Musikgarten of Lexington, the state’s most nationally decorated Musikgarten program, is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in a new building while expanding services to offer more private lessons.
The new location is at 121 Malabu Drive, Suites 1 & 2, and covers 2,400 square feet.
The building includes two Musikgarten classrooms, a waiting room with books and toys, a kitchen, a party room for birthdays and recitals, and three large studios for private lessons.
Founder and director Jennifer Tutt has expanded her staff to 10 Musikgarten-trained teachers.
In addition, 12 teachers provide individual lessons in the following areas: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, French horn, tuba and trombone.
Many of the teachers have advanced degrees, and the staff includes music professors and doctoral students from UK and Centre College.
Tutt is a recipient of the Musikgarten Teacher Achievement Award (a once-in-a-lifetime honor) and is the mother of two daughters, ages 7 and 10, who are Musikgarten students.
Musikgarten of Lexington is one of the largest programs in the country. It has won eight national awards, including the Exemplary Program Award every year since its start, making it one of only five U.S. studios to do so.
Musikgarten classes are for children from birth to 10 years, and are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. With the addition of more private lessons, now parents and older children can join the fun.
“We really can teach all ages,” Tutt said. “We accommodate almost any schedule, and we offer affordable rates for all classes and lessons, and with sibling discounts in group classes.”
Semesters start three times a year — January, May and August – but students can join at any time.
Also offered are summer camps and a “Parents Day Out” program every Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Musikgarten has become such an institution that some of Tutt’s former students have returned as teachers.
“It’s amazing that we’ve touched their lives and have made a difference,” Tutt said.
“This building is the realization of a dream. It’s nice for families, older students and parents who are doing lessons themselves.
“Our teachers believe in our motto: Music education is a gift that lasts a lifetime.”
Info: 245-5887 or www.musikgartenoflexington.com