Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do parents have to participate?

 

A: We believe that a parent is the child's best teacher and so parental participation in class and at home is vital.

 

Q: When should I arrive?

 

A: Please arrive about 5 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 before the commencement of the class.

 

Q: Missed the start of term No Problem!

 

A: You can start any time during the term and fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis (Cost of "At Home Materials" is fixed).

 

Q: What should we wear to Kindermusik?

 

A: Children should come comfortably dressed and be ready to go barefoot or with socks only.

 

 

Q: What should I bring?

 

A: In order not to distract other children in the class, please keep toys, drink cups and snacks out of sight in the classroom. Please switch your mobile phone to silent. Parents participating in the “Village” class are asked to bring a blanket for their lap babies.

 

 

Q: I think my child is sick, should I come?

 

A: If your child is unwell it is best for everyone if they stay at home.

 

 

 

 Q: Since my child and I have never attended a Kindermusik class, it is possible to observe one before we decide whether or not to enrol?

 

A: You are very welcome to come and try a free preview class anytime! To reserve a space please call 086 8602725 or email kindermusikwithnicola@gmail.com  It usually takes 2-3 classes for a children to find their comfort zone in a new class. By participating in the lesson and watching the enrolled children who are more familiar with the activities, you will be able to get an idea as to how the children’s skills develop throughout the semester.

 

 

 

Q: I just found out about your Kindermusik classes and the class I would like to register for has already started. Is it too late to join?

 

A: Enrolment is on going, so you can join anytime! You may still register even if the start date has passed. Tuition will be pro-rated.

 

 

Q: How big are the Kindermusik classes?

 

A: My classes are small and intimate. I like to  get to know the children and their parents/care-givers very well. Class sizes range from 5 – 12 children.

 

 

Q: Do you offer a twin discount?

 

A: Yes i offer a 50% discount off tuition for twins.

 

 

Q: As a parent/caregiver, how do I participate in class?

 

A: Parent/caregiver participation is required for the Toddler Wiggle and Grow class (ages 18 month – 3 years old). For this age group, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model.

 

My Pre-school Music Laugh and Learn (Ages 3 - 5 years olds) classes are whats called "independent child classes". All parents are invited to join us for the last 15 minutes of class.

 

For all ages, it is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable in class. Don’t be discouraged - what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. Remember that all children learn at different paces. While it may seem as if your child is not "getting into the class" at first, you'd be surprised at what they are actually learning. Let your child have the time he/she needs to adjust, adapt, and absorb the class environment. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are key to facilitating musical learning and growth.

 

 

 

Q: 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?

 

A: Children are primarily kinaesthetic learners and learn best through movement. A toddler loves to exercise his newfound 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 their own way, and we respect each child’s needs and differences. By using the At-Home Materials, you can be sure that your child is learning in class, and at home. Be patient, and know that your child is learning at the pace that is right for her. We expose her to the activities and songs with suggested learning objectives, and they take it from there, often surpassing our expectations!

 

 

 

Q: What do you do in a Kindermusik class?

 

A: 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 and rhymes 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, both from books and storyboards.

 

 

 

Q: How do I know that it is time for my child to progress to the next level? How do the teachers assess this?

 

A: Our teachers work closely with children and parents to assess how each child is developing. We follow the general age guidelines for each curriculum, but we look at individual skills as well. We have a list of physical, verbal, intellectual, and social characteristics that help us determine when a child is ready to move forward. You may request to see these guidelines and go over them with the teacher. It is important to remember that our primary goal is to foster musical confidence and joy in each child. Expecting too much too soon from a child is a sure way to destroy a child’s natural, innate love of music.

 

 

 

Q: What do I do with the home materials?

 

A: You and your child will enormously benefit from the Kindermusik experience, especially if you make active use of your At Home Materials. Frequent reinforcement at home throughout the week makes all the difference in a child’s comfort & participation in the classroom. Many of these materials have a value that exceeds the duration of time spent in class. They are high quality and exemplify only the best in art, music, creativity and developmentally appropriate instruments and activities. At Home Materials can only be purchased through the Kindermusik educator and are non-refundable.

 

 

 

Q: How did Kindermusik start?

 

A: The Kindermusik scientific method was originally developed in West Germany in the 1960s and is based on the belief that:

 

For the past 25 years, Kindermusik International has developed the modern Kindermusik method, with classroom curricula and award winning books, CDs, games, special age-specific musical instruments, and creative activities, all based on the latest proven research. Kindermusik International is the world's leading publisher of music and movement curricula for parents and their children, ages newborn to 7 years.

 

 

 

Q: Why is music good for my child's overall development?

 

A: The core belief of the Kindermusik approach is that musical learning is not just for music. Exposure to music is a strong catalyst to help develop not only your child's musical abilities, but many other areas of early learning as well during the critical early years.

 

The proven Kindermusik methodology is built on the educational philosophies of Orff, Kodaly, Laban and Dalcroze and the work of early childhood experts such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori, and Brazelton.

 

In fact the latest research has been shown that music is a powerful stimulant for a child's total development. A body of recent scientific research has shown that music can actually stimulate the growth of the brain in such nonmusical areas as language skill, mathematics, cognitive skills, social and emotional interactions, and physical coordination.

 

 

 

Q: When is my child ready to begin instrumental lessons (such as pitched instruments or the piano)?

 

A: "To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand." --- Zoltan Kodaly

 

Three of the most prominent music educators in history, Kodaly, Carl Orff, and Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, dedicated their life's work toward a better understanding of music education for young children.

 

Kodaly, a Hungarian educator believed everyone should attain music literacy and singing should be used as the foundation of all music education.

 

Orff, a German educator believed children should first feel music before they understand it. Through active participation, movement, rhythmtic speech or chant, use of percussive instruments, and improvisation, Orff believed children should be creative in their musicianship.

 

Dalcroze, a Swiss educator believed that moving and singing known as Eurhythmics (or "good rhythm" in Greek) along with inner hearing (internalizing music) and Kinesthesia (sensory experience) are essential to early childhood music education.

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