Friday, September 24, 2010

THEY GROW SO QUICKLY!

Our children grow up so quickly! I was reminded of this when I taught the Village class this morning. What a wonderful class. Full of sweet, precious babies and their mommies. I love it! But it reminds me of how quickly they grow. My children were that age the day before yesterday, I'm sure of it. I thought this video would also give many of you a laugh and be another reminder that time does really fly.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcVXCeWk0PE&feature=player_embedded

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Emotions and our Children


Having been a Kindermusik teacher now for 13 years, I have seen many children come and go. My own children never had the opportunity to do Kindermusik as I didn't know about it when they were small. My baby was 11 when I started my program and although they know all the songs and what Kindermusik is all about (they heard me practicing!), they never got to sit on my lap and participate. However, I do have grandchildren who now have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a Kindermusik class.

This year I get to be the "parent" in one class because my 5 year old grandson is in his mom's Young Child class. The excitement was high as we anticipated our first Young Child class. Who wouldn't be excited? He was going to learn about notes and the beat and get to READ rhythms and notes on the staff. What fun! So we went to the first class. Got there way too early, so we did all the things you need to do to prepare for a class. We had our things and then went to the bathroom. Thinking he didn't need me for that task, I sent him alone. He came out calling for "Gamma". Not a good sign. He had peed his pants, something that hasn't happened for a long time. I proceeded to clean him up. We had found a few toys in a room to play with while waiting and we went to pick them up. He didn't want to do this. He wanted to continue playing, but still said he wanted to go to class. I had created a real dilemma for him. And the melt down began! I always tell parents not to arrive too early. I had not followed my own advice.

So for the next 10 minutes (5 minutes beyond when class began) he was crying. Very upset! I would talk a while and then be quiet. Finally, he began calming down, so he went into class. I was EXHAUSTED! I was so afraid that I had contributed to him not enjoying Kindermusik anymore. I thought this was going to be hard for many weeks. I just wasn't sure this was going to be the experience for either of us that I was anticipating.

Oh my! Parents! Parents have said things like this to me as they withdrew from class. I totally understand now! It is hard! Sometimes parents just aren't ready to do the hard work that raising a child can present. It's just easier to stay home or go to a park and let your child run. Now while these things are fine, your child will not get the value and benefits from a Kindermusik class this way.

So as I learned, you just have to be willing to do the hard work sometimes to reap the benefits in your child's life. My grandson is now in week #3 of Kindermusik for the Young Child and he seems to be fine. So I'm timing my entrance better and we never mention the toys in the other room! (And by the way, the picture at the top doesn't have my grandson in it!)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CHILDREN AND THE MASS MEDIA

How Setting Limits Will Benefit Your Children By Greg Taillon

Gone are the days of children coming home from school, eating homemade chocolate chip cookies and then going outside to play with their friends until it’s time to do homework. Today, older children are often home alone after school. As a result, they sometimes are tempted to spend their time being entertained with video games, watching television, downloading music and chatting on the Internet instead of doing their homework and more active leisure activities. These temptations are all competing for children’s time at the expense of their education, health and well being.

Childhood obesity, school violence, ADHD and poor reading and math skills can all be tied to too much mass media play in childhood. Too many children are neglecting schoolwork and exercise in favor of eating chips in front of the TV. Fast-paced video games and television shows have shortened children’s attention spans. Recreational reading is almost nonexistent. Even worse, the violence children see on TV is being replayed in the schools, and basic reading and math skills are lagging way behind.

Too Much Media Exposure

Children spend more than 38 hours per week being entertained by the mass media – almost four times the amount of time they spend on schoolwork. As a result, academics are suffering. According to research and standardized test scores, American students are struggling to read at proficient levels, and most recreational reading has stopped. Math skills are also lagging. Once children fall behind with basic academic skills, they have a hard time catching up. This will have long-term ramifications on them, as the future will bring about more advanced jobs and fewer qualified people to fill them. These jobs include medical personnel, engineers, college professors and other highly educated or technical professions.

Overexposure to television starts at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children younger than age 2, and no more than two hours per day of high-quality programming for older children. The truth is that many children watch much more than the recommended guidelines. (read more)

Don't want YOUR kids to fall into this category? Sign them up for a Kindermusik class or a Simply Music class. It will not only bring music into your home, but it will get your kids away from the influences of the mass media.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

KINDERMUSIK OPEN HOUSE


Come join us at our Open House this year! It is coming up on Saturday, August 28th from 9:30 a.m. until noon and will be held at Northview Church in Carmel.

Northview Church is located on the SW corner of 131st (Main Street) and Hazel Dell Pkwy in Carmel. We will meet in the lower level in room L1.

Throughout the morning we will have short demonstration classes where you can see what Kindermusik has to offer you family. The demonstrations will be offered at the following times for the specified age groups:

10:00 a.m. - Big Kids ages 3 and up
10:45 a.m. - Our Time ages 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 years
11:30 a.m. - Village up to age 18 months

So come find out what Kindermusik is about, participate in one of our short demonstration classes and get your child enrolled for a fun semester of music & learning.

For those who enroll on Saturday, you will receive an extra $5 off your tuition plus a FREE children's CD by Skip Ewing. (While supplies last.) You can check out our schedule on our web site so you come prepared to take action. www.musicalbeginnings.com

No reservation is necessary. Just come and have a fun morning with your child. We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

SIMPLY MUSIC


Many families are looking for a good piano program for their child or children. There sits the piano, or maybe your child has been begging to get a piano. Either way, Simply Music is a breakthrough program that can have your child (or even YOU) playing pieces, hands together, within the first month of lessons. Yes! It is amazing! By the end of your first year of lessons the student is playing 30, 40, even 50 songs. Any place! Any time!

Simply Music is the largest playing-based music education institution in the world, with educators at over 475 locations throughout the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It presents a revolutionary, Australian-developed piano and keyboard method for those who would like to learn how to play. This breakthrough program has students of all ages playing great-sounding blues, contemporary, classical and accompaniment pieces - immediately - from their very first lessons.

Simply Music educators look at music in an entirely new light, transforming the teaching and learning process. The program sets a new standard in music education, and presents the possibility of a new era in self-expression through music.


Laura Newby & I are anxious to speak with parents about this method and how it can bring new self-assurance and pride to your child's life. Call us to see about one of our Introductory Sessions. We have two coming up and we would love for you to call to save a place in one of them.

Thursday, August 26th at 7 p.m. or Wednesday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Call today! 317-867-3077

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Music therapy probably isn't going to replace your current treatment for ADHD. But it may help to enhance your treatment and make it more effective."

This quote is taken from an article. I have placed the link below. For a long time Kindermusik educators have realized the importance music can play in the life of a child. Especially those children who are faced with a challenge in life. Even from the earliest of ages a child can benefit from the power of music when it comes to brain development, social and emotional development (often underestimated in this day and age until a child gets into their teens), cognitive and language development and, of course, musical development.

So join us in a Kindermusik class where your child can benefit from the music therapy that takes place in our classes. It will be an investment that no one can ever take away from your child!

http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/c/1443/117811/music-therapy-adhd

Thursday, March 4, 2010

SICK TEACHER'S KIDS

We have 2 teachers with sick kids. Aly's son is sick, but I will be subbing for her. So come on out Epworth families to sing and dance with me. I'm really looking forward to it! Then Laura's son is sick too. Don't have another sub, so the classes at Northview this morning are being cancelled. We will extend the semester by a week. So please sing and dance at home and Carmel families we will see you next week!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MUSIC HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON SHAPING OUR SENSORY SYSTEM

Once again, we see the effectiveness of music in our child's life. Are you taking this time to give your child a gift that will last his entire life? Keep musical activities in your child's daily life. It will benefit her more than you can imagine! Read on:

http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/neuroscientist-think-twice-about-cutting-music-schools.html

Sunday, February 21, 2010

MUSIC IS A POWERFUL TOOL

Music & language development go hand in hand. To have a more verbal child, make sure that music is a part of your child's every day life. Check out this link.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_sc/us_sci_words_and_music

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NO DELAY FOR US

The schools districts where we offer our Kindermusik classes on Wednesdays (Hamilton Southeastern & Zionsville) are on a 2-hour delay today, so our classes will run at the regularly scheduled time. Please be careful and we hope to see you at class. If you cannot make it to class, please give our office a call so we can schedule you a make up class time. Keep singing!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SNOWING TODAY!

It is snowing today, Tuesday, February 9th and schools have been cancelled in all 3 school districts where we hold classes. Therefore, our classes are cancelled also. Have a great day snuggling at home and we will see everyone next week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

FAMILY TIME CLASSES BEGIN SOON


Our Family Time classes will begin the week of February 15th. We are very excited to be offering the unit Here, There and Everywhere. Check out this link to see a video of some of the exciting things that happen in a Family Time class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV5SqF0KZc0

The home materials that you receive when enrolling in a class are phenomenal. Here is a picture of this unit's great additions to your Kindermusik library and instrument collection.

A family in our class could be Dad with one child, Mom with 3 kids, Mom & Dad with 2 children! YOU define this! We just want you to come to enjoy each other and have a fun musical time together!

Call our office to register or go to our web site. We look forward to sharing the joys of music with your family!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MOMMY GUILT


Do you have it? Most moms do and it isn't something that will go away with time. As your children grow, the guilt will follow you along and through the years. Get used to it. No, put it in it's place!

As moms, we have to do the best we can and then sit back and pray that God will bless our efforts. As a mom, I was always seeking out the best way to parent by reading, talking to friends and just listening for good advice. What can I do that is best for my child? How can I be the best mom I can be. We cannot re-do how we spend our time, so we need to spend our time wisely.

How much time we really spend with our children is something we all need to think about. Even as a parent of grown children and now grandchildren, it is a battle to make sure I spend quality time with each of them.

I once had a mom of 4 girls in one of my Kindermusik classes. All of her girls have now completed the entire Kindermusik program and graduated. She told me once that one of her friends asked her how she found the time to do Kindermusik with all she had going on. She told her friend that doing Kindermusik forced her to get down on the floor and pay attention to Kendall and no one else. It was their special time together in the week.

So when you enroll your child in a Kindermusik class, you are not only doing it for the child, you are doing it for yourself. Take that special time to focus just on that one child. Get away from your home where the voices of the laundry, toys on the floor and other undone projects will be drawing you away from your child. Just sit and focus on the wonder that is your special little one! And you can know that the fun you are having with the music will change your child's life in ways you can only imagine.

Oh yes! And tell the guilt to stay in it's place. You aren't going to listen to it right now!

Monday, January 18, 2010

KINDERMUSIK ENROLLMENT SPECIAL!















We are looking for children 3 to 5 years of age (not yet in Kindergarten) and children under the age of 18 months. Do we have a special for you!

Tell a friend and if you both enroll this week in one of the "SPECIAL" classes you will receive the following value! Enroll in one of our Village (newborn to 18 months) or Imagine That (3 to 5 years) classes from now until this Friday, January 22 at 5 p.m. and you will receive an extra $10 off you tuition.

This offer is for new students only and cannot be combined with other coupons. However, you can use it in conjunction with our pay in full discount of $15. So you could be saving $25 on this semester's class!

So go to our web site to check out the schedule and then give our office a call before the end of the day on Friday so we can get you registered with your discounts! 317-867-3077

Friday, January 15, 2010

YOUR BABIES POTENTIAL!

Check out this link to see how you and your baby can enjoy a Kindermusik Village class. Your baby is so full of potential and hope and promise. Begin today to nurture what is within your child. You will be amazed at the things you see your baby doing and great developmental leaps that he or she makes. So join us! Our new session begins January 25th.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

WHY GROUP LESSONS

Here is an article that I wrote about why our studio offers group piano lessons. We are getting ready to start another beginning group in February. Call to save your child a place!


WHY GROUP LESSONS
by Kim Bemis

I first began teaching almost 20 years ago in the traditional private piano lesson mode. Then about 12 years ago I began taking a careful look at the way I was teaching, my goals, and the goals I had for my students. I thought about the fun I had playing the flute in the band when I was in high school and the fun I had in all the choirs that I participated in from Junior High through college. There were so many valuable experiences that I gained through these group activities throughout the years. It seemed that I could duplicate that group experience, the feeling of being in a band or on a team, for my piano students. We could have a “piano band”.

When I taught in only private lessons, I would teach the same concepts multiple times a week and hear the same questions over and over again. This gave me another reason to consider the group lesson experience for my students. When we are in school in a classroom the students learn from each other over and over again. This could also happen in the piano studio.

As I launched my first group lessons some things became quickly apparent. The students were learning musical concepts faster in a group and the lesson preparation was at a maximum. We played our lesson material together in an ensemble fashion. So slowing down or going back to correct your mistake was no longer an option. Musicianship skills grew so much faster than I ever imagined.

Another benefit from learning in a group was the performance capabilities. The students were used to playing for others, so when it came to recital time a lot of the performance jitters had already been worked out and the students were more confident performers.

In a class situation I could also alter the manner in which I taught theory concepts. We were able to play games to enforce the theory concepts and thus learn from each other as we played together. This could never happen in a private lesson. Theory time became the students favorite part of the lesson.

I mentioned earlier that lesson preparation was at a maximum. I think students will practice more to keep up with their peers. This is what Steven H. Roberson, professor at Butler University has written in Motivating Groups:

“Tactics for motivating groups do not differ substantially from those useful in motivating individuals. In fact, the task is often easier, given that research has demonstrated that most people learn best in groups. That is how youngsters are accustomed to learning in school.”

Over the years the results have become clear. My students have enjoyed piano as I’d hoped, have continued lesson far longer than when I taught on-on-one, and have achieved a higher level of proficiency. All in all, the group piano lesson as proven to be a better value for the majority of piano students.

NO SNOW DAYS YET

Kindermusik classes WILL RUN today, Thursday, January 7th. Drive carefully to your class and have a great time!