A ‘Note’ for Every Parent by Wendy Jones Williams

April 9, 2014 at 5:19 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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“When is the music coming?” A voice comes from near my waist. “We’re making the music!” I reply, looking around at my group of moving, merrily singing preschoolers. “No,” she persists, “I mean the real music, not us.”   Why are there so many children who don’t believe in their own power to be musicians, to indulge in the joy of spontaneous, unbridled song? 

            The first, most important question is, are all children musical? The answer is a resounding yes! The building blocks of music are within us all from birth. Watch a baby shake a rattle or bang a spoon, intent on the sound they are producing. Toddlers dip and wriggle, responding to music they hear, and explore with delight the entire range of their vocalizations, from deep growls to siren squeals.  The great composer, Rossini, said, “The language of music is common to all generations and nations; it is understood by everybody, since it is understood with the heart.” So why do so many of us as adults assume that music is somehow the special providence of a few gifted individuals, rather than the birthright of all?

            Part of the reason lies in our own understanding of musical ability and how it develops. In early childhood, music and language development mirror each other. We don’t expect baby to begin by speaking full, clear sentences; we hang on every coo, every babbled syllable, and proclaim, “She’s trying so hard to talk!” We respond, and baby is rewarded for their efforts, and encouraged to continue. The preschooler, picking up a book and finding familiar letters or creating a story from the pictures, is cuddled, read to, and hears their proud parent tell friends and family, “He really loves to read!” Which of us would casually laugh and say, in a child’s hearing, “Well, I guess he’ll just never learn to read; I sure can’t”? Music has its beginnings in musical ‘babble’ as well- clanging pots and pans with a spoon to discover beat, or singing fragments of words or melody before developing a reliable sense of pitch. Whether or not these children continue their musical explorations and development depends on the response they get from their valued parents and caregivers. Do you sit on the floor and break into song, clapping along with the beat your child is producing? Or have you turned to a friend with a smile and a shrug, saying, “Well, she’s just like her mother; I can’t carry a tune either.”

            Personal musical expression, in our culture, has become separated from our daily lives.  What does it teach our children, if every time we want music for them we reach for a video or CD? Like my young friend in class, we risk sending the message that only that is ‘real music’, not achievable by a small person without benefit of a backup band, flashy costumes, and a recording contract.  

But why is it so important to encourage musical expression in babies and young children? Music has benefits that reach far beyond performance. Whether clapping, walking, bouncing a ball, or cutting with scissors, a sense of steady beat will assist a child in moving with grace and confidence. The rhythms and sounds of sung language aid in developing speech fluidity and expressiveness. Patterns in music and movement have been shown in studies to develop neural connections that can later be used to understand pattern and sequence in math and science. Other studies have found benefits that include improved emotional expression, social skills, and nonverbal reasoning.  So, with all of the signs pointing towards including music making in the lives of the very young, how do we go about it?

            Children need to be offered the tools for musical exploration, freedom to make choices and offer input, and a loving, attentive adult model for uninhibited enjoyment of music making. Sing with and for your child often- don’t worry if you usually sing in the opera or in the shower, sing! Add nonsense sounds for more fun and additional language play value. Having an assortment of small percussion instruments offers a variety of tone qualities and a chance for play together, but at home you can and should supplement with ‘found’ instruments-perhaps brush-style hair curlers to rub together, pot lid cymbals to crash, or glasses of water to tap with a spoon. Most importantly, move! Children learn through movement- dance high and low, with short pokes or long glides, on tiptoe or with stomping feet; let them learn musical concepts by expressing them with their whole selves. Don’t limit you and your child’s explorations to traditional children’s recordings- why not sample some new styles together? Maybe jazz, classical, Eastern, or bluegrass music will be just the sound to excite your own inner musician.

  Today we recognize the benefits of early learning; music, with its impact on so many parts of development and its innate appeal to young children, should be a natural and joyous element of every child’s life, beginning as early as possible. By overcoming our own notions of who ‘ought’ to make music, we can bring to our children the gift of a lifetime of confidence in their own ability to learn and create- a gift that belongs to every child.

Kindermusik and Reading Rainbow, quite a Partnership!

March 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Kindermusik International and Reading Rainbow, two of the most trusted brands in childhood education, are partnering to bring more ways for children and parents to learn together. Beginning in March, the Reading Rainbow app will include Music Mountain, featuring Kindermusik!

Reading Rainbow’s app hosted by LeVar Burton, guides children on a reading adventure to themed “islands,” each filled with hundreds of children’s books and video field trips. With the addition of “Music Mountain,” (named with the help of the Kindermusik community!) a limited selection of Kindermusik’s music-themed eBooks and videos will be featured alongside other newly produced and music-themed content from Reading Rainbow.

This collaboration with Reading Rainbow reinforces my own experience in the classroom and what the research clearly states—Music supports a child’s literacy development in many ways, including: 

  • Phonological awareness
  • Vocabulary building
  • Listening skills
  • Reading accuracy
  • Prosody

Extend your Kindermusik experience and encourage your child with fun ways to read, learn, and explore – through the Reading Rainbow app available via iTunes app store and the Kindle Fire app. Try it for free today!

NEW Kindermusik Reading Rainbow APP!

February 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Introducing!

Kindermusik International and Reading Rainbow, two of the most trusted brands in childhood education, are partnering to bring more ways for children and parents to learn together. Beginning in March, the Reading Rainbow app will include Music Mountain, featuring Kindermusik!

Reading Rainbow’s app hosted by LeVar Burton, guides children on a reading adventure to themed “islands,” each filled with hundreds of children’s books and video field trips. With the addition of “Music Mountain,” (named with the help of the Kindermusik community!) a limited selection of Kindermusik’s music-themed eBooks and videos will be featured alongside other newly produced and music-themed content from Reading Rainbow.

This collaboration with Reading Rainbow reinforces my own experience in the classroom and what the research clearly states—Music supports a child’s literacy development in many ways, including:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Vocabulary building
  • Listening skills
  • Reading accuracy
  • Prosody

Extend your Kindermusik experience and encourage your child with fun ways to read, learn, and explore – through the Reading Rainbow app available via iTunes app store and the Kindle Fire app. Try it for free today!

Sample Facebook post:
Have you heard? The new “Music Mountain” island brings Kindermusik eBooks and video field trips to the family-favorite Reading Rainbow iPad app! Head to the island and experience first-hand how music supports a child’s literacy development. Available in the App store.

Big Changes for Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton!

February 14, 2014 at 2:13 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

On January 26th our Riverwood Studio was the recipient of a cold weather mishap. The sprinkler system in the adjacent business space malfunctioned in the extreme cold. Pipes were frozen and when they thawed a literal waterfall cascaded into my office. Lots of water damage occurred. We began the process of drying out when a second very cold event occurred and on January 30th a second mishap flooded our space even more. We are in the process of establishing classes elsewhere.

Kindermusik classes will now be held at Neighborhood Academy of Music in Clayton, NC and will continue at North Raleigh Gymnastics in North Raleigh. Voice lessons will continue at Sharon Baptist Church Music Academy and the remaining students will have me coming to them as a traveling music instructor.

I am devastated to lose so many things but excited to be able to start a new chapter in a much more organized and lean music machine!

My original website is not able to be accessed so this blog will be the place to find all things Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton. If you are sent to the website through a link it will not indicate these changes as they are not accessible at this time to change, so bear with me.

Spotlight on the tried and true Kindermusik of the Young Child for 5s, 6s, and 7s … the perfect preparation for private music lessons and school success! 

August 24, 2013 at 12:46 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music, 112 Butternut Lane, Clayton on Fridays from 4:30 – 5:45pm for a one time registration/materials fee of $75.00 and monthly fees of $65.00 for ease of budgeting.

Young children who continue Kindermusik class into early school age with Kindermusik for the Young Child will develop a greater capacity for learning and a lifelong love of music. The ownership of their own glockenspiel and eventually dulcimer and recorder give the child hands-on instrument playing experiences in a group setting. In Kindermusik class, your budding musician will be introduced to fundamental musical concepts, notation, and the basics of vocal development. Children explore a wide variety of musical styles and the instruments of the orchestra through group ensemble play, music, games, and stories from many cultures. Young Child prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. These classes are a musical learning experience that sets the stage for future school success and the transition into formal music lessons.

Class is held on Fridays, Semester 2 begins February 28th, 2014 at 4:30pm-5:45pm.

What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class

  • Singing and vocal development – It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need  to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
  • Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.
  • Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
  • Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Enrollment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 7 years; caregivers attend the last 10-15 minutes
  • 15-week semester (three more semesters to follow to complete the program)
  • Weekly 60- to 70-minute class
  • One set of Home Materials—Children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester), Downloadable music from class, canvas bag (during first semester) and games bag

Young Child Semester 2 At Home Materials (with Glockenspiel; With Carry Bag

Semester Two — Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we’ll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the families in which they’re grouped—of the orchestra.

Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, and Home CD of music from class.
Young Child / Semester Two Monthly Mini Themes:

  • Lessons 16-19: Toot Toot! Train is a ‘Comin: Music is in the sound of a train, and the song of a bird, the cheer of a crowd at a ball game and in the family of instruments that make an orchestra. Careful listening will unlock the door to understanding and enjoying the world around us.
  • Lessons 16-19: Music for Special Times: Whether it is Happy Birthday or Here Comes the Bride, music defines our celebrations. Your child will celebrate learning music as we discover where notes live on the musical staff, how both quiet and loud are exciting and how making music is a cooperative adventure.
  • Lessons 20-23: Music Moves Us: Loud or quiet, heavy or light, happy or sad, music provides a way for your child to understand, experience and express all of this and more. Join us as we meet the great composer Beethoven compose a song about an elephant and a waterfall and learn about the family of string instruments.
  • Lesson 20-23: Musical Emotions: Learning to use music to change the way we feel is good idea. Music has the power to help us calm down, rev up, day dream, or focus. How does that happen? We will explore this idea and learn about one of the world’s most famous composers, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
  • Lessons 24-27: Does It Bounce or Does It Fly? What draws us all to music is its many flavors or variation, in volume, intensity, smoothness, or sharpness. We are discovering how to listen carefully to identity these sounds, then lets – MOVE like this: glide, fly, slither, float, jump, bob, boing, trot. PLAY these: drums, triangles, shakers, woodblocks, chimes. DRAW pictures of what we are hearing. We have a flavor for every learner!
  • Lesson 24-27: Musical Games: It is so fun to learn through music! Circle Round the Zero, Che Che Koolay, The Music Machine and We are Dancing are all games we will use to learn more about our rich musical world.
  • Lessons 28-30: Sing and Celebrate! The instruments of the orchestra are a wonderful collection of families! String, brass, woodwind and percussion – beautifully introduced in our focus piece for this unit: Peter and the Wolf.
  • Lessons 28-30: Meet the Orchestra: Families Just like our families, instruments belong to a family too. They look, feel and sound similar. Join us as we explore the orchestra – Woodwind Family, Percussion Family, Brass Family and String Family – as depicted in the classic story by Sergi Prokofiev; Peter and the Wolf.

As well as being a full musical learning experience, Kindermusik is also a family experience. Through parental involvement at home, parents will play an important role in their child’s learning. “Hands-on parenting cannot be underestimated in its effect on young children and their brain development. As parents, we must provide numerous, ongoing, and enriching experiences that will nourish our children’s brains. Music is such an experience.” *Good Music Brighter Children, by Sharlene Habermeyer, p. 26

Spotlight on the NEW Move & Groove for 4s, 5s, and 6s …. Please bring your older preschooler to set the stage for future school success and loads of fun! :)

August 21, 2013 at 5:40 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

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Taking names to begin a class at Neighborhood Academy of Music. Cost will be a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.

From the moment you became a parent, you wanted the best for your child. In class, we engage your child in music and movement activities that also promote language, social and emotional skills, early math and early literacy, physical coordination, creativity, and more. Plus, your child will learn basic music vocabulary and notation—all setting the stage for future school success and formal music lessons. Parents join the fun for the final activities. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materials extend the benefits all week long with music from class, activities for the whole family, and each month’s story.

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost! :)

Here is what to expect with your digital home materials… 80% of the content is parent focused and the other 20% gives you the parent the choice of using screen time or not.

Want more details?
Each Move & Groove unit’s digital home materials page contains an abundance of unit-specific, age-appropriate materials and activities – all tied to the class content. The digital home materials are built specifically to make it fun and easy for a parent to connect class-time to home-time, and to enrich both experiences. Everything a parent needs to read the class story, play a game, do a finger play or dance, teach new words or instrument sounds, plan an activity, do a craft, follow a recipe, take a “field trip” (real or imagined), or play pretend . . . it’s all in one spot!

·         Music downloads All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.

·         Every unit’s literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off. The eBook can be downloaded and printed if you prefer!

·         Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, finger play demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

·         The Why It’s Good for Your Child area fills automatically with information about why any specific activity or activity type is useful, important, or developmentally significant. Addressing the parent directly with up-to-date, research-supported, clear and friendly information, there’s a “why it’s good” feature for every single activity.

·         In addition to the music downloads and e-book, the Download Center also includes Printable Activity Pages and, for the first time, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs in the unit.

Here are three things you can do to help your child be MORE engaged in the class activities:

·  Listen to the music at every available opportunity….play it on your phone, pad or tablet while cooking dinner; sing along with it in the car; play it on your phone at the doctor’s waiting room; give your car copy of the CD to grandma for when the kids go to stay OR, even better, if she has a computer or pad, give grandma the log in and password to your my.kindermusik.com account so she can do Kindermusik with them while they are at her house….AMAZING!

·  Read the book whenever you can….bedtime, on your smartphone at the doctors…. When you are trying to do work on the computer and your child pesters you to do something at the computer (they ALWAYS come over as soon as you sit down alone to do your emails, etc., don’t they?), promise them one read of Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes or Shoofly Pie; then hopefully they’ll leave you in peace and at least you know you did something EDUCATIONAL on the computer rather than just googled something funny or youtubed a video.

·  Make something at home to bring into class…this gives them a sense of belonging to the group. Your DHM has crafts and recipes with lots of ideas for sharing!

Spotlight on the NEW Laugh & Learn for 3s and 4s…. Please bring your preschooler for an exciting musical adventure :)

August 20, 2013 at 6:17 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Taking names for a class at Neighborhood Academy of Music. Cost will be a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.
Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. Parents join class for the final activities. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materials bring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning—and the fun!

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost!
Here is what to expect with your digital home materials… 80% of the content is parent focused and the other 20% gives you the parent the choice of using screen time or not.
Want more details?
Each Laugh & Learn unit’s digital home materials page contains an abundance of unit-specific, age-appropriate materials and activities – all tied to the class content. The digital home materials are built specifically to make it fun and easy for a parent to connect class-time to home-time, and to enrich both experiences. Everything a parent needs to read the class story, play a game, do a finger play or dance, teach new words or instrument sounds, plan an activity, do a craft, follow a recipe, take a “field trip” (real or imagined), or play pretend . . . it’s all in one spot!

·         Music downloads All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.

·         Every unit’s literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off. The eBook can be downloaded and printed if you prefer!

·         Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, finger play demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

·         The Why It’s Good for Your Child area fills automatically with information about why any specific activity or activity type is useful, important, or developmentally significant. Addressing the parent directly with up-to-date, research-supported, clear and friendly information, there’s a “why it’s good” feature for every single activity.

·         In addition to the music downloads and e-book, the Download Center also includes Printable Activity Pages and, for the first time, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs in the unit.

Here are three things you can do to help your child be MORE engaged in the class activities:
• Listen to the music at every available opportunity….play it on your phone, pad or tablet while cooking dinner; sing along with it in the car; play it on your phone at the doctor’s waiting room; give your car copy of the CD to grandma for when the kids go to stay OR, even better, if she has a computer or pad, give grandma the log in and password to your my.kindermusik.com account so she can do Kindermusik with them while they are at her house….AMAZING!
• Read the book whenever you can….bedtime, on your smartphone at the doctors…. When you are trying to do work on the computer and your child pesters you to do something at the computer (they ALWAYS come over as soon as you sit down alone to do your emails, etc., don’t they?), promise them one read of Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes or Shoofly Pie; then hopefully they’ll leave you in peace and at least you know you did something EDUCATIONAL on the computer rather than just googled something funny or youtubed a video.
• Make something at home to bring into class…this gives them a sense of belonging to the group. Your DHM has crafts and recipes with lots of ideas for sharing!

Spotlight on the NEW Wiggle & Grow for 2s and 3s and Wiggle & Grow Family for all ages! ….

August 18, 2013 at 6:53 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

 

Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Mondays at 10:00am-10:45am, and Thursdays at 6:15pm-7:00pm for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00. Beginning at class at 9:30am on Tuesdays in March!

And in our North Raleigh Gymnastics location on Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30am-11:15am for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $55.00.

This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and her new friends; and you’ll love helping her practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. In class, we’ll also share tips and ideas for using music throughout the week. Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik@Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and each month’s story.

The Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow class includes singing and chanting, vocal play, scaffolding, exploration time, instrument play-along, pretend play, music and movement story time, listening, and movement. Each lesson has a specific focus, which is emphasized in that lesson. Examples include fast and slow, up and down, and smooth and bumpy. Each class is organized to flow comfortably with alternation of activity levels.

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost! :)

 Here is what to expect with your digital home materials… 80% of the content is parent focused and the other 20% gives you the parent the choice of using screen time or not.

Ebook/Reading with your child

Concepts/Ideas: Reading with children and incorporating reading into your day and routines. This activity can include your child at computer, but print-out and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer not to use the computer. Physical books are available for optional buy-up by parent in the US; by educators in other countries.

Video Field Trip/Listening, Watching and Doing

Concepts/Ideas:  1 or 2 minutes of video exploration related to theme. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Games

Concepts/Ideas: Video or Screen illustrated games, focus on musical concepts of high and low, fast and slow, etc. Or developmental milestones such as counting, colors, shapes, etc. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Now You Try It/Movement

Concepts/Ideas: Video or Picture screens with movement ideas.

Let’s Make…

Concepts/Ideas: Illustrated steps for a specific craft activity or recipe. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Vocal Play

Concepts/Ideas: Vocal play, language development, signing, touch, face-to-face, back-and-forth, visual expressions, mouth movements

Treasure Chest

Concepts/Ideas: Using something you have at home to explore pretend play and imagination.

Get Up and Move!

Concepts/Ideas: An activity with music front-and-center. Featuring movement, songs, singing, steady beat, pitch, etc.

DOWNLOAD CENTER

1. Printable story
2. Printable lyrics
3. Downloadable music
4. Printable activities

Printable “activities” will contain image/s to accompany video field trip, illustrated instructions/reminders for crafts and other activities, and printable games

Here are three things you can do to help your child be MORE engaged in the class activities:

·  Listen to the music at every available opportunity….play it on your phone, pad or tablet while cooking dinner; sing along with it in the car; play it on your phone at the doctor’s waiting room; give your car copy of the CD to grandma for when the kids go to stay OR, even better, if she has a computer or pad, give grandma the log in and password to your my.kindermusik.com account so she can do Kindermusik with them while they are at her house….AMAZING!

·  Read the book whenever you can….bedtime, on your smartphone at the doctors…. When you are trying to do work on the computer and your child pesters you to do something at the computer (they ALWAYS come over as soon as you sit down alone to do your emails, etc., don’t they?), promise them one read of Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes or Shoofly Pie; then hopefully they’ll leave you in peace and at least you know you did something EDUCATIONAL on the computer rather than just googled something funny or youtubed a video.

·  Make something at home to bring into class…this gives them a sense of belonging to the group. You DHM has crafts and recipes with lots of ideas for sharing!

Spotlight on the NEW Sing & Play for 1s and 2s…. Please bring your young toddler for some special time together :)

August 17, 2013 at 12:29 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Dancing, emergent literacy, Family, Family Support, Fathers, FREE DEMO, FUN, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Language, Love You Forever, Mom's, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Special Needs, Whole Body, Whole Brain, Whole Child | 1 Comment
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Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Tuesdays at 10:45am-11:30am for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.

Get ready to sing, play, and move with your little one in this high-energy music class designed to be just right for children under two years of age. This new Kindermusik curriculum focuses on your child’s beginning movement, helping to build the muscles your baby needs to walk, and vocal development, helping to nurture your child’s speaking and singing voice. With a mix of both parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities, you’ll be able to join right in on all the singing and dancing while also getting the chance to observe how your older baby or toddler learns on her own. Embark on Kindermusik’s fun new exploration of singing, swaying, laughing, and playing through Sing & Play, a just-right mix of early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, and music and movement activities!

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost! :)

Here is what to expect with your digital home materials… Similar to Cuddle &  Bounce, just a little different developmental focus.

Ebook/Reading with your baby/toddlers

Concepts/Ideas: Reading with babies, incorporating reading into your day, babies’ vision, pointing, voice inflection, routines. This activity can include baby at computer, but print-out and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer not to bring baby to computer. Physical books available for optional buy-up by parent in the US; by educators in other countries.

Baby Talk/Communicating with your baby/toddler

Concepts/Ideas: Vocal play, language development, signing, touch, face-to-face, back-and-forth, visual expressions, mouth movements.

Video Field Trip/Listening and Watching

Concepts/Ideas: 30-45 seconds of video exploration related to theme (e.g. train, bird). This activity invites baby to computer briefly, but print-out images and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Movement

Concepts/Ideas: Parent-driven movement ideas. On floor w/parent on back, child on knees; tummy time ideas; rocking, holding, flying, hammocking, dancing while facing or facing away, bouncing, etc.

Fingerplay/Toe Tickle/Nursery Rhyme

Concepts/Ideas: Illustrated or video steps for a specific fingerplay, toe tickle, or nursery rhyme.

Object Play/Props

Concepts/Ideas: Featuring mirrors, balls, fabrics, rattles, textures, surfaces, varied environments, etc.

Routines & Rituals, Day-to-Day

Concepts/Ideas: How to make an interactive learning experience out of day-to-day activities like folding laundry, going to the grocery store, things to do during a car ride, bath time, waking up, going to sleep, meal-times, in restaurants, meeting strangers, etc.

Music

Concepts/Ideas: An activity with music front-and-center. Featuring instruments, songs, singing, steady beat, pitch, etc.

DOWNLOAD CENTER

1. Printable story
2. Printable lyrics
3. Downloadable music
4. Printable activities

Printable “activities” will contain image/s to accompany video field trip, illustrated instructions/reminders for fingerplays and other activities, and printable card reminders of activity benefits (e.g. four great ways to stimulate vestibular system, ways to vary your reading, signals that your baby is overstimulated, tips for beach play).

Spotlight on the NEW Cuddle & Bounce for 0s and 1s…. Please bring your littlest one for some special time together :)

August 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Cuddle & Bounce Rainbow

Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Mondays at 11:15-1200noon beginning March 3rd, 2014 for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.

Cuddle, bounce, and bop with your baby in Kindermusik’s newest curriculum. Whether your baby is five weeks or five months, this class will be perfect for you! With age-appropriate activities for newborns, infants and crawlers, this parent-child music and movement class will help you strengthen those early parent-child bonds, understand your baby’s development, and heavily focus on child development and communication with your baby. You and your baby will enjoy instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time—and you’ll get expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in baby development.

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost! :)

Here is  what to expect with your digital home materials…

Ebook/Reading with your baby

Concepts/Ideas: Reading with babies, incorporating reading into your day, babies’ vision, pointing, voice inflection, routines. This activity can include baby at computer, but print-out and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer not to bring baby to computer. Physical books available for optional buy-up by parent in the US; by educators in other countries.

Baby Talk/Communicating with your baby

Concepts/Ideas: Vocal play, language development, signing, touch, face-to-face, back-and-forth, visual expressions, mouth movements.

Video Field Trip/Listening and Watching

Concepts/Ideas: 30-45 seconds of video exploration related to theme (e.g. train, bird ). This activity invites baby to computer briefly, but print-out images and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Movement

Concepts/Ideas: Parent-driven movement ideas. On floor w/parent on back, child on knees; tummy time ideas; rocking, holding, flying, hammocking, dancing while facing or facing away, bouncing, etc.

Fingerplay/Toe Tickle/Nursery Rhyme

Concepts/Ideas: Illustrated or video steps for a specific fingerplay, toe tickle, or nursery rhyme.

Object Play/Props

Concepts/Ideas: Featuring mirrors, balls, fabrics, rattles, textures, surfaces, varied environments, etc.

Routines & Rituals, Day-to-Day

Concepts/Ideas: How to make an interactive learning experience out of day-to-day activities like folding laundry, going to the grocery store, things to do during a car ride, bath time, waking up, going to sleep, meal-times, in restaurants, meeting strangers, etc.

Music

Concepts/Ideas: An activity with music front-and-center. Featuring instruments, songs, singing, steady beat, pitch, etc.

DOWNLOAD CENTER

1. Printable story
2. Printable lyrics
3. Downloadable music
4. Printable activities

Printable “activities” will contain image/s to accompany video field trip, illustrated instructions/reminders for fingerplays and other activities, and printable card reminders of activity benefits (e.g. four great ways to stimulate vestibular system, ways to vary your reading, signals that your baby is overstimulated, tips for beach play).

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