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.


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.


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


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).

“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.

“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?

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening a great event!

December 11, 2006 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Our NEW RIVERWOOD CULTURAL ARTS CENTER IS NOW OPEN! I am delighted with the number of families who came by to visit our new location. For those of you who participated in the drawing, Crystal McCumbers won 50% off of Winter/Spring Tuition for her son Colin. Congratulations Crystal!

Below is our new entrance and a picture of my daughter Kendra and our friends DeeDee and Victoria Ward with me at the Grand Opening in the Dance Studio.

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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Friday December 8th!

December 8, 2006 at 8:47 am | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together, Ramblings | 1 Comment


Kindermusik Online Registration for Winter/Spring Semester!

December 3, 2006 at 7:57 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together | 1 Comment

Online Registration is now available for Winter/Spring 2007 Semester. Link to this list to find the class you want.

Following are the descriptions for next semesters classes.

Newborn through 17 months

Hickory, Dickory, Tickle and Bounce

Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and
songs, the stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be.
That’s why these Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes are the main
theme of this 8-week Kindermusik session. With a home CD of
recordings from class and weekly developmental information in your
home journal, you’ll develop research-proven communication strategies
with your child through listening activities, speaking “parentese,”
and sign language.

The Rhythm of My Day

This session will help you bring more rhythm and routine to
your baby’s day, as well as help her develop lasting learning skills.
We’ll show you how and tell you why music can help your little one
soothe herself and helps to build a strong network for learning in
her body and mind. With weekly developmental information in your home
materials and a CD of music from class, you can bring home those same
stress-free play and relaxation techniques from class, and
incorporate them into your daily routines.

18 months through 3 years Fiddle-dee-dee

We’ll meet many animal characters this semester in our books,
activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler’s
emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces
we’ll help your child develop rhythm while further developing his
ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed-emphasis in
the music from class, you can bring home the violin, cello, and
orchestra sounds to help your toddler stay a happy and engaged
learner at home, too.

3.5 years through 5 years Cities! Busy Places ~ Friendly Faces

In this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers, and world-travelling
photographers are the theme in this unique preschool Kindermusik
program. Learning through the pretend play that your preschooler
adores, we’ll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and
handcrafting city “buildings” from wax paper at home so we can make a
cityscape in class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations
so you can take part in the learning. With a pair of resonator bars
as a featured instrument, and a multi-cultural, jazzy collection of
music, your preschooler will develop the social and intellectual
skills he’ll need in school.

6 months through 3 years Sign & Sing Session A

Playtime and everyday items around the house—such as a ball, bubbles,
and family members—are learning themes in this introduction to
American Sign Language for a child and caregiver. Experienced signers
will benefit from the session’s four, research-proven strategies
shown to speed language development in hearing children, developed by
the child development and sign language experts Signing Smart™. With
the DVD’s visual dictionary showing parents and children making over
60 signs, plus a pocket-sized set of flashcards of the pictures and
the words of the signs, you’ll easily incorporate sign language into
your daily routines, favorite nursery rhymes, and stories.

Newborn though 7 years Family Time Our Kind of Day

In this family-sized version of Kindermusik, the music and activities
involve the five things that happen around your house: playtime,
mealtime, clean-up time, bath time, and nighttime. Your At Home
Materials include a hand and finger puppets of the Kangaroo and Joey
characters featured in the two literature books. Plus, two home CDs
of music from class, a home activity guide, and two double egg shaker
instruments. Each item has been carefully created to bring out the
music—and the learning—in your family. Specially designed to fit the
varying ages and learning abilities of your children, this set will
help you bring the learning and the music-making home, as well as
become a lasting, well-loved favorite of the toy box and book shelf.

Young Child Semester 2

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 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

Young Child Semester 4

In this final semester we’ll introduce the recorder instrument. As
your child is introduced to basic methods of playing simple melodic
patterns and songs on this wind instrument, we’ll also incorporate
the instruments, concepts, and songs from previous semesters. With a
special emphasis on multi-cultural music, your child will learn to
improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles
of the Pacific Islands, Europe, Bach, and Africa; plus play special
dances and children’s games from around the world, including Alpine
dances, Mexico, and Ecuador.

I love it when Dad’s come to Kindermusik!

December 2, 2006 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together, Ramblings | Leave a comment

I love it! We have several active Dad’s this semester in our Kindermusik studio…check it out!

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Dad’s in KindemusikDad’s in Village

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2006 at 11:38 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together, Ramblings | Leave a comment

As I reflect on this last year I see many obstacles overcome. I see smiling faces now entering a new studio and a new semester. I see my family spending rare time together. I see those less fortunate and do my best to help them. At our Thanksgiving Table we will have my husband Kenny and I, our daughters Kendra and Rosalie, and our son-in-law Paul, Kenny’s sister Lynn and our friend from Kenny’s Psaltery Yahoogroup, Judy. Judy is making a move from the Florida Keys to a better situation here in North Carolina. She is in-between homes and we offer her a warm Thanksgiving meal on a cold November day.

Yesterday we had one Milk and Cookies class meet. It was more a family class as older siblings and one Dad joined us. What a treat to see families enjoying Kindermusik together! See the smiling faces below!

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Why is it so important to keep your child consistantly in Kindermusik?

November 18, 2006 at 9:58 am | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Music, Music Together, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Because it’s been proven that repeated, not sporadic, enrollment makes all the difference!

In early 2005, Beth Frook of Little Hands Kindermusik ( in Clifton, Virginia, shared a granddaddy of a Foundations of Learning (FOLs) in her Kindermusik class. A local university had recently conducted a study on 3-and-5-year old children in her program titled “The Effects of Kindermusik on Behavioral Self-Regulation in Early Childhood.”      *See editor’s note at the bottom of this column.

It proved what Beth—and many other Kindermusik Educators—already knew:

The longer you stay in Kindermusik, the better.

Specifically, the study showed:

“Children currently enrolled in Kindermusik showed higher levels of self-control than those never enrolled and those previously enrolled.  This suggests that in order for children to reap the benefit of increased self-control as a result of Kindermusik participation, it is important to have repeated and recent Kindermusik experiences and remain enrolled in the program.”

“Four-year-old children who had been exposed to Kindermusik for longer periods of time are better off in terms of self-control—namely a child’s ability to plan, guide, and control their own behavior—than similar children with less Kindermusik history.”

“These experiences, stop-go, high-low, fast-slow, short-long, and loud-soft, whereby children’s motor behavior is guided by the music, appear to be good exercise for young children’s emerging self-regulatory skills.”

Below, Beth shares her reaction to the study and the role that research plays in her Kindermusik classes.

Why do you think this research was important for your parents?

I think it adds impetus to a parent’s decision-making because it’s more than just saying, “Okay, we’ve done Kindermusik, let’s try something else.” It encourages a parent to go beyond the smorgasbord approach to children’s activities. A lot of times parents will say, “We’ll do art, then soccer, then swimming.” A study like this encourages families to look at the value of re-enrolling. Repetition is vital for a child’s learning, and currently in our culture, it’s not viewed that way.

How did you share this information with parents?

I walked into class that day and said, “Guess what?” Lots of parents knew about the study because Adam Winsler—who led the study—is also married to Kathy, who teaches with us.

Editor’s note:

Study results were made available to Kindermusik in May, 2005. The study was conducted by Adam Winsler Ph.D and graduate student Lesley Ducenne in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University.

The 15-month study included 91 children between the ages of 3 and 5 who were split into three groups: 23 students currently enrolled in Kindermusik, 19 students previously enrolled in Kindermusik, and 49 students of similar family backgrounds from local preschools who had never had Kindermusik.

The children were observed doing a variety of tasks that required self-control such as slowing down their motor behavior, delaying their gratification, refraining from touching attractive but forbidden toys, quietly whispering, and compliance with instructions to initiate or stop certain behaviors. Parents also completed surveys.

The study, supervised by Adam Winsler, Ph.D, Applied Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, will likely be presented at national conferences and published later this year.

Many thanks go to Lori Burkhardt of St. Louis for sharing this with us.

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