Dear Parents,

Are you searching for a fun and engaging way to help your children learn or improve their German language skills? Then join Musikgarten in Boston! For the past 17 years, I had the pleasure of sharing the gift of music and language with hundreds of children and their families. Our German music classes offer a unique way for young children to immerse themselves in the German language and culture. We combine singing, dancing, playing instruments, learning rhythm and tonal patterns, listening, and moving to recorded stories and poems – all in German.

Our classes are designed to help your child develop a love for the German language through music and build a strong foundation for musical growth.

I am excited to announce a new 15 week Musikgarten group piano class (Music Makers at the Keyboard) in Jamaica Plain for children ages 6-9. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to take their musical education to the next level. The class will be conducted in German language, but the songs and practice materials will be in English.

 Registration is now open for the Spring Term, starting April 1st!

Please contact Dunja for a free demo class: dpechstein@icloud.com.

Thank you – Dankeschön!

Dunja Pechstein

Our classes in and around Boston

Please click on the age group/class that is right for you to find more information about the class.

Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse!

Dunja Pechstein, owner
E-Mail: dpechstein@icloud.com

0 – 18 Monate

Musikgarten für Babys

Wednesdays 10-10:45 am (Cambridge)

Fridays 4-4:45pm (Jamaica Plain)

Fridays 5-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Saturdays 10-10:45am (Somerville)

A class to bond with your baby trough German songs, rhymes and dances.

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1.5 – 3 Jahre

Musikgarten Teil 1
Gemeinsam Musizieren

Wednesdays 10-10:45 am (Cambridge)

Fridays 4-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Fridays 5-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Saturdays 10-10:45am (Somerville)

For the joy of music and movement- all in German

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3 – 5 Jahre

Musikgarten Teil 2
Der musikalische Jahreskreis

Mondays 3-3:45 pm (Cambridge)

Fridays 4-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Fridays 5-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Saturdays 11-11:45 am (Somerville)

For the curious child, who loves music, instruments and movement

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1.5 – 4 Jahre

Musikgarten Teil 1-2
Gemeinsam Musizieren

Wednesdays 10-10:45 am (Cambridge)

Fridays 4-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain)

Fridays 5-5:45pm (Jamaica Plain)

Saturdays 10 -10:45 am (Somerville)

Saturdays 11 -11:45 am (Somerville)

Our mixed age class, ideal for families
with two children

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5 – 7 Jahre

Music Makers

Please contact Dunja, a class is being created right now.

For the child who understands German. We expand our musical knowledge.

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7 – 14 Jahre

Kinderchor Boston

TBD

Rehearsals are in German, the music we sing is international.

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Musikgarten in Boston

is based on the internationally known early childhood music program “Musikgarten”. Musikgarten in Boston offers German immersion music classes for children ages 0 – 14 and was founded by Dunja Pechstein in 2007. Dunja is a German native speaker, professional musician and a passionate teacher of early childhood music.

Our German music and language classes are an excellent way to immerse your bilingual or multilingual child in the German language, music and culture.

What parents say

Her enthusiasm is contagious

My son has been happily enrolled in Dunja’s  Musikgarten program since the age of 12 months. We treasure every class since it provides us with an enriching musical education, a very supportive and inspiring environment, and tons of material to play and practice at home…Dunja provides the perfect experience to foster a multi-lingual development for any child through the universal language of music. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and the class is a fantastic connection to the German community. Each week I am amazed at how much German my son retains thanks to the classes. I can’t recommend the Musikgarten classes highly enough.
Audrey, languages spoken at home: German, English, French , Wolof 

Dunja is the best!

“We started Musikgarten with our three children last year as a way for them to enhance their linguistic skills in the German language.  Dunja is the best!  She gives 110% of herself and is always trying new and innovative ways to reach out to the children. The best part of this class is that it is interactive and the parents are involved.  My children’s grammatical usage of German has skyrocketed and they have progressed in ways that would not have been possible at home on our own with one parent mostly speaking English and the other native in German.  We treasure all of our time in Musikgarten class and look forward to the next one!”
Erika S.

We recommend her class highly

My daughter and I absolutely LOVED Dunja’s Musikgarten class.
Every Saturday we would go and it was such a special time for both of us! Kathleen’s German made a lot of progress just by singing and playing. Dunja is such an outstanding teacher and is truly knowledgeable. We recommend her class highly!
Angela

Most important and joyful class

Musikgarten with Dunja is the most important and joyful class I have enjoyed with my children over the past four years. My daughter (4) and son (1.5) have bloomed musically and built deep friendships with fellow German speakers. Singing and dancing with Dunja continues beyond the classroom filling our home with song and connecting our bilingual family.
Kati

It's been a great experience!!

My daughters know all of Dunja’s Musikgarten songs by heart! I love the variety of instruments and how engaging the classes are. It’s been a great experience!
Sabine 

Our Teachers

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Dunja Pechstein

Dunja Pechstein, a native from Germany, has resided in the United States since 1997. She received her Masters of Music in vocal performance and diploma in vocal pedagogy from the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany.

Dunja and her husband lived in New York City for seven years. She taught voice at the United Nations International School, produced and sang the NYC premiere of the mono opera “the Diary of Anne Frank” by Grigori Frid and was the NYC based German diction coach for the international musical company Stella Musicals. She moved with her family to Boston in 2004.

Dunja sang in the Opera Boston production of “The Bartered Bride”,  produced the mono opera “Flower and Hawk” by Carlisle Floyd and sang concerts with the marimba player Fumito Nunoya. In 2007 she started to teach German immersion music classes for young children and founded “Musikgarten in Boston”. Dunja founded and conducted the German children’s choir “Kinderchor Boston” from 2014-2019. She gave workshops on the integration of music in German language education in Bozen, Italy, the GISB, the German Saturday School Boston and the “German Language School Conference”, NYC.

In addition to offering German Musikgarten classes, Dunja is working as a Teaching Artist for the organization Open Door Arts and is currently teaching at a BPS elementary school with inclusion and a large population of English language learners.

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Class Schedule Winter 2024

Ages of Children

Class Name/Days & Times

0-18 Monate Musikgarten fuer Babys
Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 am (Cambridge), Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Saturdays 10:00-10:45 am (Somerville)
1.5 – 3 years Musikgarten Teil 1- Gemeinsam Musizieren
Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 am (Cambridge), Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Saturdays 10:00-10:45 am (Somerville)
1.5-4 years Musikgarten Teil 1+2
Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 am (Cambridge), Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Saturdays 10:00-10:45 am (Somerville)
3-5 years Musikgarten Teil 2- Der musikalische Jahreskreis
Mondays 3:00-3:45pm (Cambridge), Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm (Jamaica Plain), Saturdays 11:00-11:45 am (Somerville)
Ages 5 -7 Years Music Makers
Musik makers is part of the mixed age class (3-6 yo) Mondays 3:00-3:45 pm (Cambridge), Saturdays 11:00-11:45 am (Somerville)
7-14 years Kinderchor Boston
TBD

CONTACT INFO

Please let us know if you have any
questions about one of the classes.

Dunja Pechstein
Musikgarten

Email: dpechstein@icloud.com
Phone: 917-833-2473

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Our Locations

Classes take place in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge and Somerville.
Please check class schedule for days and times:

Hope Central Church,
85 Seaverns Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Cambridge Music Consortium
315 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

Somerville Music Spaces,
1060 Broadway, Unit C101B,
Somerville, MA 0214

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