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.

Instructor: Rita Whitaker Haun, Music Educator

Dates: Wednesdays: June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  

Time: Family class 10-10:30 AM. and Infant ONLY class 10:45-11:15 AM

Where: Fireside Room at Diamond Peak Main Lodge, 1210 Ski Way Incline Village, NV 89451

Class Size: 10 children + parent(s) potential for approximately 20 – 30 people if both parents attend

Age: Newborn/Infant; Toddler to Aged 5

Fees: $40/per family (covers the cost of CD + music/movement props for each participant)

Scholarships available


Rita Whitaker Hahn

Rita Whitaker Haun is a professional cellist with 38 years experience teaching public and private school music for ages birth to seventy.  Rita currently teaches General Music and Strings (Pre-school through Grade Five) for Washoe County School District at Incline Elementary School and her program “Music, Movement, and Me” (Birth to Five) in Truckee, CA.  She plays cello with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and her ensemble “ClassiGals”.  Rita lives in Truckee with her husband.

Please complete the below registration form. Rita Whitaker Hahn will follow up to answer questions, provide additional details, and finalize registration. 

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