June 16, 2011,
J.B. asks from Grapevine, TX on July 29, 2008
MusikGarten Vs. KinderMusik
I want to sign my 7 month old for either of these courses to try to overcome her parents' lack of rhythm and musical talent. I want her to also appreciate music more than me. Which one has the better curriculum or does it just depend upon the instructor?
A.D. answers from Louisville on June 16, 2011
Musikgarten and Kindermusik curricula were both written by the same person: Dr. Lorna Heyge. She wrote Kindermusik first, and then wanted to make changes to reflect current early childhood research, so she put together the Musikgarten program. To answer your question, both curricula are excellent, but only as good as the instructor. If you have a few in your area, try out free classes and choose the instructor you like the best!
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S. answers from Dallas on July 30, 2008
We did Kindermusik when my oldest was 2, and we really enjoyed it. As a former music teacher who has looked briefly at both programs, I think either would be fine. I also think the Gymboree program would be fine, too. It does depend more on the instructor and also the other participants. Have fun! You're both going to love it.
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B.B. answers from Dallas on December 11, 2009
I am a kindermusik teacher in Southlake. I know for a fact that the curriculum was written by the same person, and there was a split later on. THe major difference is that Musikgarten was supposed to be geared more toward pre-piano lessons. I think the most important element is whether or not the teacher is nurturing and knowledgeable.
A.D. answers from Dallas on July 30, 2008
I don't have experience with either MusikGarten or KinderMusik, but we have gone to Gymboree music and liked it quite a bit. Gymboree gears to the young child. (There's one in Southlake and one in Lewisville.) You can go to Gymboree's website and print a free pass to try a class to see if you like it at www.gymboreeclasses.com
M.E. answers from Dallas on July 30, 2008
I think the programs are very similar. I have been going to Kindermusik with my boys for 2 years, and I love the exposure they get to different types of music and movement. We have a friend that takes her boys to a Musikgarten class and loves it too. The teacher is going to be the major part of the experience for you. I would go try both classes and see which one feels right for you.
C.J. answers from Dallas on July 30, 2008
We did MusikGarten at our church and it would have been great if our teacher could sing in tune. It was way cheap so not a big deal that she didn't sing to good. We had a friend in the class that did both courses and she said they were very much the same. I would suggest trying MusikGarten I think it was only 65.00 for the whole semester. If you don't like it then it you are not out alot of money.