Tag: kindermusik

5 Things to Know Before You Arrive

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.

Click here to enroll now if you haven’t done so already!

8 Things You Didn’t Know about our Virtual Infant Class

We’ve run Kindermusik Foundations classes for babies before, but not like this! Unlike our typical baby-focused Kindermusik Foundations classes for 0-1 year olds, our Kindermusik Foundations classes for babies under 6 months focuses on PARENT education!

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

  1. Baby does not need to be awake to attend.
  2. You can attend from anywhere in the world and anywhere in your home, even crib-side with a sleeping baby!
  3. Grandparents and relatives can tune in for some much needed baby time
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. You can turn off or turn away your camera while feeding and still remain connected and reap the benefits of class.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!

More exciting content details will be announced next week via our IG, @singmusicstudio and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/singmusicstudio

Click here to enroll now!

New Virtual Infant Class: Sneak Peek

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
  • Intentional touch
  • Exercise
  • Tummy/floor time
  • Movement activity
  • Instrument play
  • Vocal play and signing
  • Rocking
  • Dancing
  • Relaxation
  • Kindermusik Online introduction
  • Closing ritual

Be on the look out for bonuses and exciting announcements about this new virtual Kindermusik class in the coming weeks!

Enroll before March 31st 2021 for a bonus Tim’s card! Enroll online here.

Music and Cognitive Benefits

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.

For more information on our Kindermusik program and to watch some short class demo videos, visit www.singmusicstudio.com/kindermusik

Here’s another fabulous article on the benefits of music: https://smartparentadvice.com/benefits-of-music/

Junior Kindergarten Kids & Music Classes

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
  • Ensemble development
  • Steady beat
  • Music and the connection to emotion
  • Improvisation

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!

Preschooler = Enthusiasm, Imagination and Fun!

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!

In Kindermusik Level 3, here’s how we support the facts above about preschoolers:

  • We listen!
  • We allow children the time they need to process and respond and provide oral stories to facilitate mind pictures and imagination.
  • We are patient, kind and answer the questions.
  • We provide fun activities and structure to foster self control and inhibitory control.
  • We introduce new musical language and vocabulary in our songs, rhymes and stories.
  • We have 12 different units of music classes with new themes each month, exploring both new and familiar preschool appropriate material.
  • We support each child’s emotional development by observing, listening, acknowledging and providing tools to both parent and child on foster each individual’s needs.
  • We provide a safe and loving environment for learning with focus on happy children to foster learning!
  • We notice when each child is helpful and foster that by talking about how good it makes us feel to be helpful.

New Kindermusik Level 3 classes begin in September and we can’t wait to share our time with your preschooler!