Welcome to Whistling Hawk Studio! Thank you for visiting.
I'm Nancy McMillan, the owner of Whistling Hawk Studio. My goal is to support joyful lifelong music making for people of all ages. The benefits of participating in active music making are well documented.
Check out these short videos on the brain benefits of playing an instrument, and one on Musikgarten from a parents point of view:
Video: How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain (4:44)
Video: A Parent's Perspective (2:22)
Here's something to dowload, too:
Why Music Class.doc (Click to download this one-page document.)
If you're a parent who wants your child to fall in love with music, I share that dream.
After twenty-five years of teaching piano, I'm convinced the Musikgarten program is the best path to ensuring that dream comes true. And research shows the window of opportunity is open between the ages of birth and nine.
Musikgarten is the only program that offers curricula for newborns through group piano instruction. It is based on a keen understanding of how children learn, in both a general sense and specifically in how they learn music. Once students complete the group curriculum, they are ready to study any instrument. If they choose to continue with the piano, I welcome them into my private teaching studio. (Click on Private Piano Study for more information.)
Would you like your child to be involved in a joyful music program that provides the pathway to comprehensive music literacy?
Would you like to foster family music making at home?
Then Musikgarten may be for you. Come see a class for free (Click on Free Preview Class on left sidebar.)
Questions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up the phone and call me (203-266-5229). I love speaking to parents.
Nancy McMillan, M.A.
Certified Musikgarten Instructor