The Music Clubhouse is not offering Kindermusik classes for spring 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kindermusik®

Q:  What is the idea behind Kindermusik?
A:  Kindermusik is a developmentally based method of enhancing a child’s early years through family-centered music making, offering an enriching environment in which the child can explore, create, and develop a love of both music and learning in general.  We believe that children learn best when they have a love for the process, not just an eye for outcome. We believe that the family is the most important educator for the young child and that they must be involved both as active participant and co-educator in order for a child to flourish in any early learning endeavor.  We also believe that every child has the ability to find fulfillment in music, and that offering the proper environment early on develops the foundation for later confidence and success in more formal music learning.

Q:  What do you do in a Kindermusik class?
A:  Each Kindermusik class includes several important components. Singing and rhymes are used to develop language skills, encourage expressive vocal use, nurture the development of pitch, and increase awareness of the sounds and rhythms in speech.  Movement, including free dance, patterned movement, and musical movement stories, provides the physical experience which children need to explore and understand abstract concepts, allows expression of emotion in self and in the music, builds coordination, and assists in growing social skills.  Instrumental play nurtures awareness of sound quality of timbre, allows individual exploration of ways sound is produced and how that sound can be modified, develops steady beat, and gives a basis for play as part of an ensemble. Early literacy is developed through active involvement in storytelling, both from books and from story boards.  At all times, the developmental stage of each individual child is respected and encouraged within the wider scope of the activity.

Q:  Why is there a range of ages in each class level of Kindermusik?
A:  Kindermusik firmly believes that children learn best when exposed to a group from which they can gain from a variety of perspectives, but where the overall group shares common developmental criteria. Each curriculum level is designed to best suit the stages and goals of the age range they address. Children who are youngest in their age bracket will be ready to flourish in the environment and will be looking to the older children to provide them with a model of new ways to move, create, and explore concepts. Children who are oldest in their age bracket benefit from the ability to fully involve themselves with the imaginative aspects of the lesson, the ability to take a leadership role in developing the ideas presented, and the chance to have true mastery before moving on to a new challenge.  It is a true strength of the program that we are privileged to see many stages of concept development going on simultaneously, rather than requiring only one “acceptable” outcome. A well-matched group can understand the strategies needed to play and create together at that level, have a natural spontaneity while still maintaining the structure of the activities, and is stimulated by the varied abilities and perspectives of its members. What can happen in such a group is enriching musically, socially, and developmentally.

Q:  What are Kindermusik home materials, and what do we do with them?
A:  Again, a foundation of the Kindermusik philosophy is the belief that young children learn best in a family environment, and that music needs to be a part of everyday life rather than simply a once-a-week activity. In order to accomplish this, families must think of their Kindermusik class as the springboard for a week’s worth of play and idea development.  Home materials, carefully designed to suit the child’s developmental stage and the family’s needs, provide the tools for this portion of Kindermusik learning.  Professionally recorded CDs provide music for dancing, singing along, creating and playing along with homemade ‘instruments’, or just for joyful listening as songs from class time are remembered, reinforced and committed to memory. Story books enhance a home library and are much loved developers of early literacy. Home activity journals, books, and cards provide the family with tested ways to expand the week’s themes beyond the classroom experiences with games, parenting information, and craft ideas.  Additional items suit each level’s developmental play style, whether wall banners/picture cards for infants and toddlers, specially designed instruments for older children, or play sets for the creative mind of the preschooler. The home materials are to Kindermusik what lesson books and instruments are to formal lessons, or shoes and leotards are to ballet class--an essential part of full participation in the class as a whole.

Q:  What background and training do your Kindermusik teachers have?
A:  Kindermusik teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, mainly music performance of education and early childhood education.  Kindermusik educators are screened by Kindermusik International for musical ability and the ability to interact with young children.  They are then trained in Kindermusik foundations and teaching philosophy, early childhood development, and teaching techniques.  Once licensed by Kindermusik International, the educator maintains yearly license updates and continues to develop through in-service training, additional coursework, and seminars.  We are not a franchise.  We are professionals who have chosen this teaching technique and curricula as the one we feel is best for developing the whole child through music in the most complete way possible.

Here are some general questions and answers to help you better understand the Kindermusik program and how it works. For specific questions about the programs offered by the Music Clubhouse, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about the Music Clubhouse and its programs.

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