COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently offering our classes and lessons online! Contact us to gain access to our Musikgarten online groups for young children, or to schedule virtual piano or voice lessons. We are also continuing our annual recital schedule in an online format. We are looking forward to the day that we may begin in-studio classes again! Because of the nature of the activities in our classes/lessons and the size and layout of our studio spaces, as well as the difficulty of working around the schedules of so many students from various schools and districts, we will probably wait to begin live classes and lessons until all the local schools are back to a regular in-person schedule. The process of reopening for our studio may include some precautions such as smaller class sizes, purchasing of individual instruments by each family rather than using shared items, and shorter class periods with singing activities done at home. We will, of course, follow all applicable state and CDC guidelines. We also plan to allow those who would prefer to continue online to do so. Private voice students and choirs will most likely be the last group of students to resume in-person classes due to concerns about the aerosol droplets created by singing. We are following closely the current research efforts of vocal and health experts about the effects of singing on virus spread. Take care, everyone, and here's hoping our musical connections will be a boost to your spirits in this uncertain time!
Welcome to Boone's Tunes of Delmarva! We are pleased that you are considering music classes and/or lessons for your child. Research has shown that we are all born with an aptitude for music, but that aptitude diminishes if it is not actively nurtured between the ages of birth and nine.
The Musikgarten classes offered at Boone's Tunes are designed to nurture the child’s musical aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. Additionally, instrumental activities are part of the program, beginning with simple rhythm instruments such as shakers and drums for babies and toddlers, and culminating with piano studies for older children.
Musikgarten is the only program that offers curricula starting with newborns and continuing through piano instruction from age 5. It is based on a keen understanding of how children learn, in both a general sense and, specifically, how they learn music. The curriculum is based on years of expert research in child development and learning styles. No age group is left out, for Musikgarten also includes recreational adult piano classes!
Boone's Tunes is committed to providing a fun, nurturing educational environment through excellent curriculum and small class sizes of no more than 6-12 students.
Online Classes are now enrolling!
In addition to our early childhood classes, Boone's Tunes also offers 20 years of experience in high-quality private piano and vocal instruction, as well as a varied selection of homeschool classes and choirs.
As you familiarize yourself with our website and learn more about us, we look forward to answering your questions and to welcoming your family into our music studio!
Thank you for your interest in our musical offerings!
Susan (Boone) Upton, Founder & Director of Boone's Tunes
Musikgarten Exemplary Award Recipient, 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2019
Certifications: American College of Musicians (Piano Instruction), Musikgarten (Early Childhood & Group Piano), Royal Conservatory of Music (Elementary & Intermediate Specialist, Piano & Voice)
Memberships: Chorister's Guild, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Royal Conservatory Certificate Program (Piano, Voice, & Music Theory), KITS National Music Theory Honor Roll, Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council, Community Players of Salisbury, Salisbury Chamber Singers
Education: Goucher College, The Boston Conservatory
A sampling of Boone's Tunes' graduates: Music teacher at Pocomoke Middle School; Youth Music Minister at Chincoteague Church of God; Musical Theatre Major at Marymount Manhattan College; Dickinson College Musical Theatre graduate working as a paid director and actress in PA; Music major at Five Towns Music College; Music minor/Biology major at Randolph Macon College; Engineering major at Catholic University