Leading child development program in the US opens center in Davao City

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Leading child development program in the US opens in Davao City
By PrixDigna D. Banzon
DAVAO CITY, Dec. 19 (PNA) — A leading early childhood development program in the USA will open its Davao City center on Monday, December 22, at SM Lanang Premier.

Musikgarten under its local brand name Musikgarten Manila sets up its 6th branch in Davao City and the first in Mindanao.

Two of its branches are located in Quezon City, Laguna, Baguio City and the other one in Tacloban City. The Tacloban branch was put up immediately after the city was hit by Yolanda to help victims especially the children as the company’s way of reaching out to people needing assistance immediately after disaster. With the good reception of the community, Musikgarten then formally opened branches several months after.

Musikgarten, that was brought in the Philippines by operator Michelle Nikki Junia, was the preferred early childhood development program in over 20 countries.


Junia, who is the only licensed operator of Musikgarten in the country, was a music scholar and honor graduate of the UST Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, major in voice under the tutelage of Professor Irna Ponce Enrile-Potenciano.

Junia was also trained in the USA on the use of music in early childhood development. She is also the only Filipino trained by Seth riggs, the vocal coach of top vocal performers like Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole and Kelly Clarkston.

She said at Musikgarten, it makes music as the anchor in the child development and also as a venue for family bonding because early development must be both between the parent and the child.

There is a module that both (parent and child) will follow even at home as learning involves both, she said.

She said Musikgarten offers regular group classes for infants to seven years old, individual music lessons on voice to instruments, musical playhouse, band rehearsal studio with recording facilities. There is also a one on one session for the adult, she added.

Junia said exposing children to music at an early age will have better developing skills even as she said that the listening skills of the child must be developed first and must start at an early age. The activities must be fun and light rather than they be exposed to rigorous activities.

“The listening skills of the child are being developed early or ages below 7 y.o that is why music is the best medium and children can learn at very young age,” she said.

Citing early child development in foreign countries she said children are taught reading at age 7 years old.

We must remember that interest of children will only be about 30 minutes and that they must be allowed to listen to sounds and play instruments and be able to express themselves through music, she said.

The eagerness of children to learn is when they look at learning as fun and interesting, she said.

Music also helps in the development of character and attitude of the child.

Meanwhile, Junia said at the Musikgarten, they also accept senior citizens because music is also a therapy.

It helps people relax especially those diagnosed with hypertension and cardio problem and those suffering from loneliness. This will also help address people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other hand, Junia said Davao is the right place for Musikgarten.

And Davao has oversupply of good talents, she added. (PNA)