ½ - 6 years)

  • Thursdays 1:00 pm – outdoors

  • Thursdays 5:00 pm – outdoors


Music Makers II (5 ½ - 7 years)

  • Thursdays 4:00 pm – outdoors


Keyboard I (7+ years)

  • Mondays 5:00 pm

  • Tuesdays 5:00 pm


Keyboard Partners (7+ years)

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Keyboard II (7+ years)

  • Wednesdays 4:00 pm

Keyboard III (7+ years)

  • Mondays 4:00 pm


For class locations, please see the Registration Form.