“Will my child be behind if they start late?”
Starting weeks into a unit can be challenging, so I do recommend that students join for the first class of the month whenever possible (we start a new unit in every class in the first class of the month). In broader terms though, there is not “right” time to start Kindermusik. Your child will not be behind if their first class is Foundations at 3 months or Level 1 at a year and a half! We will meet your child at whatever age and stage they are at.
“But what do you DO in the baby class?”
Baby classes are all about bonding and exploration! Babies are curious creatures, and we foster that creativity in Kindermusik by listening to and experiencing songs and rhymes, and experimenting with baby-safe instruments and other object play. Then, through activities like story time, massage, relaxation exercises, back-and-forth vocal play, and other parent-child interactions, we foster moments for parents to bond with their babies and take on the role of teacher.
It's natural to question what real benefit a young baby could get out of a structured class like Kindermusik, but it doesn't take long once you get to class to see the engagement all over their faces! In addition to sparking laughter and wide eyes, through participation in Kindermusik you will also start to see increased balance and muscle control, more deliberate movement, an increased confidence in social experiences or trying new things, and clear development in listening and back-and-forth communication skills.
It's also important to note that we don’t expect for all of these “miracle moments'' to happen inside of the 45minute/week classroom. Our hope is that as caregivers, you take the activities and lessons we teach in class home with you (with help from our take home digital materials) and you make Kindermusik an active part of your home and your child’s routine.
“How does the program work if we see it through start to finish?”
Kindermusik is built on a 7-year continuum that sees your child through their first 7 years! Within those 7 years we break their learning down into levels which more directly target your child at certain ages and stages of development. For example, the foundations class is crafted to be the most developmentally beneficial to children ages 0-12months, and then Level one picks them up from there, as they become more mobile and independent, to work on the new skills and challenges that present at this age. Within each level, we break things down even more into monthly units, which each cover a different skill or theme.
“Do the kids learn real instruments?”
Short answer-Yes!- we experiment with all sorts of different instruments in Kindermusik class. However, music notation/ keyboard/ pitched instruments are not introduced until the upper levels/ age groups. While the children are young (foundations to level 3) we keep them to mostly un-pitched, percussive instruments that are body-safe and help to develop the foundations of music making.
“I plan to enroll my child in private music lessons (piano, violin,voice, etc), why do Kindermusik first? Why not start them on a “real instrument” as soon as possible?”
Getting children involved in music at a young age is SO valuable, so there is no real way to “do it wrong,” but I will argue that Kindermusik is “doing it right”!
Learning an instrument “the old fashion way” takes an unbelievable amount of self discipline, patience, and physical coordination that children under a certain age have quite simply not developed yet. The Kindermusik curriculum sees this and works on those skills first! We also introduce the idea of musicality early on, so before your child ever tries to learn which keys are called what and where to put their fingers, they have an internalized understanding of high vs low, staccato vs leggatto, loud vs soft, and so much more. Finally, we make sure that the process of learning music is always fun and in this way we instill the desire to learn music into your child, which is arguably the most important step to mastering a musical instrament.
In short, Kindermusik helps each child develop musically at the right time and in the right way. The result is a Kindermusik graduate with a solid foundation and a giant head-start when moving to instrumental or voice lessons.
I am not currently offering our Kindermusik classes for older children (the “pre-keyboard” classes if you will) but I would be happy to start if there was interest. Pop me an email and we can talk more about how to get your child “lesson-ready.”
P.S the benefits of Kindermusik go way beyond learning instruments. Kindermusik can be foundational to ALL the activities your child will want to do – soccer, dance, private music lessons, reading, math, making friends and more!
“My child has special challenges, can they participate in Kindermusik?”
Absolutely! Kindermusik is beneficial to ALL children and Laura’s Music Room strives for inclusivity above all else. Our space is fully accessible and our lessons can be easily adapted to allow your child to participate in whichever way is best for them. “Meeting a child where they are” is something that we teach all families, and aim to celebrate in every child, so not only is it “not a problem” to accommodate exceptionalities in our music room, we are excited to do it. If you have concerns about your child’s specific needs at Kindermusik, please reach out! I am happy to answer your questions or to do whatever I can to help make your child’s introduction to Kindermusik a successful one! This could include (but is not limited to) meeting you or your child prior to their first class, allowing your child to see and experience the space on their own, and/or providing you with week-by-week lesson plans so we can prepare and identify potential challenges ahead of time. Again, if you are thinking of registering a child with special challenges please reach out, I am always happy to chat.
“Why choose Kindermusik over other early music or child development programs?”
“I only see classes for children ages 0-3, do you offer classes for older children?”
For the time being, Laura’s Music Room is offering Foundations, Level 1, and Level 2 in both in-person and online formats. However, the Kindermusik curriculum has several more levels for older children which I would love to add to the schedule if there was enough interest. Let me know what you would like to see on the schedule and I will see what I can do!
“What are your qualifications to teach kindermusik?”
“I still have more questions!”
That’s a-okay! Please reach out any time with your questions, comments or concerns. You can message us through the contact form at the bottom of this page or on our facebook or instagram (also linked below)! You may also be able to find the answer to your question on our “studio policies” page.
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