Classes

“Wiggle and Grow, and Laugh and Learn Family Music Classes”

Each Kindermusik family class is a happy shared experience full of singing, moving, cuddling, family jams, and more.  You’ll love the time to explore, discover, share, make friends and just be together as you learn and play together.  From newborn to Grandpa and everyone in-between, there’s room in a Kindermusik family class for everyone!
In a multi-age class, we accommodate all levels of learning and musical interest with tips and ideas that allow you to customize the experience for your child.  A family class opens the door for learning and music-making in new ways that are possible only in a mixed-age environment.

“Sing and Play”

This baby to young toddler music class is designed for ages birth to 2 years and includes learning experiences such as:
* Vocal play and language development
* Movement and physical development
* Instrument exploration
* Musical activities
* Child development
* Together time
* Expert advice for taking the learning home

“ABC Music & Me”

Builds early literacy and language skills through music.

Age range: 2 to 6 years
Class structure: 12 monthly units
Class length: 30 minutes (can vary by location)

Created for the child enrolled in a childcare center or pre-K program, and also available in many Kindermusik studios, ABC Music & Me is a research-based language and early literacy program built around music.  This class helps children ages 2 to 6 develop pre-literacy and language skills through a child’s favorite rituals: music and story time.

ABC Music & Me supports the early childhood standards and requirements for “high quality programs” as defined by the National Institute for Early Education. Plus for the older age group, this class aligns with pre-K national and state standards.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Songs and rhymes to develop phonetic awareness and early reading skills
  • Tapping, clacking, and ringing rhythm instruments in time with music to improve hand-eye coordination
  • Focused listening with music to improve skills in following directions
  • Instrument play to strengthen fine motor skills
  • Developmentally-appropriate songs to develop vocal chords and expressive speech
  • Learning that emphasizes storytelling, imaginative play, and taking turns

Registration includes

  • Developmentally-appropriate curriculum for children 2 to 6 years old
  • 4-week semester with 12 different monthly themes (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 30-minute class (can vary by location)
  • Monthly Student Kit that includes a Family Magazine, CD with all the music from class, and an instrument every other month (content many vary for School Edition)

“Kindermusik for the Young Child”

Builds the musical foundation.

Age range: 5 to 7 years old
Class length: 60 minutes

Using a small-group approach to music education, Kindermusik for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers.

The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument.  Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Singing and vocal development.  It may sound like a foreign language when your child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but he’s using the language of professional musicians and composers and getting ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement.  You’ll see your child dance expressively to music, giving him the practice he needs to coordinate his body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but his physical coordination as well.
  • Reading and writing.  He’ll learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation.  Eventually he’ll even compose his own music.
  • Focused listening.  Your child will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
  • Exploring and playing musical instruments.  Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose your child to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide your child with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 7; caregivers attend the last 10-15 minutes
  • 14-week semester
  • Weekly 60 minute class
  • A set of At Home Materials that includes children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester), CD of music from class, canvas bag (during first semester) and games bag.

“Village”

A bonding and learning experience for parent and baby.

Age range: Newborn to 18 months
Class length: 30-45 minutes

Who knew that gazing into your baby’s eyes could be the most exciting part of your day? In Kindermusik, we understand how precious this time is with your little one.  That’s why we created Village.  In a Kindermusik Village class, we take those special bonding moments between you and your baby and add in a unique blend of musical learning activities that stimulate and engage all of the senses.  Your educator will teach you how to encourage your baby’s learning through vocal play, object exploration, instruments, and creative movement.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Variety of music.  Musical diversity builds strong neural networks in a baby’s forming mind, which is why each Kindermusik semester contains an array of styles, sounds, and genres.
  • Instrument play.  Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhances a sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing qualities of sound, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.
  • Dance.  A classroom full of baby and adult pairs dancing together helps a little body develop the muscle strength needed to crawl and walk and helps a little heart to fall in love with the sheer joy of responding to music.
  • Together time.  A Kindermusik class is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering you a place to create special memories with your child, gain new insights into your child’s development, and nurture your child’s natural love of music.
  • Expert advice.  A Kindermusik educator explains “what-to-watch-for” every step of the way and how each activity enhances your child’s complete development
  • Learning continues at home. With the home materials, the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher—you!

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 18 months
  • 16-week semester with two different, eight week themes (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 30-45-minute class (can vary by location) that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • You’ll learn over 30 songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes and do more than 200 activities together by the semester’s end
  • At Home Materials that includes a CD of music from class, literature board book, age-appropriate instrument, and art banner

“Our Time”

Helps toddlers blossom and grow right before your eyes!

Age range: 18 months to 3 years
Class length: 45 minutes (length varies by location)

For your toddler, every day brings new discoveries and opportunities to explore the world around him. Despite their growing independence, toddlers still long for the safety and security of parental closeness.  During this time, she relishes the comfort of familiar things while seeking new challenges.  Kindermusik Our Time encourages her to be creative, to initiate her own ideas and to respond in her own ways, while your active participation gives her the security she needs.  As you play instruments, sing, move, and explore, you’ll uncover an engaging musical world while building your child’s confidence, self-control, and communications skills.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development.  Your child will explore the physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually lead her to discover her potential for beat, rhythm, and melodic ensemble playing.
  • Vocal play. Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection.  In Kindermusik Our Time, vocal play is presented within the context of songs, chants, and activities done in class.
  • Exploration Time.  Your child will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures, sounds and movements.
  • Story time and early literacy.  Listening to stories enhances language and speech development and fosters awareness of sounds, teaches use of language, and sends the message that words and symbols have meaning. The same experiences that help your child learn to read a book also help her learn to read music.
  • Movement Activities.  Each class provides various opportunities for movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games, and even expressive movement.
  • Together Time.  Kindermusik is the essence of quality time, allowing you to make the most of the fleeting toddler years and giving you the time and the tools to make music and memories together in class and at home.
  • Expert advice.  A Kindermusik educator explains how our musically based activities enhance your child’s complete development.

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and toddlers 18 months to 3 years old
  • 15-week semester (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 45-minute class (can vary by location)
  • A set of At Home Materials that includes Family Activity Guide, two literature books, instrument, and two CDs of music from class

“Imagine That!”

Helps your child embrace and develop the creative spirit.

Age range: 3 to 5 years
Class length: 45 minutes

His blanket becomes a superhero’s cape.  A cardboard box doubles as her princess castle.  Pots and pans become a drum set.  And she sings all the time.  Sound like someone you know?  Every day brings a new discovery as your preschooler slowly opens the doors of individuality and independence.  Using the power of music, Kindermusik’s Imagine That! taps into your preschooler’s creative spirit and boundless energy and focuses on developing his learning strengths and self-confidence so he’ll be ready for school, prepared for future music lessons…or able to leap tall buildings.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Pretend Play.  Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor and cognitive skills.
  • Musical Variety and Singing.  Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for your child to explore his many voices and to use a “singing voice.”  Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity and socialization.
  • Storytelling and Literacy.  Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
  • Parent Involvement.  Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. He’ll experience both in Imagine That!  Caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Plus the At Home Materials ensures the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher—you!

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years
  • 15-week semester (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 45-minute class (can vary by location) includes a variety of activities, with the last several activities in class shared with parents
  • A set of At Home Materials that includes 40-page activity book, two literature books, game board play set, instrument, and two CDs of music from class

“Family Time”

Brings together parents and children of all ages.

Age range: Newborn and up
Class length: 45 minutes

When you bring children of all ages together you get a dynamic and integrated learning experience for everyone. So we took favorite Kindermusik songs and activities like “Shake, Shake the Apple Tree” and “hammocking” and rolled them into a fun, energetic family class where every child is welcome and a family’s “together time” is celebrated and cherished.

What you’ll experience in class

  • Singing.  From the first “Hello” song to the last “Goodbye,” exploring a variety of musical styles and genres leads children to find their own voice.  Plus singing helps with memory and recall,physical development, creativity, and socialization.
  • Assorted Movement.Whether moving as a family, as a class, or as individuals, Family Time movement activities enhance coordination skills, create opportunities for imitation and exploration, and give everyone something to smile, rock, bounce, or dance about.
  • Story Time.  Reading aloud to children stimulates their curiosity, expands their knowledge, and broadens their understanding of language.
  • Family Jam Children (and adults) will love selecting a unique instrument and joining in one big class jam session each week.
  • Musical Concepts.  Fun engaging activities bring out the musicality in everyone, from the youngest member of the family to the oldest.  Together you’ll learn more about music as you learn more about each other.
  • Expert advice.  A Kindermusik educator explains how our musically based activities enhance your child’s complete development.
  • Learning continues at home.  With the home materials, the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher—you!

Enrollment includes

  • 10 week semester (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 45-minute class (can vary by location)
  • A set of At Home Materials that includes a Family Activity Guide, two CDs of music from class, two instruments or props and two literature books

“Sign & Sing”

Teaches children and parents early communication skills.

Age range: 6 months to 3 years
Class length: 40-50 minutes

From the moment you meet him or her, you want to understand your baby. What is he thinking? Is she hungry, tired, too cold, content? Early on your baby also has an innate desire to communicate with you.

In a Kindermusik Sign & Sing class (developed by Signing Smart™), we give you and your child the tools and knowledge to communicate with each other using American Sign Language.  Through songs and play, you’ll both learn signs for words like “mommy”and “eat,” and you’ll know if he wants “more” “milk” and when he’s “all done.” This research-proven signing class for hearing children speeds language development, eases frustration, and enhances long-term learning abilities.

What you’ll experience in class

  • You’ll play, sign, and sing.  Using everyday items in engaging small and large group activities, we’ll sing songs and practice the sign as we say the words, play with toys, and help her learn both the spoken word and the sign.
  • Expert advice.  You’ll learn to spot your baby’s most “teachable moments” and the sign language teaching methods ofthe experts.  Plus you’ll learn to recognize and respond to your child’s versions of signs.
  • Communication through sign language.  When your child is chasing a bubble or asking for the ball, you’ll make the sign for it and say the word. So she has the ways to associate the word with the object: she holds the ball, she hears you say the word, and she sees you make the sign.

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate American Sign Language curriculum for parents and hearing children, ages 6 months to 3 years
  • 5 to 10 week semester (can vary by location)
  • Weekly 40-50 minute class (can vary by location)
  • At Home Materials that includes a Family Activity Guide, DVD, and Clip-On Flashcards showing adults and children using signs
  • Over 75 sign language activities and games to play together

“Adventures”

A shorter Kindermusik experience for little ones.

Age range: newborn to 7 years (varies by camp)
Class structure: 5 sessions (can vary by location)

Class length: varies by location and age of children.  In just five lessons, we’ll give you a summer’s worth of music, stories, and activities created to inspire a lifetime of learning. In a Kindermusik summer camp, you and your child will play, learn, sing, dance, create, and share in the fun of making music together. A trusted Kindermusik educator is your guide through each research-proven and giggle-approved activity.

Inspire your child’s love of learning in our delightfully engaging summer sessions. Best of all, every one of our summer camp activities—the music, stories, and crafts—is specially designed to nurture your child’s natural curiosity, eventually drawing her toward learning new words, new concepts, and new big ideas.

Enrollment includes

  • Developmentally appropriate class for parents and children ages newborn to 7
  • 5 session semester (can vary by location)
  • A set of At Home Materials that includes a literature book, CD of music from class, and other special materials