Summer Music and Movement: Musikgarten

The Musikgarten Philosophy

When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life. Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting, and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. What’s more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development are positively influenced, such as, creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, self-confidence, and emotional development .

Musikgarten’s philosophy is steeped in this understanding. Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain, and fosters physical coordination — all in a group setting that builds community.

Music Education with Musikgarten

Studies from around the globe have shown that, from a very early age, music lessons can have profound long-term effects that include improved language development, higher standardized test scores in math, improved graduation rates, and even decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use.

What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.

Musikgarten’s expertly trained and well-supported teachers combine a love of music and an understanding of children and the way they learn into lessons that children and their families love using folk music and fun activities.

Musikgarten Family Materials, including our recordings, special shakers, and scarves, help families replicate the classroom experience at home and even on-the-go.

Read Interview with Rita Haun about Musikgarten

Musikgarten Schedule & Registration 2024

Age: Birth to 5 years, with a caregiver

Instructor: Rita Whitaker Haun, a professional cellist with over 40 years music teaching experience.

To register, please email Rita Whitaker Haun at

Time: Mondays, 10:00-10:30 am
Location: Truckee Family Room, Truckee Elementary School
Schedule: March 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22
Participants must check in at the Truckee Elementary School office with their Driver License

Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 am
Location: Kings Beach Family Room, Kings Beach Elementary School
Schedule: March 20, 27, April 10, 17, 24
Participants must check in at the Kings Beach Elementary School office with their Driver License

Time: Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am
Location: Tahoe-Truckee Airport Community Room
Schedule: March 23, April 6, 13, 27

Time: Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30 am
Location: Kings Beach Domus Room
Schedule: Parent Orientation June 12; Classes June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 31, and August 7

Time: Thursdays, 10:00-10:30 am
Location: Incline Diamond Peak Ski Resort Classroom ***registration through IVGID.ORG
Schedule: Parent Orientation June 13; Classes June 20, 27, July 11, 18, August 1, 8

Time: Fridays, 10:00-10:30am OR 11:00-11:30 am
Location: Truckee Fireplace Room, Sierra Community House Truckee Office Building
Schedule: Parent Orientation June 14, Classes June 21, 28, July 12, 26, and August 2, 9

Time: Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am
Location: Tahoe-Truckee Airport Community Room

 June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 3, 10

For more information about Musikgarten or to register, please contact Rita at

MUSIKGARTEN is supported by the Spirit Burns Fund held at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.


Rita Whitaker Haun

Rita Whitaker Haun is a professional cellist with over 40 years of experience teaching public and private school music for ages birth to 70.