Our Virtual Kindermusik Foundations class for parents of babies under 6 months is coming up! Here’s an important list of 5 things to know before you arrive:
Baby can be easily fed on demand privately without missing any of the in-class experience by simply turning off the camera or turning away the camera while feeding.
Join us while baby is awake and alert or crib-side while baby sleeps. You will gain plenty of invaluable information in this class whether baby is awake or asleep.
If you have older children, they can easily join in with their own doll or play on their own. No need to get a sitter during class time.
Sweats, no make-up… no problem! Be comfortable and join as you are.
We recommend purchasing the baby instrument set (includes mirror, ball, shaker, bell, scarf) from the www.kindermusik.com store. Or alternately having similar items (that can be homemade) on hand during the class.
We always include child development and parenting tips sprinkled throughout our Kindermusik classes but this class will delve in much deeper. New parents can expect much needed everyday parenting resources, more conversation on whole-child and brain development and so much more though our musical approach!
Here are 8 things you didn’t know about our Virtual Infant Class
Baby does not need to be awake to attend.
You can attend from anywhere in the world and anywhere in your home, even crib-side with a sleeping baby!
Grandparents and relatives can tune in for some much needed baby time
You get access to 2 sets of Kindermusik Online that include all the music from class, ASL videos, additional activities, additional benefit information, stories and more!
You can easily use household items to participate: light scarves or blankets, shakers made out of an empty container filled with beans or pasta, empty boxes or containers to bang like drums. Creativity is welcomed!
You can turn off or turn away your camera while feeding and still remain connected and reap the benefits of class.
You can download the free Kindermusik App and access tons of free music at anytime. Once your class begins and your Kindermusik Online access has been granted, you can also listen to your class music in the app with your class registration login!
This class includes access to a private Facebook group with all sorts of great parenting resources!
Bonus for everyone who enrolls: receive a free baby bib!
Bonus for those who enroll before March 31st: receive a $10 Tim’s card!
We are so excited to announce this fabulous and informative new virtual Kindermusik class! This specialty class for new parents of babies up to 6 months provides a sense of community, resources and support right from the comfort of your own home. Discover musical ways to support your baby’s development and foster bonding during this crucial time.
Here is a sneak peek into our new virtual infant class content on day one:
Class greeting ritual
Vocal play and signing
Kindermusik Online introduction
Be on the look out for bonuses and exciting announcements about this new virtual Kindermusik class in the coming weeks!
In particular, musical experiences can help a baby develop linguistic skills ahead of their peers. The University of Washington conducted a study on 9 month old children, and the takeaways included enhanced brain recognition of new speech patterns. In short, the rhythmic patterns presented in baby music classes helped young children recognize speech patterns, because language has inherent rhythm. Researchers chose tunes in triple meter for the purposes of their study.
Music classes can also help young children develop socially. In this case, children will be making music and dabbling with rhythms alongside their parents and sibling, which has immense benefits for their emotional and social development. Students joining us for Kindermusik classes at our studio in Mississauga have the benefit of interacting with peers in a communal sense.
There’s also the fact that when children are engaging with rhythm instruments and other purposeful toys, their motor skills will develop more quickly. It’s a great opportunity for your child to expend some of his or her bottomless energy supply in a wholesome and practical way.
Will Music Really Make Your Baby Smarter?
Many studies have been done to this end, and all are either inconclusive or poorly conducted. If your primary reason for enrolling your child in music lessons is to make the child smarter, you could accomplish this goal through other means.
Music classes do have cognitive benefits, but the more important result is that it prods their musical curiosity. You may encourage a lifetime of enjoyment in piano, guitar, violin, or another instrument in your child, and that is certainly worth the early investment.
Self esteem is another overlooked aspect of musical training, and that is perhaps because it is hard to quantify “confidence.” Children who can play and enjoy instruments at an advanced level will have more self-confidence, and this will continue into your child’s adulthood (where it will be even more pronounced).
For more information about lessons and classes at Sing Music Studio, please get in touch.
Did you know that making music is the ONLY activity that taps into ALL portions of the brain? That’s pretty powerful stuff! And that’s a huge reason why we do what we do – we are passionate about music education and the benefits of music. While yes, I’m a pro-musician and I LOVE making music… Our focus at Sing Music Studio is not to create little musicians. Our focus is on the incredible benefits that making music has for ALL children.
Watch this short video that explains about music and cognitive benefits. You’ll also see Kindermusik kids in action.
How Does Music Affect a Child’s Cognitive Development?
In a study led by Dr. Artur Jaschke, scientists assessed 147 young children in Dutch schools. After two years of music and/or visual art classes, they were determined have shown greater cognitive skills than their peers. There are significant issues with this assessment: 147 children is not a significant data set, we don’t know anything about how they were chosen for the study or if other factors, such as socioeconomic status, were included, and we don’t know who they were measured against.
That said, the scientists believed that the children had better short term memory and and less inhibition than their peers.
Music Teaches Discipline From an Early Age
Enrolling your child in Mississauga piano lessons, for instance, will teach them the power of discipline (a true superpower). We make lessons fun and engaging for kids, but the child will still need to listen, follow instructions, stick to the assigned steps, and practice in increments every day. Over a period of time, your child will notice how this regular practice will directly lead to significant improvement on the piano. The same applies for singing lessons in Mississauga, guitar lessons, and more.
This practical application of discipline alone will help your child significant outperform peers in academic pursuits, and these benefits will be noticeable throughout their whole life.
For more information about our music classes, or if you’d like to know more about our baby music classes, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you.
Age 4… oh what fun! Eager to learn. Excited and full of energy. The 4 year old is ready to jump into junior kindergarten! That means the 4 year old is also ready for all sorts of musical fun in our music classes for junior kindergarten kids… Kindermusik Level 4!
While junior kindergarten kids are still processing thought through pictures (the inner voice does not begin to develop age 7), these 4 year olds have a large vocabulary and are now able to carry on full conversations! They are full of questions and curiosity… and ready to learn more about music!
Up until Kindermusik Level 3, our main focus is brain development and child development in our Kindermusik program, and, don’t get me wrong, all of that is still prominent in Level 4, now the children are primed and ready to start learning more specifics about music too! Throughout the course of the Level 4 year, children are introduced to so many exciting styles of music from jazz to opera, classical, modern, folk, world music and more. The Level 4 class sets the stage for the beginnings of new musical concepts, laying a wonderful foundation to move on the either Level 5 or private lessons.
Musical Concepts Learned in Level 4 for Junior Kindergarten Kids
Staccato and legato
Music appreciation and introduction to a wide variety of musical genres
Simple rhythmic patterns, not names and values
Introduction to the musical staff
Exploration of the note C on the staff, through singing and playing
Solo, duet and ensemble singing
Following melodic patterns
High and low
Treble and bass clef
Forte and piano
Crescendo and diminuendo
Introduction to keyboard instruments
Introduction to brass, woodwind, percussion and string family instruments
Learning about famous composers
Ear training exercises
Creative musical expression
Sound effect exploration
Creative movement to differing music/dance styles
Music and the connection to emotion
We have tons of fun in our music classes with junior kindergarten kids and can’t wait for the next round of Kindermusik Level 4 classes to begin!
Preschoolers are so much fun to spend time with! The ever inquisitive preschooler with a fresh perspective on life… we can learn so much from these little cuties! Here we have the child who is now making sentences and has a clear understanding of self-awareness. You probably have started to notice your 3 year old copying everyday scenarios during play and this is the emergence of pretend play. This type of play is so important for a preschooler to explore and develop creativity and imagination. This pretend play will eventually become more complex.
Some facts about preschoolers:
They love to tell stories!
They think/process in pictures.
They are very inquisitive.
They are still learning self control and inhibitory control.
They are still developing vocabulary.
They are fascinated by the world.
The midbrain is in the optimal development stage, which is directly linked to emotions.
Memories are linked to emotions – so emotional state is KEY to learning and healthy development.
They LOVE to be helpful.
At Sing Music Studio, we LOVE preschoolers and we are excited to support your child’s growth and continue to share our knowledge of this stage of development with you in our Kindermusik Level 3 classes for 3-4YO! We know how key the emotional state is to learning. Your child needs to feel safe, secure and loved to thrive in a learning environment. And while our Level 3 classes are much different than the earlier Kindermusik classes because they are drop-off classes, we recognize the importance of your child’s emotional state and we happily invite parents of children who are just not ready for that independent step yet to join us for as long as it takes. Kindermusik is a happy, loving place! And we are here to support your child’s learning needs in whatever way that may be!