Frenship graduate runs Musikgarten

Whitney Barron began honing her musical skills at age 3. Now she’d like to help other kids in that age range learn to appreciate and express musical talent.

Barron, a 1996 graduate of Frenship High School, opened the Musikgarten of Lubbock this week. She runs the classes out of her home for children ages 3 months to 5 years.

“I’ve been playing the piano since I was 3 years old,” said Barron. She has been teaching piano, harp and guitar for several years, and it was when she was practicing or getting ready for students that she could see how music affects her own children.

“Other kids their age need that involvement as well,” said Barron.

She said she likes the Musikgarten curriculum because it is based on a lot of research and educational study about what works best for small children.

“We do a lot of the familiar songs,” Barron said. “But then there’s a lot of songs that are more folk songs that are taken out of the school curriculum.”

Many of those songs that are being removed from elementary school curriculums, Barron said, talk about history, and she said that’s important for kids to be exposed to as well.

The youngest students, ages 3 to 18 months, will meet once a week on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Some of these students will move up a little earlier into the toddler class for children ages 15 months to 3 years, which meets once a week either on Monday at 10:15 a.m. or Thursday at 6 p.m. A third class is available for preschoolers ages 3-5 years, and it meets once a week on Monday at 11 a.m. or Tuesday at 6 p.m.

A parent or guardian should attend classes with children, Barron said. This serves two purposes, helping with discipline as well as with giving parents the opportunity to learn songs to sing with their children.

Barron said some parents are more apt to sing at home with their children, while others hardly ever sing or dance.

“The classes are for either one, either spectrum,” said Barron, noting that it helps those who like to sing with kids and those who generally don’t. “It’s a learning process for them, too.”

Being involved in music helps children in a number of ways, Barron said, including language, self-expression, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills and listening skills.

“So many things in life will be helped with a music background, and it’s never too early to start,” said Barron. “Music touches on an area of your brain that nothing else does.”

To get more information about the classes, call Barron at (806) 832-0531, e-mail her at info@musikgartenlubbock.com or check out her website at www.musikgartenlubbock.com.

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