Are you looking for one special thing to share with your child?
One that will let you both:

Dance and Move ~ Sing and Rhyme ~ Play Instruments ~ Imagine and Explore ~ Laugh and Learn!

You’ll find all of this and more each week in Kindermusik classes! Designed by experts in early childhood music and education, trusted by families for over 28 years, winner of several national parenting awards, Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement for young children.

Kindermusik introduces your child to the joy and adventure of music and then moves at his pace, affirming and building on his interests, ideas, and skills. From birth through age seven your child can grow and learn without pressure to perform, only encouragement to explore and discover. You’ll witness a developmental evolution in language skills, literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem and a love of music!

In Kindermusik you’ll find:

  • Small class sizes (10 or fewer per class)
  • Highly qualified, certified teacher: Allyson MacCauley, BA in Music, Degrees in History Education and Political Science, with several year teaching and performance.
  • Parents and children who love spending time together and making new friends
  • Home materials which include high quality music recordings on CD and follow-up activities
  • Classes designed for each developmental stage

Kindermusik Family Time

Newborn to 7 Years

Come and bring all the children to the same class! We’ll play instruments together, dance together, share, and take turns, and see how music can bring you closer as a family.  This one-room schoolhouse approach to music allows for older children to show the little ones how it’s done and the younger ones are eager to learn. Family Time is a multi-layered learning environment. Basic musical concepts are presented each week along with the instruments and the structured free time to put those concepts into play. Your children will listen to instruments and to each other, learn from their peers and older children, and enjoy music and movement with hoops, scarves and tumble-around play. Story time and family jams, puppet play and happy singing—all the Family Time activities encourage discovery and exploration and foster sharing and social skills too. In this special place for musical, social and emotional learning, your children will  strengthen their ties with each other and with you-and they’ll start developing the skills they’ll need in school and on the neighborhood playground.

Kindermusik for the Young Child

Curricula for Four Distinct Age Levels

Semester 1: for K and 1

Time:  Thursdays 3:15 pm

 

Kindermusik for the Young Child is a sequential program with four 15-week semesters.

The first year provides foundation for studying piano; the third and fourth are an introduction to string and wind instruments.

While each semester builds on the previous, there is sufficient review that new children may join in semesters two and three. Each semester continues to involve children in singing, listening, playing instruments, and moving expressively.

All “At Home” materials include a folder, attendance stickers, ID stickers, home DC, and family songbook. In addition there is the one-time purchase for semester one, of carry-bag and glockenspiel. And in semester three, the dulcimer kit; semester four, the recorder.

Semester 1 broadens the child’s musical experience through the introduction of the glockenspiel. Basic rhythmic and pitch notation are explored through movement, games, and manipulatives.

Children also learn about percussion and brass instruments and are introduced to Mozart and some of his music, including The Magic Flute.

Semester 2 further develops the child’s instrument-playing skills while developing the greatest instrument of all—the voice! Concepts of piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo, and legato/staccato are featured. Information about string and wind instruments is shared as well as an introduction to Beethoven.

Peter and the Wolf provides an exciting introduction to the whole orchestra. Pressure-free, developmentally appropriate concepts help effectively prepare children for formal music instruction after age seven.

Semester 3 introduces the dulcimer (a 2-string, corrugated cardboard instrument to assemble and decorate at home that has a remarkably fine sound.) Other concepts include call and response, improvisation, meter, further staff notation, and a touch of Tchaikovsky. Topics include the music of Appalachia, the sea, our Afro-American heritage, Native Americans, and the world of dance.

Semester 4 brings the sounds of wind through the playing of the recorder! Many new musical terms are learned, as well as all the notes of the C scale.

Kindermusik Imagine That!

Curricula for Four Distinct Age Levels

For 3 - 5+ (families sharing in the final 15 minutes)

Time: Thursdays 2:15 pm

HELLO WEATHER, LET’S PLAY TOGETHER!  explores sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more, in this delightful weather-related musical adventure.  Imagine creating musical storm sounds with a drum.  picture your child exploring the pitter patter of rain and the whoosh of the wind.  Dance along with jingle bells while gliding along an imaginary ice pond, or enjoy throwing pretend snowballs.  At home they’ll create wind chimes, rain hats, sleight bells, and snow boots.  This unique unit emphasizes music in many ways.  Children will explore the long smooth sounds of legato and the short, quick sounds of staccato.  They’ll learn about fast and slow tempos and the terms for these tempos.  The use of ankle bells will help develop steady beat in the lower half of their bodies.  And they’ll experience instruments with a variety of different timbres.  It’s all part of Hello, Weather! Let’s Play Together.

Kindermusik Our Time

Curricula for Four Distinct Age Levels

MILK AND COOKIES

Imagine the aroma of baking cookies, the coziness of the family kitchen, the chatter among sisters, brothers, grandmas, granddads, mom, and dad, and the anticipation and excitement of having friends come to visit.  These moments at home are times to be shared and treasured.  These special moments are captured in Milk & Cookies.

As in other units of Our Time, the central focus of Milk & Cookies is the toddler’s need for security balanced with his need for independence.  Milk & Cookies promotes interaction between parent and child where the parent gently guides his child’s learning through familiar everyday home activities such as cooking, dusting, and washing clothes.  Eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping, and making tea are all represented in familiar songs, dances and instrumental exploration.

Kindermusik Village

Curricula for Four Distinct Age Levels

For the new born to 18+ months (with parent/ caregiver)

Time:  Thursdays 10:15 am

ZOOM BUGGY! explores the many ways Baby and Parent can Zoom!  Experience the “vroom” of a rocket ship, a train, a wagon, and a canoe—all through a variety of instruments, songs, and dances.  You and your baby move in all these ways to help him develop balance, strength, coordination as well as vision and depth perception.  As we zoom along, you, the parent, provide all the special effects—making the zooms and the squeaks—noises that your baby uses to begin making sense of language.  Plus, you’ll learn songs you and your baby can sing together when you’re strolling, taking a ride, or pulling a wagon, so that music isn’t just in the classroom.  It’s in your life


DREAM PILLOW!  Invites you to enjoy bedtime closeness with your baby at any time of the day—by listening more closely, sharing the gifts of singing, dancing, and talking with your baby.  This title brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep.  But leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities.  Babies and Adults will swirl with humongous scarves to a dreamy cloud dance, “Meat Me Tonight in Dreamland.”  They’ll also play baby -appropriate instruments.  It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines.