At The Musik Nest we are excited to offer the Kindermusik program and approach which is supported by scientific research that reveals exposure to music at a young age enhances the EVERY area your child’s developing brain, not only in early musical learning but in other vital areas including language, listening skills, social, emotional, cognitive, motor, and physical.

The perspectives of nationally acclaimed early childhood development specialists, as well as families who have enjoyed classes at The Musik Nest share their experience of Kindermusik with you.




 

What our Families say

“The Musik Nest has marvelous music educators! They vary lessons, involve and stimulate children, educate parents, and each class is upbeat and fun! Classes are action packed~ we are grateful for the wonderful teachers and terrific curriculum.”
Janell Shiers - Bellevue, WA

"Sophie began "Kindermusik" at 3 months. The music, instruments, motor and sensory activities are stimulation that my daughter is getting because of THE MUSIK NEST! Thank you for giving my child the love of music, sound and 'rhythm'."
Raquel Koz - Bellevue, WA

"Ms. Rebecca has put together an outstanding program. She knows how to fully engage the children in class, and is always cheerful and full of energy. My 3-year-old has attended class since she was 3 months old, and has come away with a love of music."
Brian Harriss - Sammamish, WA

“For four years Ms. Rebecca has been a weekly dose of fun and music! Both my daughters are currently enrolled and can't wait to visit "Ms. Becca's house" again. You will not be disappointed! ”
Kim Ayars - Snoqualmie, WA

“Ms. Rebecca is a fabulous musician & nurturing caregiver. She is very warm & compassionate. My daughter, 4 yrs, has been with Ms. Rebecca since 3 wks old. I recommend her 100% & I plan to have my daughter with her thru the entire curriculum!”
Karen Warwick - North Bend, WA

“Currently, our third child is taking Miss Rebecca's class. She is knowledgeable, fun, energetic and well-loved by our family. Parents and their children return to her classes again and again.”
Anne Shakib - North Bend, WA

“Ms. Rebecca has been an important part of my family's life for the past 5 years. My husband and I credit her with helping to reinforce the ideas of kindness, sharing, and friendship. Ms. Rebecca is one of a kind! We couldn't be happier with our Kindermusik experience!”
Beth Golde - Bellevue, WA

“Ms. Rebecca Heib is an excellent music educator -- fun, energetic, engaging, attentive, and organized. She knows exactly how to encourage and develop the musical talent in each child as they progress through the semester. Our family adores her.”
Sonali T. Sikchi - Issaquah, WA

“Kindermusik has been a positive, rewarding and fun experience for both my sons and ME! Our teacher, Ms. Rebecca, brings much love and spunk to the class each and every time.”
Silvana Barbieri - Sammamish, WA

 

What the Experts say

Development of the Whole Child
“Kindermusik is elegant in its integrated approach to a child’s development. Physiologically, touch, movement, rhythm and sound are the keystones to developing a healthy vestibular system and optimizing nervous system and brain growth. The importance of having families working together, where everyone benefits from the sense of belonging, gets directly at the heart of what we, as a society, need at this time to raise healthy, loving children and ensure a world of peace. All of this is provided in the Kindermusik program.” Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., Biologist, educator and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and The Dominance Factor

Cognitive and Listening Skills
“Kindermusik addresses a child’s development in many various and powerful ways. Repeated exposure to musical activities develops important cognitive and behavioral skills. Some musical activities can help develop inhibitory control - the ability to control or stop one’s movements. Also, changing volume, rate and pitch in songs and activities teach a child discrimination, a crucial factor to listening and language processing. ”Ed Dougherty, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist

Emotional Development
“A major task for toddlers, that can confuse parents at first, is resolving the conflict between their passionate desires for closeness to their parents—after all, they are still barely out of babyhood and their equally fierce drive for independence. Activities such as those in the Kindermusik Our Time curriculum provide toddlers this opportunity. A child can move into the circle during story time and actively participate if he wishes, or he can stay close to Mom or Dad and listen to the story being read. Given this security, most toddlers will naturally move to greater, and more appropriate, independence as they approach preschool age.” Melissa R. Johnson, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, Cary, NC

Language Development
“Playing with objects such as the scarf play in Kindermusik Village encourages a baby to make sounds and words and helps her anticipate outcomes which are central to conversational development and language acquisition. Varying pitches between high and low in Kindermusik class stimulates these first foundations for a baby or young child’s learning the variety of sounds of language. ”Dan DeJoy, Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathologist

Physical Development and Coordination
“Current research has shown that movement is the key to learning at any age. Our brains fully develop through movement activities such as crawling, rolling, turning, walking, skipping, reaching, and much more. When children and adults participate in Kindermusik classes, they are developing both sides of their brains through structured and creative music and movement activities. Television, video games and computers have helped to produce a generation that struggles with learning problems, hyperactivity and obesity. Many of these problems can be helped through systematic music/movement exercises and patterns. Kindermusik classes have always been fun. Now I feel strongly that they are also part of our essential learning process!” Anne Green Gilbert, Movement specialist, author of Creative Dance for All Ages, and director Of Creative Dance Center

Musical Development
"One of my strongest impressions of Kindermusik's work is the variety of musical selections that are there for children. Kindermusik provides a rainbow of musical colors rich in diversity and culture so that their listening, movement, singing and playing possibilities are grounded in history and across the globe. These musical beginnings set children straight for a lifetime of well-considered choices in their musical and cultural valuing." Patricia Campbell, Ph.D.Professor of music at University of Washington and author of "Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children's Lives, Lessons from the World"