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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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!

Joy Sikorski’s “Puccini EffectTM” is very compelling!

December 17, 2007 at 12:30 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, FUN, Joy Sikorski, Language, Music, Parenting, Puccini Effect, School Readiness, Singing, Village | 3 Comments
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Joy Sikorski

Joy Sikorski

Joy Sikorski, coined the term “Puccini EffectTM” to describe her philosophy of  insight into the empowerment of the singing voice as a crucial tool that impacts infant and early childhood brain development. 
From her website Joy says, “You probably know about the Mozart Effect and research regarding music’s profound impact on your baby/toddlers’s development. Instinctively, you also know that music can either calm you and your child or agitate both of you. You’ve heard that classical music is more complex than most other music and that it therefore stimulates intricate patterns in your baby or toddlers’s brain. You also know that singing songs is good for your child.
But do you know about the Puccini EffectTM? Have you heard about your baby’s or toddler’s potential ability to sing?
For example, do you know about the research that shows she can match pitches as early as 3 to 4 months or that early development of her singing potential positively influences her speech patterns and communication skills for life!? That it can engage her attention while calming both her and you? That there are scientific reasons why this is true? …”

Have I got your attention yet? Check out Joy and what she has to say about the “Puccini EffectTM”, and much more!

Register NOW for Spring 2008!

November 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm | Posted in 2008, ABC Music & Me, Children's Music, Dancing, enroll, FUN, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Our Time, Register, Sign & Sing, Spring, Village | Leave a comment

REGISTER NOW for Spring 2008!

Newborns to 18 months
Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In the first unit of Kindermusik Village, will will sing songs about the farm, engage in rituals and playful activities for baby and caregiver, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time. During our second unit, we will stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies as we play and move together to songs about spring. At Home Materials include 2 CDs of beautifully arranged songs from class, 2 fun and beautifully illustrated board books, and 2 age-appropriate instruments for music-making at home.

18 months – 3 years

Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This delightful unit focuses on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories about ways to get around. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 1/2 to 3-year-olds. At home materials include 2 CDs, a Home Activity Book, 2 storybooks (Shiny Dinah and Giddy-Up!), 2 harmonicas, and a train carrying box.

3 – 5 years

What’s more exciting to a preschooler than a new toy? How about an entire Toy Shop full of toys! This unit is focused on creating a stimulating musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, story telling movement, and more. Toys I Make, Trips I Take introduces the musical environment of a remarkable toy shop, filled with boats, trains, balls, jack-in-the-box and many other toys that bring a glimmer into a child’s eyes. Each week provides your preschooler an uninterrupted session of imaginative play that’s guided in a very specific, sequential way—with a special Family Sharing Time with you in the last 15 minutes of class. At Home Materials include two CDs, Family Activity Book, Toy Shop play set, a drum, two beautifully-illustrated storybooks and a backpack.

newborn – 7 years

Make Way For Music

In Make Way for Music, families will sing, dance, and move their way through an exploration of several elements of music: beat and rhythm, concepts and contrasts (such as staccato and legato, high and low, the major scale, and arpeggios), the human voice, instrument families, and ensemble. They’ll engage in developmentally appropriate activities that the whole family can enjoy together, including fingerplays, songs, circle dances, story time, and family jam. In their At Home Materials, families will receive two fingerdrums, one Sing, Play, & Grow home activity guide, two children’s storybooks (Drum Circle and Animals on Parade), a hand puppet and finger puppet of Rex (the lion member of Family Time’s Jellybean Band), and an instrument-matching board game. Get the family band together, and Make Way for Music!

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January – Rhythms of the Land 4-6 years

In class we’ll explore the rhythms and sounds of Native American music. As we investigate, compare, and contrast a wide variety of drums and the materials they’re made from, your preschooler develops the investigative vocabulary she’ll need in the sciences. When you repeat that learning pattern at home and share the activities in your Student Kit, your child gets an early start in math, too. Student Kit includes jingle stick, CD, and mini-literature magazine. February – Sounds AboundThis month we’ll use a new instrument: our bodies. In class we’ll explore all the sounds we can make with our mouths, our bodies, and our own two hands. With your Student Kit find instructions for instruments made from found objects around the house and play along with the music. Do so and your preschooler develops an early understanding of technology and how one material can be used to make something else. Activities in your Student Kit help you bring these big ideas home when you take part in the listening, turn-taking, and sound-effect making activities.  Student Kit includes CD and mini-literature magazine.March – Dance With MeThis month, we’ll feature the music and dance of “one-two” rhythms, and “one-two-three” rhythms. In class, we’ll hear real instruments from the ballet and learn a few dance steps, too. Activities like dance, where your child follows a short sequence of instructions, helps to strengthen memory and his ability to follow directions. At home, play the CD in your Student Kit and let your preschooler show you a new step or two. Student Kit includes lumi stix, CD, and mini-literature magazine.

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Sign & Sing 6 months-3 years

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.

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.

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