Tuesday, August 13, 2013

THREE RULES FOR OUR KINDERMUSIK PROGRAM

Rules... I have to admit, I'm a rules girl!  I like structure.  It makes me feel safe and secure.  I can really relate to how a child feels when things are all out of sorts.  So you will excuse me for posting these rules:

1)  We don't judge other mom's pedicures!
             When you come to class and kick off your shoes, many times you look down and realize that
              your really do need a pedicure.  No one in class will think a thing of it!  We won't judge your
             pedicure!
2)  We don't judge other children's behavior!
            The most any of us will think is "I'm just glad it's not MY child this time!"  We all have bad
            days.  So don't let it get you down.  Just go with the flow and do what is best for your child.
3)  We believe YOU are your child's most important teacher!
            We will do our very best to equip you with information on child development and lots and lots
             of musical activities to enhance brain development along with physical, social, language,
             cognitive, emotional and musical development.


So come!  Enroll in a class and get ready to have a lot of fun without the fear of judgement!  No singing required!  We hope to see you in class very soon!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Is My Child Ready for Young Child?

Kindermusik for the Young Child is for ages 5 (Kindergarten) - 7. It is the developmental leap to the school age child. Musically, it is the culmination of all that has come before.

In addition to movement, instrumental play, singing, and creating, the Young Child student begins to learn musical notation (notes & rhythms). Melodies are learned on the glockenspiel, which is a wonderful pre-keyboard instrument. Children who continue through all 4 semesters of the Young Child program are also given the opportunity to learn the dulcimer and the recorder.

As a piano teacher of over 20 years, I love getting students who have completed the Young Child classes. WHY?  Because the foundation given in Young Child makes the transition to the piano so easy. Children without that foundation don't have the same 'musical sense' or rhythm as those in Kindermusik.

A parent of three Kindermusik grads told me that her children are musical because they came to Kindermusik.  Another mom of a local high school pianist and vocalist told me she knows his foundation and love of music came from Kindermusik.

Here are some guidepost as you consider choosing Young Child.
  • exhibits self-confidence and reliability in a classroom or group situation
  • is interested in fine motor control activities - reproduces shapes, letters, enjoys puzzles, games and drawing.
  • follows directions and can participate in an activity with groups doing different things simultaneously
  • has good abstract thinking skills - can answer questions such as "how do you think a composer can make music sound like birds?
  • can sing whole songs, and is developing a good sense of pitch
  • is eager to learn, and is developing self-motivation
  • can work independently for short periods toward a set goal
  • is ready to begin understanding concepts of practice, proper handling of an instrument, and playing a tune as opposed to exploring ways of creating sound on an instrument.
Early elementary age children have many choices for extra curricular activities, and parents have to decide how to spend their money and their time. Kindermusik for the Young Child promotes learning and a lifetime skill, and at Kindermusik...a good beginning never ends!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Give Music a Hand

Research shows that listening and playing along with music is one of the few activities that fully engages both hemispheres of your child’s brain.  Add the fine motor coordination it takes to hold an instrument and tap in time with the music, and your child is working on the hand-eye coordination and finger strength that’s necessary to hold a pencil, tie a shoe, use scissors, and dribble a basketball later on.


Kindermusik TIPS…
> For your baby – Gently tap the steady beat on your baby’s hand, foot, or knee with an instrument.
> For your toddler – Invite your child to use the instrument to tap on his own toes, knees, or even a tummy!
> For your preschooler or big kid – Preschoolers and older kids can march around the house in a musical parade.

Thanks to Theresa Case, Friend, Kindermusik Educator and owner of Piano Central Studios in Greenville SC.  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kindermusik@Home Makes Parenting Easier

We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from driving the car to pushing a grocery cart, the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories for your family.

Kindermusik@Home makes it even easier for you to access your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer. The repetition at home (or wherever you and your child may be!) reinforces what happens in class each week and supports your role as your child’s first and best teacher. Plus, all of the learning games for kids, crafts, recipes, eBooks, and more provide hours of fun play ideas for you and your child to do together. 
Storytime in an Our Time class

In addition, with the developmental insight behind the activities provided, Kindermusik@Home is like having access to your own personal parenting advisor! All together, it helps make parenting just a little bit easier.

Our Wiggle & Grow (toddlers) and Laugh & Learn (preschoolers) and Family Time classes this fall come with the Kindermusik@Home materials.  Most of our summer classes will have this too!  We are excited to introduce this to our families and take advantage of this eco-friendly, cutting edge technology that will allow you to take your Kindermusik activities with you wherever you go without any extra effort!

So enroll in a summer class and a fall Wiggle & Grow or Laugh & Learn or Family Time to take advantage of this great, new Kindermusik option.  We look forward to exploring this with you.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Welcome to Kindermusik @ Home!

Welcome to Kindermusik@Home—our robust web app for children available as part of your enrollment!

At Kindermusik, we know that music can impact a young child in profound ways and set a child up for early (and ongoing!) academic success. We also know children learn best through repetition, which is why enrollment in Kindermusik has always included materials for families to use together at home. In the past, this meant providing physical home materials, however, we recognize the times—and tools—are changing. Now, children engage in digital learning from an early age.

Age-appropriate & family-friendly use of technology
As the world’s leader in music education programs for young children, we share a commitment to follow, participate in, and integrate the newest research on how children learn best, which also means including the latest technology in fun, age-appropriate, and family-friendly ways. To help support the growing importance of technology fluency, we are proud to bring Kindermusik@Home to your family. These digital home materials truly embody the very best of both worlds—a responsible introduction to technology AND lots of hands-on, movement-rich, in-your-lap, down-on-the-floor learning. This philosophy aligns with the recommendations for screen time set forth by the NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning.  [link here: http://www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children]

With Kindermusik@Home, you can access your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities, music, eBooks, and lyrics any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer. With recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format, we make it easy for parents and caregivers to actively support their children’s learning on-the-go—from the living room to the grocery store to the doctor’s office! Plus, with each new learning theme, Kindermusik adds new content and new music to your family’s growing collection!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Announcing Kindermusik@Home

As a licensed Kindermusik educator, there is nothing I love more than hearing about your favorite songs and how the magic of Kindermusik doesn’t stop when we sing that last good-bye or give a final hug.

Families tell me every day how they use our music and activities to connect throughout the week. We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from doctor visits to grocery shopping—the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories. Anyone else sing the Kindermusik song every time you put your toys away or host an impromptu dance party to your favorite CD on a rainy day?

Parenting just got easier – in class and at home!

Through the newest research and technology, Kindermusik makes sure parents receive the educational tools they need to tap into the power of music to help make parenting easier and support their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. That’s why enrollment in every Kindermusik class includes music and age-appropriate activities for families to use together at home where a child learns best.

Now, with Kindermusik@Home you can easily access your favorite Kindermusik songs, activities, books and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer.
See for yourself!

 Video

Kindermusik@Home educational activities for children include:
  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as:
    • dance and movement activities
    • fingerplay demonstrations
    • together-in-the-kitchen activities
    • music time
    • focused listening games
    • video field trips
    • find-it/count-it style activities
    • ideas for pretend or imaginative play
  • and more!
The Why It’s Good for Your Child area provides parents with the educational insight behind the activities.

Download Center provides Printable Activity Pages and, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs.
Tell me more!

I think you will find Kindermusik@Home easy for you. Good for your little one. Fun for all! Ask me how you can access the benefits of Kindermusik@Home today.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

It was a simple concept, really, this idea for a WE LOVE KINDERMUSIK Week. It was born out of an increasing recognition of just how many of us – educators, children, and families – have been touched by being a part of something that’s more than just a curriculum or a weekly activity. The idea came to life as we reflected on just how much love there is for Kindermusik and how meaningful it would be to set aside a week to come together and purposefully delight in all that Kindermusik is and means to all of us.

With this one annual specially designated week, we will be able to publicly give voice to that light in a child’s eye, that song in her heart, that little person just waiting to blossom – to acknowledge all those precious, miraculous moments we as Kindermusik educators are privileged to nurture and celebrate with our Kindermusik families each and every week. Simply put, WE LOVE KINDERMUSIK WEEK is a small way we can raise up together to celebrate the wonder and magic that is uniquely Kindermusik.
And so, with much joyful delight and anticipation, Musical Beginnings invites you to join us in celebrating WE LOVE KINDERMUSIK Week during Valentine’s week, the week of February 11 - 16, when Kindermusik educators and families around the world will join together to show – and tell! – how much we all love Kindermusik and what Kindermusik means to each of us.

As a little background, you might find it interesting to know that WE LOVE KINDERMUSIK Week, to be held annually in February of each year, was designed to:
    We Love Kindermusik
  • raise awareness and generate good will for the Kindermusik brand
  • unite families and educators around a common cause
  • give educators a way to show families how much we love Kindermusik and how much we love them!
  • encourage families to share why they love Kindermusik
  • highlight ways we can all do some good and spread the joy of Kindermusik
  • remind all of us of the magic that is uniquely Kindermusik.
Keep an eye on KI’s blog, Minds on Music, and Musical Beginnings FB page between now and the middle of February for ways that you can celebrate and share what Kindermusik means to you.

WE LOVE KINDERMUSIK week is truly intended to be a week of happy reminders of why we all love Kindermusik and most importantly, of all the special people – educators, families, and children – who come together every week to change the world through music…. one child and one song at a time.

Watch for more information about how you can participate and how you can WIN PRIZES in conjuntion with We Love Kindermusik Week!