NOW CLOSED | MOMpreneur Monday: Musikgarten by the Beach

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of Mompreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Mompreneur is the owner of Diana Rush Piano Preparatory Program and the co-founder of Musikgarten by the BeachDiana Rush!

You may know her from the fantastic Musikgarten Classes for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers at Organic Movements OR you might be considering having your child take private piano lessons with her.  Either way you can’t go wrong!  I am of course talking about magical music teacher, Diana Rush!

Diana is also an original Modern Boca Mom advertiser and I highly recommend you check out her piano program:

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P.S. That is her adorable son Aiden when he was just a baby!  Isn’t he the sweetest? 


Diana began her piano studies at age 9 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Miami where she also received her Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  While attending the University of Miami, she was awarded a full scholarship, teaching assistantship and was a faculty member of the UM Piano Preparatory Program.

“As a faculty member of the UM Piano Preparatory Program, I taught group piano, applied piano, music theory, music history, and eurhythmics leveling from age 4 to 14.  I have also taught group piano and music theory at the high school and collegiate levels.  For the past 7 years, I worked at the Sagemont Lower School teaching general music at the Elementary School Level,” said Diana.

Musikgarten by the Beach Boca RatonDiana currently teaches Musikgarten classes for babies and toddlers at several locations around Boca Raton and Delray Beach and also offers private piano lessons.  She has been giving piano instruction for 11+ years.

“I hope to instill a love for the arts that will last a lifetime in my students.  I believe in making music fun!  During piano lessons, my students will learn proper piano technique, play varied repertoire, learn music theory and ear training, read notes, explore different composers and musical time periods, but enjoy doing it,” explained Diana.

Then came baby…

“After becoming a Mom, I knew I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my baby. I am so grateful that God has blessed me with an amazing talent that I am able to give music lessons and bring my child with me. I decided not to return to my full time music position at Sagemont Lower School (even though I miss my students dearly!) and dedicate my time to building up my piano students and teaching Musikgarten by the Beach classes,” said Diana.

Now you have such a big “Mommy Music” following!  How did Musikgarten by the Beach get off the ground?

Diana explained, “The University of Miami has an amazing Musikgarten Program called Music Time.  My colleague, Sarah, and I met at UM in a music fraternity and remained friends after college.

She started Musikgarten by the Beach in Boca and Delray three years ago and I joined her and began teaching once I had Aiden.

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“I think it has grown such a following because our approach to music education is fun for children, parents and teachers.  To foster music literacy, Musikgarten offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first nine years of a child’s musical development.  Children love the progression from semester to semester, as patterns and songs are repeated and built upon, addressing students’ needs at each level.  The Musikgarten experience culminates in group piano lessons.”

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Diana further explained, “Our Musikgarten by the Beach program is also unique because of the age group it reaches.  Early music education is so important!  Not only does it help with all areas of development, it creates a special bond with the family.  When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life.  Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education.  What’s more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development – creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, emotional development – are also positively impacted.”

Wow!  Music is great in so many ways!  What makes your piano instruction unique?

“During piano lessons, I try to make the lessons fun and appealing.  Not all students respond well to traditional classical music.  We play songs from Journey to musicals– we make our own compositions and play songs from the radio sometimes,” said Diana.

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What exciting things are coming up?

Diana responded, “I envision offering more Musikgarten classes for all ages, offering group piano and theory classes, having my students participate in piano competitions and opening a music school for students with special needs.”

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What do you love about living and working in Florida? 

Diana said, “I am a Florida native.  I LOVE that my family is close by.  It is wonderful that my son gets to grow up with his extended family.  I love the beach and the South Florida heat.  I enjoy all of the food from the diverse culture/melting pot.  The people here are amazing.  I have learned so much from the many cultures.  And, It is a GREAT place for a musician.  There are many concerts to attend but also varied musical genres to listen to; from Latin to Jazz, Reggae and Rock.  It’s just a great place to live!”

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#dailybocaavery just LOVES her weekly Musikgarten classes.  She has been going since she was 5 months old and absolutely loves “Miss Diana.”  They are the best!

And, I can’t wait until she’s old enough to take private piano lessons!

If MBMoms with younger kids haven’t joined us for a Musikgarten by the Beach session yet, what are you waiting for?


Learn about Musikgarten by the Beach HERE and Diana Rush Piano Preparatory Program HERE.

And, be sure to LIKE both pages on Facebook for all of the latest musical updates!

Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

When I was pregnant with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I was thrilled to discover (what I nicknamed) the “Disney World of Maternity,” located conveniently on 57th Street and Madison Avenue (4/19/16 UPDATE: It is now closed, I just found out. Completely devastated for my pregnant NYC friends).  I knew now I had to find a South Florida Pregnancy spa. 

It was a Destination Maternity complex that included two stores, a fitness studio and a spa. A one-stop shop if you will for anything pregnancy-related. I could buy a formal maternity dress, get fitted for a nursing bra, take a Pilates class and get a facial all in one building. Genius! Continue reading Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

Modern Boca Mom’s 2014 Lift, Tone, Burn…BRUNCH!

Thank you to the 20 fabulous ladies who joined us for the Modern Boca Mom “Barre & Brunch” event at Pure Barre West Boca on June 1st (2014)!  

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We all took part in a booty-kicking, 45 minute barre class (sign up for more + PB West Boca Summer Specials HERE) and celebrated with networking, gift bags, mimosas and brunch after…not a bad Sunday!  

Several MBMoms even scored  great prizes in our raffle drawing!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Heather Clark & the team from Pure Barre West Boca for hosting our group of MBMoms and Boca Raton’s Signsations (who made my awesome MBMom signs!).

Hope to see you at our next MBMom event!

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Gift bags galore!

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Up an inch, down an inch!

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Thank You Pure Barre West Boca!

The Top 5 Things Every Mom Looks Forward to When Taking a Plane Ride SOLO!

It’s not easy flying with a child, especially if you’re alone. Be it a baby, toddler or pre-schooler, your mind is always focused on 1. your child’s entertainment (a screaming baby for 3 hours among childless adults trapped in a metal tube is not cute) and 2. whether or not you’ll be able to “hold it” until you land (have you ever tried to go to the bathroom when you’re the only one responsible for that baby on your lap??). Traveling alone on an airplane with a baby is no joke. So even if you are really liking the idea of going to Manhattan for example, and then staying in hotels in manhattan, remember that if you are bringing your child, it might not be as relaxing as you might have hoped.

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Throwback to Avery’s 1st plane ride (6/13)! Notice the ‘Hooter Hider’ tucked into the seat back.

On Friday, I will be taking my FIRST EVER solo cross-country plane ride since I had #dailybabyavery. Before taking any trip it is always good to check out guides on the travel company you are going with. Travelfoot is really useful for anyone going to the Phillipines. My NYC girlfriends and I are skipping off to Napa Valley for the long weekend (yippee! Thanks #modernbocadad for staying behind this time) to celebrate a dear friend’s 30th birthday.

Yes, I’m looking forward to the wine. Yes, I’m looking forward to the girl talk. Yes, I’m looking forward to the many rounds of Cards Against Humanity we’ll be playing (of course I purchased the new 90’s Nostalgia Pack). But, what am I looking forward to most?

THE PLANE RIDE.

5+ blissful hours of Nothing. To. Do.


And what kind of Mommy Blogger would I be without listing the: Top 5 things I am Looking Forward to During Traveling Alone on and airplane with a baby
  1. Reading magazines. No joke, I am about 5-7 issues behind on Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine. Don’t even get me started on the fashion glossies…
  2. Thank you notes. OK, perhaps I am not looking forward to the actual writing of thank you notes, but being able to bang 28 out while I’m flying across the country sounds good to me. Done and done.
  3. Cocktails. Hey- I got that Delta American Express card for a reason! 20% off in-flight beverages and no little hands to spill them? Yes, please.
  4. Silence. I don’t have to talk to anyone but the flight attendant if I don’t want to. Sorry fellow seatmate. No chit chat unless I need to get up to go to the ladies room.
  5. Sleep. I doubt I need to explain this one to any MBMom with a child under the age of 2, yes?

I’m off to go pack to get ready to fly the friendly skies…ALONE. Here I go, traveling alone on an airplane with a baby.

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Or maybe I’ll bring her with me after all!


Am I right MBMoms or am I right? Did I leave anything off the list? If so, comment below and best of luck traveling alone on an airplane with a baby!

P.S. If you want to read some really hilarious posts about traveling with kids, be sure visit my FAVORITE Mommy Blog/Humor website: Mommy Shorts. The “traveling on a plane category” can be found HERE.

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