Three rules in Kindermusik

August 29th, 2013 by Leslie Margetich

This was posted by Studio3Music in Seattle which is the largest Kindermusik studio.  They could not have said it better, please embrace each wise word:

Three rules in Kindermusik:

  1. Never judge a parent by the behavior of his/her child.
  2. Never judge a parent by her pedicure or lack thereof.
  3. Every child is perfect.

Now that you have those top three rules under your belt, take a deep breath and follow these “rules,” too.

  • When you get out of your car, leave all your parenting anxieties behind so you can just simply cherish this one-on-one with your precious child.
  • There is no right or wrong way to be at Kindermusik except that your child’s way is perfect, just for him/her, just for today.
  • Your baby can sing (vocalize) all she wants. Your toddler can wander. Your three-year-old can tell us endless stories. We love all of it!

But You, Mom and Dad, are perfect, too.

  • There is no right or wrong way to be at Kindermusik except that your way is perfect, just for your family, just for today.
  • You can wear your workout clothes.
  • You can sing out of tune.
  • You can dance like an awkward teenager.
  • Your child is nothing but enamored with you and that’s all that matters.

So when your child does something wacky/loud/out of character, every other parent in the room is figuratively holding your hand and thinking “Whew! I thought my child was the only one that did that!”

And when you notice another child has more _____ (fill in the blank: teeth, hair, motor skills, words) than yours, just remember they’ll all get these things in time.

Kindermusik is a community of support for both the children and adults, so please come to class knowing everyone in the room, especially we Educators, think you, Mom, are a superstar and you, Dad, are a rockstar! And your child–your gorgeous child–well, we’re pretty much in awe of your child. We couldn’t ask for a more precious person than that little genius you’re letting us sing and dance with.

So, again, deep breath. You are your child’s favorite. Enjoy that and the connection you make in class will be nothing short of magical.

I hope these words resonated with you as much as they did for me!   Cheers to chipped toenail polish, baby spit up on every outfit and toddlers creative “self -dressing!” Dance and sing anyway!  With love, Miss Leslie

Top 10 Benefits of Enrolling in Kindermusik!

August 2nd, 2013 by Leslie Margetich

The Top 10 Benefits of Enrolling in Kindermusik

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Kindermusik International

With so many choices out there for young children, we thought we’d try to help make the decision a little easier by sharing our top 10 benefits of enrolling in Kindermusik.

Benefit #1: Kindermusik gives your child that unique head start you’ve been looking for – musically, cognitively, and academically.

Benefit#2: Kindermusik inspires a love of music from an early age with songs, instruments, and activities that are just right for each age and every stage.

Benefit #3: Kindermusik enhances every area of your child’s development – we are so much more than just music!

Benefit #4: Kindermusik gives you the time and the tools to enjoy quality time with your child – in class and at home.

Benefit #5: Kindermusik Home Materials let you take the music, fun, and learningwith you all week long, wherever you go.

Benefit #6: Kindermusik classes provide a happy social outlet for your child and a valuable support network for you.

Benefit #7: All Kindermusik activities are research-proven and giggle-approved, and all are supported by a developmental and musical focus.

Benefit #8: Kindermusik lays a strong foundation for future success in school and in formal music lessons later on.

Benefit #9: Kindermusik is something you and your child will use every day – at home or on the go!

Benefit #10: Kindermusik offers a comprehensive program with the potential for positively impacting your child from newborn all the way to 7 years of age.

Kindermusik - Where Music and Learning Play

From music skills to life skills, it’s all there in Kindermusik.  Best of all, your child will love it, and so will you.

Contributed by Theresa Case, whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

7 Ways to Raise a Musical Baby

February 21st, 2011 by Leslie Margetich

by Neil Moore, republished by permission.

One of the most wonderful forms of self-expression parents can foster within their children is the ability to play music. Happily, it is possible to get started doing so while the baby is still in the womb. Raising a musical child has many advantages – more even than can be accurately calculated. But just for starters, children who retain music into adulthood say it helps them to be happier, more thoughtful and compassionate individuals, and the world certainly needs more of those, I’m sure you will agree.

You can start your baby off on their musical journey by doing four simple things before birth.
  1. Sing or hum to yourself and your unborn child. It doesn’t matter whether you do so loudly or quietly just as long as you do it often.
  2. Listen to a wide variety of recorded music. Play the radio or a CD when you are in the car and fill your home with music. Go ahead and play the music you love best but spend some time reaching for other types of music that you don’t normally listen to.
  3. As Professor Harold Hill said in The Music Man, “Think music.” Listen for music when you are walking and listening to other people talking. You’ll soon realize that there is rhythm in the way we walk, cut a loaf of bread, knock on a door, or in the ‘sing-song’ quality of speech.
  4. If you don’t already know how to do so, learn to play an instrument. If you’ve been playing for years, make it a point to play every day. Playing music is a powerful source of prenatal communication. What better way is there to “talk” to your unborn child than with the music that you love?Once your baby is born, you’ll want to continue the four basic steps already outlined and add a few more.
  5. When you play music, place your baby or toddler close to the instrument. Depending on what you play you might place the child under the instrument or on it so he or she can feel the vibrations as you play.
  6. Dance to the music with your baby or toddler in your arms. Let the child feel the music in his body and associate listening to music with the freedom of movement.
  7. As soon as you are willing, enroll your toddler into a music and movement program such as Kindermusik or something similar.
You’ll want to avoid a formal music instruction at all costs. It is a little-known truth that our
traditional approach does more to stifle natural music abilities than to foster them. After decades in the music education field I can safely say that requiring children to read music before they know how to play an instrument is simply counterproductive. It’s like expecting children to read before they can talk.
Your child may be ready for music lessons when he has reached the age of five or six. At that point, you should be looking for a music instructor who allows your child to play a great deal, long before he learns to read music. To find the best instructor, interview several. Select someone you connect with on a personal level. Be certain that this individual plays all sorts of music without needing sheet music and that they are willing to teach a variety of musical styles from the very beginning. A helpful question to ask during your interview is: How large a
repertoire will my child be playing after ten lessons?”
Best of luck to you and your lucky baby!
Neil Moore, is an Australian music-educator. He is the Founder of Simply Music – the largest, playing-based music education institution in the world. His revolutionary method delays music reading in the early stages, and has students, of all ages, playing great-sounding music from their very first lessons. The Simply Music program has been taught to tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and is making major inroads with students with ADHD, Tourette’s and Autism.