Spotlight on Parenting through Music: Village

Your little one learns by playing. Through play, she develops cognitive and language skills and practices a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and visual tracking. However, around the time we traded in our Barbies and Transformers for iTunes downloads and the latest fashion trends, we momentarily forget how to play like a child.
Each week in class, we help unlock those repressed memories and show you age-appropriate ways to play together that can easily be incorporated into your daily lives. In order to be a Kindermusik educator, we train and continue with professional development to make sure as teachers, we are the best. To your child, you are the best teacher and her favorite playmate. We know that, too. So, slip off those shoes (or leave them on!), and just press play.
Everyday connection: It’s Play-o’clock Somewhere. 2am feedings aside, any time is playtime to your child. Waiting in line at the store becomes the perfect time for a modified version of the Duck Dance. Try a little lap bounce at the doctor’s office as you wait. Even cleaning the house can be playtime when you change the lyrics to a favorite song: “Gee, but it’s great to pick up toys in your room.”

Making the Most out of Kindermusik

Here are some tips on how you can make the most out of your kindermusik class:


  • Scaffold with your child.
    Instead of telling your child what to do, lead your child to discover what to do. When we are exploring egg shakers together in class, it’s so easy to say to your child, tap your egg shaker on your knees or tap on your shoulders. But your child isn’t getting the opportunity to problem solve when we give the answer so readily. Instead, try saying, I like how you are tapping on your knees, now can you find another body part to tap on? Or, how else can you make your egg shaker move across the floor?
  • Model active listening.
    By modelling, you are helping to support your child’s learning by showing them how to listen. SInce listening is a learned behaviour, it is important that we begin by showing them how to do so. When we are quietly listening together and using our facial expressions to show our enthusiasm, we are actively engaging our children in listening along with us. An important step in listening skills.
  • Be present during story time.
    Help your child’s focused attention on the story by focussing your attention on the story. Another great example of modelling behaviour. Join in closely around the story blanket and help create a beautiful, calm, story loving environment for nurturing our young readers.
  • Become fully engaged in the classroom experience.
    The more you participate, the more your child will participate. Sometimes grown-ups are asked to do things in kindermusik that may be outside of their comfort zone as an adult, like crawling on their hands and knees or rolling on the floor. Did you know crawling increases the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain and that rolling actually helps your child develop balance and coordination as well as brain development? But some children hesitate to participate because their parents hesitate to participate. It’s definitely more likely that your child will feel emotionally supported and confident if you are fully engaged. Setting the stage for support, bonding, communication and confidence that will carry your child through childhood, the teenage years and into adulthood.
  • Sing out, regardless of your ability.
    There is no vocal judgement in kindermusik class. We are all here to enjoy and appreciate music. Your baby/child loves you and your voice no matter what. So sing out, embrace the music and help your child develop a confident love of one of the most amazing and powerful gifts we can give our children – music.


6 Year Olds’ Piano Duet in Action!

Piano Duo

The 2 piano students each take their own private piano lesson at the Sing Music Studio. These girls do not just share a love of music but they are also very close friends. So they’ve made it their own tradition to play a duet at each of our bi-annual recitals (of which there have only been 2 so far). You can see very clearly in this video that they are both dedicated to their craft. Each are diligent practicers with an ear for music. Watch the video to see just how terrific they are – their dynamics are fantastic! It’s also very candid as they thought I was taking photos, not videoing!

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Kudos to the Students of Sing Music Studio!

Wow! I am so proud of all of the students who participated in the Sing Music Studio’s end of year Recital! What a great job everyone did – singers, guitarists, pianists, from young to older! 😉

I do have to mention, though, that I am especially proud of one student in particular. A young boy who was so nervous at the Christmas Recital that he was in tears and had his mom stand up with him to give him an extra boost of confidence. Well, in just 6 short months, this boy made a complete 180! He asked to be first and couldn’t wait to perform in front of everyone. And in the meantime, between the 2 recitals, he got up and performed for his class at school numerous times! The breakthrough he had at the Christmas Recital – which he only had decided on performing at a few days beforehand because he had such performance anxiety – changed his world. In fact, I am positive he will become a musician. This boy is proof that standing up and facing your fears can only make you stronger and more confident!

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How to Incorporate Music into Baby’s Day!

Village Ben
Music is such an important part of learning and it’s never too soon to start adding music into baby’s life! Music can help you calm and sooth baby and also help to open up baby’s brain to new learning opportunities!

● Adding soft calm music such as lullabies or classical pieces while you rock and soothe baby aides in parent/child bonding while also stimulating baby’s sense of balance and coordination and teaching baby how to relax. I bet you didn’t know there were that many benefits to rocking!
● Bath time is full of learning opportunities. Adding music to bath time by singing a little ditty about body parts helps your baby learn about body awareness while also exploring language, musical and sensory stimulus. And multi-faceted learning experiences that engage all of baby’s senses are the most successful ones!
● Add a rhyme and and exercise to changing time. Babies all go through that phase of squirming and crying and giving you a tough time changing that diaper. So why not give them something to anticipate. Give them an instrument to hold and recite a nursery rhyme while you change them. At the end of diaper change, do a little exercise to the beat or rhythm of the rhyme. Moving baby’s limbs will help her gain muscle control and feeling the beat will help her develop her own sense of time leading to the ability to mover herself to the steady beat – an important part of creating music but also important in learning to dance, play sports and coordinate her body.
● Sing good morning and goodnight! Routine is so important in baby’s day. His routine helps set a sense of emotional security, creating a successful learning environment. So why not add a little music to your baby’s greeting and goodnight routines. Baby loves your voice, no matter what your singing ability is, so sing sing sing and foster a love and appreciation for music!

Studies have proven that young children who participate in music classes like the ones we offer at Sing Music Studio actually improve brain functioning and help your child to excel at learning when they reach school age. So it certainly makes sense to add a music class into your baby’s weekly schedule. In our baby music classes, you’ll learn that each of our many songs and activities have a purpose and how you can easily work those activities into your baby’s day at home. Plus you will receive a CD, instrument and storybook to help you further the musical interaction at home! So what are you waiting for? Join our baby music classes and baby summer camps at the Sing Music Studio to create the best possible future for your child!