At what age can my child start Kindermusik?
No child is too young to start Kindermusik. Each Kindermusik class offers age-appropriate activities for children ages newborn to five years old.
What happens in a Kindermusik class?
Class activities vary depending on your child's age. But most classes involve a mix of singing, instrument play, dancing and movement, storytime, and other activities. Activities are designed to develop and strengthen your child's physical and neural functions, social-emotional skills, early literacy and early math, and much more.
How is Kindermusik different from other music programs for children?
So many reasons! Kindermusik is the original music and movement program. We have been doing this for over thirty years. While some music programs put children of all ages together in one room, the majority of our classes are geared to specific ages. This means your child experiences class with “peers” and the activities match his or her developmental stage—just like in school. Kindermusik is very interactive, and encourages bonding by involving parents and caregivers. The program is based on a mix of scientific research and learning philosophies of prominent musicians, composers, and development experts.
How long is each class?
Each class, regardless of whether it is a babies, toddlers or preschoolers class, is 45 minutes long.
How many classes are in each session?
There are 32 classes in the fall and spring sessions (16 in the fall and 16 in the spring), which runs from August to May. There are 10 classes in the summer session.
Will my child learn an instrument like piano, guitar, or violin at Kindermusik?
We firmly believe, and research supports, that a solid foundation of basic musical training is the best path for children. This is why we start with concepts like steady beat and fine and gross motor skills. Kindermusik's Young Child program (although not currently offered at Musical Moments Studio), for ages five to seven years, introduces stringed instruments (the dulcimer) and musical percussion instruments (the glockenspiel). We feel strongly that this is the best approach to shaping the musicians of tomorrow. Starting a child on a finger-based instrument too early, while his hand and fingers are still growing and developing, could actually do more harm than good. Simply put, Kindermusik is the best place to start.
My child has special needs. Will he or she be able to participate?
We welcome special needs children and have found they thrive in the Kindermusik environment! If needed, please feel free to contact Brittni at 330-685-3429 to discuss your child's specific needs.
Do I have to attend the classes with my child?
Yes, all our classes require that a parent, caregiver, or other adult accompany the child. Our classes are specifically designed to spark interaction between the parent and child. You are your child's first and best teacher, and Kindermusik tries to strengthen that bond. Later Kindermusik classes aimed at the older age groups do ask parents to leave for a time in the middle of class, but parents are incorporated back into the class by the end.
Can my babysitter/au pair bring my child?
We know parents today are busier than ever. If neither parent is available to attend classes with the child, it is acceptable that a babysitter/au pair attend class with the child. To the extent possible, we prefer that the same individual attend class each week in order to ensure the child gets comfortable with a routine and the caregiver becomes familiar with the songs and activities.
Can grandma and grandpa come with us? Absolutely! We welcome grandparents into the classroom, but please let the instructor know ahead of time to expect more adults in the room than usual.
What if my child doesn't participate in class?
Children learn in different ways. Simply because a child appears shy in class, that doesn't mean he or she is not learning. We hear from parents all the time whose children are quiet in class, but when they get home the child sings the songs and does the activities! Just remember that the home is the most important learning environment and you are your child's most important teacher. The classroom is intended to give you tools to bring the music and learning home.
Why are the Home Materials/Kindermusik Online resources required?
At the core of the Kindermusik philosophy is the idea that the home is the most important learning environment and the parent is the child's best teacher. The home materials give parents the tools to extend the learning into the home. Using the home materials is the most effective way to get the full Kindermusik experience and ensure your child is truly benefiting from early exposure to music and movement.
Can I try a class first before I enroll? Absolutely. Musical Moments Studio offers free preview classes to allow you to experience Kindermusik firsthand before you decide whether to enroll. We're sure you're going to love it!