Ginger's Music of Oklahoma City now offers MUSIKGARTEN.|
Musikgarten opened in 1994 when Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge merged her music
education background with the experience and input of childhood
education specialist, Audrey Sillick. These two women are the authors of
the early childhood music curricula that comprise Musikgarten.
Musikgarten's president, Dr. Heyge, began making a name for herself in
the world of early-childhood music in 1971 as the assistant director of
a music school in Germany. Commissioned by the authors of the curriculum
she taught to preschool children, Heyge adapted the program and brought
it to North America in 1974 as Kindermusik, educating hundreds of
teachers about this curriculum before selling the business in 1993.
She met Audrey Sillick in the Toronto Montessori School and with her
guidance continued to study the role of music and movement on the
development of young children. Together, the two authors wrote curricula
that reflected their combined education, experience, and the latest
research in childhood development. Their beliefs and studies are at the
core of the Musikgarten curricula — the same solid instruction offered
Heyge holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern
University, a PhD in musicology from the University of Cologne, and an
Artist Diploma (the German equivalent of a Doctorate of Musical Arts)
from the Cologne Musik Hochschule.
is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Toronto Montessori Teacher
Training Institute. She is an internationally known writer and speaker
promoting movement and music education, earth education, and Montessori
In 2007, Jill Hannagan and Jeff Spickard joined the executive team of
Musikgarten as executive and administrative vice presidents. Long-time
associates of Musikgarten, both have considerable experience running
their own businesses and are musicians, making Musikgarten an
early-childhood music company being managed by musicians who have had
success in the worlds of both business and music.