by Allison Lorimer
When Musikgarten arrived at PHPC, my past involvement in young choirs and preschool-aged kids had me interested in the program. Six other volunteers and I participated in the 17-hour instruction, and I was hooked. Assimilation into the world happens in every waking moment after birth. How fantastic to be part of that!
Each Sunday, parents and their young children attend our class. Our leaders engage families in singing, moving, listening, instrument playing, and patterns. Adults sing, generate full body beats, chant, beat drums and sticks, and hear patterns in major and minor keys and generally bathe the kids in aural experiences. I watch the eyes of the infants and see that music is such a strong means of communication because it soothes, focuses attention and stimulates response.
The opportunity to work with the young children of the church and their parents, in this critical phase in their human development, has been inspiring. We are supported by the music staff at PHPC who supply all instruments and recordings and create thoughtful lesson plans to follow. This collaboration between staff and volunteers has been a rewarding part of the program.
Watching the wonder and amazement of the Musikgarten experience for our babies and parents at PHPC energizes those of us who participate. Sometimes the simplest experiences—with babies deep in concentration—result in a toddler or infant refreshed, joyful, and satisfied. Wonder is the leaven of spirituality and takes careful nourishment to bloom if it is to remain a gift for life.
Musikgarten is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond. It also has the added benefit of jumpstarting a child’s development. Musikgarten has Sunday morning courses this summer and fall. Also, a new weekday course will start this September!
Visit www.phpc.org/musikgarten to sign up. To invest your gifts as a volunteer, contact Associate Director of Music Michael Groff at or 214.368.6348 ext 168.