Consistency! Parents best friend when trying something new.

August 29, 2007 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Parenting, School Readiness, Singing | 1 Comment

Consistency is needed in times of change

Is your child starting pre-school or Kindergarten this fall? Are you concerned that keeping Kindermusik in his/her schedule will overload him/her? Actually, the opposite is true. With all the changes in his/her life, keeping him/her in Kindermusik provides the consistency required to make the transition easier. With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independant in nature, Kindermusik is one place the two of you can spend time focused on each other. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

Two studies of Kindermusik students give you additional food for thought! Thank you Lori Burkhardt for the links to this information.

Click HERE for the below study article

 Click HERE for a short article for the the below study.

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So with that in mind remember music effects the whole brain and Kindermusik uses it’s process based classes to effect your child in a whole child way!

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Check out our website for Fall Class schedule and online registration at www.kindermusikofclayton.com

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youI bet you have never heard The Hallelujah Chorus like this!

August 29, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Chorus, Hallelujah Chorus, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Singing, Voice Students | 1 Comment

I have sung The Messiah many times and the Hallelujah chorus many more in addition….but never like Northwestern University’s Kazoo Choir! Thank you Merri for this heads up!

Kindermusik International assures Parents “Our instruments are safe!”

August 19, 2007 at 3:47 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting, Toy Recals | Leave a comment

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These are the two new Baby Instruments a DoSiDo Clacker and Feathers Bird Shaker. Following is a message from Michael Dougherty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kindermusik International.

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Kindermusik International: A Message About Toy Safety  

Recent news reports have highlighted the recall of some toys found to be unsafe. These reports have understandably raised concerns from parents.  I want to be sure you know that Kindermusik shares this concern.

For years Kindermusik has gone to great lengths to assure the safety of our products. That is why parents have come to trust the Kindermusik brand. Kindermusik products are engineered to be educational, entertaining and safe before they enter into production.  Production samples of each product are then rigorously tested by an independent testing lab to ensure that our toys meet the highest safety standards.

 All Kindermusik products have comfortably passed international safety standards in mechanical and fire hazard tests. Our products have also been tested for potentially hazardous materials and have easily met safety standards for those materials. 

Two of our core values at Kindermusik International are to Always Do What is Best for the Child, and to Be Open, Honest, and Direct. At all times, and especially at times like these, our core values guide our actions. That is why we bring this information directly to Kindermusik educators so you are well equipped to answer questions from your parents.

As you have come to expect from Kindermusik, we have taken great care to test that our products are safe, and we will continue safety testing with vigilance. Please refer any further questions regarding the safety of our toys to Kindermusik International 800-628-5687 or info@kindermusik.com.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Dougherty

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Kindermusik International

With Toy Recalls every other day…Parents get back to basics

August 17, 2007 at 7:00 am | Posted in Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting, Toy Recals | Leave a comment

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Fellow Kindermusik Educator and friend, Daneille Grimes, of Atlanta wrote the following article regarding getting back to the basics of playing. Daneille is a mother, grandmother, past Kindergarten teacher and of course a Kindermusik Educator! Her roles give her a rich experience to draw from as she gives this very opportune advice. Parents take heed and provide your child with some wonderful play experiences!

“Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens!”

Have you noticed how much pleasure your toddler can find in touching a
pansy petal to his cheek? …or the fascination in the eyes of a three
year old who has discovered a spider crawling on its web? Everyone who
has a one-on-one relationship with a child can get “back to basics” in a
blink of an eye. Even fuzz-balls under the fridge can capture a little
one’s interest. Think about the toys you or your child loved most…..
probably a cuddly bear, a houseful of “little round people”, wooden
building blocks, Colorforms shape sets, or play pots and pans, dishes
and some play dough “food”. A two year old can still spend hours
playing with soapy suds or digging in the sand. Remember the basics
when
choosing toys and there will be less frustration for you AND your
children. No batteries, raucous electronic voices or beeps, software
that disappoints, violent games, or lost pieces in the bottom of the toy
box. A gift of a big plastic tub with snap-on lid filled with age
appropriate art supplies and blank paper, a plastic drop cloth, and a
collection of “stuff” such as tissue tubes, stickers, rubber bands,
feathers, scraps of fabric and construction paper might be one of the
best gifts you could give. But don’t just set it down in front of your
child…. “Let’s see what we can make!” could be the magic words. Don’t
insist on conformity or beauty. Just the experience of construction can
bring great satisfaction. There are some good books on home-made
instruments for parents and children to make together, combining music
and craft/art. Let me hear of your successes and/or disasters. We can
all learn from each other.

Thank you Daneille! Parents let me know what kinds of fun play activities you and your children are enjoying! We might all get some good ideas!

Air Drums and Chorus – excellent!

August 16, 2007 at 4:04 am | Posted in Blogroll, Chorus, Drums, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment

I have been researching for a choral/voice workshop I am facilitating this week and found this fascinating video I just had to share. Enjoy!

Listen to this Dad’s version of Pachelbel Bedtime!

August 10, 2007 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Babies, Dads, Fathers, Music, Music Making, Parenting, Singing | 3 Comments

You will like this Dad’s tribute to Bedtime and you can obviously see he loves his kids…and what we all have experienced as a true conundrum of parenting!

Wild Music at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

August 3, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Animals, Blogroll, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Music, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment

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Close your eyes and listen
To the rhythms filling our forests and cities.
To the melodies of our seas and skies.
To the harmonies that greet each new dawn
and lull us to sleep each night.
Close your eyes and listen.
To the sounds and songs of life.
This is Wild Music.

Wild Music is a remarkable exhibition celebrating every note of every player in the symphony of life.  Jam with a whale.  Talk like a tiger.  Or sing like a songbird.  Visitors will learn the music of nature, and the very nature of music. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting this new exhibit called Wild Music until September 16, 2007.  It is for all ages and features a special, interactive exhibit that explores the biological origins of music and how music is inspired by the music of other living creatures. To learn more about the exhibit read the article at the following link.

http://www.naturalsciences.org/exhibits/special_exhibits.html

This Saturday is a Wild Music Festival from 9:00 to 5:00. A small fee is required.

DEMO DAYS are coming! Kindermusik Demos in August…

August 3, 2007 at 1:14 am | Posted in Children's Music, Dancing, FREE DEMO, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

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Fisher Price Toy Recall … FYI

August 3, 2007 at 12:37 am | Posted in Babies, Our Time, Parenting, Toy Recals | 1 Comment

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Fisher-Price, in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is voluntarily recalling 967,000 toys, including popular Nickelodeon and Sesame Street painted toys  – Big Bird, Elmo, Dora, and Diego – produced by one specific contract manufacturer during a narrow timeframe.   The recalled products were sold in retail stores nationwide since May 1, 2007.   Paint on some of these products COULD contain lead in excess of permissible levels.  

Lead is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects.

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Find the press release and the complete product listing at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here  A large number of these toys have already been pulled from store shelves, but, in order to be certain, check out the Mattel Consumer Relations Answer Center for detailed information and photos of the specific toys.  To read more about the recall at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, please visit here.  Keep your child safe!

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