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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What do you do in a Kindermusik class?
  2. How strictly do you adhere to given age ranges for classes?
  3. What is Kindermusik@Home?
  4. Do parents have to participate?
  5. What should I bring to class?
  6. What should we wear to Kindermusik?
  7. When should I arrive?
  8. Can I join a class mid-term?
  9. What happens if I miss a class?
  10. My child and I have a lot of fun in Kindermusik class, but sometimes I wonder...is she really learning anything about music?
  11. Do babies really benefit from their own music class?
  12. My child loves Kindermusik class, sings all of the songs and does all of the activities at home, but when we are in class, he just sits there. What's with that?
  13. My toddler is very active and doesn't always seem to be listening to the activity. He prefers to move around the class. What should I do?
  14. When is my child ready for private instrument instruction?

 


 

What do you do in a Kindermusik class?

Each Kindermusik class includes several important components. At all times, the developmental stage of each individual child is respected and encouraged within the wider scope of the activity.

Singing, rhymes and vocal play are used to develop language skills, encourage expressive vocal use, nurture the development of pitch, and increase awareness of the sounds and rhythms in speech. Pattern recognition in speech is a key element of good musicianship later on.

Instrumental play: nurtures awareness of sound quality or timbre, allows individual exploration of ways sound is produced and how that sound can be modified; develops steady beat, and is the beginning of ensemble play (how people make music together).

Children are primarily kinaesthetic learners, which means that they learn best and more quickly through movement-related activities. Movement, including free dance, patterned movement, and musical movement-stories; provides the physical experience which children need to explore and understand abstract concepts; allows expression of emotion in self and in the music; builds coordination and assists in growing social skills.

Early literacy is developed through active involvement in storytelling from books and story boards.

 

How strictly do you adhere to given age ranges for classes?

Your child needs to be the minimum age for the chosen class at the start of the term. Although the developmental stage of your child is more important to me than their age.

I always encourage parents to have a dialogue with their Kindermusik Educator about their child's readiness to go up to the next programme.

It is important to remember that our primary goal is to foster musical confidence and joy in each child.

 

What is Kindermusik@Home?

Because of Kindermusik's belief that the home is where learning takes root and grows, your course fees include unique, high quality resources (a fresh set for each 4-weekly unit). This includes access to Kindermusik's specially designed online portal called Kindermusik@Home (accessed through my.kindermusik.com). Kindermusik@Home contains Kindermusik songs and activities, music, books, and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more.

Children (and parents) can interact with videos, printable activity pages, stories, music, games and more! The Kindermusik@Home portal is built specifically to make it fun and easy for parents to connect class-time to home-time and to enrich both experiences. Access to Kindermusik@Home is available from your iPad, tablet, laptop, computer or smartphone to enjoy at home, or on-the-go.

Educational activities on Kindermusik@Home include:

  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format, flip through pages, turn audio on or off
  • Why It's Good for Your Child area provides parent information on why these educational activities for kids are useful, important, or developmentally significant.
  • Download Centre provides Printable Activity Pages and, for the first time, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs in the unit.
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types - dance and movement instructions; finger-play demonstrations and instructions; together-in-the-kitchen activities; music time; listening games; vocal play activities; video field trips; find-it/count-it style activities; ideas for pretend play and more!

 

Do parents have to participate?

We both believe and affirm that a parent is the child's best teacher and so parental participation in class and at home is vital. In situations where a parent is unable to bring their child to class, a carer (a grandparent, other relative, a nanny, or a trusted friend) is most welcome.

Cuddle & Bounce classes: the parent/carer is constantly considering "what is the best way to help my child participate in this activity? - and what is my child needing most right now?"

Sing & Play and Wiggle & Grow classes: (toddlers), the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model.

Laugh & Learn (pre-school) and Move & Groove (big kids) is what we call an "independent child class". Whilst we like to be very flexible about parents in class, the aim is to help the children develop their confidence apart from parents.

We always encourage one of the parents to sit in quietly for the class, and assist if a child is needing to go out to Mum or Dad for toileting, etc.

All parents are invited to join us for the last 10-15 minutes (Sharing Time).

Parents are also encouraged to ask their children (perhaps on the way home) what they did during class, which we believe paves the way for this type of open communication, particularly once the children are going to school.

 

What should I bring to class?

In order not to distract other children and because many of our children have allergies etc., please keep toys, drink cups and snacks out of sight in the classroom.

Please switch your mobile phone to 'silent'.

Cuddle & Bounce parents are welcome to bring a blanket for their lap babies.

 

What should we wear to Kindermusik?

Children and adults should come comfortably dressed and be ready to go barefoot or with socks only. Remember, this is a music and movement class, so be ready to bend, stretch, twirl & roll (amongst other movements)!

 

When should I arrive?

Please arrive about 5-10 minutes early in order to get full value from the class.

You will find that you and your child will settle much better if you have time to relax together before the commencement of the class.

 

Can I join a class mid-term?

Yes you can, subject to space being available in a class. Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis.

 

What happens if I miss a class?

Tritones has a flexible catch-up (or make-up class) policy. Missed classes, where appropriate notice has been given, can be done on another day in an age-appropriate class at any of our locations. (Prospect, Blackwood or Aberfoyle Park).

Simply give us a call or email in advance to schedule make-ups.

Refunds are not given for missed classes, and catch-ups (or make-ups) do not transfer into the next term.

 

My child and I have a lot of fun in Kindermusik class, but sometimes I wonder...is she really learning anything about music?

To the casual observer, it might indeed look like we are just playing and having fun. While the approach is necessarily playful, every aspect of the Kindermusik curriculum is built upon a solid musical and developmental foundation.

While playing and singing, children are improving their rhythmic competency, developing a sense of steady beat, achieving the ability to match pitches, becoming acquainted with timbre, learning a repertoire of songs, experiencing many different instruments, increasing their ability to listen and, of course, gaining a love of music that will last throughout their lives.

 

Do babies really benefit from their own music class?

We've learnt that infants are born with billions of nerve cells and a nearly unlimited potential for connections between those nerve cells. Every time an infant has a sensory experience, neural pathways are formed. The greater the number of neural pathways, the greater the brain power. Rich sensory environments are vital to the brain development of infants.

In a Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce class, we dance in a social setting to allow infants to understand and anticipate patterns, which prepares their brains for math and musical theory. We move in many ways to assist the development of the child's vestibular system. We play with the steady beat, which underlies our ability to pick up the patterns of language. This is vital because unless children can pick up the language patterns, they cannot learn to read and write. The bonding and comforting activities we show you in class help you and baby to work through all the natural stresses that occur with growing and developing. Music increases coordination and promotes literacy and language, cultivates listening skills, and encourages delightful and rewarding interaction with your baby and with the rest of the class.

 

My child loves Kindermusik class, sings all of the songs and does all of the activities at home, but when we are in class, he just sits there. What's with that?

Not to worry! Although this is sometimes frustrating to parents because of our performance-oriented society, developmentally, requiring children to perform has no place in an early childhood program.

Kindermusik is about process, not performance. Children are encouraged to participate in their own way. Children are all different little beings and our classes cater for differing energy levels, moods and personalities. Some children prefer to sit back and observe, and that's how they learn. Others step right in and want to experience everything!

Children who are quiet in social settings often find Kindermusik class is a great environment to build their social skills by doing circle dances, interacting with other children during instrument exploration time and build their confidence in an encouraging environment. On the flipside, a very busy child can benefit from rocking time, learning to listen, relax and just 'be'.

Kindermusik teachers are always thrilled to hear how much children enjoy their Kindermusik experiences at home, regardless of how children participate in class.

We believe the parent is the child's most important teacher, and the home is the most important place for that learning to be practised and grow.

 

My toddler is very active and doesn't always seem to be listening to the activity. He prefers to move around the class. What should I do?

Children are primarily kinaesthetic learners and learn best through movement. A toddler loves to exercise his new-found freedom in self-propelled movement, and we encourage this.

These classes are not about just sitting and listening. Children learn peripherally, meaning that they are absorbing information like sponges through all 5 senses, even if it appears to us that they are not actively engaged.

Parents often tell us that their child repeated a song or activity at home, although they appeared distracted during class. They are learning in their own way and we respect each child's needs and differences.

By using the Kindermusik @ Home materials, you can be sure that your child is learning at the pace that is right for him/her. We expose the children to activities and songs with suggested learning objectives, and they take it from there, often surpassing our expectations!

In class, please also feel free to re-direct your child, particularly toward listening time, or story-time. We believe that you are your child's best teacher, so as a patient and attentive role-model, your child will be learning from you.

 

When is my child ready for private instrument instruction?

As a general rule, children are not ready for the disciplined training of formal musical instruction until at least the age of 6 or 7. Although aptitude varies among individuals, all children have the ability to achieve musically and will be greatly influenced by the timing and quality of their early experiences.

"Kindermusik offers the broad foundation that must be the strongest part of the child's musical development and learning," says Dr. Elaine Harriss, Director of Educational Standards and Professional Development for Kindermusik International.

"This foundation - developing a solid sense of rhythm and pitch, nurturing the young singing voice, moving the whole body to music and enjoying music with a group - is essential for musical growth throughout the rest of the child's life." Dr. Harriss, also a piano teacher, recommends that young children have Kindermusik classes first, before more formal musical instruction.

Early musical experiences such as those that Kindermusik classes provide will benefit the young child both now and in the future. Many experts agree "preschool music enrichment classes, which lay a foundation for musicianship through rhythmic activities, singing, movement, and music notation skills, often accelerate later progress on an instrument." Our own experience confirms this, too.

Kindermusik graduates have grown up with music around them, learning in a group through exploration and movement. They have always had Mum or Dad there to reassure them. The children have been able to develop their muscles and enhance their coordination by using instruments that were just their size. They have learned pitches, melodies, rhythms, and songs by listening to others and absorbing the rich musical environment around them. Kindermusik classes have offered them everything they need to appreciate and succeed in music.