15 weeks of classes begin January 27
No classes during Spring Break week and one other week. Session ends before Memorial Day Weekend.
Baby and Adult: Newborn to 12-18 months:
“Cock-a-doodle-MOO” and “Dew Drops” (40 minutes)
Meet other newborns and families in the community and learn how music improves the child development process. In Cock-a-doodle-MOO, hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage in rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.
DewDrops: Stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies. In this class, parents and babies will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” You’ll also hear traditional Irish music, dance a jig and move to the “Irish Trot.” In this class, we find all kinds of ways to experience duration (long and short), and tempo (slow and fast). When these babies are in our Preschool classes in a few years, these words become the musical terms of legato and staccato, lento and allegro.
Two sets of Home Materials: Each has a CD (or download option) with recordings from class, an instrument, plus a colorful picture book related to the curriculum.
Toddler with Adult, for children ages 1.5 to 3 years (busy 1 year olds welcome)
“Away We Go” (40 minutes)
Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This class focuses on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Sing and play along with favorite songs, such as “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Wheels on the Bus”. Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories about ways to get around. Shiny Dinah tells the story of a train, and Giddy-Up! has a horse, speedboat, racecar, and more to help you get where you want to go.
In every Kindermusik class, there is lots of cozy face-to-face time, singing, rhyming, dancing and playing. Home materials include a double CD; two story books—to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book which includes the words and music for the songs; and pair of harmonicas—an instrument for adult and one for your child-coming home in a train box for play-time at home.
Family class has one charge per family ($250) and includes two children up to
age 5 who share home materials.
Preschool: Ages 3, 4 or 5, “Toys I Make—Trips I Take”
(40 minutes: Drop off for first 30 minutes)
Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to build pretend toys, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the student’s sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality. Home Materials: Two books, “If I Had a Big Blue Boat” and “Tippity Tippity Too,” Two Home CDs Toys I Make, Trips I Take Play Set, a Family Activity Book, and a Nino drum with a backpack. Children will explore many musical concepts. While music development is one of goals of Kindermusik, we will work on cognitive problem solving, general coordination, self-control, social skills, language and emotional development as well — all through play!
Elementary: Ages 4 – 6 years, Young Child II, (Drop off for first 45 minutes)
Monday 4pm (60-minute class): Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we'll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the families in which they're grouped—of the orchestra. (Young Child I graduates)
Elementary: Ages 5 – 7 years, Young Child IV, (Drop off for first 45 minutes)
TBD with enrolled students (60 minute class): In this final semester, we'll introduce the recorder instrument. With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, and Africa; plus play special dances and children's games from around the world, including Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador. (Only Young Child III graduates may enroll.)EndFragment