13 NovEnd of the Semester Announcements!

We are approaching the end of the semester.  I hope you have enjoyed it!  The last week of classes will be the week of December 5.  A couple of things to keep in mind:

There are no classes the week of Thanksgiving!  Make up classes will be offered at these times for those who have missed a class:
Village (Birth to 18 months) – Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30
Our Time (18 months to 3 years) – Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 5:30
Imagine That (3-5 years) – Monday, Nov. 21 at 5:30.
Sign ups will be posted in the classroom.

There are two more classes after the week of Thanksgiving.  The last week of classes is the week of December 5.

The Holiday Shop will be open this week and throughout the remainder of the semester.  There will be some items available for sale – instruments, scarves, etc.  I will be adding some items after Thanksgiving.  If you would like to purchase one of the drums like we use in the classroom, please let me know as I will only order as many as are requested.  They are around $40 each.

Finally, Spring semester classes will start the week of January 9.  I will be sending out information about registration for the Spring semester soon!

11 NovECMMA: Why Music and Movement are Brain Food for Every Child

The Early Childhood Music and Movement Association had an excellent article in their Fall 2010 journal, Perspectives. In that edition, they had an article called Different Learners: Why Music and Movement are Brain Food for Every Child.

You have to be an ECMMA member to read the whole article, but I wanted to share an excellent piece from that article:

This information [referring to research on the age-old debate of nature vs. nurture] affirms the absolute necessity of crafting early childhood environments that include appropriate, stimulating, and skilled exposure to music and movement activities.  Whether or not a child comes into the world with a genetic propensity for outstanding musical ability, developmentally appropriate experiences with music and movement can both ground and expand mental development.

The article goes on to discuss the impact that our current society has on our developing children, and how music and movement activities can help overcome some of the negative impact.

Kindermusik classes offer music and movement…and more!

You can visit the ECMMA website by clicking here.

08 NovMiller-McCune: singing together can inspire cooperation

How do you get a group of 4-year-olds to cooperate?

New research suggests the answer may be as simple as a singing lesson!

In a 2010 article on the Miller-McCune website, writer Tom Jacobs says, “Singing together appears to inspire spontaneous cooperative and helpful behavior among 4-year-olds. That’s the conclusion of new research that provides support for an intriguing theory regarding the evolutionary origins of music.”

To read more, click here!

02 NovNew website coming soon!

You might have noticed some things changing here and there, and let me tell you…there are MANY more changes to come!

Our newly re-designed website should be functional in a few weeks, and we hope you will take the time to explore all we have to share!

As always, contact us with any questions!

We hope to see you in class!

01 NovBaby Center: early music programs benefit children

BabyCenter panelist and pediatrician, David S. Geller, M.D. suggests, “enrolling your toddler in Kindermusik if they’re not yet ready for formal music lessons.”

He says, Kindermusik “focuses on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression.”

“By exploring how different instruments sound, and how music makes her feel, your child may learn to appreciate music much more than if she were practicing scales.”

Click here to read the whole article on BabyCenter’s website.