At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart’s accomplishments with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get three children’s music classes at Musikgarten in Elkhart, valid only for students ages newborn to 5 years (up to a $36 value). Classes require the presence of a parent or guardian and can be selected from the following options:
- Family Music for Babies (newborn to 18 months)
- Family Music for Toddlers (18 months to 3 1/2 years)
- Wind Chasers/Sun Catchers (3–5 years)
Developed by early-childhood educators, the Musikgarten curriculum provides a comprehensive and sequential plan for the musical development of young children through rhythmic skills, aural perception, and motor coordination. Classes group students according to age, with earlier sessions encouraging parental participation to promote emotional, social, and cognitive growth. The studio’s nationally certified music teacher, Karin Hartman, orchestrates danceable drills during 30- to 45-minute classes that stimulate developing brains and lay the groundwork for students to continue their harmonious education with instruments or singing resumés.
Family Music for Babies engages nanohumans and their caregivers in 30 minutes of rocking, dancing, and singing around a musically patterned area rug. Tots up to 3 1/2 years socialize with classmates as they clap and boogie down to more advanced rhythms during 30-minute sessions of Family Music for Toddlers. Wind Chasers/Sun Catchers classes build on abilities through 45 minutes of more complex coursework that involves listening activities, storytelling, and the composition of three-act Italian operas.