The Maestro

This little sweetheart just graduated from Kindermusik Village class into Kindermusik Our Time. We know she will do well as she moves into the toddler class next week!

Mom says “She LOVES “playing” the piano. She has a small one here at the house and this big one is at grandparents’ house. She sat at it for about an hour playing and listening to Grandma play. She never got bored and I was surprised she could sit still for that long!”
See you on Monday!

Cultivating Empathy

Empathy between children and the world is a main developmental objective for preschool children. They don’t differentiate between themselves and others. Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as foxes, and quick like bunnies (adapted from Sobel, David. 1999).
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Does this sound like anything we have been doing in our Kindermusik classes? The Watch Me book from the Wiggles and Giggles class gets kids off to a great start. What other books, poems, words or songs can inspire your child to move like a …

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Village (2 – 20 months)
Feathers/ Do-Si-Do

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Feathers introduces Baby to a delightful range of songs, movement activities, object play and vocal play relating to our feathered friends. The Australian Kookaburra, the African Ostrich and many more birds from across the world are featured in songs, dances and poems. Both jazz and classical selections, a Yiddish folk song, a Muskogean melody, and Mother Goose rhymes set to music are just a few of the colorful and exciting pieces introduced in this curriculum.Do_Si_Do_Home_M
Do-Si-Do stimulates a wonderfully unique experience of rhythm and movement including a Virginia Reel, a combination Tango, Cha-Cha! and a “move-to-it” poem. Other activities range from chime ball play to instrument exploration and more. Music selections draw from many traditions, including African American, Mexican, Romantic, Scottish, South African and Southeast Asian. Dust off your shoes and dance with us!

Our Time (1.5 – 3.5 years)
Wiggles & Giggles

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Wiggles & Giggles is all about movement (wiggles!) and fun, funny words and sounds, and emotion (giggles!). This unit is about humor, laughter, silly sounds and words, and movement. It features songs, activities and literature books surrounding the ever exciting themes of taking a bath, animal movements and love for family and friends. At Home materials include two home CDs, a Home Activity Book, two books (Pete and P.J. and Watch Me!), and an original home instrument–Zig Zag Blocks to rub, tap, clack and create lots of fun zig zaggy sounds and play.

Imagine That! (3.5 – 5 years)
See What I Saw

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See What I Saw takes the child on an imaginary trip to Grasshopper Park where he sails down the park slide into adventures with swings, trees, a lake, a sailboat and much more. Musical concepts such as tempo, glissando, accelerando and dynamics will be developed. The music is multicultural – jazz, classical, traditional folk and game songs, as well as music from Canada, Greece, Mexico and West Africa. Two musically driven literature books, along with the home activity book, extend the class into the home setting. Each child receives three books, a home instrument (Kindermusik Slide Whistle), two CDs, and a Grasshopper Park Play Set. Students new to Imagine That! receive a Kindermusik backpack.

Young Child (Kindergarten & 1st grade)

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Semester 1 broadens the child’s musical experience through the introduction of the glockenspiel. Learning how to keep a steady beat plus reading and writing musical notations will help a child lay the initial groundwork for musical success!
In Semester 3, children are introduced to stringed instruments with their very own dulcimers. Along with the dulcimers we will continue to play our glockenspiels while we focus on call and response, improvisation, meter, notation and a touch of Tchaikovsky. Themes this semester are Music of Appalachia, Music of the Sea and Native American Music.

PIANO LESSONS
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Private and Group lessons are available for older children and adults