What to Expect for the New Kindermusik Semester

It is finally time to jump into a brand new semester of Kindermusik! I couldn’t be more excited to get my classes started. Ever since becoming a licensed Kindermusik educator, I enjoy discovering how well the program works in harmony with music therapy. The Kindermusik curriculum is based on research demonstrating the benefits of music at each stage of a child’s development. As both a music therapist and a Kindermusik educator, it is such a joy to facilitate musical experiences that enrich both a child’s environment and development. The classes are designed to give kids a lifelong love of music and a solid foundation for learning. Of course, the fact that music is super fun doesn’t hurt! I love being able to watch parents and children learn, grow, and experience music together.

Whether you’re a returning family, a first-time enrollee, or still on the fence, here are a five things you can expect out of Kindermusik classes this semester:

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
Research continues to prove what parents, teachers, and therapists already know: children thrive with music! It still amazes me that music is such a powerful gateway to learning and development. Singing and vocal play build the phonological processing, language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading. Dancing and instrument play develop motor skills and can aid the development of spatial-temporal and reasoning skills that are necessary in math and science. (If only everything that was good for us could be this fun!) Participating in group musical experiences help kids develop the social and emotional skills they will need in school. Kindermusik activities encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure to spark children’s creativity and imagination. And, of course, they develop a lifelong love of music.

LEARNING
Through all this developmentally beneficial musical play, kids (and parents) learn about different musical concepts (high/low, fast/slow, bumpy/smooth, etc.), and gain exposure to musical styles and instruments from around the world. Children learn and participate in very different ways. Some are quiet in class, while others are decidedly less so. Some play alongside others, and some prefer to do their own thing. No matter how a child chooses to participate (or not), it doesn’t mean that they aren’t learning! Kindermusik class is designed to provide children the freedom to explore and learn at their own pace and comfort level, and to continue the process in their most important learning environment…at home! I’ve had kids who wouldn’t sing in class, but would sing every single word at home or in the car.

BE THE TEACHER
Yes, technically I am the “Kindermusik Educator,” but mostly my job consists of providing tools and resources for your child’s best teacher…YOU! I love the way that both the classroom experience and the At-Home materials are all designed to enable the fun and learning to continue at home. Most children (and parents) are more comfortable singing and dancing in a familiar home setting. By becoming confident in classroom material in the home, kids are able to display more confidence and explore in class!

MAKE A CONNECTION
One of my favorite things about Kindermusik is watching the class become a community over the course of the semester. It provides a safe and accepting environment for children of all abilities to grow and express themselves, as well as a great network for parents to encourage and support one another. Parents have told me they love the special time they get to spend making music with their child.

HAVE FUN!
Of course music is fun! That’s why it’s such a powerful tool for learning! Kindermusik class is a great place for kids and parents (and teachers, too!) to come together and just have a good time while developing a lifelong love of music. The developmental benefits are amazing, but the act of making music for music’s own sake is an experience like no other. It is the one language we are all able to understand, and opens up doors for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.

Is it any wonder why I am so excited to get this semester underway? We are currently offering an Our Time class (18 months to 3 yrs), a Family Time class (fun for the WHOLE family, newborn and up), and a Sign & Sing class (6 months to 3 yrs). Enroll now to join in the fun all semester long, or try out a free demo!

Andrea VerBurg LPMT, MT-BC

The George Center, 12060 Etris Road, Roswell, GA, 30075