March is Music in our Schools Month!

March 16, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Brain Development, Children's Music, Delopmental Stages, Drums, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Whole Body, Whole Brain, Whole Child | Leave a comment
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March has been officially designated by MENC: The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month-long celebration of school music.

As a part of Music in our Schools Month, West Music has featured a very cool curriculum… Drumming up Character. Their featured article of the month has to do with how music and movement teach character as well.

Teaching Character Education Through Music & Movement

By Lindsay Rust, Dancing Drum

“Music teachers are familiar with the many academic and social benefits of a well-rounded music education. However, what deeper life lessons are we transmitting over the weeks and months of music class? Surely, some of the most lasting impacts of our time with our students involves deepening their character development.”  (read more)

In the Kindermusik classroom we are constantly working on these benefits as well. Many of the developmentally appropriate activities aid your child in communication skills, listening skills, language skills, social skills, as well as, physical skills, emotional skills, and of course musical skills! Come and try us out!

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Dream Pillow Starts October 22nd… bring your infant to class!

October 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm | Posted in Babies, emergent literacy, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Village | 1 Comment
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Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Come join the fun as we begin our newest Village unit, Dream Pillow, next Wednesday, October 22nd, at 9:15am, or Monday, October 27th at 10:45am. Dream Pillow illicits images of all things special about the night: the moon, the stars, dreaming, and the nighttime rituals families enjoy on the way to a peaceful, sleeping child. This rich musical unit is filled with all of this and more. The title alone brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep, but leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities for parent and child to enjoy.

Babies and adults alike will swirl to a dreamy cloud dance in “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout the classes. The wonderful calming voice of Arthur Joseph tells tales of his own lullabies with his children. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines.

Home Materials: A board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD of the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy, and a wooden Star baby instrument for music-making at home.

Kindermusik Village is a true bonding experience for baby and parent. The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, baby’s growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged.

Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement. For your convenience, we offer online registration.

Come dream a little dream with me……………

A Song a Day Raises Achievement and Makes for a Happy Learner!

October 2, 2008 at 1:37 am | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment
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A Song a Day Raises Achievement: Partnering With Classroom Teachers

Thousands of children are failing to learn to read and perform math well enough to succeed in school and beyond (No Child Left Behind state assessments). Not only have new curriculums failed to close the gap, they are resulting in disengaged, unmotivated students and unhappy, over-stressed teachers. Additional time has been allocated to reading and math by taking it away from human needs such as eating, talking, moving and singing.

This is a serious mistake. Singing is a natural, primary source for learning that activates more areas of the brain than any other activity. Singing folksongs and playing games attracts and enlivens children, builds vocabulary and fluency, and strengthens neurological pathways necessary for linguistic and logical thinking. Children’s “play” is actually their “work”. (read more here)

Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton OPEN HOUSE and DEMO DAYS events!

August 11, 2008 at 7:05 am | Posted in Babies, books, Children's Music, enroll, FREE DEMO, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Singing | Leave a comment
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Nothing lights up little faces like the songs, sounds, and activities in a Kindermusik class. Come and try one for yourself at DEMO DAYS, our upcoming OPEN HOUSE and OPEN REGISTRATION at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton in the Riverwood Cultural Arts Center. We are holding our OPEN HOUSE in conjunction with a worldwide Demo Days event occurring August 2nd through 17th in Kindermusik studios from Australia to Hong Kong, from South Africa to The Netherlands and from Maine to California! Our goal is to bring the joy of Kindermusik to as many children as we possibly can. Come and be part of the fun in our lovely studio! On Saturday, August 16th from 10:00-noon and 1:00-3:00 pm the studio will be open for you to try out a Kindermusik class, check out the home materials we will be using for this fall semesters classes and register for your choice of classes. Register at our Demo Days event and take home a Kindermusik “Get Up and Move” CD plus $10.00 off your registration fee! We have Kindermusik classes for children 6 weeks through 7 years. As always we offer sibling discounts, our traditional core curricula or family style classes, and monthly payments.
 
Demos are scheduled at 10:00-10:30am and at 1:00-1:30pm. Reservations are requested to provide the best experiance for you and your child. If we fill these two demos we will add two more immediately following. You may place your reservation by calling 359-0022 or 359-3473 or emailing us at kmclayton@mindspring.com by Friday morning August 15th. 

 

Hope to see you there!

Kindermusik ~ Seven Magnificent Years!

July 29, 2008 at 7:58 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, FUN, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Kindermusik for the Young Child, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Singing, Village | Leave a comment
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Here is a video compilation of the Seven Magnificent Years of Kindermusik’s core curricula all recorded in classes at my studio. Enjoy!

Kindermusik Fall 2008 Semester at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton

July 18, 2008 at 1:17 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Family, FUN, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Sign & Sing, Singing | 1 Comment
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Fall Semester begins September 2, 2008 at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton
Check out our Kindermusik Curricula Descriptions below
and please visit our
Website for the Schedule and Registration information.

Village (newborn to 1 ½ years)

Zoom Buggy Home Materials

Zoom Buggy Home Materials

Zoom  Buggy!—Swoosh, vroom, and clickety-clack your way through this delightful unit. Babies and adults will dance, sing, and play instruments to the theme of being on the go. Chug around the room to the song “Little Red Caboose,” hold on tightly while “Riding in the Buggy,” and dance your way to “Zoom-e-oh!”  Engage in rituals and playful activities such as infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.

Home Materials: Colorful board book—Zoom Buggy, Home CD of the songs heard in class, two Art Banners, and a baby instrument for music-making at home.

 

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow—This title alone brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep.  But leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities.  Babies and Adults will swirl to a dreamy cloud dance “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout the classes. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines. Home Materials: Board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD of the songs heard in class, two Art Banners, and a baby instrument for music-making at home.

Our Time (1 ½ years to 3 years)

Milk & Cookies Home Materials

Milk & Cookies Home Materials

Milk & Cookies makes everyday home activities and chores easier and more fun with music! Cook and sing to “The Muffin Man”; dust and clean to the original song “In My House”; get ready to wash clothes to the delightful poem “Washing Machine”. Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping and making tea are all represented in familiar as well as new songs. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 ½ to 3-year-olds. Capture the familiar and new moments of the day and learn how music can impact your toddler.
Home Materials: Two Books—At My House and Cookies, Two Home CDs, Stir Xylophone instrument, and a Home Activity Book—all arriving in a durable lunch bag.

Imagine That! (3.5 years to 5 years)

Hello Weather Home Materials
Hello Weather Home Materials

Hello Weather! Let’s Play Together!—sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more in this imaginative and delightful weather-related musical adventure. Preschoolers create storm sounds with a drum to “Wild Storms,” jump in pretend puddles to “Mud Puddle Jump,” throw pretend snow-balls to “Snowballs,” and sing along to “Colors of the Rainbow.” They’ll be surrounded in a creative musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, story telling, movement, and more.
Home Materials: Two books—Michael Finnigan and Hurry Home, Little Kittens, Hello Weather Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and Instruments—ankle bells and rain shaker with scraper.
Young Child (5 years to 7 years)

Young Child Semester One Home Materials

Young Child Semester One Home Materials

A pressure-free approach to learning, but concrete enough because your child is ready for the more abstract thinking processes that music requires. Play remains the primary way a young child learns, so throughout the curriculum there is a consistent effort to balance active learning with the emotional reasoning aspects of a young child’s development in mind.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder, Music At Home cards & stickers, Games Bag, Family Songbook, Home CD, and Carry Bag. Instruments can include glockenspiel w/mallets, dulcimer, and recorder.

Family Time  (Newborn through 7 years)

Here There & Everywhere Home Materials

Here There & Everywhere Home Materials

Here, There and Everywhere—the five sub-themes center around different family outings:  a visit with a friend, an outing at the park, a trip to the city, an afternoon at the aquarium, and a day on the farm.  Move like animals with this unit’s story Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap!  And follow a girl’s adventure as she loses her jambourine during the day’s outings and then finds it in the story Jingle-Jangle Jambourine. 
Home Materials: Two Books—Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap! and Jingle-Jangle Jambourine, Two Home CDs, Family Guide, Board Game, Waggs the dog Hand Puppet and Finger Puppet, and Two Jambourine instruments.

Sign & Sing (6 months through 3 years)

Sign & Sing A Home Materials

Sign & Sing A Home Materials

Session A: Everyday items around the house—a ball, bubbles, mom and
dad—become the objects of learning in the classroom and at home.
You’ll teach parents the sign language methods of the experts, such as making the sign in front of a child, on a child’s body, and knowing when a child is most engaged and ready to learn. All assembled in this easy-to-understand format so you can open your teacher’s kit, and be in the classroom teaching with confidence.

Sign & Sing B Home Materials

Sign & Sing B Home Materials

Session B: This session reviews the first three Keys to Signing Smart Success™ and provides an in-depth look at the final and fourth Key. New concepts such as in and out, up and down, big and little, tall and short will be explored with more songs and animal-themed activities.

Parents are you looking for ways to improve your child’s success?

June 22, 2008 at 12:37 am | Posted in Brain Development, Children's Music, emergent literacy, FUN, Kindermusik, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, School Readiness, Singing | 2 Comments
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Kindermusik ~ Why enroll?

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A recent study found that repeated enrollment in Kindermusik improves a child’s ability to plan, guide, and control their own behavior. 
• “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.”  

The study, “The Effects of Kindermusik on Behavioral Self-Regulation in Early Childhood,” was conducted in 2005 in the psychology department at George Mason University in Virginia. 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 selfcontrol 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 was supervised by Adam Winsler, Ph.D, Applied Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University.

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Summer Camps and Classes at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton

May 31, 2008 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Sign & Sing, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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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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Last call for Summer Kindermusik this week!

July 30, 2007 at 6:50 am | Posted in Art, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

Second Summer Session begins this Tuesday with Creatures at the Ocean, Wednesday with Busy Days and Friday with Creatures in my Backyard. Check out the schedule on our website http://www.kindermusikofclayton.com and call or email me if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you!  Ms. Julie

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Busy Days! Set your baby’s day to classical music. With a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle” repertoire you’ll discover new ways your baby benefits from the classics as you both develop an appreciation for the world’s most respected music. Each lesson features new activities and songs you can sing for all the places you go together—the store, the playground, the doctor, and more.

 

cno.gifCreatures at the Ocean. Sing sailor songs and make the ocean count. “Five little seashells lying on the shore: Swish! Went the waves and then there were four.” Make homemade kites and your own ocean wave drum! Children love Creatures at the Ocean because they sing, move, and play with Mom, Dad, or caregiver while

learning about the great outdoors, nature-friendly ideas and all kinds of interesting creatures unique to the coastal environment.  We will dive into lessons like Ahoy There, On My Beach Blanket, Coastal Waters, Riding the Waves, and In the Deep Blue Sea. So put on your beach clothes and join us for an ocean adventure!

0-06-03005.jpgCreatures in My Backyard.  Give your child something to sing about in her own backyard. Be the flower from the “seed’s” perspective. Big Kids Run and jump in rain puddles made from hula hoops. Shoo pretend flies and sing and dance to “Shoo Fly.” Parents fly babies from flower to flower like buzzing bees, and explore instruments and more!

Children are naturally curious and delighted by the world around them. Creatures in My Backyard encourages you and your child to explore your environment and make new discoveries.  Through music, movement, storytelling, and instrument exploration, your child will uncover the creatures living in her own backyard – from birds, turtles, squirrels, and rabbits to flowers, caterpillars, and bumble-bees!  Your child will experience Nesting in a Tree, Digging in the Dirt, Flying to a Flower, Hiding in the Grass, and Sitting on the Porch. So put on your sandals and join us for a backyard adventure!

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