Developing the Whole Child: Celebrating the Spirit of Each Child By Ruth A. Wilson Ph. D. is a very interesting article in this weeks Earlychildhood NEWS

September 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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What do Froebel, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Rudolph Steiner have in common? Many of us recognize them as significant contributors to the child-centered approach to early childhood education, but what we may not realize is that they were also pioneers in the holistic education movement and believed that education should contribute to the spiritual development of children. They all viewed the young child as more than just a growing body and mind. They saw a spiritual dimension to human development as well.

…While the educational theories of Froebel, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Steiner all reflect, to varying degrees, a spiritual framework, most of us are uncomfortable about openly expressing a commitment to spiritual development in our curriculum. This discomfort may be prompted, in part, by a fuzzy idea of what we mean by spirit and spiritual. To some people, making spiritual development a part of the curriculum suggests the teaching of religion. Fostering the spiritual development of children, however, need not involve religion at all. Spiritual development in its most basic form means development of the spirit, or the animating principle of our being. Spirit, in this sense, is often defined as the nonmaterial part of humans, in contrast to the body, which represents the material aspect of who we are. The word soul is sometimes used as a synonym for spirit, especially when used in the context of “body and soul.”

The meaning of spirit or spiritual development, as advocated in this article, differs from the religious definitions. It also differs from ethics and moral development. (read more)

Kindermusik is a Music and Movement program designed to teach music while stimulating both right and left brain, while social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and literacy skills are all highlighted. Kindermusik is a Whole Child, Whole Brain curriculum. It is also a spirit filled curriculum, for it is by the nature of ‘being a child’ that spirit is cultivated. Kindermusik fills each child with an ‘abundance of themselves’ through all the activities in the classroom and through the relationships that are created and maintained. Kindermusik educators are instructed to ‘follow the child’ in our classrooms. We do just that, as it is then that your child will learn the most and in the manner that they need.

Check out Kindermusik, “Loving your child is what it’s all about!”

Fun in Kindermusik Around the World

Fun in Kindermusik Around the World

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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!

Music is essential to learning! So are you afraid to commit?

August 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Playing shakers in Kindermusik

Playing shakers in Kindermusik

7 Surprising Benefits of Music Education

August 17, 2009 at 7:34 am | Posted in Kindermusik | 2 Comments
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Listen to the singing, the laughing, and the shouting; the jumping, stomping, and clapping; the exuberant thumping of drums, the rhythmic rattling of maracas, and the festive jingling of bells. Listen to children making music, and it’s easy to hear they’re having fun.

What’s not so obvious is that while children are singing and clapping, jumping and wiggling, and shaking and tapping on instruments, there’s a whole lot of learning—and growing—going on.

Children, unlike adults, learn primarily through sound. They naturally focus attention more easily on sound than on visual stimuli. The rhythmic sound of music, in particular, captures and holds children’s attention like nothing else, and makes it a valuable learning tool.

Music education increases children’s intelligence, academic success, social skills, and even physical fitness, in ways that may surprise you.

Read the full article here.  7 Surprising Benefits of Music Education

Thank you Merri for pointing out this wonderful article.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and the role Music and Movement plays.

August 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Babies, Delopmental Stages, elementary, Parenting | 5 Comments
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Teaching emotional skills is making a big comeback.

Having Fun at Kindermusik

Having Fun at Kindermusik

In the current issue of Scholastic’s Instructor Magazine is a very pertinent article about this topic. Here is an excerpt from the article –

“In an era when high-stakes test scores rule, talking about social and emotional development in children can seem old-fashioned. But lately, the conversation about the so-called soft skills—the personal and interpersonal abilities kids need to maintain mental health and thrive socially, emotionally, and intellectually in a classroom—is being heard again around the nation. ” (read more here)

Kindermusik has developed a wonderful resource for parents regarding this same topic.

“Research demonstrates that involvement in music and movement activities from an early age helps children develop good social and emotional skills. Research also links social and emotional development with school-readiness and even with higher academic testing scores. It’s no surprise. After all, the same skills that foster emotional security and social success – skills like confidence, curiosity, cooperation, self-regulation, and good listening – predict cognitive achievement and academic success as well. ” Check out Music & Social-Emotional Development by Molia Dumbleton, M.A., M.A. and Heidi Gilman Bennett, read the summary here.  Read the full article for toddlers here. and for preschoolers here.

Just another reason Kindermusik would benefit your family this fall. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

‘O sole mio: Trio Ginoble-Boschetto-Barone’ so Inspiring! Sung by 14 year old young men!

June 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | 4 Comments
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These young men have begun a tremendous career with such grace and musicianship! You will be amazed at their maturity and absolutely beautiful rich sound!

Thank you Bonnie for referring to this video!

Do Schools Kill Creativity? Hear what Dr. Ken Robinson has to say…

June 12, 2009 at 8:49 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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This Ted.com podcast of Sir Ken Robinson is right on! Kindermusik helps your child to be the very best they can be. It also helps teach parents to allow their children to learn at their own pace and in their own way. You didn’t know that? Well, Kindermusik is so much more than music! Loving your child is what it’s all about! http://www.kindermusikofclayton.com

Summer Kindermusik and Voice/Musical Theatre Camps

June 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Hi, Julie Stewart here. You may reach me at 919.359.3473 or email kmclayton@mindspring.com for more information regarding registration for all camps or link here.
REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMPS AT KINDERMUSIK & VOICE OF CLAYTON
Snuggled in the corner of beautiful Riverwood Athletic Club in the Riverwood Cultural Arts Center, five minutes from downtown Clayton, one mile past the Neuse River. You may register online at http://www.kindermusikofclayton.com/SummerSchedule.htm

JUNE ONLY CLASSES
We give a pro-rated amount for late starters.

Creatures in my Back Yard for children 18 months through 4 years with parent attending Five one hour Classes Mondays 10:30 am and 6:30pm
Our Price: $80.00 Includes materials, tuition and registration fee

This camp will give children something to sing about in their own backyards. Be the flower from the “seed’s” perspective. Run and jump in rain puddles made from hula hoops. Snack Make simple crafts to enjoy in class and at home, like bird and butterfly puppets,edible playdough bugs, and more. Shoo Dance and sing to “Shoo Fly.” Have a back yard family jam! FUN! Loving your child is what it’s all about!
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Busy Days for infants 6 weeks through 17 months with parent attending
Five one hour Classes Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Mom’s and Dad’s are welcome for this pajama class!) Our Price: $80.00 Includes materials, tuition and registration fee

Set your baby’s day to classical music. With a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle” repertoire discover new ways baby benefits from the classics as you develop an appreciation for the world’s most respected music. Each lesson features new activities and songs that the parent can sing for all the places baby and mom/dad go together—the store, the playground, the doctor, and more.
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Silly All Over Family class for children 6 wks through 7 years Family-style class with parent attending Four one hour Classes Fridays at 9:00am Our Price: $65.00 for the first child includes materials, tuition and registration fee Sibling price is $27.00 includes tuition and instrument.

Silly All Over gives children and families a case of the giggles. They will listen to silly sounds, move in silly ways, play instruments to silly music, pretend and dance in silly ways. Laugh a
little, and get Silly All Over!
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Jazz Kitchen for children 4 yrs through 6 yrs drop-off class (parents encouraged to relax in our lobby) Four one hour Classes Thursdays at 10:30am Our Price: $70.00 includes tuition, materials and registration fee.

Get an extra helping of learning to share—with some jazz music in the mix. We will read about the little sheep who, along with her friends, whips up a batch of Noodles from Scratch and will use this story and other activities to learn to observe and accept others’ ideas, how to be a leader and a follower, as well as how to watch, listen, and speak to friends and adults. A little improv, some dancing, and jamming and crafts make this a fun jazzy camp!
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NO KINDERMUSIK CAMPS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED IN JULY
AUGUST CAMPS ARE …

ONE DAY MUSIC CLASSES These classes will be offered the week of August 3rd-6th, 2009 $15.00 per hour includes take home materials (CD plus instrument or book) Two hour older class includes a craft and snack

Princess Ball 8/3 – Monday
ages 2-3 with parent 10-11am
ages 4-6 drop-off 1-3pm
ages 2-3 with parent 6-7pm
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Best of Kindermusik 8/4 – Tuesday
ages 2-3 with parent 10-11am
ages 4-6 drop-off 1-3pm
ages 2-3 with parent 6-7pm
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Sing~Sing~Sing 8/5 – Wednesday
ages 2-3 with parent 10-11am
ages 4-6 drop-off 1-3pm
ages 2-3 with parent 6-7pm
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Animal Adventure 8/6 – Thursday
ages 2-3 with parent 10-11am
ages 4-6 drop-off 1-3pm
ages 2-3 with parent 6-7pm
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ONE WEEK LONG KINDERMUSIK CLASSES FOR 3.5 years through 8 years all drop-off classes.

Around the World for Children 5-8 years Five 3 hour classes Mon-Fri 8:00 am or 1:00 pm August 17th-21st, 2009 Registration & Materials $50.00, Tuition $70.00 (bring your bag snack and pay $5.00 per day for a movie after class)

Take an imaginary trip—explore the exotic cultures of Germany, Japan, Africa, England, and Mexico. Play the native instruments. Sing over the German mountain tops. Toss peanuts on the floor and bring good luck to one’s home in this Japanese custom. Send messages in Nigeria with “talking drums.” and a Mexican “Fiesta” and much more!
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Tell Me A Tale for Children 5-8 years Five 3 hour classes Mon-Fri 8:00 am or 1:00 pm August 24th-28th, 2009 Registration & Materials $50.00, Tuition $70.00 (bring your bag snack and pay $5.00 per day for a movie after class)

Through storytelling, children will develop an early awareness of rhythm, movement, singing, and drama. Each lesson features a new tale from around the world, explored through multi-instrument and multi-cultural elements. All told, it’s an around-the-imagination adventure of the greatest stories from Europe, Malaysia, South Africa, and more.
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On the Road Five for 3.5 through 5 years 2 hour classes Monday – Friday 9:00 am drop-off class Aug 31st – Sept 4th, 2009 Registration & Materials $50.00, Tuition $65.00 (bring your bag lunch and pay $5.00 per day for a movie after class – pick up at noon)

Re-live your childhood, with your child. Every song is likely to revive a memory from your summers’ past. We will play “Eye Spy” and find shapes in the clouds to pass the time. Take imaginary trips in a bus named “Van Go” to fun-filled vacation destinations such as the carnival, a summer cottage, and the beach.
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JULY and AUGUST Classes for 6 years to 14 years old

NOTE:Extend any older camp by one hour each day for $5.00 a day, a bag snack recommended. We will watch a “Music” oriented movie.
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“Disney Showcase” Voice Camp for 6yrs-8yrs camp Mon-Fri 1:00pm or 4:00 pm July 6th-10th Five 2 hour classes Family Concert on the last day at 6pm at a downtown Clayton location. Registration & Materials $50.00 Tuition $55.00

Students will enjoy singing the songs of their favorite Disney characters while learning, age appropriate proper singing and breathing technique, performance skills, and lots of self-esteem building games and activities. Students will put together their own concert by the end of the week.
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Character Building with Make-eup & Costumes for 8yrs-14yrs Mon-Fri 1:00 or 4:00 pm July 13th-16th Four 2 hour classes and a Video Showcase given to each family at the end of camp. Registration & Materials $40.00 Tuition $45.00

Each camper will pick a favorite character to become. We will learn an “audition” style musical selection to present our character with and dig into all the things that make a character “shine” on stage including make-up and costuming. Final characters will be video produced to send home the last day of camp.
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Musical Theatre/Basics Camp for 6 yrs-9yrs Monday-Friday 1:00pm July 20th-24th Five 4 hour classes Dinner Theatre the last day at 6pm at a downtown Clayton location. Registration & Materials $60.00 Tuition $100.00

This camp will feature age appropriate methods on how to audition, stage, rehearse, costume, and present a Musical Theatre production. We will prepare our final production as a group and build our own sets and props too!

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Musical Theatre/Broadway Camp for 10yrs-14 yrs Monday-Friday 1:00pm July 27th-31st Five 4 hour classes Dinner Theatre the last day at 6pm at a downtown Clayton location Registration & Materials $60.00 Tuition $100.00

This camp will feature Broadway Music and give hands on experience on how to audition, stage, rehearse, costume, and present a Musical Theatre production. We will prepare our final production as a group and build our own sets and props too!
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“Be a Singing Star!” Voice Camp for 8yrs—12yrs Mon-Fri 1:00pm or 4:00 pm August 10th-14th Five 2 hour classes Family Concert on the last day at 6pm at a downtown Clayton location Registration & Materials $50.00 Tuition $55.00

Students will enjoy singing the songs of their favorite ‘Stars’ while learning, age appropriate proper singing and breathing technique, performance skills, and lots of self-esteem building games and activities. Students will put together their own concert by the end of the week to be held
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All camps are subject to minimum enrollments to be held determined by Kindermusik & Voice of Clayton.

A Musically Illiterate Nation, a very telling article!

May 8, 2009 at 4:27 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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An Article in this months West Music email newsletter immediately caught my eye! “A Musically Illiterate Nation” by Ann C. Cay, reveals an astonishing fact, and the reasons that it has occurred. Following is an excerpt from her article and a link to read the entire article. It is very compelling.

“The majority of our nation’s eighth-grade students can’t sing in tune, play instruments or read music, according to the last National Assessment of Educational Progress. If you take them to a ball game, they can’t sing the national anthem in tune, even if they know the words. Most can’t play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on an instrument. If you locked the refrigerator door with a combination that required simple rhythmic drumming to open it, most would starve to death. Let’s be serious now. What difference does it make if they can’t sing? They get all the music they want on the radio and through CDs. Are they going to be any smarter, richer, or happier if they can belt out a tune or beat out a rhythm?

Yes! Studies indicate that musical ability is as related to intelligence as is math or language. Music is an intelligence, says Dr. Howard Gardner, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard University. In fact, making music may affect the very organization of the brain which positively impacts achievement in math, reading, and other disciplines…” (read more)

So…A majority of our educational administrators were schooled in a time that did not focus on the arts as a mainstream part of educational curriculum, but instead as an extra-curricular, or elective class. When coupled with this fact, it is no wonder the experience factor is not a part of the decision making when examining the importance of music education in core curricula offerings. Music substantially impacts mathematical reasoning, language cognition, reading ability, and more. Consistent and frequent musical experiences are what is missing in the current generation of students and the test scores prove it. Parents are the responsible party in providing a musical rich education. What better way to establish musical benefits than to enroll your child in Kindermusik when they are infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age. When the impact is greatest and those windows of opportunity for learning are fully open and available. Kindermusik grows with your child and provides much to prepare them for success in school later on. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

Dancing with Mom

Dancing with Mom

Playing Resonator Bars

Playing Resonator Bars

Playing with Egg Shakers

Playing with Egg Shakers

Music lessons provide a workout for the brain

March 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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17:22 13 March 2009 by Andy Coghlan

Scans of the brains of child musicians before and after musical training have yielded compelling evidence that proficiency and skill relies on hard graft, not innate genius.

Earlier studies have shown that adult musicians have different brains to adult non-musicians. But the latest results settle arguments about whether the brain differences were there from birth, or developed through practice.

“This is the first paper showing differential brain development in children who learned and played a musical instrument versus those that did not,” says Gottfried Schlaug of Harvard Medical School.

Schlaug’s team tested musically untrained six-year-olds from the Boston area, 15 of whom then received weekly keyboard lessons for 15 months, and 16 of whom didn’t. When they compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans taken before and after for both groups, they found that auditory and motor areas of the brain linked respectively with hearing and dexterity grew larger only in the trainee musicians.

At the end of the training period, the musicians also outperformed the others at specific tasks related to manual dexterity and discrimination of sounds. But the two groups were matched on more distantly related skills such as arithmetic. Schlaug says that the same pupils are being followed in case it takes longer for these more “distant” skills to emerge. (read more)

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