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Explore the Benefits of Music for Children
Musical Learning Supports Child Development
All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Parents know instinctively what scientists have now proven: young children thrive on music. It’s one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Kindermusik takes musical learning to the next level; our curriculum is proven to improve child brain development. And, did we mention it’s fun for kids and parents alike?!
Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.
When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:
Early Literacy. They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
Quantitative. They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
Social-Emotional. They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness—like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
Physical. By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills.
Creative. Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark children’s creativity and provide inspiration.
And of course, they develop a lifelong love of music!
Kindermusik offers music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, big kids, and families.
Our classes nurture young children’s development—and not just their musical development. As every parent knows, children grow at an amazingly fast pace, and in many ways at once. They’re busy developing their language (and literacy) skills every minute of every day—at the same time as they’re figuring out how to skip, hop, and jump; control their emotions; count to twenty; and get along with their friends. Kindermusik understands this. So while our classes certainly help your child develop a lifelong love for music, they also do more than that: they help children develop language, social, emotional, and physical skills as well—all in the context of joyful, musically rich play!
And…it’s research-proven! A third party research study shows the positive effects of Kindermusik’s curriculum. Children using the program showed 32% more literacy gain. Surveys say both teachers and parents would strongly recommend the program to others.
Come experience for yourself why more than 2 million families in over 70 countries love our music and movement classes for kids – click a class to learn more about what Kindermusik with Caroline classes can do for your little one.
About Caroline O’Toole
Caroline has been recognised with Kindermusik’s Maestro! status, awarded to the top 5% of educators world-wide. With more than 10-years local experience delivering classes in the community, her training and passion ensures lots of fun and education is attained by all.
Caroline continues to develop her professional capabilities through further piano teacher training and with the Kodaly method.
Kindermusik Mission and Values
Our mission? To instil a lifelong love of music and a foundation for learning in children.
Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children.
Our program is based on research demonstrating the benefits of musicat each stage of a child’s development. We start from where your child is, regardless of his age, and provide activities that stimulate his mind, body, and sense of play.
“Kindermusik provides the sound nutrition to improve movement, listening, and expression in young children. Through activities and music making, skills for parents and children alike create inroads for the great orchestration of a family’s hearts, minds, and bodies.”
World-renowned authority on the transformative power of listening and music, and author of The Mozart Effect for Children
“A major task for toddlers, that can confuse parents at first, is resolving the conflict between their passionate desire for closeness to their parents—after all, they are still barely out of babyhood—and their equally fierce drive for independence. Activities such as those in the Kindermusik Our Time curriculum provide toddlers this opportunity. A child can move into the circle during story time and actively participate if he wishes, or he can stay close to Mum or Dad and listen to the story being read. Given this security, most toddlers will naturally move to greater, and more appropriate, independence as they approach preschool age.”
—Melissa R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Paediatric Psychologist, Cary, NC
“As an early childhood advocate, I have found good music invaluable as a teaching tool. Kindermusik has taken the art of combining music with learning to a new and higher educational level. When children experience music in their early years, it lasts throughout their lifetime. Recent literature may attempt to refute the value of music as it relates to IQ, but experts cannot deny the effect music has on the development of a child’s complete well-being. Kindermusik is pioneering a movement that will prove valuable to children for many years into the future. As a trainer, with more than 20 years’ tenure, I thank Kindermusik for its contribution to holistic learning.”
—Jim Powell, Ed.D.
National director of assessment and evaluation, Kaplan Companies
“When introduced appropriately, music and literature play an amazing role in the development of infants and toddlers. I’m happy that Kindermusik has extended their programs to include this time of life when brain development is most vulnerable and parents are most in need of support and direction.”
—Claudia Quigg, M.Ed.
Founder and executive director of BabyTALK, a program dedicated to helping parents become better parents to their children
“Kindermusik brings parents and children together for fun and education. The learning is active, engaging and developmentally appropriate. Children are exposed to diverse materials and are provided with rich opportunities for hands-on experiences with developmentally appropriate instruments. The joy is in the process of learning and the result is children who are more attuned in reaching their full potential.”
—Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
International family educator and author of Raising Your Spirited Child, Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime
“One of my strongest impressions of Kindermusik’s work is the variety of musical selections that are there for children. The selections are of high quality and of considerable diversity, such that children can listen and respond to the music of Bach, Mozart, contemporary composers and cultural traditions around the globe. Kindermusik understands that children deserve opportunities to know a palette of musical colours, and thus through the program provide windows to the world of people and their artistic expressions. This rainbow of musical colours is the stuff that surrounds children through their Kindermusik training, so that their listening, movement, singing and playing possibilities are grounded in history and across cultures. These musical beginnings set children straight for a lifetime of well-considered choices in their musical and cultural valuing.”
—Patricia Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor of music at University of Washington and author of Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children’s Lives, Lessons from the World
“Current research has shown that movement is the key to learning at any age. Our brains fully develop through movement activities such as crawling, rolling, turning, walking, skipping, reaching, and much more. When children and adults participate in Kindermusik classes, they are developing both sides of their brains through structured and creative music and movement activities. Television, video games and computers have helped to produce a generation that struggles with learning problems, hyperactivity and obesity. Many of these problems can be helped through systematic music/movement exercises and patterns. Kindermusik classes have always been fun. Now I feel strongly that they are also part of our essential learning process!”
—Anne Green Gilbert
Movement specialist, author of Creative Dance for All Ages, and director Of Creative Dance Centre
“Kindermusik is elegant in its integrated approach to a child’s development. Physiologically, touch, movement, rhythm and sound are the keystones to developing a healthy vestibular system and optimising nervous system and brain growth. The importance of having families working together, where everyone benefits from the sense of belonging, gets directly at the heart of what we, as a society, are needing at this time to raise healthy, loving children and ensure a world of peace. All of this is provided in the Kindermusik program.”
—Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.
Biologist, educator and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and The Dominance Factor