What is Musikgarten?

Musikgarten is a highly acclaimed and fast-growing brand in early childhood music and movement education with 30 years of research on child development and psychology. Originally from the United States, the program can now be found in different parts of the world like Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Korea, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The program offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first five years of child’s musical and brain development. The student’s needs are addressed through the patterns repeated and built upon at each developmental level.


MUSIKGARTEN MANILA as a school of music goes beyond the purpose of entertainment. It is a principal tool in an adult life’s creation of balance towards wholesome living and sharpened creativity.

MUSIKGARTEN MANILA as a playschool for babies and toddlers uses music and movement as an anchor and guide in shaping the mind, body and spirit of a child in preparation to the challenges of adult life.

MUSIKGARTEN MANILA as a Montessori early childhood school for 3 to 5 years of age adheres to the philosophies and pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori with music as an added tool in developing the young minds.


Through MUSIKGARTEN MANILA, students are being developed into holistic individuals, confident and well-rounded musicians who are also responsible, creative and productive citizens of the world.

The story of Musikgarten Manila

With her beloved mentor, Maestra Irma

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. She was under the tutelage of Maestra Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano. 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.

With her beloved mentor, Maestra Irma

With Karen McIver, an Early Childhood Music and movement specialist who has been training Musikgarten teachers for 23 years

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.

With Karen McIver, an Early Childhood Music and movement specialist who has been training Musikgarten teachers for 23 years

With Hollywood's most sought after vocal coach,
Seth Riggs

With Hollywood's most sought after vocal coach,
Seth Riggs

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 year of 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, 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. Currently, teacher Nikki is finishing her Montessori Teacher Preparation of the U.S. licensing that is accredited by the Montessori Institute of America.

Oath thaking with Sen. Loren Legarda

October of 2016, teacher Nikki has been appointed a seat in the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. CCP is the national center for the performing arts established to preserve, develop and promote excellence in music and the arts in the Philippines.

Oath thaking with Sen. Loren Legarda

On this video, Teacher Nikki shares with us the history of Musikgarten Manila and her greatest WHY.

In this short video, Teacher Nikki shares with us the history of Musikgarten Manila and her greatest WHY.

Musikgarten Manila Branches


Unit 107 GF AIC Grande tower Sapphire road, Ortigas center,
Pasig City

Contact us at:
(02) 633-6270


MGM Building, #10 Pacita Ave.,
Pacita Complex, Laguna

Contact us at:
(02) 214-0766


3rd Floor UB Square, University of Baguio, Assumption Road,
Baguio City

Contact us at:
(074) 423-0507


Unit 1002, 20th Drive Corporate Center, 20th Drive, McKinley Business Park, BGC, Taguig

Contact us at:
(02) 826-5020

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