As we’ve mentioned before, Kindermusik is more than just a music and movement program. We use music and movement as a vehicle to develop the whole child. But sometimes, it is exactly about music or movement!
You’ll notice we ask our students sing (and we encourage our parents and caregivers to belt it out). Sometimes we do this through inviting our little ones to participate in a call-and-respond activity, which models for them what it is we’re asking them to do. And sometimes we extend this singing into an ensemble activity, listening to others and matching their rhythm or pitch.
We also play a variety of musical instruments, in age-appropriate ways. By the time our students have graduated from Kindermusik, they have had experience with a pre-keyboard instrument, a stringed instrument, and a woodwind instrument, helping them understand exactly where their musical interests might take them.
Developing steady beat helps kids with all kinds of non-musical activities (like cutting with scissors, or running). But as any guitar player will tell you, the drummer makes all the difference in a band. In other words, steady beat is important for music, too!
Yes, music is one of the ways we help our kids learn in all kinds of ways. But we also want to help them develop their musicality, and Kindermusik is a great way to do it.