What Are We About?

You may know that our classes seek to develop your child’s inborn joy and talent for making and enjoying music, but you might not have known that your licensed instructor, Mary Shelor, teaches from a curriculum developed by Musikgarten, a leader in early childhood music education. www.musikgarten.org. Together we work to create family-friendly music classes that help young children develop valuable social, emotional, and music skills.


Music Matters has received the Exemplary Program award by the national Musikgarten organization in recognition of our standing as an exceptional Musikgarten studio.


A child can take any of the classes each semester and be exposed to new material every time. I hope you will join me and participate in the gift of music with your child!


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Meet The Teacher

Instructor Mary Shelor is a licensed Musikgarten instructor, and member of the Quincy Conservatory of Music and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.


Mary holds a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota and has maintained a piano studio in Quincy since 1992. She has been teaching Music Matters classes since 1998. Mary is active as an accompanist for the Quincy Area Youth Chorus, the Quincy Symphony Chorus, as well as Quincy Junior High and High School choirs.


Along with music, Mary enjoys biking, swimming, traveling, scrap booking, gardening, and spending time with her husband Paul and two sons, Christopher and Bryson.

Benefits of Early Childhood Music


Congratulations! By considering music education for your child at an early age, you have taken a first step toward bonding musically with your child and enriching your family life with active music-making. Children are naturally drawn to music, which will make your time with them in Musikgarten both fun and beneficial.


Why Musikgarten

The Plan – Only Musikgarten offers a comprehensive, sequential plan for the musical development of your child from birth through beginning piano. Each of our courses stands on its own and fits the developmental needs of the child. Class time is educational, fun and purposeful.


The Teacher – Your Musikgarten teacher is a highly trained professional with classroom and field experience in early childhood music education and child development.


The Curriculum – Musikgarten’s programs are based on meeting the developmental needs of children as they grow. Favorite songs, stories, and dances are revisited throughout – building on what each child has mastered and enjoyed – making successful learning easier.


Family Involvement - You will receive CDs, family activity guides and instruments to continue the bonding and fun of music with your child at home.


Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the brain that help develop memory, math skills, and powers of abstract and creative thinking.


Music touches all spheres of development:

  • Language
  • Self Expression
  • Concentration
  • Social Interaction
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Listening
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Coordination
  • Confidence
  • Self Esteem
  • Music Playing
  • Creativity
  • Family Involvement
  • Poise
  • Bonding
  • Voice Expression
  • Family Interaction
  • Emotional Development


Overall, music activities are ideal for your growing child.

  • Music immerses the child in language.
  • Evokes movement.
  • Stimulates the brain.
  • Fosters physical coordination.
  • Develops listening skills, the foremost necessity for learning.


All in a group setting that builds community