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.

Movement

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.

Music

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

DOWNLOAD CENTER

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).

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Enroll Now for Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton Fall 2010 semester!

August 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, emergent literacy, Family Support, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Greetings! Kindermusik Families and Friends!

It is the beginning of school in our area for traditional schools! Summer is over and soon our Kindermusik semester will begin. I am excited to say we have great things happening in our corner of the world!

Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean poet, educator, and diplomat, was the first Latin American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. It was awarded to her in 1945. Among the many topics she covered, Gabriela often wrote about children. It was obvious how important they were in her work and life. In fact, she even donated the proceeds from one of her books to children who were orphaned by the Spanish Civil War. (posted on Minds of Music, KI’s blog).

Kindermusik International recently came across one of Gabriela’s passages that sums up our own convictions on children as well. It goes:

“Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, her blood is being constituted, his brain is being developed. To her we cannot say tomorrow. His name is today.”

As you look at your fall schedule and commitments please remember that the value of a Kindermusik experience is matched by no other offering. I so want to be a valuable asset to you and your child. Message me!

Voice of Clayton Recital on Memorial Day

May 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Singing, Traditions, Voice Students | Leave a comment

Yes, we are having recital on Memorial Day. What better way to make tribute to our fallen soldiers than a program of beautiful music. You are welcome to join us, 6:00pm at First Baptist Church Clayton. 16 students singing their hearts out!

From Itsy Bitsy Spider… To Charlotte’s Web Music’s Impact on Literacy and Learning is Monumental!

October 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Children's Music, emergent literacy, FUN, Kindermusik, Language, Music, School Readiness, Singing, Whole Body, Whole Brain, Whole Child | Leave a comment
Steve Blunt with children

Steve Blunt with children

Recently I received a link to an article by Steve Blunt. (Thank you Merri!) He was writing on the importance of Music to Literacy and what he had to say hit the nail square on the head! I have seen time and again this same phenomenon in my Kindermusik classes. 

Steve Blunt is an award-winning kids’ musician from New Hampshire. A former middle-school English teacher, Steve now works as a music teacher and performer. His music gets kids up and dancing and he always encourages the adults to sing along. In this article he discusses the importance of music in the classroom. Music is both fun AND educational!

“If we value literacy—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—then we should acknowledge that age-appropriate musical activity lays a foundation for subsequent language development.”

Read more here.

Calling all Johnston County Kindergarteners!

August 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Art, Asian, Children's Music, Dancing, elementary, FUN, Kindermusik, Language, Music Making, Musical Instruments, School Readiness, Singing | 4 Comments
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Mom and Dad, is your kindergartener so ready to start school that you need something this week fun to do that feels a little like school? Something that has the elements of fun and games mixed with some sure to get your child ready for school activities? How about Kindermusik Adventures Around the World?

Tuesday-Friday, August 25th-28th from 8:00am-11:30am we will be exploring the music, dance, culture, games, and instruments of Japan, Germany, England, Africa, and Mexico. We will certainly have FUN as we become world travelers! Activities will include singing, dancing, storytelling, game playing, pretend play, crafts, instrument making, and food and culture exploration. Children will receive a home CD of the music we explore, a notebook of information including picture folders of activities, and songs from each country, a map placemat to help us find each country in our world, instruments and crafts from each country, and a carry bag with travel stickers and a passport to mark our journey! Materials cost is $40.00 and Tuition is $70.00 for this fun-packed time. Link here if you would like your child to join this enriching and fun week!

The Voca People

April 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Aimee Carter, Chorus, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Fellow Kindermusik Educator Aimee Carter found this amazing video and I want to share.

The Voca People is an international vocal theater performance combining vocal sounds and an acapella singing with the art of modern beat-box. Artistic Director: Lior Kalfo Music Director: Shai Fishman Producers: Revital & Lior Kalfo.

Today was another great World Voice Day event in Raleigh!

April 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Chorus, Duke Voice Care Center, FUN, Grant Llewellyn, Kindermusik, Music, Ramblings, Singing, Voice Students, World Voice Day | 1 Comment
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This was my second year to attend the World Voice Day Celebration put on by the Duke Voice Care Center staff.  It was held at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel and was very well put together this year.

As a Kindermusik Educator, Voice Teacher, Choral Director and Performer myself, I find this type of event, invaluable as a form of continuing education. I know alot of what they talk about already, but the affirmation, and the opportunity to glean some golden nugget of information that will help a student or myself is always welcome. I was not disappointed during yesterday’s event either.

Dr. Witsell, and his staff are very knowledgeable in the workings of the voice, both medically, physically and professionally. Their topics were relevant and interesting in the panel of experts presentation “How to Make Your Voice Last a Lifetime”. The vocal health fair gave an individual the opportunity to speak to a Duke Voice Care Center expert about their own voice health, observe a laryngeal imaging demonstration, or even have an acoustical voice analysis of their own voice made. There were a variety of vendor booths from the Master Chorale, Concert Singers of Cary, and the North Carolina Symphony to Pharmaceutical Reps from NeilMed Pharmeceuticals giving away Saline Mist and Gel samples and Sinus Rinse kits.

A short performance by Lois Deloatch, Jazz vocalist and Scott Sawyer, guitarist was well received by the crowd and a testament to proper care and nurture of Vocal Health.

The panel of experts included Ms. Deloatch as well as David Hartman, John Dancy, Dick Gordon, Florence Peacock and William Stone. Grant Llewelyn was the moderator of the panel. Many questions were answered and lots of encouragement and good information was discussed.

I “high note” of the event was Grant Llewelyn’s involvement of all who attended in a singing exploration of George Frederick Handel method. The “tritone” chord of G, F and H(the german B). Using the familiar tune of “Frere Jacque” the room was divided up into three groups. Without going into a lot of detail, we explored the round in the familiar fashion, then sang it inverted and finally retrograde, all in round. The panel provided a constant chord pattern using G, G, G; F, E, F; and B, C, B in a repeated fashion. It was quite challenging and a lot of fun to discover a piece of music this way. Maestro Llewelyn, confided, he wasn’t sure how it related to the day’s topic. Suffice it to say, I was completely convinced of it’s relativity in that the whole room was in fact singing! FUN!

The Renaissance Raleigh Hotel in the North Hills complex was a wonderful host with a delicious buffet of fruit, grilled vegetables, and gourmet lunchmeats and cheeses with crackers. The chocolate strawberries were in abundance and beverages rounded the refreshments out.

Oh, and my nugget this year related to the topic of relaxation when you sing. I use a form of ‘vocal yoga’ to teach this important aspect in my studio. The need to use relaxation is a basic part of teaching voice. What came to light was the fact that “Yoga” breathing, the kind taught by yoga gurus, and masters is detrimental to good vocal health. The harsh voiced exhale is not a good way to experience healthy breathing and should be avoided.

Thank you Duke Voice Care Center for an excellent program!

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……………

Dad’s get equal Time… Dadsense along with Momsense!

October 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment
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Merrie Williams, a fellow Kindermusik educator, brought the following ‘Momsense’ video back to life with an additional video to showcase ‘Dadsense’. Thank you Merri as I too have enjoyed all of these “-isms”! 🙂

Here is the original Anita Renfroe video followed by the addendum ‘Dadsense’ video. I hope you enjoy!

And now Dadsense!

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)

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