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8 Stratton Square East Hampton, NY 11937

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January 1, 2014

"I attend those other music programs in town but I come here for real music learning. " 

The most repeated question asked by the children attending my program,  "Is today Music class?"

The biggest question parents ask me is "when should I start my three year old in piano lessons (or guitar lessons, or voice lessons.)  I have taught piano lessons to students of all ages for over 35 years my answer is  "find a comprehensive music program that will set the foundation for you child's later formal music lessons". And guess what?  My music studio the right place for this kind of learning.   Rather than to expect a toddler or child under five to sit still and pay attention during a long 30 or 45 minute formal piano or guitar or voice lesson, my studio offers children's music classes where music and movement is the primary mode of learning and experiencing music.  In this music program children from babies through age 9 express music through singing, dancing, drumming and playing musical instruments.  Each musical activity is part of a marvelous curriculum called Musikgarten.  When you join a class you will be sure that every activity is appropriate for their growing brains and bodies.  My students can't wait to come and make music!.  Being ready for formal one on one music lessons may not happen until your child is 7, 8 or even older.  But your child is more than ready for a wholistic music and movement class that is based on sound musical activities that ready all children for a complete musical education.  The graduates of my program are those selected to sing solos in their school choirs,  and to play in their school orchestras and  in their school bands.  They are ready for that music lesson with their ears as their leader!  They continue to enjoy their music study because for them music is a passion and this is what I want to develop in all the children that walk into my studio.

I also want the parents to understand and be part of their children's musical upbringing.  Yes, you the parent are an essential ingredient to this triangle of learning.  Teacher, student, parent!  You are a leg in the chair your child sits on as they grow in their music studies.  Your role is more than buy the instrument and drop off the student on time for the music lesson.  Here at my studio you get to learn along side your student, enjoying the moment by moment experience of music making from the earliest baby music classes through mini-musicales for the group piano programs.  We need your support and enthosiasm and family time is part of every class in my program.

One parent, who's son has been participating in my classes since he was a toddler and now takes weekly piano lessons as an eleven year old, exclaimed, "If I could repeat a toddler day in my son's life it would definitely include a toddler music class in your studio."  She remembers the joy of singing, dancing and rocking with her once upon a time toddler, soon to be teenager.  

So are you interested in this musical adventure?  Try out a Musikgarten class this week!  Just call me to confirm what day you wish to join us. Every class is part of a life long journey for every family.  Be a part of it.    We would love to have you.


Ellen Johansen

Dear Parents,

  My name is Ellen Johansen and I invite you and your family to join music classes at the Ellen Johansen Music Studio. For over 35 years I have taught music  to children and adults.  My studio offers musical opportunities for all ages.  My children's classes follow the Musikgarten curriculum. Musikgarten is a high quality music and movement program that mixes musical fun along with steps towards musical literacy. Research has shown that we are all born with an aptitude for music, but that aptitude diminishes if it is not actively nurtured between the ages of birth and nine.

I teach childhood music classes specifically created for toddlers and pre-school children, pre-piano classes  for Kindergarten and first grade children and group piano lessons for children ages 7 - 9. I also offer Private piano lessons  for older children  as well as  adults. All of my children's music classes are family centered and limited to 4 – 8 families in a class.

I hope you come for the fun, and stay for the education!


Ellen Johansen 
Teacher and Owner