Why are family materials included/required in the cost of Gate City Musikgarten classes?
The family materials allow the entire family to enjoy the music and we hope will inspire music-making at home! Children and parents can have so much fun at home and in the car with Musikgarten songs and dances. All Musikgarten family materials center around a CD which includes songs, stories, poems and listening games. Having these materials at home enables the child to absorb the songs that make up the core repertoire of the music program and build familiarity with the music. For the very young child, the more familiar something is, the more s/he enjoys it, and he more readily s/he will participate. For the older child, familiarity with the material allows him or her to engage in complex activities such as dancing, building an instrumental ensemble, or playing a game that combines multiple elements such as singing, movement, and working with a partner.