Q. What is Kindermusik?
A.Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven. We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Steeped in educational theory, Kindermusik programs use interactive, sensory-rich experiences to build neural pathways and shape the architecture of each child’s growing brain. We offer programs for children from birth to age six, each thoughtfully designed to nurture cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development, while providing engaging learning experiences for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. It is the best beginning to nurture a love of music in a child. , strengthen the bond between parent and child, assist in so many other ways you would not have imagined. The Kindermusik Home Materials allows you to extend the learning at home.
Q. Why do we teach the Kindermusik program?
A.Kindermusik graduates grow up with music around them, learning in a group through exploration and movement. They have mum or dad there to reassure them. The children are able to develop their muscles and enhance their coordination by using instruments that are just their size. They learn pitches, melodies, rhythms, and songs by listening to others and absorbing the rich musical environment around them. Kindermusik is not just rich in musical learning – it is FUN! Kindermusik classes offer children everything they need to appreciate and succeed in music. This is our mission – to spread the power and joy of music-making as a vital learning experience for young children and families.
Q.What are Kindermusik home materials?
A.Home materials are an essential part of the Kindermusik experience. They allow the fun and learning to be extended at home. This is where your child is most comfortable and open to learning. After all, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Chidlren who frequently reinforce and enjoy activities in their home environment will feel more secure in class and will participate more. Physical items include: 2 CDs, a unit book and an instrument. Digital materials include: music downloads (songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class); literature book in e-book format; and activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as: dance and movement activities, finger play demonstrations, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, focused listening games, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend or imaginative play…and more!
Q. How is Kindermusik different from traditional classes?
A.In a Kindermusik class children learn to sing properly, hear and imitate correct pitches and rhythms, experience music of different cultures and genres and prepare for formal training at a later stage. We gently guide children through playful, movement based activities which are developmentally appropriate for their age, attention span, and small motor abilities. We believe children should be allowed to be children without the stress involved in formal lessons designed for older children. Kindermusik offers the broad foundation that must be the strongest part of the child’s musical development and learning. 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.
Q. What do you do in a Kindermusik class?
A.WE HAVE FUN! Lots of fun. But the best part is that your child is learning along the way. We teach children the fundamentals of music, including rhythm, tempo, steady beat skills and pitch. We explore fast and slow, high and low, loud and quiet, legato and staccato, we dance, sing, play percussion instruments, do finger plays, play with puppets, hoops, balls, parachute, bubbles and more! We educate the parent about why we do what we do and inspire you to take the learning home with you. It is so much more than just a music class and allows you to fill the days in between class with more music and fun at home.
Q. How do l find the right Kindermusik class for my child?
A.Age recommendation for each Kindermusik class are made to ensure that children are grouped in a developmentally appropriate way. Your child needs to be at least the minimum age for the chosen class at the time of enrolment. If you are concerned at all, this can be discussed with your Kindermusik Educator. Generally speaking, Foundations is for children less than 1 year old, Level 1 – starting age 1 year, Level 2 – starting age 2 years old, etc. If you are unsure please contact Dorothy on 0425826205.
Q. What happens if a Kindermusik class that l am interested in is listed as being FULL on the Kindermusik website?
A.Contact us directly! Either fill in an online enrolment form or phone Dorothy on 0425826205. We will assess the class and decide if you are able to join the group. Otherwise we will arrange for you to preview a class FREE of charge and then put you on a waiting list. Our groups often change every month as we change themes and materials every 4 weeks. This is a good time for us to assess current enrolments and prospective families on our waiting list.
Q.When is a child ready for formal (either group or private instrumental instruction)?
A.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 experiences. Early musical experiences like those provided in a Kindermusik class will benefit the young child both now and in the future. Many experts agree preschool music enrichment classes, which lay the foundation for musicianship through rhythmic activities, singing, movement and music notation skills, often accelerate later progress on an instrument.
Q.What is the Kids on Keys Keyboard Program?
A.Our Kids on Keys program is a super fun, small group keyboard classes (capped at four) that is based on the Encore on Keys Series Program. Young children (under the age of ten) love the fun, progressive approach of this program. They meet their keyboard instrument right from the start, sing along with the music, participate in story-telling and games, play percussion instruments and engage with the music through gestures, actions and movement activities.
Q.What is taught in Kids on Keys Keyboard class?
A.The key elements of the program are:
Songs – for musical enjoyment, expression and foundation movement activities
Finger zips – small pieces that develop keyboard skills on a micro level
Repertoire Pieces – solo performance pieces
Ensembles – to develop part-playing skills, group interaction and team playing
Flash cards – a proven way to reinforce concepts and develop reading skills and
CDs and MIDI files – these provide an aural model and excite the student’s imagination
Q.Why should l choose the Kids on Keys program instead of private piano lessons for my young child??
A.Because it is FUN Because your child wants to keep coming to class and learn new songs with their friends. Your child will love practicing at home with the fun, upbeat music on the Home CD. It is amazing just how much children learn from each other. Our small and intimate classes ensure that every child is given the individual attention that they need to keep up with the group. The children are eager to go home and practice and learn amongst their peers. Learning in a group is also a great motivator to stay on track with the learning. Let’s face it – practicing at home can easily become boring and a “chore” that everyone at home can begin to no longer enjoy. It requires a fair amount of self- discipline and control to remain focused and motivated when doing it on your own. Private lessons are great but for some children, they can be a solitary thing – just like practice can be. In our group keyboard classes, children can learn with their friends.
Q.Is Kids on Keys delaying my child from learning the piano privately?
A.No! Your child does not need to start all over again at the piano. We cover all areas of learning that would occur in a private lesson and more – like group ensemble playing, singing and dances. Your child will learn to read notes at the keyboard and play a multitude of songs on the keyboard which can also be played on the piano. We explore articulation, dynamics and all the fundamental music concepts that would be taught in private lessons. We build aural awareness, teach solfege, note-reading, tempo, rhythm, skills and technique. In fact, enrolling your young child in our group Kids on keys class accelerates later progress on the piano. When your child is ready, they can continue to learn and move forward with private lessons at the piano.
Q.What happens if l miss a class?
A.We understand that sometimes you are unable to attend class due to illness or holidays. If you give us appropriate notice, we are happy to offer you an alternate class to attend another week if that is an option. Classes are not refundable if you are unable to make it your class. However, make-ups do not expire while you are actively enrolled. We are unable to hold a place in the class should you be going on vacation. Enrollment into a class means that you have committed attendance for a FULL term. We cap our classes and run on the basis that all enrolled will be present each week. We pay for hiring the space and your teacher commits their time and lesson preparation, regardless of the number present each week. We also have a waiting list for a number of our classes. In some circumstances if something prevents you coming to class for a larger portion of the term a credit can be arranged for the following term. For children enrolled in our Kids on Keys program we can arrange short make-ups as need be. Private lessons are rescheduled with at least 24 hour notice.
Q How do l pay for classes?
A.Once you enrol we will invoice you for classes each term. We run within Vic school terms but finish one week shorter – so typically 9 week sessions. Bank details are outlined on your attached invoice. We do not accept bank card so payments are either cash (correct amount in a sealed and labeled envelope) no change will be given as money is not handled in the classroom. Alternatively, payments by Direct Deposit can be made to:
Dorothy Di Lullo
Q Do you offer a sibling discount?
A.Yes! We offer a 10% discount for children in different classes. We have a 30% discount for twins enrolled in the same class. The discounted rate applies for the second child.