Kindermusik Class Descriptions

Kindermusik® grows with your child, with classes for every age and every stage. You can enjoy classes year-round and move your child up to the next class level when he or she is ready. Our Level 2 and Level 3 Mixed-Age classes provide the convenience of one class for you and all the children in your family.

 


Kindermusik Foundations

Foundations:
Cuddle & Bounce

Birth to 1 Year

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You and your baby will dance, rock, bounce, play baby-safe instruments and connect with other new parents who are sharing the same joys and challenges.

Welcome to this magical time—this all-too-fleeting first chapter of life when miracles happen daily! Smiles, tender moments and joyful play together with your little one will make this your favorite time of the week.


Level 1

Level 1:
Sing & Play

1 and 2 Years

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Giggles abound as you and your little one sing, learn new music games (sometimes with tickles!), play age-appropriate musical instruments, move, dance, and rock together. 

You will be amazed and delighted as you take a moment amidst all the fun to stand back and watch your toddler grow and begin to walk, talk, sing, play, clap, tap, and dance—all on his or her own!


Level 2

Level 2:
Wiggle & Grow
2 and 3 Years

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You will love this mix of activities that includes singing, dancing, exploring and playing instruments, and a story time. Despite attempts to be fiercely independent, your little one still needs lots of cuddles and you’ll have lots of opportunities for those special moments.  Your child will also practice active listening, turn-taking, self-control, and social skills, as well as develop their gross and fine-motor skills.


Level 3

Level 3:
Laugh & Learn
3 and 4 Years

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Children love the singing, storytelling, instruments and creative play in Laugh & Learn! Your child will also develop self-confidence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control which sets the stage for readiness in school and Levels 4 and 5 of Kindermusik.

We highly recommend starting your 3 or 4 year old in the Family Style Level 3 class if your child has little or no experience in a class setting.  You attend with your child, and if you have other children, you may enroll them as well.  You may find that you enjoy attending the class together and wish to stay in this class.  Or after a few months when your child has learned the routines and expectations of our Kindermusik classes they can change to the Wednesday Level 3 class and attend for the first 30 minutes on their own.

In the Wednesday Level 3 class we’ll foster your child’s independence through 30 minutes of learning with peers and the teacher.  Then your child will come out to invite you (siblings welcome) to join in the last 15 minutes of class for a Sharing Time.   As you wait for the sharing time, you’ll find a special connection with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler.


Level 4

Level 4:
Move & Groove
4 to 6 Years

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While in younger classes we introduce music concepts in everyday language, in Move & Groove we begin to build a knowledge of standard music vocabulary & notation.  We also explore basic piano keyboard skills and experience music from a variety of cultures, musical instruments, and famous composers.

Your child will experience new challenges as we introduce new levels of instrument play, singing, and creative movement and dance.  We’ll also continue our weekly story time.  As in younger classes, Move & Groove activities are designed to promote  language, social and emotional skills, math and literacy.


Level 5

Level 5:
Kindermusik for the Young Child

5 to 7 Years

Two-Year Curriculum
Detailed Curriculum Overview

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In Level 5, your child will learn to play the glockenspiel (a pre-keyboard instrument), the dulcimer (a string instrument) and the recorder (a woodwind instrument).  Weekly singing activities will help your child explore and begin to develop his or her own instrument—the voice. 

As classes progress from week you week, you will be amazed at your child’s growing understanding of standard music vocabulary and ability to read and write music notation.  They will love to share with you lessons learned such as identifying by sight and sound the instruments of the orchestra or the interesting folk instruments used in the many different music genres and world cultures we study (you might even learn a little bit more about music yourself!). 

This class is great preparation for learning to play piano or band/orchestra instruments.  Following the two years in Level 5, Kindermusik graduates have the opportunity to move up to the Piano PLUS class where they continue the recorder and ensemble playing in addition to learning to play the piano with their Kindermusik classmates.

One of the highlights of this class is how much the children LOVE the instruments and materials they receive, including a Kindermusik carry bag, an instrument quality glockenspiel, and a set of rhythm sticks.    In the second year your child will also receive a dulcimer and a recorder. Every 4 months s/he will receive a new folder, a music CD and a song book. In addition, each week your child will get a sticker to put in a special place on the folder, a home activity card and an activity page. 


 

Family Style Classes
(formerly called “Family Time”)

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From the first “Hello” song to the last “Goodbye,” you and your children will find yourselves smiling and laughing as you dance, sing, bounce and learn together.  Movement activities enhance coordination skills and create opportunities for imitation and exploration. We’ll play a variety of instruments appropriate for each age – even the baby!  Your children will love the storytime which brings life to the monthly theme and also promotes their budding language skills.

It’s hard to find time for things you can all do together as a family, so that’s why Kindermusik is so special. See how music can help your family laugh and play together, learn from each other, and enjoy music together.



Kindermusik Online Brings the Learning Home

A subscription to Kindermusik Online is included in your enrollment in Foundations through Level 4.   You’ll find links to home activities coordinated with each monthly theme that provide stepping stones for growth, building on the learning from one class to the next.

 Each month you will automatically receive access to new music, videos, games and printable activities based on the current theme.  All the activities are thoughtfully and creatively designed to help you and your child receive the full benefits of music and movement in every area – music, cognitive, literacy, language, math, social and emotional.

Children enrolled in Level 5 receive physical home materials including all musical instruments, books and CDs required for the class plus a carry bag.  Each week your child will receive home activity cards, activity pages, and stickers to add to their folder which they will receive at the beginning of each of the 4 semesters in this two-year curriculum.

 


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