THE HUMBLE BEGINNING

 
 

 

Musikgarten Philippines, Inc. is managed and owned by Michelle Nikki Junia. Nikki has a degree in Music Education major in voice (cum laude) at the UST Conservatory of Music. Nikki’s love for teaching music and stage performance started at an early age of 15. Her first school was “The Discovery Zone”. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music, her dream of building a music school continued on and so StarDev The Music School was born in year 2004. It offered individualized and stage performance training in voice, piano, guitar, violin, cello, saxophone and drums.

 

Five years later, Nikki’s aspiration in music education goes one notch higher.

Focused on using music in building the future of kids and sharpening talents of artists, she trained in the USA and brought the leading early childhood development system in the USA to the Philippines. The system is Musikgarten, a music and movement program also popular in other advanced countries.

Nikki was also trained in California, USA, by the most sought after vocal coach in Hollywood: Seth Riggs. Seth’s students are virtually a “who’s who” of the world’s top performers – Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and many more. He is known for the “speech level singing technique”.

As a child singer and being an original member of the 14K (Ryan Cayabyab’s scholars), Nikki has performed all over the Philippines as well as in key Asian countries and in the U.S. She has performed in prestigious venues. Nikki still continues to perform in concerts here in Manila. She is not only a teacher but an active performer still. She released a record album in 2009 entitled “Back in time” and was hailed by media for her captivating music prowess and aptly accorded a title as the “singer with a mission”.

 

The music school’s business name when it opened at its former location in Mandaluyong City, February of 2010 was Musikgarten Manila Arts Center.  The brand name is “Musikgarten Manila” for students from babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, teens and adults. After almost a year, the school has become a corporation and named Musikgarten Philippines, Inc.

 

Since then, MUSIKGARTEN MANILA has evolved not only as a music school but also as a venue for early childhood development that uses music as a core tool in stimulating young minds while developing the love for learning. This inspired teacher Nikki to pursue her Montessori U.S. certification accredited by the Montessori Institute of America.

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