Spotlight on the NEW Laugh & Learn for 3s and 4s…. Please bring your preschooler for an exciting musical adventure :)

August 20, 2013 at 6:17 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Taking names for a class at Neighborhood Academy of Music. Cost will be a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.
Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. Parents join class for the final activities. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materials bring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning—and the fun!

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… 80% of the content is parent focused and the other 20% gives you the parent the choice of using screen time or not.
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Each Laugh & Learn unit’s digital home materials page contains an abundance of unit-specific, age-appropriate materials and activities – all tied to the class content. The digital home materials are built specifically to make it fun and easy for a parent to connect class-time to home-time, and to enrich both experiences. Everything a parent needs to read the class story, play a game, do a finger play or dance, teach new words or instrument sounds, plan an activity, do a craft, follow a recipe, take a “field trip” (real or imagined), or play pretend . . . it’s all in one spot!

·         Music downloads All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.

·         Every unit’s literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off. The eBook can be downloaded and printed if you prefer!

·         Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, finger play demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

·         The Why It’s Good for Your Child area fills automatically with information about why any specific activity or activity type is useful, important, or developmentally significant. Addressing the parent directly with up-to-date, research-supported, clear and friendly information, there’s a “why it’s good” feature for every single activity.

·         In addition to the music downloads and e-book, the Download Center also includes Printable Activity Pages and, for the first time, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs in the unit.

Here are three things you can do to help your child be MORE engaged in the class activities:
• Listen to the music at every available opportunity….play it on your phone, pad or tablet while cooking dinner; sing along with it in the car; play it on your phone at the doctor’s waiting room; give your car copy of the CD to grandma for when the kids go to stay OR, even better, if she has a computer or pad, give grandma the log in and password to your my.kindermusik.com account so she can do Kindermusik with them while they are at her house….AMAZING!
• Read the book whenever you can….bedtime, on your smartphone at the doctors…. When you are trying to do work on the computer and your child pesters you to do something at the computer (they ALWAYS come over as soon as you sit down alone to do your emails, etc., don’t they?), promise them one read of Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes or Shoofly Pie; then hopefully they’ll leave you in peace and at least you know you did something EDUCATIONAL on the computer rather than just googled something funny or youtubed a video.
• Make something at home to bring into class…this gives them a sense of belonging to the group. Your DHM has crafts and recipes with lots of ideas for sharing!

Spotlight on the NEW Wiggle & Grow for 2s and 3s and Wiggle & Grow Family for all ages! ….

August 18, 2013 at 6:53 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

 

Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Mondays at 10:00am-10:45am, and Thursdays at 6:15pm-7:00pm for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00. Beginning at class at 9:30am on Tuesdays in March!

And in our North Raleigh Gymnastics location on Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30am-11:15am for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $55.00.

This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and her new friends; and you’ll love helping her practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. In class, we’ll also share tips and ideas for using music throughout the week. Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik@Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and each month’s story.

The Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow class includes singing and chanting, vocal play, scaffolding, exploration time, instrument play-along, pretend play, music and movement story time, listening, and movement. Each lesson has a specific focus, which is emphasized in that lesson. Examples include fast and slow, up and down, and smooth and bumpy. Each class is organized to flow comfortably with alternation of activity levels.

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… 80% of the content is parent focused and the other 20% gives you the parent the choice of using screen time or not.

Ebook/Reading with your child

Concepts/Ideas: Reading with children and incorporating reading into your day and routines. This activity can include your child at computer, but print-out and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer not to use the computer. Physical books are available for optional buy-up by parent in the US; by educators in other countries.

Video Field Trip/Listening, Watching and Doing

Concepts/Ideas:  1 or 2 minutes of video exploration related to theme. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Games

Concepts/Ideas: Video or Screen illustrated games, focus on musical concepts of high and low, fast and slow, etc. Or developmental milestones such as counting, colors, shapes, etc. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Now You Try It/Movement

Concepts/Ideas: Video or Picture screens with movement ideas.

Let’s Make…

Concepts/Ideas: Illustrated steps for a specific craft activity or recipe. This activity invites you to bring your child to the computer briefly, but print-out images are in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Vocal Play

Concepts/Ideas: Vocal play, language development, signing, touch, face-to-face, back-and-forth, visual expressions, mouth movements

Treasure Chest

Concepts/Ideas: Using something you have at home to explore pretend play and imagination.

Get Up and Move!

Concepts/Ideas: An activity with music front-and-center. Featuring movement, 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 crafts and other activities, and printable games

Here are three things you can do to help your child be MORE engaged in the class activities:

·  Listen to the music at every available opportunity….play it on your phone, pad or tablet while cooking dinner; sing along with it in the car; play it on your phone at the doctor’s waiting room; give your car copy of the CD to grandma for when the kids go to stay OR, even better, if she has a computer or pad, give grandma the log in and password to your my.kindermusik.com account so she can do Kindermusik with them while they are at her house….AMAZING!

·  Read the book whenever you can….bedtime, on your smartphone at the doctors…. When you are trying to do work on the computer and your child pesters you to do something at the computer (they ALWAYS come over as soon as you sit down alone to do your emails, etc., don’t they?), promise them one read of Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes or Shoofly Pie; then hopefully they’ll leave you in peace and at least you know you did something EDUCATIONAL on the computer rather than just googled something funny or youtubed a video.

·  Make something at home to bring into class…this gives them a sense of belonging to the group. You DHM has crafts and recipes with lots of ideas for sharing!

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).

Spotlight on the NEW Cuddle & Bounce for 0s and 1s…. Please bring your littlest one for some special time together :)

August 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Cuddle & Bounce Rainbow

Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Mondays at 11:15-1200noon beginning March 3rd, 2014 for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.

Cuddle, bounce, and bop with your baby in Kindermusik’s newest curriculum. Whether your baby is five weeks or five months, this class will be perfect for you! With age-appropriate activities for newborns, infants and crawlers, this parent-child music and movement class will help you strengthen those early parent-child bonds, understand your baby’s development, and heavily focus on child development and communication with your baby. You and your baby will enjoy instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time—and you’ll get expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in baby development.

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…

Ebook/Reading with your baby

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

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).

How do I help my child prepare for flute lessons or any private music instruction!

August 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

by Pam Murchison, teacher with Kathy’s Music, LLC

Whether you’ve decided that now is the time to begin private music instruction, or you’re looking to start down the road, there are some great ways to help your child prepare for private music instruction! Here are my top five tips!

  • Attend live music events and listen to recordings of music

There are many community events that are age appropriate for your child.  Some events even feature an Instrument Petting Zoo, where children can see and even play instruments of the orchestra.  What better way to get your child excited for private lessons? In between concerts, listen to recordings of instrumental music in the car, or look for videos of instrument players on YouTube. Some of my favorites flutists are Alexa Still, Jeanne Baxtresser, Emmanuel Pahud, and Mathieu Dufour.

  • Make your own instrument

Making a homemade flute is a fun project (click here for instructions). This project will provide your child with an inexpensive method of exploring the instrument and will help your child learn how the flute works. Or, you can purchase a recorder.  It’s easy to produce sound on a recorder, and their simple construction makes them very easy to hold.  These instruments are inexpensive (less than $20), and can be a great way for children to explore wind instruments.

  • Prepare an area for practicing!

Practicing is a huge part of learning a musical instrument, and designing a dedicated area in your home can be easy and fun!  Designating a specific practice area underscores the importance of practicing, and provides a distraction-free zone for your budding musician.  All you need is a music stand, good lighting, your instrument and a chair.  A desk or dining room chair works best, and a small stool on the floor can be helpful to keep little legs from swinging. Add some pencils and a mirror, and the practice zone is ready!

  • Read books about flute or your preferred instrument.

There are many age appropriate books about the flute for your budding performer. Some of my favorites are “The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart” and “Fiona the Flute Fairy.” Check out the website “Flute Monkey” for more suggestions!

  • Attend classes that teach the basics

For children ages 5-7, the Kindermusik’s® Young Child curriculum covers all of the basics of music literacy, and provides a foundation that will benefit the child throughout his/her life.  Note recognition, rhythm reading, and ensemble skills are all necessary for music study.  If your child is a graduate of a program like this, now is the time to review materials and re-familiarize him/her with concepts of music notation.  However, this is not a requirement for private instruction! It simply gives the child a bit more confidence and information going in.  If I have a student who is brand new to music study, I like to spend a couple of weeks going over music fundamentals before we introduce the instrument in lessons. 

 

We have an upgraded website, please check it out here www.kindermusikofclayton.com

March 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

All schedules are updated through are website. Kindermusik classes are always ongoing and you pay monthly!

Spotlight on Parenting: Village and Our

March 2, 2012 at 12:43 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Spotlight on Parenting: Village and Our Time

Big idea: Kindermusik makes it easier to communicate with your baby or toddler

Traveling to another country can be exciting. New sights, sounds, customs, food, and time zones that wreck havoc on your sleep! If the locals speak a language you don’t understand, your communication abilities quickly downgrade to that of a one-year-old: the use of full-body gestures and speaking louder and louder in YOUR language thinking that will increase comprehension. Yikes! Where is the loo?

At Kindermusik, we know parenting a young child can be a bit like visiting a foreign country. New sights, sounds, customs, food, and your sleep is definitely wrecked! Plus, your little one does not exactly speak your language. Most grown-ups are no longer fluent in baby or toddler. We understand, which is why we intentionally include activities that will increase your child’s communication abilities. In class, when we use sign language, sing “Oh well, you walk, and you walk, and you walk and you stop” or when we listen to and imitate different sounds, your child is learning and practicing language. Eventually, this will lead to him speaking your language. (Well, until the teenage years, and then you’ll need your passport again!)

Everyday connection: A match made in Kindermusik. Your child loves the sound of your voice. Feed his love and grow his use of language at the same time by singing, listening, moving, and dancing to the music from class. The repetition helps increase language acquisition and retention. Plus, music is a language you both understand.

Spotlight on Learning: Village Cock-a-Do

February 16, 2012 at 9:17 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Spotlight on Learning: Village Cock-a-Doodle-Moo!

Big idea: Multi-Sensory Learning

Think about something that you experienced with your child that you hope to hold in your heart forever. What do you remember? The sound of her laughter, the smell of his head, the sight of her sleeping in those footed pajamas, the warmness of his skin right after a bath, the taste of bananas when she tried to feed you her snack? Whatever the memory, you probably recall it through more than one of your five senses. There is a reason for that!

Experiences that integrate several senses simultaneously are responsible for lasting impressions. Each of our five senses (sight, smell, sound, touch, taste) activates specific neurons in the brain. For your child, multi-sensory activities provide more learning opportunities than single-sensory activities. In Kindermusik, we encourage multi-sensory learning. So, while your child listens to and imitates animal sounds vocally or with an instrument, sees the animals in the story, and moves around like them, he is learning….and making musical memories that he will hold in his heart forever.

Everyday connection: Multi-vitamins for the senses. Turn your child’s favorite book into a multi-sensory literacy experience. Hold her in your lap while you read together. Let her feel the pages. If the book features an animal, include a stuffed animal in your time together. Is it a bedtime book? Bundle her up and say good night to the real moon, not just the one in the story.

To join our Cock-a-doodle-Moo or any other class check out schedule http://ow.ly/96hsr

Spotlight on Learning: Our Time Away We

January 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Spotlight on Learning: Our Time Away We Go

Think about the last time you tried doing something for the first time. Maybe it was using your new smart phone, going for the perfect cloth diaper fold, or even figuring out how to feed your baby while checking Facebook at the same time. (Hey, we all need some outside connections!) After lots of repetition, you’ll probably master the fine art of that new thing, or at least fumble a little less.

For your child, few things build her brain and open opportuniites for learning more than consistent repetition of healthy activities and experiences. Every new activity in which she participates makes a new neural pathway in her brain. Each time that experience is repeated, the neural pathway is strengthened. That’s why in Kindermusik class we deliberately repeat activities from week to week and give you the tools to repeat them at home, too.

Everyday connection: Practice makes perfect learning. Listen to the music from class and do the activities together at home. Repeat. Listen to the music from class and do the activities together at home. Repeat. (Learning is that easy … and fun!)

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Kindermusik: Learning through Music Spot

October 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Kindermusik: Learning through Music

Spotlight on Learning: Village

Lifting. Squatting. Twirling. Bending. Whew! Sometimes Kindermusik class feels more like a workout than, well, a workout. Okay, maybe not P90x, but still! While you are building muscles each week, your child is building early language skills.

When you lift her high “up, up in the sky” or “twirl around like a leaf” while singing the songs in class, you help your little one learn the word and understand the concept. Pre-readers rely almost exclusively on what they hear in order to acquire language. Your child’s brain makes a connection based on what she experiences (being lifted high or twirling around) and hears (“up” or “twirl”). Later, she will discover those words correspond to marks on a page which eventually leads to letter recognition and reading. Just think how toned your arms will be then!

Everyday connection: Play that fun-key music. Listen and move to music that combines key vocabulary with a movement or activity. “Up, Up In The Sky” and “Like a Leaf or a Feather” are familiar choices. Visit play.kindermusik.com for more favorites, like “I Roll the Ball to You.” Try mixing in your tunes, too. “Dancing Queen” anyone?

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