Kindermusik introduces music to children (newborn to seven years old) and their families. In this unique studio program, group instruction provides music learning and enjoyment that nurtures the child’s total development. The teacher creates an environment in which children explore the world through music. Whether listening or moving, vocalizing or playing an instrument, creating or reading music, the focus is on a process, not on performance. When the environment
speaks to the children, they respond with an enthusiastic and creative spontaneity. Kindermusik has its pedagogical roots in the methods of Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Off, Emile Jacque-Dalcroze, and the Suzuki method. These methods, along with the current Kindermusik curriculum, incorporate movement and music in the curriculum. The benefits of early music education are seen throughout a child’s development in the form of increased self confidence, enhanced reasoning, the ability to make distinctions between details, and a general sense of balance.
The Kindermusik curriculum involves the teacher, the children, parents, and caregivers. The Teacher’s Guide for each age level combines a curriculum with CDs of listening examples for specific lessons. Books, weekly home activities, games, and home CDs are intrinsic parts of the Kindermusik curriculum enabling the musical experience of the classroom to continue at home. Kindermusik also can provide an active, developmentally appropriate curriculum for day care settings ages 2–4, and 4–6. For this program, ABC Music and Me and the Community Music Institute will provide a licensed Kindermusik educator who will go into the day care center and provide a weekly 30–40 minute program in four week units. The programs include on-site participation of all children and their day care providers.
Kindermusik prepares children for the next step in their musical life—learning an instrument, singing in a choir, participating in music and movement classes, or joining an ensemble. Children are enthusiastic about music after Kindermusik. They have been successful in making music and are motivated by the fun of making music with a group of children.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, Kindermusik classes run for 15 weeks with flexible scheduling around holidays. Classes unattended due to illness may be made up through arrangement with a Kindermusik teacher. A minimum of five children is needed to run a class.
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR FALL 2013 CLASSES.
VILLAGE is for children newborn to 18 months. This 8 week program is with an adult. The theme this Fall is Feathers and Do-Si-Do. The musical goal at this age is the introduction of music and the joy that comes with making and sharing music together. If we actually accomplish a steady beat, we exceed our goal.
OUR TIME is for children 18 months to 3+. It is also with an adult and is a 15 week program about 30-40 minutes in length. The theme this Fall is Wiggles and Giggles. That should speak for itself!. With the use of our voices, instruments, our ears and our bodies, we embrace the joy making music. We begin to emphasize steady beat, pitch matching, and imagination.
IMAGINE THAT is for children 3+ to 5 years old. Our students come without an adult for the first 30 minutes and we then invite our adults to join us for the remaining 15 minutes. This semester's theme is See What I Saw. Imagine That begins to introduce the larger musical concepts such as legato, crescendo, presto, along with pitch matching, steady beat and increasing musical leadership and independence.
YOUNG CHILD semester 1 is for children about 5-6, meeting also for 15 weeks without a parent for the first 45 minutes and then joining us for the rest of class. Here we begin to learn about quarter notes, half notes, notes on the treble staff, quarter rests, composition and sight reading. We start working with a glockenspiel, a pre-piano instrument. The is emphasis is on the joy of learning music.
YOUNG CHILD semester 3 is for children ages 6-7. During the once weekly, one hour class we learn to play the dulcimer and the soprano recorder while continuing to learn all the notes on the treble clef. Additionally we are introduced to opera, symphonies, music from around the United States and start our own compositions. We continue to work with the glockenspiel leading to three part ensembles.