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1. What is Kindermusik?
Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for children ages 0-7 years old. Each week, parents and their little ones enjoy singing, dancing, laughing, instrument playing, and storytelling. For detailed descriptions of each level, visit our Kindermusik page.
2. Is it true that Kindermusik classes will help with my child's development?
Yes, it's true and proven by many years of research. Each and every Kindermusik activity is designed to harness music's amazing ability to activate your child's early learning in one or more of the learning domains - sensory, movement, language, cognition, social-emotional, emergent literacy, emergent math, musical – all backed by Kindermusik International’s team of childhood experts who are constantly updating the weekly activities to keep pace with the lastest research in child development.
3. Do I have to be a good singer to bring my child to Kindermusik?
No, your child loves your voice, no matter what you or anyone else thinks of it. There is no singing judgement in our Kindermusik classroom. If you truly don't feel comfortable singing in class, you are welcome to hum or chant along, or somehow vocally participate with your little one, and then go try it at home.
4. My little one is so busy. . .what if he won't sit in a circle?
We don’t expect him to!
A few children ages 0-2 may stay seated in parent's laps, but we fully expect many of our Level 1 and Level 2 children to walk and explore - this is part of their learning process. Simply follow along with them and engage with them in the activity wherever they are. Parents often share with us that although they thought their little one wasn’t paying attention in class, at home they demonstrate new movements and skills they gained from the Kindermusik activities!
5. My child is quiet and shy. . .what if she doesn't participate actively in class?
Some children are observational learners. They may sit and watch much or even all of the time. As you participate in the activities they will reap benefits from from seeing you, their most loved and important teacher, involved in the music and movement. In one of Miss Deb's classes a number of years ago there was a violin teacher who was committed to staying in Kindermusik even though her little girl in Level 1 and then Level 2 never wanted to do anything in class. However, when this little girl went home, she lined up her dolls and pretended she was "Miss Deb" and played Kindermusik. When she moved into a Level 3 class in which the first 30 minutes met independently with the teacher, this child came out of her shell and became one of the most active children in the class. Parents tell us stories like this all the time.
Whether your little one is an explorer, an observer or somewhere in between, rest assured the music and learning are coming through!
6. Are there any rules in the Kindermusik classroom?
Yes, two very important ones. Walking feet and indoor voices. Exploration and moving about the classroom is expected. However, screaming is very disruptive and running in circles at full speed is dangerous. If your little one is running or screaming, we ask that you take them out into the hall for some cool down time and remind them of these two rules. Don't worry if you need to repeat this action a few times. We all have children, understand, and are on the same team. Relax and be consistent with your little one, and they will learn.
7. I have done the Kindermusik baby and toddler programs, but this year my 3 year old is going to pre-school, and I’m worried that he may feel overwhelmed.
In fact, the opposite is true! Consistency is your best friend when starting something new. Children need this consistency in times of change. With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independent in nature, Kindermusik is one place the two of you can spend time focused on each other in a familiar and warm environment.
8. Can I bring my infant/toddler/preschooler to the Parent Sharing Time in Level 3, 4, and 5 classes?
Yes! In classes where the children meet independently with the teacher for the majority of the class, siblings are welcome to join when we bring parents in for the last 10-15 minutes of sharing time.
9. Can I bring my toddler or preschooler to an infant class?
Kindermusik Village classes for moms with infants require your focused and whole-hearted interaction with your little one. This is a very precious time to cherish with your new baby. Therefore we do not allow older children to attend class with you. However, if you would like to attend a class with your infant and toddler or preschooler together, we have several mixed ages classes for you to choose from. Siblings under one year are our guest in older classes, so you can schedule a Village class for you and your baby and also bring the baby with you to the mixed ages class as a whole family activity.
10. May we try a class to see if we like Kindermusik?
Yes! Simply schedule a preview class.
11. Can I join after classes have started?
You may join at anytime. Your enrollment fee will be pro-rated if you join after the start of a session so you won't pay for any classes held prior to the day you enrolled.
Music Classes and Lessons FAQ
1. How old does a child need to be to start piano lessons.
Children younger than 7 begin in our Kindermusik program and begin our piano class after the second year of Level 5. In Kindermusik Level 5 they learn how to read music so they already have that skill when they continue on in our piano class. Learning piano is more fun, more successful, and much less stressful when they can focus their full attention on what their fingers are doing and not try to figure our how to read music at the same time.
2. At what age can my child begin guitar lessons?
We prefer that children be at least 9 years old before beginning guitar lessons. We have found that at this age their hands are large enough to make it easier to play and be successful. They also tend to have a stronger ability to focus and to practice even with sore fingers, which are inevitable for a beginner. Younger children do well with the ukulele. We do not have ukulele classes and lessons for new students, but you may want to call Great Northwest Music at 541-956-8600. They offer ukulele classes and have great teachers.