Kindermusik class descriptions

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Kindermusik Village: A Bonding Experience
The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other.
Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal
play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, baby’s
growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged.
Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most
current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place
for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.
Village Unit Descriptions
Village Curriculum Description
Age Range: newborn to 18 months
Class Structure: 16 classes in a semester with two different, eight week themes—length
may vary by location
Class Length: 60 minute class each week
Class Size: Class with no more than 12 babies with parents
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
Variety of Music Musical diversity builds strong neural networks in a baby’s forming
mind, which is why each Kindermusik semester contains an array of styles, sounds, and
genres.
Instrument Play Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhance a
sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing
qualities of sound, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.
Dance A classroom full of baby and adult pairs dancing together helps a little body
develop the muscle strength needed to crawl and walk and helps a little heart to fall in
love with the sheer joy of responding to music.
Together Time A Kindermusik class is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering the
parent a place to create special memories with their child, gain new insights into their
child’s development, and nurture their child’s natural love of music.
Expert Advice A Kindermusik Educator explains “what-to-watch-for” every
step of the way and how each activity enhances a child’s complete
development.
Learning Continues at Home With the home materials, the learning
continues at home with the child’s best teacher—the parent!
Enrollment Includes:
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Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to
18 months
Class of no more than 8 babies with parents
16-week semester with two different, eight week themes (length may vary by
location)
Weekly 60-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
Two sets of At Home Materials—one for each mini-theme—each including a CD
of music from class, literature board book, age-appropriate instrument, and a set
of art banners
Learn over 30 songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes and play over 200 activities
together by the semester’s end
Unit Descriptions
Feathers
The musical poems of Woody Guthrie, bird songs, and the naturally occurring sounds in
nature help babies develop an early appreciation—and accelerated aptitude—for
language, movement, and music in this class.
Home Materials: CD with over 25 specially-selected recordings from class, Little Bird
shaker instrument, a colorful picture book of birds—Feathers, and a set of Art Banners for
the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy.
Do-Si-Do
Pick up your baby and dance. Dance the Charleston, the Tango, and the Cha-Cha and
learn why dancing with your baby helps develop vital learning skills—from head-to-toe. In
this class, play a variety of baby appropriate instruments, a dance with fun props.
Home Materials: CD with songs from class, an instrument—yellow Do-Si-Do clacker, a
picture board book—Do-Si-Do—with lilting move-to-it rhyming text, and a set of Art
Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy.
Cock-a-doodle-Moo!
Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs about
the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage in
rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces,
exercise, and quiet time.
Home Materials: A picture board book with charming farm animals and the sounds they
make—Cock-a-doodle-Moo, a CD of the songs heard in class, a Sunshine Jingle
instrument for music-making at home, and a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall.
DewDrops
Stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies. In this class,
parents and babies will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine
Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” You’ll also hear
traditional Irish music, dance a jig and move to the “Irish Trot.”
Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, a board book
of colorful flowers—DewDrops, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall, and a
Flower Bells instrument for music-making at home.
Zoom Buggy!—Swoosh, vroom, and clickety-clack your way through this delightful unit.
Babies and adults will dance, sing, and play instruments to the theme of being on the go.
Chug around the room to the song “Little Red Caboose,” hold on tightly while “Riding in
the Buggy,” and dance your way to “Zoom-e-oh!” Engage in rituals and playful activities
such as infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.
Home Materials: Colorful board book of different vehicles—Zoom Buggy,Home CD of
the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens
visions and promotes early literacy, and a Zoom Car baby instrument for music-making at
home.
Dream Pillow—This title alone 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 to a dreamy cloud dance “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also
play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery
rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout
the classes. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’
daily routines.
Home Materials: A board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD
of the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens
vision and promotes early literacy, and a Star baby instrument for music-making at home.
Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce
Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the
stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be. That's why these Mother Gooselike stories and rhymes are the main theme of this class. Plus, you'll develop researchproven communication strategies with your child through listening activities, speaking
"parentese," and sign language.
Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged nursery rhyme and songs from class, a
rhyming picture board book—Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce, a set of Art Banners,
and an instrument for music-making at home.
The Rhythm of My Day
This class will help you bring more rhythm and routine to your baby's day, as well as help
develop lasting learning skills. We'll show you how and tell you why music can help your
little one soothe into the day’s schedule and help build a strong body and mind network
for learning. You can bring home those same stress-free play and relaxation techniques
from class, and incorporate them into your daily routines.
Home Materials:CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, The Rhythm of My Day—a
colorful picture board book with class themes, a set of Art Banners, and an instrument for
music-making at home.
On the Go!
Our Time encourages toddlers to uncover an engaging musical world while building
confidence, self-control, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming,
and object identification foster language skills, while creative movement to various
musical “moods” develops a sense of balance, timing, and spatial awareness. Listening
and turn-taking encourage blossoming social skills.
Our Time reflects the emotional foundations of school readiness and the latest research
on music and early childhood development. Our Time is a unique opportunity for parent
and child to interact and learn together in an unhurried and joyful manner.
Our Time Unit Descriptions
Curriculum Description
Age Range: 1.5 to 3 years
Class Structure: 16 classes in a semester, non-sequential
Class Length: 60 minute class each week
Class Size: Class with no more than 12 children with parents
For the toddler, every day brings new discoveries and opportunities to explore the world.
Despite a display of independence, the 1.5 to 3 year old child still longs for the safety and
security of parental closeness. During this time, toddlers still relishes the comfort of the
familiar while also seeking the challenge of something new.
Kindermusik Our Time encourages children to be creative, to initiate their own ideas and
to respond in their own ways, while the parents’ active participation gives the toddlers the
security they need. Playing instruments, singing, moving, and exploring uncover an
engaging musical world while building the toddlers’ confidence, self-control, and
communications skills.
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development Children will explore the
physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually
lead them to discover their potential for beat, rhythm, melody, and ensemble playing.
Vocal play Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words
and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection. In Kindermusik Our Time, vocal
play is presented within the context of songs, chants, and activities done in class.
Exploration Time Children will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures,
sounds, and movements.
Story time and early literacy Listening to stories enhances language and speech
development and fosters awareness of sounds, teaches use of language, and sends the
message that words and symbols have meaning. The same experiences that
help toddlers learn to read a book also help them learn to read music.
Movement Activities Each class provides various opportunities for
movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games,
and even expressive movement.
Together Time Kindermusik is the essence of quality time, allowing parents to make the
most of the fleeting toddler years, giving them the time and the tools to make music and
memories together in class and at home.
Expert advice A Kindermusik educator explains how the musically based activities
enhance a toddler’s complete development.
Enrollment includes:
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Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and toddlers, ages 18 months
to 3 years
16-week semester
Weekly 60-minute class—length varies by location
Home Materials including Family Activity Guide, two literature books, instrument,
and two CDs of music from class
Unit Descriptions
Wiggles & Giggles
The more than 30 songs, 15 dances, and eight different instruments create these unique
music activities, designed to reflect the importance of movement in the life of a toddler.
Home Materials: Double CD features 50 songs, sounds, and recordings of favorite
activities from class; two story books—Watch Me! and Pete and P.J., to develop early
literacy skills; Home Activity Book; and specially-made pair of zigzag blocks—instrument
to develop rhythm and hand-eye coordination.
Away We Go!
Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This class focuses on
transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Sing and play along
with favorite songs, such as “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Wheels on the Bus”.
Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories about ways to
get around. Shiny Dinah tells the story of a train, and Giddy-Up! has a horse, speedboat,
racecar, and more to help you get where you want to go.
Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive story books—
Shiny Dinah and Giddy-Up! to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book, and two
harmonicas designed for toddlers.
Milk & Cookies
Make everyday home activities and chores easier and more fun with music!
Cook and sing to “The Muffin Man”; dust and clean to the original song “In My
House”; get ready to wash clothes to the delightful poem “Washing Machine”.
Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going
grocery shopping and making tea are all represented in familiar as well as new songs.
Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1
½ to 3-year-olds. Capture the familiar and new moments of the day and learn how music
can impact your toddler.
Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two books—At My House and
Cookies, two Home CDs, stir xylophone instrument, and a Home Activity Book—all
arriving in a durable lunch bag.
Fiddle-dee-dee
We'll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically
chosen for a toddler's emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap
bounces we'll help toddlers develop rhythm while further developing their ever-emerging
language skills. With a special stringed instrument emphasis in the music from class,
parents can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help their toddlers stay
happy and engaged learners at home, too.
Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive storybooks—
This Little Piggy Played the Fiddle and Animal Serenade to develop early literacy skills;
Home Activity Book, and a pair of Fiddlestick instruments.
Individuality and Independence
Kindermusik Imagine That! takes the preschooler on a musical journey of discovery and
exploration…a journey limited only by the power of imagination. Pretend play activities
are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, movement, and literature to
capture the preschooler’s potential to learn and to encourage cognitive and literacy skills,
creativity and individuality.
Designed for active, energetic, enthusiastic, and imaginative children ages 3 to 5,
Imagine That! classes encourage socialization, sharing, and participating in group
activities. Singing becomes a focus for enhancing the preschooler's vocal development
as expressive language is just beginning to emerge. The parent and child have fun
participating together in the last 10-15 minutes of class during Sharing Time, where they'll
also learn about Home Activities they can enjoy together throughout the week.
Imagine That! Unit Descriptions
Curriculum Description
Age Range: 3 to 5 years
Class Structure: 16 classes in a semester
Class Length: 60 minute class each week
Class Size: Class with no more than 8 children
Parent Involvement: Last 10-15 minutes of class
His blanket becomes a superhero’s cape. A cardboard box doubles as her princess
castle. Pots and pans become a drum set. And she sings all the time. Sound like
someone you know? Every day brings a new discovery for the preschooler—slowly
opening the doors of individuality and independence.
Using the power of music, Kindermusik’s Imagine That! taps into the preschooler’s
creative spirit and boundless energy and focuses on developing learning strengths and
self-confidence so he’ll be ready for school, prepared for future music lessons…or able to
leap tall buildings.
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
Pretend Play Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development,
storytelling, listening, movement, and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a
child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor, and
cognitive skills.
Musical Variety and Singing Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles
and provide a setting for children to explore their many voices and to use a “singing
voice.” Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and
socialization.
Storytelling and Literacy Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll
hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with
their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
Parent Involvement Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of
peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. The
preschooler experiences both in Imagine That! Caregivers participate in the last 10-15
minutes of class. Plus the At Home Materials ensures the learning continues at home
with each child’s best teacher—the parent!
Enrollment includes:
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Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and preschoolers, ages 3 to 5
years
16-week semester
Weekly 60-minute class includes a variety of activities, with the last several
activities in class shared with parents
One set of At Home Materials—40-page activity book, two literature books, play
set or game, instrument, and two CDs of music from class
Unit Descriptions
See What I Saw In this class, preschoolers use their real experience of playing in the
park to create imaginative, storytelling scenarios with music—go on an imaginary trip to
Grasshopper Park where they sail down the park slide and then recreate
the sound of that experience with a loooong vocal glissando. Each week
provides preschoolers one uninterrupted session of imaginative play that's
guided in a very specific, sequential way—with a special sharing time with
parents in the last 15 minutes of class
Home Materials: Two books—Can You Find Me? and The Ant Picnic Feast, Two Home
CDs, See What I Saw Play Set, a Family Activity Book, a slide whistle instrument, and a
backpack.
Hello Weather! Let’s Play Together!—sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more
in this imaginative and delightful weather-related musical adventure. Preschoolers create
storm sounds with a drum to “Wild Storms,” jump in pretend puddles to “Mud Puddle
Jump,” throw pretend snow-balls to “Snowballs,” and sing along to “Colors of the
Rainbow.” With weather as our learning theme, preschoolers will explore musical styles
that range from Opera to American folk, and become more self-sufficient in a creative
musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, storytelling, movement, and
more.
Home Materials: Two books—Michael Finnigan and Hurry Home, Little Kittens, Hello
Weather Play Set, Two Home CD with over 63 recordings of the stories, games, and
weather sound effects played in class, 46-page Family Activity Book, and two
instruments—ankle bells and rain shaker with scraper.
Toys I Make, Trips I Take Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination.
We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs
with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the preschooler’s
sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas
a reality.
Home Materials: Two books—If I Had a Big Blue Boat and Tippity Tippity Too, Toys I
Make, Trips I Take Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and a drum.
Cities! Busy Places ~ Friendly Faces In this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers,
and world-traveling photographers are the theme. Learning through the pretend play that
preschoolers adore, we'll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and
handcrafting city "buildings" from wax paper at home so we can make a cityscape in
class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations so the parent can take part in
the learning. With a pair of resonator bars as a featured instrument, and a multicultural,
jazzy collection of music, preschoolers will develop the social and intellectual skills they'll
need in school.
Home Materials: Two books—Razupazu Toto and Down Our Street, Cities! Game Board
Set, Two Home CDs—collection of multicultural and jazzy music heard in class, Family
Activity Book, and a pair of resonator bars as the featured instrument.
Build a Musical Foundation
Using a small-group approach to music education, Kindermusik for the Young Child
provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation
by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest
composers.
The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences
with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and
traditional music reading with an instrument. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to
attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Young Child Unit Descriptions
Curriculum Description
Age Range: 5 to 7 years
Class Structure: Four 16-week semesters. While each semester builds on the previous,
there is sufficient review for new students to be added each semester.
Class Length: 75 minute class each week
Class Size: 8 children maximum
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
Singing and vocal development It may sound like a foreign language when a child
sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers
and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
Movement See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they
needs to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical
play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
Reading and writing Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such
as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually
even composing their own music.
Focused listening Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra
instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and
knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
Exploring and playing musical instruments Authentic percussion, string, prekeyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future
musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically
succeed before taking on more formal instruction.
Enrollment includes:
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Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 7 years; caregivers
attend the last 10-15 minutes
15-week semester
Weekly 75-minute class
One set of Home Materials—Children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home
cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument
depending on the semester), CD of music from class, canvas bag (during first
semester) and games bag
Unit Descriptions
Semester One
Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early
introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and
games that focus on rhythmic development, we'll learn a keyboard instrument—the
glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes. Your At Home
Materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the
same playful activities you'll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn
where you're most comfortable: at home.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards,
Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, glockenspiel, and canvas bag (during
first semester).
Semester Two
Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first
session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a
melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we'll delve deeper into the
understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music
such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and
understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the
families in which they're grouped—of the orchestra.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards,
Family Songbook, and Home CD of music from class.
Semester Three
Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your
child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we'll
provide. Then in class we'll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the
instrument you built together. We'll also explore rhythm concepts through dance
with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. Your Home
Materials include dulcimer-making materials, activity cards, and music that feature
recordings from Appalachia, African-America, and Native American music, as well as the
Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards,
Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and dulcimer.
Semester Four
In this final semester, we'll introduce the recorder instrument. As your child is introduced
to basic methods of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this wind instrument,
we'll also incorporate the instruments, concepts, and songs from previous semesters.
With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and
write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, and
Africa; plus play special dances and children's games from around the world, including
Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards,
Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and soprano recorder.
We’re a Musical Family!
Bringing children of all ages together provides a dynamic and integrated learning
experience for everyone. So we took favorite Kindermusik songs and activities like
“Shake, Shake the Apple Tree” and “hammocking” and rolled them into a fun, family class
where each child is welcomed and valued and family “together time” is celebrated and
cherished.
Family Time Unit Descriptions
Family Time Curriculum Description
Age Range: newborn through 7 years
Class Structure: 10 classes in a semester
Class Length: 45 minutes each week
Class Size: 6-7 families with at least one caregiver per family
What Families Experience In Class
Singing From the first “Hello” song to the last “Goodbye,” exploring a variety of
musical styles and genres leads children to find their own voice. Plus singing helps
with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and socialization.
Assorted Movement Whether moving as a family, as a class, or as individuals,
Family Time movement activities enhance coordination skills, create opportunities for
imitation and exploration, and give everyone something to smile, rock, bounce, or
dance about.
Story Time Reading aloud to children stimulates their curiosity, expands their
knowledge, and broadens their understanding of language.
Family Jam. Children as well as adults will love selecting a unique instrument and
joining in one big class jam instrument play along session each week.
Musical Concepts Fun engaging activities bring out the musicality in everyone, from
the youngest member of the family to the oldest. Families learn more about music as
they learn more about each other.
Expert advice A Kindermusik educator explains how the musically based activities
enhance each child’s complete development.
Learning continues at home With the home materials, the learning and bonding
continues at home with the child’s best teacher—the parent!
Enrollment includes:
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10 week semester
Weekly 45-minute class
Set of Home Materialsincluding a Family Activity Guide, Hand and Finger
Puppet, Two CDs of music from class, two instruments, and two literature
books
Unit Descriptions
Our Kind of Day—Build family bonds, creativity, physical
and mental development in a delightful one-room
schoolhouse. Each week 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
tumblearound
play.
Story time
and family
jams,
puppet play and happy
singing—
every Family Time
activity
encourages discovery
and
exploration and fosters sharing and social skills too.
Home Materials: Two Books—Bouncing on the Bed and
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Two Home CDs, Family Guide, domino game,
Hopper the kangaroo hand puppet and Bounce the joey finger puppet, and two doubleegg shaker instruments.
Here, There and Everywhere—the five sub-themes center around different family
outings: a visit with a friend, an outing at the park, a trip to the city, an afternoon at
the aquarium, and a day on the farm. Move like animals with this unit’s story FlipFlap, Sugar Snap! And follow a girl’s adventure as she loses her jambourine during
the day’s outings and then finds it in the story Jingle-Jangle Jambourine.
Home Materials: Two Books—Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap! and Jingle-Jangle
Jambourine, Two Home CDs, Family Guide, board game, Waggs the dog hand
puppet and finger puppet, and two jambourine instruments.
Movin’ & Groovin’ is a romping, rolling, stretching good time for the whole family.
This ten-lesson unit of Family Time will explore lots of different ways to move—high
and low, fast and slow, zigzag, curvy, and more. Family members will chug around
the classroom like trains, clip-clop like horses, and roll over like puppy dogs. They’ll
hear a story about playing tag together in Can You Catch Me?, and read about a jungle
hokey-pokey in Put Your Left Paw In. Show your best groovin’ moves—it’s time for
Movin’ & Groovin’.
Home Materials: Two Books—Can You Catch Me? and Put Your Left Paw In, Two
Home CDs, Family Guide, Rascal the monkey hand puppet and finger puppet, and
two monkey den-den drums.
In Make Way for Music, families will sing, dance, and move their way through an
exploration of several elements of music: beat and rhythm, concepts and contrasts
(such as staccato and legato, high and low, the major scale, and arpeggios), the human
voice, instrument families, and ensemble. They’ll engage in developmentally
appropriate activities that the whole family can enjoy together, including fingerplays,
songs, circle dances, story time, and family jam.
Home Materials: Two books—Drum Circle and Animals on Parade, two Home CDs,
Family Guide, Rex the lion hand puppet and finger puppet, an instrument-matching
board game and two fingerdrums.
Music, stories, snacks, crafts...and fun.
The Kindermusik Adventures summer camp series was created by the musical learning
experts at Kindermusik International. Plus, the newest summer camps utilized the
expertise of Kindermusik Educators. Every activity, from the songs to the snacks, helps
children learn how they learn best—by inspiring their natural sense of wonder and
imagination in a developmentally appropriate, musical way.
Adventures Unit Descriptions
Curriculum Description
Age Range: newborn to 7 years
Class Structure: 5 sessions-varies by location
Class Length: varies by location and age of child
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
In just five lessons experience a summer’s worth of music, stories, and activities created
to inspire a lifetime of learning. In a Kindermusik summer camp, parents and children will
play, learn, sing, dance, create, and share in the fun of making music together. A trusted
Kindermusik educator guides the class through each research-proven and giggleapproved activity.
Inspire children’s love of learning in our delightfully engaging summer sessions. Best of
all, every one of our summer camp activities—the music, stories, and crafts—is specially
designed to nurture every child's natural curiosity, eventually drawing each child toward
learning new words, new concepts, and new big ideas.
Enrollment includes:
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Developmentally appropriate class for parents and children ages
newborn to 7 years
 5 session semester—length varies by location
 One set of Home Materials including variations of the following:
literature component, home activities, CD of music from class,
instrument or prop, and other special materials
The Adventures series, for children newborn to seven, is designed for use by
licensed Kindermusik educators as a supplement to other traditional Kindermusik
curricula.
Unit Descriptions
Peek-A-Boo! I Love You!—newborn to 1.5 years
More than just a curious story, Mother Goose games like peek-a-boo help babies
understand language. In this special camp, uncover more ways to say "I love you" using
American Sign Language, soap bubbles, and parent-baby dances. Plus, parents can
meet with other newborns and families in the community and learn how music improves
the child development process.
Home Materials: Peek-A-Boo! I Love You! board book, Home CD, duck wash mitt, baby
duck Gertie ball, and poster.
Busy Days—newborn to 1.5 years
Set your baby's day to classical music. With a little more Tchaikovsky in your "Twinkle,
Twinkle" repertoire discover new ways baby benefits from the classics as you develop an
appreciation for the world's most respected music. Each lesson features new activities
and songs that the parent can sing for all the places baby and mom go together—the
store, the playground, the doctor, and more.
Home Materials: Busy Day board book, Home CD, Village cage bell instrument, and
poster.
Zoo Train!—1.5 years to 3 years old
Toddlers and trains make a natural match—always on the move. Tag along this summer
with a traveling zoo train. Bring your own stuffed animals for the petting zoo. Wear long
white socks on your hands for polar bear paws and learn about real animals in the zoo.
Sing songs for clapping time, and use music to help toddlers regulate emotions.
Home Materials: Zoo Train book, Home CD, animal shaker instrument, and poster.
Creatures in My Backyard—1.5 years to 3 years
Give children something to sing about in their own backyards. Be the flower from the
"seed's" perspective. Run and jump in rain puddles made from hula hoops. Snack on
whole wheat mini-waffles dipped in honey, just like a real honeycomb. Shoo real flies and
sing "Shoo Fly."
Home Materials: Home CD, Bunny hand puppet, and a set of 5 picture folders.
Creatures at the Ocean—1.5 years to 3 years
Sing sailor songs and make the ocean count. "Five little seashells lying on the shore:
Swish! Went the waves and then there were four." Make homemade kites and fish
sandwiches using fish-shaped bread and P.B. and J.
Home Materials: Home CD, pair of seashell castanet instrument, a set of 10
story cards and 5 picture folders.
On the Road—3 years to 5 years
Re-live your childhood, with your child. Every song is likely to revive a memory from your
summers’ past. Play “Eye Spy” and find shapes in the clouds to pass the time. Take
imaginary trips in a bus named “Van Go” to fun-filled vacation destinations such as the
carnival, a summer cottage, and the beach.
Home Materials: On the Road book, Home CD, frog guiro instrument, and poster.
Confetti Days!—3 years to 5 years
Throw a new party every day. Ride a carousel inside the classroom. Play a balancing
game and walk on the web of ropes. Do a musical move and freeze. Learn colors and
sing the Spanish song "De Colures," "Pop, Goes the Weasel," and "Looby Loo."
Home Materials: Home CD, pair of confetti bell instruments, story kit, and a set of 5
picture folders.
Around the World—4 years to 7 years
Take an imaginary trip—explore the exotic cultures of Germany, Japan, Africa, England,
and Mexico. Play the native instruments. Drape sheets over cardboard boxes and sing
over the German mountain tops. Toss peanuts on the floor and bring good luck to one's
home in this Japanese custom. Send messages in Nigeria with "talking drums."
Home Materials: Home CD, arts and craft materials, a set of 5 picture folders, and a
travel bag.
Tell Me a Tale—4 years to 7 years
Through storytelling, children will develop an early awareness of rhythm, movement,
singing, and drama. Each lesson features a new tale from around the world, explored
through multi-instrument and multi-cultural elements. All told, it’s an around-theimagination adventure of the greatest stories from Europe, Malaysia, South Africa, and
more.
Home Materials: Tell Me a Tale book, Home CD, pair of lumi sticks instrument, and
poster.
An early literacy and language program
ABC Music & Me, an award-winning enrichment program for 2 to 6 year olds, was
designed for early childhood learning centers, but can also be taught in a Kindermusik
classroom. ABC Music & Me is a research-based language and early literacy program
built around music. ABC Music & Me helps develop pre-literacy and language skills
through a child’s most-loved rituals: music and storytime.
ABC Music & Me supports the early childhood standards and requirements for “high
quality programs” as defined by the National Institute for Early Education. Plus for the
older age group, ABC Music & Me aligns with pre-K national and state standards.
ABC Music & Me 2 years to 4 years Unit Descriptions
ABC Music & Me 4 years to 6 years Unit Descriptions
Curriculum Description
Age Range: Age 2 to 6 years
Class Structure:
New unit theme for each month, each contains four lessons
Taught like a regular Kindermusik class, with additional option of a hosted CD
Fourteen monthly units for 2 to 4 years old
Twelve monthly units for 4 to 6 years old
Class Length: 30 minutes
Class Size: Up to twelve children in class, with or without accompanying adultsWhat A
Child Will Experience In Class
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Songs and rhymes to develop phonetic awareness and early reading skills
Tapping, clacking, and ringing rhythm instruments in time with music to improve
hand-eye coordination
Focused listening with music to improve skills in following directions
Instrument play to strengthen fine motor skills
Developmentally-appropriate songs to develop vocal chords and expressive
speech
Learning that emphasizes storytelling, imaginative play, and taking turns
Registration includes:
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Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 2 to 6 years old
4-week semester with 12 different monthly themes
Weekly 30-minute class
Monthly Home Kit that includes a magazine-style Family Guide, CD with all the
music from class, and an instrument every other month
2 years to 4 years Unit Descriptions
January – On the Go
This month put a new spin on trains and cars. In class we’ll talk about things on the go.
And with a real-sounding train whistle, sound effects, and music CD in your Home Kit,
you can take the learning on the go as you talk about moving fast and slow, while
developing your toddler’s rhythm and coordination and strengthening your child’s
connection to what’s happening in class.
Home Kit: Train whistle instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class story The Big Race)
February – Home Sweet Home
Your child learns best in the comfortable surroundings and everyday activities of home.
So we’ll use this nurturing theme to turn our classroom into a pretend house. In your
Home Kit read together the story about the different kinds of houses animals make—from
spider webs to bird’s nests. When you find these homes in your very own backyard, you
reinforce the learning that’s happening in class.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (Includes the class story A House
Is a House for Me)
March – Up In the Sky
In your Home Kit read the story we’re sharing in class called Someone Bigger, about a
boy who wants to take over the reins of the family kite. Then grab a scarf or handkerchief
and imitate the up and down crouching, reaching, and running associated with flying a
kite—just like the boy in our story. Your Family Guide magazine includes activities you
can easily incorporate into your day to reinforce our counting and color-learning activities
in class.
Home Kit: Three-bell jingle instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class story Someone Bigger)
April – Down On the Ground
This month in class we’ll take a Listening Walk, and read about a girl who takes a silent
walk with her father listening for sounds along the way. When you play the music CD,
share the activities, and take a listening walk of your own at home, you’ll help your child
learn to love to observe and learn from the world around her.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story The
Listening Walk)
May & September – Splash!
This month we’ll think and talk in patterns of 3s. In class we’ll sing songs that help your
child seek and find that pattern, such as singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Even the
things in your Home Kit this month comes in 3s—when you listen to the music, share the
activities, and splash around with this blow-up beach ball.
Home Kit: Beach ball, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class
story Bath Time)
June & October – Marvelous Me
This month we’ll cover pattern games and body awareness from head to toe. In class
we’ll listen for patterns and repeated phrases in the music, which develops your child’s
early math skills and self-esteem. When you play the same pattern seeking games at
home that we played in class, your toddler’s confidence and skill building will grow. Home
Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Eyes, Nose,
Fingers and Toes)
July & November – Let’s Play
All the ways you play—at home, in the school yard, during your family time together—is
this month’s theme. In class we’ll play “Follow the Leader” and other playground games
to help your toddler develop listening and singing skills while strengthening movement
and hand-eye coordination. In your Home Kit, find more activities, songs, and games you
can do together to play and learn at home, too.
Home Kit: Mini Tambourine, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the
class story Golden Bear)
August & April – Out & About
This month, we’re taking pretend adventures to the mountains, the beach, and going on
bike rides, and picnics. Meanwhile, your toddler gets lots of practice taking turns and
interacting socially. And you’ll love the take-home activities in your Home Kit, with great
ideas for making an easy-at-home bird feeder. Plus, when you incorporate these class
activities into your playtime at home, you’re sharing in the learning happening in class.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Let’s Go
Froggy)
September & March –Carnival of Music
This month’s story features Barley Bear and his day-long quest to find a piece of shoo-fly
pie at the fair. In class we’ll read about Barley and talk about his willingness to wait and
be patient in the middle of the fun fair distractions. At home, your Home Kit includes more
activities to help your child feel comfortable in group-play and group-learning situations.
Home Kit: Egg shaker, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class
story Shoofly Pie)
October – Animals A-Dancing
Dancing, hopping, rolling, and stomping. This month we’ll move like all of our animal
friends and develop muscle coordination and spatial awareness along the way. Your
Home Kit features songs for wiggling and helps toddlers develop dexterity and fine-motor
skills. Your magazine-style Family Guide also includes at-home activity ideas, games,
and questions that involve the class story, so your child develops memory and
comprehension—all in the context of sharing time with you.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Frog
Went a-Dancing)
November – Around the Farm
In class, your child’s memory and sequence skills will strengthen with stop-and-go games
tucked into stories and pretend play about animals on a farm. You’ll find these stories and
songs in your Home Kit, too. So when you play this month’s featured rhythm stick
instruments along with the recordings, you help your child develop rhythm, coordination,
and the confidence that comes with learning and playing along with you.
Home Kit: Pair of Rhythm Sticks, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes
the class story Cows in the Kitchen)
December – Outside My Window
You and your child will enjoy a range of imagination and listening skills in Outside My
Window. This month’s unit has the learning focus: “I hear and I listen. I can be loud or
quiet.” The take-home magazine-style Family Guide provides an activity idea using Track
7 on the Home CD which features different rain sounds. Listen at home and find empty
cans, uncooked rice, cardboard boxes, or uncooked pasta to imitate those sounds. In a
child’s visual world, this exercise helps bring focus to the attention required for listening.
Home Kit: Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Rain
Song)
4 years to 6 years Unit Descriptions
January – Rhythms of the Land
In class we’ll explore the rhythms and sounds of Native American music. As we
investigate, compare, and contrast a wide variety of drums and the materials they’re
made from, your preschooler develops the investigative vocabulary needed in the
sciences. When you repeat rhythm patterns at home and share the activities in your
Home Kit, your child gets an early start in math, too.
Home Kit: Jingle Stick instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class story Pedal Pump, Pedal Pump)
February – Sounds Abound
This month, we’ll explore all the sounds we can make with our mouths, bodies, hands,
plus everyday objects we can find around the house. Your preschooler develops an early
understanding of how one material can be used to make something else. Activities in
your Home Kit help you bring these big ideas home when you take part in the listening,
turn-taking, and sound-effect making activities.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story If I Had
a Big Blue Boat)
March – Dance With Me
This month, we’ll feature the music and dance of “one-two” rhythms and “one-two-three”
rhythms. In class, we’ll hear real instruments from the ballet and learn a few dance steps,
too. Activities like dance, where your child follows a short sequence of instructions, helps
to strengthen memory and his ability to follow directions. At home, play the CD in your
Home Kit and let your preschooler show you a new step or two. Home Kit: Pair of lumi
stix, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Dance of Our
Own)
April – Drums, Drums, Drums
This month your child will experience the concept of fractions through hearing and playing
quarter and eighth notes. In class we’ll do “call and response” activities to the rhythmic
sounds of African music. Meanwhile, your child will sharpen listening and attention skills,
as well as fine tune her ear to finding patterns. Play the activities in your Home Kit
together, and you’ll help your preschooler develop a strong foundation in math, rhythm
and coordination, and critical listening.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Drum
Circle)
May – Feel the Music
Expressing thoughts, ideas, and needs to teachers and friends is a necessary skill in
school. So in class we’ll help your child learn more about the words that help describe
feelings, while learning more about the emotions of others. Your Home Kit includes the
same music and stories we’ll be talking about in class to help you open the door to the
emotions your preschooler is learning to express.
Home Kit: One mini maraca instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes class story The Duel)
June – Jazz Kitchen
Get an extra helping of learning to share—with some jazz music in the mix. In your Home
Kit, read about the little sheep who, along with her friends, whips up a batch of Noodles
from Scratch. In class, your preschooler will use this story and other activities to learn to
observe and accept others’ ideas, how to be a leader and a follower, as well as how to
watch, listen, and speak to friends and teachers.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes class story Noodles
from Scratch)
July – Giggles
On the way home, you’ll hear about the laughs, silliness, and knock-knock jokes with this
month’s learning theme—giggles. In class we’ll use word plays, word puns, and allaround word silliness to boost vocabulary, develop conversational skills, and nurture
happy learners. Play around at home with the activities in your Home Kit and your
preschooler develops the confidence and skills needed to be expressive.
Home Kit: One harmonica instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class “story”, a series of knock-knock jokes)
August – Under the Rainbow
Keep your eyes open for a rain this month. In class we’ll explore the concept of high and
low sounds with Irish music, tricky leprechauns, and the colors of the rainbow. We’ll also
match sounds with pictures, and match pictures with the written words to build lasting
literacy skills. With more activities sprinkled throughout the story in your Home Kit, you
and your preschooler can practice together the skills needed now and later in school.
Home Kit: Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes class story Under the
Rainbow)
September – Jumping Beans
In class, your child’s memory and sequence skills will strengthen with stop-and-go
activities—all set to the music of Latin America. Tucked into stories and pretend play
activities, stop-and-go games help your preschooler control body motions and follow
directions on the go. Share the stories and activities in your Home Kit and you’ll
strengthen self-discipline skills at home, too.
Home Kit: One pan flute instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class story A Quieter Instrument)
October – Join the Parade
You can watch this month’s theme in your own home town with the season’s upcoming
holiday parades. In class, we’ll listen to marching music, play pretend parades, and help
your preschooler develop rhythm and coordination skills. Marching to the beat of his own
drum—in class and at home—helps your preschooler make a vital rhythm and body
connection, one that’s necessary to help him master any number of movement activities
such as writing, dribbling and shooting a basketball, dancing, and skipping.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Henry’s
Parade)
November – All Keyed Up
A piano and the well-known composer, J.S. Bach, help your preschooler get ready for
school this month. The answer is right at the tip of your fingers. The same fine motor
skills and hand-eye coordination your preschooler needs to hold a pencil—are developed
through the special keyboard-playing activities we’ll be playing in class.
Home Kit: Pair of castanets instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide
(includes the class story Coppertop and the Four Keyboards)
December – Sing a Story
The Sing a Story unit of ABC Music & Me introduces children to the world of opera. They
will meet the Queen of the Night, Papageno, and Papagena, just a few of the colorful
characters from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. At storytime,
children will hear a tale of missing tail feathers and witness the hustle and bustle that
happens backstage before an opera. They will listen to examples of solos and duets,
practice pre-music-reading skills by singing simple two-note patterns, sing, and play a
variety of musical instruments.
Home Kit: Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story
Papageno’s Feathers)
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