Joanne Haroutounian, Ph.D. George Mason University School of Music Faculty
There is a vast array of infant research studies that expounds on the value of early childhood music classes as a way to develop musical talent. However, we really only need to observe the excitement, joy, and intimacy between infant and adult as they learn to communicate to each other through music to realize its true value. What better way to experience this joy than in your own home, at a time comfortable for your child and yourself. That is the beauty of mymusikathome.com, offered to you by Kathryn Brunner. Kathryn offers a vibrant personality, a lovely voice, a real gift for teaching young children, and a solid understanding of a sequenced early childhood curriculum as you enjoy "playing with your child" through music.
Krista Smith, Violinist U.S. Army Orchestra, Mom of 4
I thoroughly enjoyed Kathryn's Musikgarten classes in person over 10 years ago with my oldest son. How special to enjoy these new Musik at Home Musikgarten videos that I can fit into our extremely busy schedule at home with my 4th child! Music is such a special way to bond with young children and has rewards for years to come. As a professional violinist and Suzuki violin teacher I know the importance of music at a young age to develop pitch, rhythm, and musicality. Musikgarten’s excellent curriculum and Kathryn's contagious enthusiasm set the stage for music learning for parents and babies!
Susan Lubic, former Kindergarten Teacher, Mom of 2
Musik at home is a great program for parents who want to introduce their children to music without having to worry about scheduling a class outside of the home. It’s great for both working parents and stay at home parents. Kathryn is very engaging and enthusiastically encourages children to participate in the activities.
Morgan Hanzlik, Fitness Instructor, Mom of 3
I first met Kathryn over 10 years ago when my oldest son took her Musikgarten classes. He continues to play the piano 12 years later and I attribute his musicality to his early development in music classes with Kathryn and her Musikgarten program. Kathryn helped to foster his love for music and rhythm through her dedication and firm commitment to teaching children and her love for music. She clearly loves what she does and makes a huge difference in the lives of children and how they develop musically!
Heather Laughlin - Musikgarten Parent, Mom of 3
I cannot stress enough how much my boys gained from their time in Musikgarten with Kathryn! We enrolled in both toddler and preschool classes where my children were exposed to the beauty of tonal patterns and rhythms patterns through music that appropriately stimulated their developmental processes. Our time with Kathryn in Musikgarten was a great foundation for learning to play an instrument skillfully, and for learning to appreciate and enjoy music. One child is now in his 8th year of studying piano formally and the other has enjoyed learning both piano and guitar.
Heather Etner - Musik at Home Parent, Mom of 3
It’s truly amazing how much and how well kids respond to this program! My youngest is a squirmy 20-month-old who didn’t want to sit in my lap for the babies class video. I thought he would need a number of classes in order for me to see any response. However, a few days after we did the first class, he started tapping his fingers on his knees to the beat of some music and the look on his face told me he was making those musical connections after just one class! He even tried to sing the musical phrases that Kathryn sings in the video because they are such basic sounds (Do, ba, etc.) that even a 20-month-old can repeat them. Do these classes and then be amazed and what your kids show you!
Michelle Konson, - Musikgarten and Piano Studio Parent, Mom of 4
Our daughter Keira, who is currently 11, started her piano journey at Kathryn Brunner’s Piano Studio at the age of 5 in Musikgarten’s Music Makers at the Keyboard program (MMK) with Kathryn. She loved the program and quickly became very fluent in the language of music! I believe it gave her a great foundation for where she is in her piano journey right now. She still loves to play piano and practicing is a joy for her - most days! She was recently selected as an Honorable Mention Winner in the American Protege Competition and will play in Carnegie Hall in November. We’re all really excited for this experience and very proud of her. We currently have our youngest daughter, Eva, enrolled in the first year of the MMK program, and look forward to experiencing her musical journey as she progresses. We are grateful to Kathryn and all her wonderful teachers for the great instruction and care they have given our children.
Marie Pinney - Musikgarten and Piano Studio Parent, Mom of 4
We have been thrilled with Kathryn Brunner's exceptional teaching for these 11 years. Her expertise in early childhood music education is a joy to me as a homeschooling mom. Her passion for her work comes across in her love for meeting the developmental needs of every child who enters her studio. I am excited about her Musik at Home program because her enthusiasm, expertise and singing voice translate beautifully through the screen.
Kathryn has been my son's music teacher since he was 3 years old starting in 2005. My son is now 14 years old and continues to study piano at Kathryn Brunner's Piano Studio with one of Kathryn’s associate teachers, making great strides in his musicianship. After the Cycle of Seasons Preschool program, Kathryn took him through Musikgarten's Music Makers at Home (2006-2007) and Music Maker's at the Keyboard Curriculum (2007-2010) all in a class setting with other students. Her teaching has been outstanding. She provided my son with a solid foundation during the formative years of his musical growth. Through Musik at Home many new families will benefit from her teaching as we have.
Kathryn also taught my second, third and fourth children in Family Music for Toddlers from 2006-2011. My second and third children went through her Music Makers Around the World at the Keyboard program from 2010-2011. My second child completed the three year Music Makers at the Keyboard program in 2014, and my third child completed the MMK program in 2015 both with Kathryn and her associate teachers. My fourth child is currently in his first year of Music Makers at the Keyboard as Kathryn's student.
Musik at Home is a preparatory studio for further study in music! As your child grows, piano lessons are on the horizon! Kathryn Brunner’s Piano Studio, located in Northern Virginia, has been raising up aspiring, young musicians since 2001. Find out more about the studio at www.kathrynbrunner.com.
Laurie Conran, Graduating Piano Student
I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to take piano lessons from Mrs. Brunner. She is a supportive teacher and adapts to fit each student's learning style. I started lessons with her as a beginner in elementary school and continued studying with her for eight consecutive years. Learning to play piano opens up a world of creativity in the mind. It taught me to discipline myself to dedicate my time to something I am passionate about. I am now a junior at Elizabethtown College and have taken a keyboard class, occasionally play piano for worship at my campus ministry, and teach a person with an intellectual disability from the community how to play piano.
Polly Lohrmann, Graduating Piano Student – “Polly Baker Music”
As a former student, I had the pleasure and privilege of taking piano lessons from Kathryn for 13 years. Pursuing piano through my studies with Kathryn is truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as Kathryn is an exceptional piano teacher, mentor and friend. Kathryn exudes enthusiasm and has a true passion for teaching music, which is evident through her commitment to excellence and ability to instruct, inspire and motivate in each lesson. Furthermore, Kathryn holds the highest of expectations for each of her students—paying attention to more than just the technical details of the music by exploring the emotion and story being portrayed in each of the notes.
During my high school years, I expressed an interest in learning how to play songs that I heard in church and on the radio. Kathryn tailored my piano lessons to focus on songwriting, worship music and chords/inversions—which ignited within me a whole new love for piano and greatly prepared me for college auditions and performing my original music. Since my lessons with Kathryn, I’ve gone on to sign a record deal and graduate from Berklee College of Music. I play my piano every day and run through my scales, arpeggios and chord inversions just like old times. I feel very fortunate to have had a piano teacher like Kathryn. She saw so much potential in me and continues to encourage me to this day in my career aspirations. I wholeheartedly recommend Kathryn to anyone looking for a long-term mentor for their child or themselves in music.