Musikgarten Musikgarten

Sarah Nishioka
Firstnotes Musikgarten of Seattle

sarah.nishioka@gmail.com  206-524-5086
​Greenwood / Northgate

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Class Descriptions

PrePiano1 (Ages 4 & 5 year olds)

34 week session

This class cultivates the child's musical development through songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, movement activities, listening games, instrumental play and manipulative games. Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are dealt with using themes taken from the child's home environment and natural surroundings.

Material packets include a CD, a poster and game pieces, notation games, instrument pages and a book. Children receive 5 packets throughout the 34 week session: My Home Place, Woodlands, Marshlands, Meadow and Seashore.



PrePiano2 (Ages 5 & 6 year olds)

This class is designed to accommodate the 5 and 6 year old and is also a perfect follow-up for children who have completed Music Makers At Home in the World. In this class, children explore the music, dances and stories of different cultures.  The key ingredients are singing, listening, playing instruments, lots of movement, and learning though fun tonal and rhythm games. Through echoing patterns the children build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually- this leads to an understanding of musical notation.  Throughout the year and in a special segment in spring, the children are introduced to the piano.

Materials include CDs,  maps, song pages, and notation games. Children will receive 4 packets throughout the 34 weeks: British Isles, AmerIndians, African-American Culture, Germany



Piano 1 all ages

34 week session

This is an exciting step on the pathway to music literacy. The curriculum for Piano 1, 2 & 3 is  designed to teach children and adults to play both familiar and new songs. All of the Piano lessons follow a sequential approach to reading and composing music, building skills through visual and aural recognition.



Piano 2 all ages

34 week session



Piano 3 all ages

34 week session



Ukulele 1,2,3 all ages

The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for both adults and children. We play a variety of songs while learning melodies and chords.