Musikgarten Musikgarten

The Ellen Johansen Music Studio
8 Stratton Square East Hampton, NY 11937

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Welcome to the Ellen Johansen Music Studio

  • Music and Movement Classes for Young Children 
  • Group Piano Programs 
  • Private Piano lessons

We nurture the child’s music aptitude by engaging children and their families
in singing, instrumental play, listening, and movement activities to:

·  attune the ear
·  refine the voice, and 
·  develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed.


Click here to see our Fall Schedule 

"We tried that other music class in town and came back because we find your classes intellectually stimulating."
-comment from a parent in my toddler music class




At the Ellen Johansen Music Studio, we teach Musikgarten -
the only early childhood music and movement program in the Hamptons that offers music classes for newborns through group piano instruction.
We understand how children learn, we know music, and we believe Musikgarten is the best way to go!

Take a moment to look at my class schedule or read the class descriptions to decide what class is best for you and your child(ren), and then either fill out a registration form or contact Ellen Johansen with questions.

Words from a student that started with Musikgarten at my studio and is graduating from High School this year.

Thanks, Ellen!

And I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH!!   We appreciate all the education and history that you and Christopher have had together.  I truly think the music that you have embedded in his DNA will give him a life time of enjoyment, satisfaction and enrichment; and, it will continue to light up his brain in all the things that he does.  We are truly indebted to you in so many ways.
 we are just grateful to have you as a mentor, intelligence igniter, music theory disseminator, musician and friend.
-Karin Ritter, Mother of Christopher, who started Musikgarten when he was Two and know plays amazing piano!


Why is music so attractive to children and why is music so well suited to children?

  • Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.

  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.

  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.

  • Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.  Who among us learned the ABC's without the ABC song?

  • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners.  Since ears are fully mture before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.

  • Music is perfectly designed for training children's listening skills.  Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.

  • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.

  • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings.  Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.

  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.

  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation.  Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.