Tuesday, August 30, 2011

THE ECOMONY


Yes! No one likes to talk about it very much right now. We try to ignore it. It is about all you hear on the news stations. The economy is not good. But we still have to live our lives. Time still marches on. Yes, it does not matter how we try to stop it.

So with that, children are getting older. Our kids are growing up. We can't ignore that! We see them going from one developmental stage to another. As that time passes we miss many opportunities to help our child develop if we try to just ignore it.

So as parents, we have to make a choice. Do we put our children "on the back burner" and wait until the economy gets better, or do we step out and go ahead to do the things that we know in our heart are beneficial for our child. Those things that will bring value to his or her life for a life time. It will take hard choices sometimes and an investment that we are a little hesitant to commit to.

So it all comes down to choices. Do we choose for our child? Do we decide that maybe we don't need ALL the bells and whistles on that car? Do we decide to eat at home more often? Do we decide that maybe we don't need that new pair of shoes as much as we think we do? Maybe forgo that cup of Starbucks coffee? (Hard for me to say as my son works for them!) Tough choices!

This is why at Musical Beginnings we try to work with our families to make sure they don't have to miss out on the development opportunity that only happens one time. We have a convenient monthly payment plan that brings Kindermusik and the developmental benefits right to your family. There is no need to put anything on the back burner!

The 1st payment for all of our classes is just $65. This helps in covering the at home materials. Look at what your price per class will be:

Village (newborn to 18 mo) $10 ($9 if you pay in full)
Our Time (1 1/2 to 3 1/2 yrs) $11 ($10 if you pay in full)
Imagine That! (3 to 5 yrs) $11.50 ($10.50 if you pay in full)
Young Child (Kindergarten & 1st gr) $13 ($12 if you pay in full)
Family Time (all ages) $12 1st child (drops dramatically for subsequent children)

So don't hesitate any longer! Call our office or go on line to register. Materials are still being ordered, so it's not too late!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Value of Bonding and Development

This article is adapted from a blog post by Christa Sigman, Kindermusik educator extraordinaire from Athens, Ohio.

It’s enrollment time for many activities for families – dance, soccer, gymnaastics, Scouting, music lessons, art lessons and - yes – especially Kindermusik. All of these activities place demands on parents – time, money, energy and stress about making the right decisions because, though many of us try, our children (and we) cannot possibly do it all.

I remember when I first enrolled Hannah in Kindermusik. I did it because I knew her teacher, I didn’t know a lot of other moms with toddlers, and, as an educator, I valued the social interaction she was going to get. I was confident that I was more than qualified to give her a good beginning in music education and language, but we needed to get out of the house. BUT, when we saw the cost we started to wonder if we should really spend the money. We went to the first session as a free trial class. She had a ball and came home already mimicking what we did in class. We paid for it and both of us fell in love. We still felt it was stretching the budget, so we began to ask my mom and Greg’s parents to help us pay for it.

In the meantime, our older daughter was getting involved in Girl Scouting and basketball. WOW, those activities LOOKED less expensive than Kindermusik until we got involved. You see, with Kindermusik it was one price for the entire semester. All her materials and the class were rolled into the total cost. She didn’t need any special shoes or clothing, there weren’t extra field trips, meals out, or travel. Kindermusik began to be the best value we had.

Now our children are a senior in high school and a sixth grader in middle school. Through the years, I have come to realize that Kindermusik was the BEST value we were ever going to get. Soccer, dance, Girl Scouts, 4H and band all appeared to be less expensive initially, but the hidden costs added up quickly and we invest large sums of money each year = even though we limit the girls to one or two activities each.

Not only that, but Kindermusik is the only activity that we have ever invested in that included us completely and targeted so many different areas of development, not just one or two. Talk about value – Hannah learned to play well with others, clean up her toys, sing on pitch, keep a steady beat, move her body and have self-control in stopping, rhyming, reading, counting etc in her Kindermusik class. No other activity has enhanced her development as much (though many of them -especially 4H – have taught her great skills).

In addition to financial investment, activities require the investment of time. We thought one class a week seemed like a lot when Hannah was a toddler and it became more difficult to schedule when she became a preschooler and went to Kindergarten. But, we continued to do it because she loved it. When she began to play soccer that was 2-3 times a week (We were only playing recreationally. I know families who go much more than that), 4H is once every couple weeks but there are extra events that have to be worked in and the projects have to be finished involving hours at home, band is at least 3 days a week – often more, private music lessons require practice every day, etc etc etc. Kindermusik was easy – once a week, 45 minutes and I got to spend that time with her.

I encourage parents everywhere. When looking for activities and choosing for your children, please consider what they will get out of the experience, what they will enjoy and what are the hidden costs. If you have rejected Kindermusik in the past because it was so expensive. Please call your local educator to find out what the value of being enrolled includes. And, what ever you choose, have fun and enjoy the experience. The children grow up too fast.

Here are some cost comparisons for the northern Indianapolis area:

Soccer – Fall session (basically late August through early October, 7 weeks) @$100. Does not include shoes, shinguards, travel. 2 – 3 times a week. Information about refunds unavailable.

Dance – Comparing 4 months like a KM session @ $250 (can be broken into $50 per month). Extra fees of $75 in the fall. Does not include practice dancewear, tights, shoes. (based on a Noblesville dance studio Website). Class once a week for 45 minutes. No information about refunds available.

Gymnastics – Comparing 4 months or 15 weeks of classes which is the same as Kindermusik sessions. $225 tuition. Does not include any special clothing or fees for meets, etc. (Based on a Fishes Gymnastic Studio website). Class once a week for 45 minutes. No information about refunds available.

Kindermusik – 4 month commitment @$52 to $70 per month (depending on the level). Total is an average of $215 per semester. Cost inclusive – 15 classes, 2 CDs, 2 books, Family Activity Guide, 1 or 2 instruments and/or manipulatives, weekly newsletter. 45 minutes per week. 100% satisfaction guarantee!

WHY ?

While other popular activities like dance, gymnastics and soccer do provide certain benefits, only participation in Kindermusik promises more life-impacting growth in all areas of your child’s development – including cognitive, physical, emotional, language and social development – for now and for life!

Activity Benefits

Kindermusik

Dance / Gymnastics

Organized Sports

Helps develop social skills through group interaction

Provides for physical development

Gives parents a chance to socialize

Builds self-esteem

Prepares Child for possible future as an athlete

Prepares Child for a future dance career

Leads a child toward a lifetime of joyful music-making



Provides a flexible, but structured routine


Enhances brain development for other skills like spatial and complex reasoning, listening, and reading



Allows a child to creatively express and explore individual strengths with art, vocal, dance, and instrumental activities



Improves memory and the ability to learn new information



Develops a child’s language and auditory skills


Is process, not performance, based



Supports the home as the most important environment for learning



At Home Materials make the weekly experience live at home again and again



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Monday, August 22, 2011

ADDING MORE PREVIEWS


We are adding preview classes and Play Dates at the following days and locations. If you are interested in taking part in one of these, please call our office.

Monday, August 29th @ Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, August 30th @ Northview Chuch

For the rest of the days and times and other details, please see the blog below!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FREE KINDERMUSIK PREVIEW CLASSES FOR NEW STUDENTS - PLAYDATES FOR ALL!

Have you been wondering what a Kindermusik class is like? Wondering if your child would like a class? We have the answer for you. We are offering FREE preview classes for families who have not done a class before. The classes we are offering are geared toward the babies and toddlers (up to 3 1/2 years). Check out the days, times & locations that we have available:


FREE PREVIEWS

Monday, August 22nd @ Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (106th & Westfield Blvd)

Village (newborn to 18 months) @ 5:30 p.m.

Our Time (1 1/2 to 3 1/2 yrs) @ 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, August 23rd @ Northview Church

Village (newborn to 18 months) @ 11:30 a.m.


Monday, August 29th @ East 91st Street Christian Church

Village (newborn to 18 months) @ 10:45 a.m.


Our Playdates are for ANYONE! New students, current students, former students. Ages 1 1/2 to 5 years. Everyone is welcome! Our Playdate will be Picnic Day. And our picnic will happen rain or shine! It doesn’t matter when it is a Kindermusik Picnic Day! Your child will receive a CD or a gift card to download songs from play.kindermusic.com. Also, each child will receive an instrument to take home to make more music.


This will be a 45 minute class with extended play time for those who would like to stay. It is $18 for the 1st child and all others are only $8 in the same family. If a family would like to use this class as a FREE preview, you are welcome to do this. However, you will not receive the music or the instrument.


We have our Picnic Day Playdate scheduled for the following days, times & locations:


Tuesday, August 23rd @ Northview Church @ 10:00 a.m.


Thursday, August 25th @ Northview Church @ 10:00 a.m.


Monday, August 29th @ East 91st Street Christian Church @ 9:30 a.m.


So come ready to sit on the “ground”, “eat” some food and enjoy the “park”. We will have a great time.


All of these events require you to reserve your spot. This can be done either by calling our office at 317-867-3077 or emailing us at kimusik@musicalbeginnings.com We look forward to hearing from you!


Posted by Mrs. Kim who is very excited to begin singing and dancing with her little friends again.

Simply Music Piano Classes - FREE Introductory Sessions


We are so proud and excited about offering Simply Music piano classes. These classes have students playing from the very first lessons. The pieces are both hands together and they are great sounding songs!


To let people know more about our classes we require that you attend a FREE Introductory Session before enrolling in a class. These sessions are scheduled throughout the year as long as we are opening new beginning classes. Here are the current ones that are available:


Thursday, August 18th @ 4:20 p.m.

Friday, August 19th @ 3:40 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24th @ 6:00 p.m.


Please call to save your spot. This Introductory Session is for both student and parent. There is no obligation when you come to one of these sessions.


Piano lessons are for children 7 years old and in the 2nd grade and up. Yes, we do teach adults! Call us today!!!


Posted by Kim Bemis who is very excited today after teaching her 1st new lesson of this school year cycle.