Do You Believe in Music? Essay Contest

June 29, 2007 at 7:51 am | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Singing | Leave a comment

Believe in Music

I believe in music because it connects us despite our differences. My greatest joy in my work at Kindermusik International is watching a class of children, each their own unique person, each with their own impulses and behaviors, become one as a masterful teacher takes them through a single class. We build unity using music.

(Michael Dougherty, Kindermusik CEO, full text here)

Do you believe in music? Has it changed your life in some way? Has it been an important part of your child’s life? We would love to hear about your experiences.

Submit your written essay on why you believe in music, between 300 and 500 words, to the e-mail address

Kindermusik will contact you with the opportunity to record your audio essay over the phone using the Grammy Award-winning Process Recording Studio.

Audio essays will be featured on the Kindermusik Convention web site, at this year’s Kindermusik Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois October 17-20, and in additional Kindermusik projects.

Please submit essays by Friday, July 27th.

Princess Day Video for your pleasure!

June 29, 2007 at 4:14 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

“A Snapshot of Kindermusik for the Young Child” 4th video!

June 22, 2007 at 7:34 am | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Dancing, elementary, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing | 1 Comment

Here is the Capstone of all Kindermusik classes… Young Child!

“A Snapshot of Kindermusik Imagine That” 3rd video in the series!

June 19, 2007 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Dancing, Gymnastics, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

Here it is folks!

The third video in the series of classroom videos that we are promoting. Summer camps are just as much fun … won’t you join us today.

As we celebrate Father’s Day I know my dad is “Unforgettable”

June 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Dads, Fathers, Kindermusik, Parenting, Singing | 1 Comment

In honor of all dad’s out there who are a constant in their children’s lives. Especially to those of you who join your children in our Kindermusik Classes. You are creating unforgettable memories.

“A Snapshot of Kindermusik Our Time” classroom video #2!

June 17, 2007 at 2:33 am | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Dancing, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

These are video clips from Kindermusik of Clayton’s different Our Time classes from Spring Semester 2007. Summer camps start this week and we are exploring “Creatures at the Ocean” wouldn’t you like to join in the fun?

Dance of a Thousand Hands~Awesome Video!

June 10, 2007 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Asian, Blogroll, Dancing, Hearing Impaired, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Princesses! | 13 Comments

Fellow Kindermusik Educator Jeanne Lippincott sent a link to this video of the Dance of a Thousand Hands. Read on to understand the completely awesome nature of what this video encompasses… 

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin    ~    There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, which is making the rounds across the net. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled Persons’ Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year. More information

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

Climbing the TV and your baby debate …Do you let your baby watch TV?

June 10, 2007 at 1:55 am | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Parenting | 1 Comment

 Zizkov TV Tower in Prague, photo courtesy Soph and Mart

About 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch television or videos for an average of 45 minutes a day, or more than five hours a week, according to the first-ever study of the viewing habits of children under the age of 2.The study, by pediatric researchers at the University of Washington, also found that by age 2, 90 percent of children are watching television for an average of more than 90 minutes a day.

Such early exposure to screens can have a negative impact on an infant’s rapidly developing brain and put children at a higher risk for attention problems, diminished reading comprehension, and obesity, researchers said.

Researchers said they were surprised not only by the number of hours young children are spending in front of the television but also by the primary reason: Most parents are using television as an educational tool, not for the more conventional explanation of babysitting. Despite nearly a decade of warnings by pediatricians to the contrary, parents believe that the content of programs aimed at babies is good for brain development.

Hat tip to, and for more information on the issue, visit Kindermusik of Holland

 Thank you Molly McGinn for this insightful post!

“A Snapshot of Kindermusik Village” the first in a series of video clips.

June 9, 2007 at 9:49 am | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Ramblings, Singing | Leave a comment

Summer classes start June 20th! check out our website for more info

Kindermusik Demos at Babies-R-Us this Saturday

June 6, 2007 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Ramblings, Singing | Leave a comment

Hi Kindermusik Friends,  Please pass the word that we are participating in a FREE Kindermusik Day at Babies-R-Us. Demos will be at 10:00, 11:30 and 1:00 pm. I would love to see you there! Call Babies-R-Us on Capital Blvd. at 790-2229 to reserve a space or just come, first come, first served. Please tell your friends! Sincerely, 
Julie Stewart
Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton“A Musical Foundation to Last a Lifetime”Clayton, NC since 1994 “The fact that children can make beautiful music, is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful  children.”

C. Lavendar

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