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Music classes for families
Vicki Mills, a licensed Musikgarten teacher, will offer weekly music classes for families and their children beginning Jan. 28, 2012, and continuing through the end of May. Classes will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays in room 313 of Presser Hall on the campus of Ohio Northern University.
Musikgarten helps children develop their innate ability and love of music through a series of activity-filled, age-appropriate lessons. Offering a complete, multi-year educational program for the first nine years of a child’s musical development, Musikgarten classes give families the chance to sing, chant, move, dance, listen and play simple instruments.
Mills has taught early childhood and elementary music since 1988. She earned her bachelor of music in music education from Ohio Northern University and a master’s of music in voice performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. As a certified and licensed Musikgarten teacher, with additional certification in Orff Schulwerk and the Kodaly Method and training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Mills brings a wealth of experience to her role as music educator.
The available classes are: Music for Mixed Ages (babies to 4-year-olds), Cycle of Seasons (3 ½- to 5-year-olds), Music Makers: At Home in the World (4 ½- to 6-year-olds), and Intro to Keyboard (6 ½- to 8-year-olds). There is a maximum of 10 children in each of the classes, except Intro to Keyboard, which has a maximum of six students.
Orientation for all parents will be Friday, Jan. 27, from 6-6:45 pm. This is the only time parents will be asked to attend without their child. During all other times, parents will participate in activities with their child.
Included in the cost of tuition is a set of family materials: a CD of songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments (up through Mixed Ages classes), parent guides, and posters and manipulatives for Music Makers. These materials allow the learning to continue at home for the whole family.
In addition to the benefits families will experience through involvement in Musikgarten, classes also will serve as training opportunities for ONU students who plan to become music educators after graduation.
To register, or for additional information on the schedule, tuition and fees, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The $15 registration fee will be waived for those who register before Jan. 13, 2012.