Our Kindermusik classes immerse your child in a rich, developmentally appropriate environment while our multi-sensory approach to learning will improve his or her ability to think, reason, create and express. Join us as we sing, sway, laugh and play together while fostering social, cognitive, language and emotional growth through the joy and power of music. Connect with other families and discover how music makes great parenting easier in a studio that is among the top 1% of Kindermusik studios worldwide. Enjoy a class where you and your child, from birth to age seven, will build your family bond in an enriching environment that develops the whole child through the most powerful learning tool on the planet — music!
September 25, 2015 |
Today's guest blog post comes from an e-mail we received from one of the parents in our Kindermusik community. Enjoy!
I wasn't sure what to send you regarding our experience with this program so I just wrote it like a letter. Let me know if you would like additional informatio...
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Yes, it was a couple of weeks ago, but we just passed the autumnal equinox, and the lesson that I learned about it as a metaphor for my life still lingers on my mind. So pretend that it didn’t snow this week and hearken back to those 2 weeks of September when it still felt like fall.
“We have a choice. We can spend our whole life suffering because we can't relax with how things really are, or we can relax and embrace the open-endedness of the human situation, which is fresh, unfixated, unbiased.”
― Pema Chödrön, Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change
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“The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into...
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“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
For as wonderful as the holiday season is, it does not come without its challenges for me (and many others). Earlier in the year, I had convinced my family to take a trip to San Diego with our gift money, so tha...
In my teaching job as a Spanish teacher, I teach all 9 grades at my school (K-8). I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a secondary educator by formal education training, and so I am relying heavily on my background as a Kindermuisk instructor to help me with the younger grades. The first graders ...
We all know that reading to our children is an important part of their intellectual and emotional development. But why is this so? Parent and Child Magazine explains in an insightful article by Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood studies.
Reading is fun, stimulates the imagination, provides...
As I’ve mentioned before, I teach Spanish at a local school. One of my biggest rules is that the students are only to speak Spanish, or, at least, we aim for Spanish 90% of the time. Unfortunately, this is one of the rules that my students violate most often, and I’m still working out why and ho...
This week I attended a screening of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed. It is a fascinating look at one particular high school in California that is taking a radically different approach to education. You can watch the trailer here.
At the heart of the movie is the notion that computers are quickly and easily replacing many of the jobs requiring a medium-level of skill (such as sales, production and operator jobs). Our nation’s work force is increasingly polarized between low skill-level jobs (such as food prep and janitorial jobs) and high skill-level jobs (such as managerial and engineering professions). Therefore, as parents concerned about our children’s futures, we need to work towards helping them develop the skills that will open doors for them in the future, and, as it turns out, these are skills that have very little to do with deriving equations or writing essays.
So what are these? In an interview with the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, whose job at Google is to oversee hiring, said that primarily they want “learning ability” (emphasis added). He continues, “It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.”
The next skills are: leadership, humility, a sense of ownership, and (at the bottom of the list of importance), expertise. They want employees who understand and can learn from failure, and who know what to do with the knowledge they have.
In the movie, they call these “soft skills.” And I believe that these are the skills that cannot be easily taught from a traditional textbook. They are abilities that we develop as we engage with the world in meaningful ways, through challenge and perseverance.
I believe we have it in us as a community to work towards helping our schools develop the model they examine in the documentary. But until such time as that happens, I believe that music education provides us with the exact formula for the things that our kids need for success.
Consider the notion that, “playing music is the brain’s equivalent to a full-body workout.” (How playing an instrument benefits your brain—Anita Collins). Our whole brain works together. In fact, a musician’s corpus collosum is bigger than that of a non-musician. This is the part of the brain that moves information between both hemispheres and, housing the largest amount of white matter in the brain, influences the way our brains function.
Playing with other musicians and vocalists gives our kids a way to practice feeling ownership over something. There’s nothing like knowing the marching band is dependent on your steady beat to make sure that you hone your drum skills! Additionally, musical education can be tough—but kids learn that perseverance pays off. And my son is proof that in learning an instrument, one also has to listen to what is coming out of the instrument, figuring out what is right and wrong, and learning to make adjustments. It’s a great big R&D lab for critical thinking skills.
Of course, in Kindermusik we are not about performance. But the process of engaging with music at this young age means that our kids are learning how to explore options—prime practice for practicing and developing curiosity.
We talk a lot in Kindermusik about how we’re educating the whole child. Certainly, we are priming kids brains for success in school. But we are also priming them for success in life.
Check out more from Anita Collin’s research in the video:
Can’t wait to see you again next week in class!
“I wanted to say thank you for an amazing year with you in Kindermusik! You are an incredible teacher who is very gifted at instilling a love of music into the lives of others.”
“Kindermusik provides adult education for me! I love to learn songs and activities that I can take home and use outside of class.” – Laura
“Another year has come and gone and we are filled with music again. My children and I have so enjoyed your love and songs. Our week is better when we’ve had a little Miss Carol in it! You work so hard and are always prepared and organized. Your happy spirit makes me want to do better. Thanks for all you do for our family.” – Jodi
As Thomas is our last child, I wanted to spend some very intentional “one on one” time with him. The past two years have exceeded my wildest expectations.Thank you for sharing your energy, enthusiasm and talents with us. Watching Thomas grow from a 6 month old baby who wasn’t even crawling (yet could spit up on a dime) to the dancing, ball throwing two year old he is today has been one of the great blessings in my life. You have made great contributions to the development in all our children through your work as a Kindermusik educator.” – Chris – Kindermusik Dad
“Kindermusik is not just a weekly “Class”, but it is a way of growing with my son on a daily basis. I am not a “kid” person, activities and things to do with children does not and has not come easily for me. Kindermusik has helped me to find the child in myself. Helping us to enjoy our house, our animals our world more and more every time we share a song together, or dance to the music, or do an activity at home! We love it!”- Tara
“All four of my kids have done Kindermusik and LOVED the music & activities. I loved the one on one time we got to spend together. I really believe that my kids are doing so well in school and socially too because they have had music as big part of their life since they were very young.” – Amy
“Great musical basis for future instrument lessons. My 9 year old (who did Kindermusik) has caught up to my 12 year old (who did not) in piano lessons!” – Becky
“I have seen the growth in my son’s development from the very beginning, both in his learning skills and his socialization. He is always happy and excited to go to Kindermusik. Now that he is a bit older and I no longer attend class with him, it is fun to see him come home with new songs, ideas, dances, etc., that he has learned in class. And he retains what he learns, which gives him a sense of pride and accomplishment. The instructors are out of this world, such talented, imaginative kid magnets! If you want your child to develop an excitement for learning, enroll them in Kindermusik!” – Natalie
How fun!!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful program for my precious babies. I can’t even express how much this has been a blessing in my life to take these children to Kindermusik, but the real blessings have been on their lives. I know they have really grown more than they would have without Kindermusik. – Grandma Renee
“I can tell (baby) Harrison recognizes the songs and enjoys them because when I turn on the CD player or start singing he gets a huge smile on his face and he turns to listen.” – Barbara
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