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……………

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Babies have a sense of rhythm… pitch and melody study says

October 19, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Parenting | 3 Comments
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Mom and Baby

Mom and Baby

It will be months before they talk, walk or even sit up. But at just a day old, babies have a strong sense of rhythm, say researchers.

Newborns are also sensitive to pitch and melody, they found.

Experts said that introducing a child to music at an early age could enhance these innate musical abilities and also help them learn to talk.

The fledgling musical talent was discovered by Hungarian researchers during a study of more than 100 boys and girls who were only one or two days old. (read more)

Thank you Ginger for finding this valuable information!

My Little Dancer ~ A parent’s view of Kindermusik

October 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment
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A parent in my Kindermusik studio, Jennifer Hawley, wrote the following for our blog. Jennifer will contribute periodically. I look forward to her contributions! Her sons’ Nathaniel and Micah are currently in Family Time class. 🙂

“I’ve been taking my son, Nathaniel, to Kindermusik since he was about 8 months old. It didn’t take him long to start loving music.

On days when he was cranky, all I had to do was sing the “hello” song and he’d get a big smile on his face and start dancing. He’s now 20 months old and every time he hears any type of music he starts to dance. Whether it be the background sound on a commercial, the NFL football gameday jingle, the radio in the car, or the worship music at church, as soon as he hears a tune, he begins to boogie. And it’s just the cutest thing to watch! He plants his feet firmly on the ground, lifts his arms up with elbows bent at 90 degrees, and bends his body at the waist side to side to the beat of the music, all the while grinning from ear to ear.

My husband and I both attribute his love of music to my time with him in the Kindermusik Village baby classes. We are grateful to have the opportunity to expose him to this fun learning experience and desire to continue classes throughout his childhood.”

Thank you Jennifer!

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)

Consistency is needed in times of change…

September 18, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Music, Parenting | Leave a comment
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This rings true for all of us and especially for our children.

As adults, we all know (or should know) that there will always be times in our lives that things happen, situations arise, that we have absolutely no control over – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, even our child’s first day of preschool or first grade when it is suddenly brought home to us that those early years have passed all too quickly.

Some children breeze through the “first-day-of-school” milestone with little or no difficulty whatsoever. Others struggle – where is this place that’s called “school”?  Will I like it?  Will I have friends there?  How long before mom and/or dad pick me up?

Anxiety often results simply from fears of the unknown, and, while we, as adults, know that our children will probably be just fine in school, these are very real unknown concerns for many children.  With life getting busier and his world expanding exponentially, a child may feel overwhelmed by all the new expectations and requirements that come his way.

If this is your child, how can you help him or her adjust to that kind of change in their world?

Consistency is needed in times of change…

With all the changes in your child’s life, staying in Kindermusik provides a badly needed consistency required to make the transition easier.  In our Kindermusik classes, children learn to recognize the structure and routine of our class flow.  It makes for a comfortable, secure time in their weekly schedule where they know what to expect for themselves, and come to learn what is expected of themselves, as well.

With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independent in nature, Kindermusik is one place where the two of you can still spend precious time focused on each other.

Thank you Merri and Lori for bringing this often spoken advice to the forefront. 🙂

“Great Big House” with a Kindermusik International twist!

September 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Our Time | Leave a comment
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Enjoy this Milk & Cookies favorite while watching the Employee-Owners at Kindermusik International have fun!

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!

The William Tell Mom Song needs to be resurrected!

July 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Delopmental Stages, Family, FUN, humor, Kindermusik, Mom's, Mother's, Music, Singing | 1 Comment
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As we plan for the beginning of school in our area, many mom’s are thinking these things already! Let’s revisit a fun post and laugh for our own sake!

Here are the lyrics to this fun song by comedian Anita Renfroe, as she sings in 2 minutes 55 seconds what a mom says…

“The Mom Song”

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here’s your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now! Get up and make your bed
Are you hot? Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where’s your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don’t forget! You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it’s the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don’t forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don’t shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don’t play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don’t forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along! Don’t make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn? Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone! Get off the phone!
Don’t sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod’s my iPod if you don’t listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you’re coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You’ll appreciate my wisdom someday when you’re older and you’re grown
Can’t wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You’ll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I’ll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don’t get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I’ll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,
“I don’t care who started it!
You’re grounded until you’re 36″
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven’s sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said at least a thousand times before
That you’re too old to act this way
It must be your father’s DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I’ll give you something real to cry about
Oh!
Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get a hug, say a prayer with mom
Don’t forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom’s work never ends
You don’t need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I’m the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!

Thank you Jeanne Lippencott for having these lyrics on your blog!

Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion via TED.com

July 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Music, Music Making | Leave a comment
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In November of 2006 Benjamin Zander was a keynote speaker at our Annual worldwide PKE (Partnership of Kindermusik Educators) Convention in Greensboro, NC. He was phenomenal and he helped direct us to reach for the possible, to make challenges into possibilities.

In these tough economic times I am finding it very helpful to revisit the ideas put forth by Maestro Zander. You may find them enlightening as well. Here is a link to his ideas on TED.com. The talk is about 20 minutes long so plan ahead. It is well worth it!

Thank you Careyanne Deyo for bringing this up on your blog!

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