La Jolla Village
    Montessori School
7427 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Joanne O'Neil, Director Joanne O'Neil Signature


At La Jolla Village Montessori School, children learn music with the Musikgarten curriculum because Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education — for children and teachers. Musikgarten offers a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. Musikgarten has wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun.    

Musikgarten includes nature as part of the classroom. We believe in the benefits of teaching children to value and respect our natural environment. When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life. Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting, and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. What's more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development — creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, emotional development — are also positively impacted.

Musikgarten's philosophy is steeped in this understanding. Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain, and fosters physical coordination — all in a group setting that builds community — a truly holistic experience.

We believe that:
● All children are musical.
● Music meets the needs of children.
● Music benefits the whole child, must be introduced early and must involve the family.
● By using only the highest-quality educational resources and instruments, we can help deepen a child's appreciation for music and the natural world around him, building a foundation for life-long music making.
● Providing an appropriate musical experience and following a carefully sequenced approach to music reading allows a child to participate fully in musical experiences of all kinds.

Our approach to music education is fun for children, parents, and teachers. As a result of our sequential pathway to music education, children can become independent, thinking musicians. To foster music literacy, Musikgarten offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first nine years of a child's musical development. Children love the progression from semester to semester, as patterns and songs are repeated and built upon, addressing students' needs at each level. The Musikgarten experience culminates in group piano lessons.

Miss Erica uses three of the Musikgarten curricula: Cycle of Seasons, Music Makers at Home and Music Makers at the Keyboard. To engage with your child musically, consider purchasing a family packet to enjoy music making at home. Miss Erica recommends starting with the Cycle of Seasons packet. Email Miss Erica to order, or if you want to learn more about the music program, (

Miss Erica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music, California Teaching Credential in Music, and is completing her Master of Arts in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University. Teaching is her passion, and she sharing her love of music at La Jolla Village Montessori School. In addition to her time at the preschool, she teaches at La Jolla Music and in her home studio. You can read more on her website,