The Ellen Johansen Music Studio

 8 Stratton Square East Hampton, NY 11937


Class Descriptions


Family Music for Babies (Ages 0 - 15 months)
45 minute classes

WHY... should you join a babies Music class?  

  • All babies are born with music aptitude.
  • Babies absorb the sounds of music in the same way they absorb the sounds of their spoken language.
  • Recent studies have shown that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.
  • Patterns heard in class feed the ear-brain connection and start to form the language of music. Before long they will be imitating those patterns, developing for life their sense of pitch and rhythm.

Who joins music classes for Babies?.Who is this for? How old does the baby have to be? This class is for any baby, at any age, up to about 16 or 18 months. Some moms have signed up for the class before the baby is born, then come back later with baby in tow!

What happens in a babies class? Lots of singing, dancing, rocking, steady beat, instruments, scarves, rhymes, finger plays, lullabies, and games. All designed to introduce little ones to the language of music, while at the same time equipping parents with songs and rhymes for every occasion! This class developmentally addresses your babies needs, and provides bonding moments for caregivers.

What is the Home Material?  You will receive recorded music from the program in CD and Downloadable format, a parent handbook with all the lyrics to all the songs we sing in class (and lovely explanations of the movement we include at every class) and a cloth instrument bag that holds a set of sticks, a wooden rattle and a soft scarf for your babies exclusive use.  No need to share germs!   

The Home Material is filled with a wealth of new music to share with your baby and your growing family. 

So plan to join us for music class devoted to your baby all year long!


Summer: My Musical World for Babies (Ages 0 - 15 months)
45 minute classes

 Play is a wonderful way for baby and the family to play together.  Musical play activities provide caregivers with opportunities to help baby develop physically, emotionally,, socially and intellectually.  These intimate, interactive activities anticipate and support signs of development as they ocur daily, in an environment of trust and security.  In Class we will rock, bounce, dance, sway, and play with simple musical instruments and create an environment perfect for a baby.  At the same time, the caregiver has the chance to learn wonderful new musical activities that can be shared throughout the rest of the week.

We meet in a climate controlled indoor music space with carpeted floors. 

Home material includes music in a CD or digital Download format, a parent booklet and a special set of classroom instruments used only by your child (Their own set of sticks, their own rattle and a lovely scarf in a cloth bag).  You can take this home weekly or leave in the studio and take home at the last class.

Total:$390 - 8 Classes and Home Material

Family Music: Animal Friends (Ages 15 months - 3 years)
45 minute weekly classes

What Animal Friends have you seen?
Maybe cows, pigs, or chickens on a farm? Or dogs barking and cats roaming in your neighborhood?


Explore all of your animal friends!

Sing familiar songs like The Farmer in the Dell and The Three Little Kittens, or soon to be new favorites The Wild Horses and See the Pony

Instrumental pieces like The Carnival of the Animals will spark the imagination of your child.

Tap, dance, bounce and jump

Discover fun, new instruments and play old favorites

Parents/caregivers and children will experience the joy of making music together. Toddler movers & shakers will stay active while the adult provides the security needed for the child to explore.


Families will receive:

An outstanding Musikgarten recording of over 60 minutes for moving, singing and listening in Both CD and Downloadable Song File formats.

A 48-page children’s book with colorful artwork for children and parents to follow along with as they listen or read


Summer Family Music: What Do you Hear? (Ages 16 months - 3 years)
8 weekly 30 minute online class
What do you hear? Whose voice is that? Is it high or how, is it fast or slow?
The ability to really listen, to discriminate sounds and focus attention, is fundamental to learning, and music class is the perfect environment.

Activities Include:
  • Sing about trains and listen to the sound of a steam engine
  • Go for a fun ride on the Merry-Go-Round
  • Play simple instruments to Sing-a-Ling-a-Ling
  • Rock to the lullaby Ho, Ho, Watanay
  • Make music with your friends and family
Family Activities and Materials:
  • Musikgarten recording that will keep your attention. You’ll hear fast-tempo music as well as calming, slower relaxing music
  • 24 page children’s picture/activity book

Instrument Set:2 jingle sticks, 2 pair of sticks, 2 scarves, 1 pair of finger cymbals, all in a cloth drawstring bag
Materials:Home packet and instrument set

Cycle of Seasons:Sun Catchers (Pre K 4s)
45 minute classes - 12 classes

The Cycle of Seasons: SunCatcher program is the Spring Unit of the Year Round Cycle of Seasons program especially heared  for young Children in a pre-K 4 program.   Research overwhelmingly shows that children learn best at this age in an environment filled with both music and movement. We include movement because children grow and develop as whole human begins in a "doing" environment.  Music is a key element in this holistic program.  When music, movement, and language are integrated, the benefits are incalculable both intellectually and psychologically.  In this class, we will sing, play instruments, explore movement in stories, develop listening skills, dance and share music with a treasured adult. We will draw central themes from nature and celebrate the changing seasons, and in this particular class the material will be based on Spring time.

 This Spring class 2022 has  12 classes in the session  The class will continue through april, May and June.   Accompanying the classes is home material aimed to bring the class activities into the families home life.

Total:$395 for 12 classes and Home Material

Cycle of Seasons: Summer! (preK 4s)
45 minute classes

Introduce your child to many summer time sounds and movements in nature

Activities include

  • Going down to the creek (fishing, frogs, and worms, flies, and kingfishers)
  • Enjoying a picnic with eating, dancing, and playing instruments
  • Visiting the meadow with Little Rabbit, chipmunks, green frogs, and mockingbirds
  • Making sound games to take home
  • Discovering    • Bugs and bees: zooming, fiddling, buzzing, and dancing to The Flight of the Bumblebee  • Birds and trees, butterflies and millipedes, bird talk and bird sounds
  • Creating your own percussion ensemble with Weather is Full of the Nicest Sounds!

Family Activities and Materials

Musikgarten CD and downloadable recordings of outstanding music for movement, singing and listening
8 full-color animal cards
Delightful parent book
Hand-sewn storage pouch for materials

“This class has captured all the fun of summer and given our family new ways to spend time together.” 

Also an Instrument Kit is included: 2 jingle sticks, 2 pair of sticks, 2 scarves, 1 pair of finger cymbals, all in a cloth drawstring bag, plus 1 drum (natural wood, natural skin)

Tuition:8 Summer Classes
Materials:Home Material and Instrument Kit

Music Makers At Home in the World: Marsh and Meadows Unit (Kindergarten and First Gr)
60 minute classes

This music and movement program gives your child a solid music making foundation in a fun music filled environment. We focus on your child's fascination with nature and love of instruments. The program provides a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self-expression, introduces orchestral instruments and ensemble play and focuses on building a child's aural (listening) foundation which leads to long-term success with voice, enhancement of self-discipline and social skills, first steps in reading music.

Second Session: 15 weeks and Home material includes:

1. Marsh Poster (10" x 15") and game pieces
2. Marsh CD or downloadable recording
3. Marsh Booklet
4. Meadows Poster (10"x 15") and game pieces
5. Meadows CD or downloadable recording
6. Meadows Booklet
This is a sequential program so we ask all families to start in September and plan to enroll for the entire year.
Total:$442 for Fifteen classes and Home Material ($460 for new students)

Summer Session: Introduction to the Piano (grade 2 through age 9)
60 minute classes

This class is geared for children who wish to learn about the piano and beginners that have just started taking piano lessons. The class is filled with singing, musical games, ensemble development, introduction of rhythm and tonal patterns, drumming and beginning note reading.  By the end your child may want to continue the fun in our Fall Music Makers at the Keyboard program and they will have a jump start! 

Cost includes Home material (recorded music, keyboard book)

Total:$400 8 Classes and Home Material

Music Makers (Pre-Piano class) (5s and 6s)
15 one hour classes

This music and movement program gives your child a solid music-making foundation in a fun music-filled environment. We focus on your child's fascination with nature and love of instruments. The program provides a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression, introduces orchestral instruments and ensemble play and focuses on building a child's aural (listening) foundation which leads to long-term success with voice, enhancement of self-discipline and social skills, first steps in reading music.
The program begins in September and ends in January.  

The next session of Music Makers starts in February and continues for 15 sessions through May.   We will continue to develop and expand the children's musical foundation in the context of exploring the animals and environments  of the Marsh and  Meadow.  Triple Rhythm will be a big focus of this session as well as discovering tonal patterns on the music staff.  We will, of course, continue with imaginative stories, dance, sing, drum and play musical instruments.



Home material for the first session includes:

  1. Music Makers Notebook (opional if purchased last session)
  2. My Home Place Poster (10" x 15") and game pieces
  3. My Home Place  CD
  4. My Home Place Parent Book
  5. Woodlands Poster (10" x 15") and game pieces
  6. Woodlands CD
  7. Woodlands Parent Book
  8. My Music Makers Album Notebook

Also included is a set of instruments for home playing including a drum, a set of sticks, bells, chimes and two scarves
Materials:Included in price

Music Makers at the Keyboard Book 1 (Grade 2 or at least 7)
Fifteen 75 minute Classes per session
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is a comprehensive approach to learning music.  Learning music comprehensively is much more than being able to name notes or being able to differentiate between quarter and half notes.  Comprehensive musicianship leads a child to music literacy, or the ability to hear in one’s head music that is written on the page.  Conversely, the musically literate person will be able to figure how to play the melody, harmony, and rhythm of a piece s/he hears, without needing to see the written music.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is a group method.  By studying the piano in a group setting, singing games and movement activities are naturally a part of the experience.  These are the very things that nurture the musician inside each child, making success at the keyboard possible.  The group also allows children to learn from each other and overcome performance anxiety.  Most importantly, the group setting keeps the fun in music-making.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is an aural approach.  Years of experience have shown us that children learn to read and understand musical notation only after they have a strong aural foundation in place.  In Music Makers: At the Keyboard, keyboard skills are layered on at the appropriate time and at an appropriate pace, thereby allowing the aural foundation to be established and reinforced.  But that doesn’t mean that the children won’t be playing very much.  The fact is that in the first year, they will be taught to play more than 25 songs in the keys of C, D, E, F, and G Major and c, d, e, f, and g minor.  Additionally, the children will be playing I, IV, and V7 chords in multiple keys with both hands!
Music Makers: At the Keyboard lays the groundwork for keyboard success!   Through the variety of activities in each class the children become independent musicians.  They have both a love of music and a love of a specific repertoire, both of which are major incentives for practicing.  In addition to playing the keyboards, the children will be involved in drumming and dancing to nurture their rhythmic development, singing to nurture their tonal development, and echoing patterns to nurture their aural development. And composing and musical dictation activities lead the child to music literacy.
Children who complete Music Makers: At the Keyboard not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so.  It prepares children for future piano study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds!

Material for Book 1 Classes:

Book 1 Student book
2 CDS (a listening CD and a special Practice CD)
A notebook to hold their weekly assignments
A parent booklet that provides information to make this program more successful at home.
(new students entering the program at this level will also need a red Musikgarten Bag to help them bring their books each week)
A Musikgarten Tote Bag (included only if student is new to the Music Makers program)

We all enjoyed your program so much! What is truly amazing, is the fact that they all walked into the class and didn't know one thing about music. And look at them now. You did an amazing job!
- comment from a happy a parent finishing book 4 of the Music Makers at the Keyboard Program
Materials:included in cost