Our Approach

AGES 7+ YEARS OLD

EXPLORE
(May - August)

Plant the seeds of inspiration!

In the summer, to grant schedule flexibility while maintaining skill progression, we explore the vast world of music in a series of workshops. Some are geared for specific levels, instruments, genres, or techniques, others center around a topic such as audiation, composition, or music history.

Twinklers and new beginners of all ages can enroll for the full summer session or take advantage of our 4 or 8 class punchcards. Continuing Fireflies, Sparklers, and teen/adult students register for the four month session and create their own summer bouquet of workshops. Intermediate and advanced students enrolled in fall for the year (Sept-Aug) and may choose to attend workshops, pursue private study, or create a personalized hybrid of private lessons and workshops. Intermediate and advanced students who will be traveling extensively over the summer may choose to convert some of their summer class time into private lessons taken during the spring session.

DEEPEN
(September - December)
Grow roots to nourish and sustain your passion!


In the fall, we break into weekly small group classes, partner lessons, or overlapping private lessons to polish instrument-specific skills, learn solo repertoire, and improve melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic audiation.

Twinklers, Fireflies, Sparklers, and teen/adults register for the four month session. Intermediate and advanced students enroll in fall for the year (Sept-Aug).

CONNECT
(January - April)
Blossom out and share your beauty with the world!


In the spring, we form small, multi-instrument ensembles that rehearse weekly for performance in early May. Working in small ensembles offers a profoundly enriching experience as students gain rhythmic and harmonic sophistication and develop the ability to focus on their own part and the rest of the ensemble simultaneously.

Twinklers, Fireflies, Sparklers, and teen/adults register for the four month session; intermediate and advanced students enrolled in fall for the year (Sept-Aug). Intermediate and advanced students who will be traveling extensively over the summer may choose to convert some of their summer class time into private lessons taken during the spring session.


AGES 0-6 YEARS OLD

For Musikgarten students, our Fairy Lights (0-3y) and Wind Dancers/Sun Catchers (3-5y) classes are separated by age throughout the school year and may be separate and/or combined during the summer based on enrollment. Siblings that do not fall into the same age range may still generally enroll for the same class, pending teacher approval.

Our preschool Little Twinklers classes sometimes group with or overlap with our kindergarten-first grade Little Twinklers year round, and our K-1 Little Twinklers sometimes combine with or overlap with our 7-11yo Twinklers. Overlapping ages allow students to unfold at their own pace. Students support and inspire one another, polishing old skills and gaining confidence with trying new ones.

In the spring all Twinklers continue to meet as a separate, single instrument class for while also learning simple parts to perform alongside one of our ensembles, allowing these students to take their first steps towards multi-instrument ensemble playing! In the summer, in addition to continuing our regular single instrument classes, a few workshops will be open to this age and level.

All 0-6yo students enroll for a four month session fall and spring and either the full session or 4 or 8 class punchcards in summer.