Questions & Answers
1) Why is Kindermusik the BEST choice for my child?
Kindermusik introduces your child to the joy and wonder of music and then moves at their pace, pausing to engage their interests, nurture their gifts, and celebrate their discoveries. From birth through age seven, your child will grow and learn without pressure to perform, only encouragement to explore, express and discover.
You’ll witness a developmental evolution in language skills, literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem and a love of music! Kindermusik uses the power of music to develop the individual your child was born to be.
Research tells us that music is the ONLY activity that stimulates every area of the brain simultaneously –which is why Kindermusik carefully creates each class using music as the key to unlocking the brain, and then gives you at-home materials – that will complement and extend your child’s learning at home.
2) Why is Kindermusik the BEST choice for me, as a parent?
Kindermusik acknowledges that you are your child’s first and most important teacher, and your Kindermusik classes will empower you with the knowledge and tools to bring the love of learning to your child. Life is busy, and family time together is a precious commodity. A Kindermusik class is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering you a place to create special memories with your child and gain new insights into your child’s development.
You will discover a unique sense of community and belonging in the Kindermusik classroom. Not only will your child blossom in this environment, but you will come to appreciate the support and friendship from the other adults in class. No other single activity you can give your child offers the integrated, creative, child-centered experience that Kindermusik does. It’s music that makes the difference!
3) My child and I have a lot of fun in Kindermusik class, but sometimes I wonder…is she really learning anything about music?
To the casual observer, it might indeed look like we are just playing and having a great time. While our approach is playful and fun, every aspect of the Kindermusik curriculum is built upon a solid musical and developmental foundation. While playing and singing, children are improving their rhythmic competency, developing a sense of steady beat, achieving the ability to match pitches, becoming acquainted with timbre, learning a repertoire of songs, experiencing many different instruments, increasing their ability to listen, and of course, gaining a love of music that will last throughout their life.
4) How can young BABIES really benefit from their own music class?
We’ve learned that infants are born with billions of nerve cells and a nearly unlimited potential for connections between those nerve cells. Every time an infant has a sensory experience, neural pathways are formed. The greater the number of neural pathways, the greater the brain power. Rich sensory environments are vital to the brain development of infants.In a Village class, we dance in a social setting to allow infants to understand and anticipate patterns, which preps their brains for math and musical theory. We play with steady beat, which underlies our ability to pick up the pattern of language. This is vital, because unless children can pick up the language patterns, they cannot learn to read and write. The bonding and comforting activities we show you in class help you and baby to work through all the natural stresses that occur with growing and developing. Music increases coordination and balance, promotes literacy and language, cultivates listening skills, and encourages delightful and rewarding interaction with your baby!
5) My child loves Kindermusik class and sings all of the songs and does all of the activities at home, but when we are in class, he just sits there. Is this okay?
Not to worry! He is learning even though you don’t see him participating. Pushing children to perform has no place in an Early Childhood program of any kind. We believe that you – the parent – are the child’s most important teacher, and home is the most important place for that learning to grow.
When you stop and think about it, you already know that success should be measured more by what a child does all the rest of the week than what he does in the 45 minutes at Kindermusik class. And remember, Kindermusik is about process, not performance. Every child can be successful in a Kindermusik class, not matter what developmental level he is on. So have a blast dancing, singing, and playing instruments together at home the way we do in class! Before you know it, the same thing will happen at the studio.
6) I feel my child is ready for private instrument instruction NOW. Why should I choose Kindermusik over private lessons?
In Young Child (ages 5-7 yrs.) we use “real instruments” like an accurately pitched glockenspiel, a dulcimer and recorder. Using the principles of Suzuki, Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff, students explore many facets of the musical experience-speaking, singing, moving, dancing, listening, creating and playing instruments, as well as learning to read and write music. Young Child helps every child develop a confident, joyful voice for singing and speaking as well as essential building blocks for a future of learning.
Kindermusik Educators who are also private piano teachers tell us those children who begin lessons much before 7 or 8 are not any farther ahead of the child who begins at a later age. Kindermusik is foundational to ALL the activities your child will want to do – soccer, private music lessons, reading, math, making friends and more!
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