Announcing Enrollment for Spring 2011!

Are you ready to take the next step in your child’s musical journey?  This spring, we’ll continue to provide new concepts and challenges along with new songs, activities, and materials for each session as we work to ensure that each age-appropriate level acts as a stepping stone to the next-paving the way to a musical journey that can last seven magnificent, musical years.  Read below for enrollment dates as well as a sneak peek at the class themes for Spring!

Enrollment Time is coming – and fast.  Here’s the scoop:

October 25 – Priority Enrollment Opens (for Families Currently Enrolled with Kindermusik with Joy)

If you are currently enrolled, be watching your email for details on how you can enroll in class.

November 8 – Enrollment Opens to the Public

Classes will start January 19 and run through May 9, with a break in March for Spring Break.

Themes for Spring

Kindermusik Village (ages 0-18 months)

Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be. That’s why these Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes are the main theme of this class. Plus, you’ll develop research-proven communication strategies with your child through listening activities, speaking “parentese,” and sign language.

Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged nursery rhymes and songs from class, a rhyming picture board book—Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce, a set of Art Banners, and a Gripper Shaker for music-making at home.

The Rhythm of My Day— This class will help you bring more rhythm and routine to your baby’s day, as well as help develop lasting learning skills. We’ll show you how and tell you why music can help your little one soothe into the day’s schedule and help build a strong body and mind network for learning. You can bring home those same stress-free play and relaxation techniques from class, and incorporate them into your daily routines.

Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, The Rhythm of My Day—a colorful picture board book with class themes, a set of Art Banners, and a Young Maestro Tambourine for music-making at home.

Kindermusik Our Time (for ages 18 months – 3 years)

Fiddle-Dee-Dee We’ll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler’s emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces we’ll help toddlers develop rhythm while further developing their ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed instrument emphasis in the music from class, parents can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help their toddlers stay happy and engaged learners at home, too.

Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive storybooks—This Little Piggy Played the Fiddle and Animal Serenade to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book, and a pair of Fiddlestick instruments.

Kindermusik Imagine That! (for ages 3-5 years)

Cities! Busy Places ~ Friendly Faces – In this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers, and world-traveling photographers are the theme. Learning through the pretend play that preschoolers adore, we’ll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and handcrafting city “buildings” at home so we can make a cityscape in class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations so the parent can take part in the learning. With a pair of resonator bars as a featured instrument, and a multicultural, jazzy collection of music, preschoolers will develop the social and intellectual skills they’ll need in school alongside the basic fundamentals of music which will prepare them for private lessons or group musical study.

Home Materials: Two books—Razupazu Toto and Down Our Street, Cities! Game Board Set, Two Home CDs—collection of multicultural and jazzy music heard in class, Family Activity Book, and a pair of resonator bars as the featured instrument.

Kindermusik for the Young Child Semester 2 (for children ages 5-7 who have completed Semester 1)

Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the glockenspiel, our featured instrument from the first session, is a central focus this semester along with greater emphasis on learning to read and write music. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we’ll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte, crescendo and decrescendo, and staccato and legato.  Orchestral music, such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf, serves as a starting point for building music appreciation and understanding leading to a complete introduction to the instruments of the orchestra and the families in which they’re grouped.

Kindermusik for the Young Child Semester 4 (for children ages 5- 7 who have completed Semesters 1, 2, &  3)

In this final semester, we’ll introduce the recorder instrument. As your child is introduced to basic methods of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this wind instrument, we’ll also incorporate the instruments, concepts, and songs from previous semesters. With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, and Africa along with dances and children’s games from the Alps, Mexico, and Ecuador.  Class will culminate with a special Kindermusik Graduation, to which the whole studio will be invited, May 14.

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