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SIUE Suzuki Office: 618-650-2839

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WHAT IS KINDERMUSIK?

Kindermusik is a music and movement program with curriculum for children ages birth through seven years old.  More specifically, Kindermusik classes provide a holistic musical and learning experience in the critical first years of young children and their families.  This developmental program, guided by a proven methodology combining music and childhood development, provides opportunities to foster child-parent relationships and gain a lifelong love of music and learning.  This program is great preparation for future Suzuki students as well!  It is taught by a trained and licensed Kindermusik educator.

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FALL 2015  KINDERMUSIK CLASSES

Registration Form for Fall 2015 Village and Our Time Classes

“VILLAGE” Class:(Birth to 1.5  Years Old)

Semester Theme:  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 and dance with fun props.  

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:

  • Variety of Music -- Musical diversity builds strong      neural 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:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 18 months
  • Class of no more than 12 babies with parents
  • 8-week semester
  • Weekly 45-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • Learn about 30 songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes and play over 100 activities together by the semester’s end
  • At-Home Materials  including:  Home CD of the songs heard in class;  Age-Appropriate InstrumentKindermusik eggshaker and scarf, a Colorful picture literature 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.

 Tuition: $135 (by August 25)                

 VILLAGE CLASS DATES:

SATURDAY   9AM    September 12, 19, 26    October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

THURSDAY 10AM    September 10, 17, 24     October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

“OUR TIME Class”: (1.5  through 3 Years Old)

Registration form for Fall 2015 Village and Our Time Classes

Semester Theme: Wiggles & Giggles

This class 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.  The more than 30 songs, 15 dances, and eight different instruments create these unique music activities, designed to reflect the importance of movement and “wiggles & giggles” in the life of your toddler.

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.
  • Learning Continues at Home -- With the home materials, the learning continues at home with the child’s best teacher—the parent!

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and toddlers,  ages 18 mo. thru 3 years
  • 10-week semester
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • At-Home Materials including:  2 Home CDs that feature50 class songs & sounds and recordings of favorite activities from class;  2 Interactive Books – Watch Me!  And  Pete and P.J to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book; specially-made pair of zigzag blocks – instrument to develop rhythm and hand-eye coordination.

Tuition: $160 (by August 25)                

OUR TIME CLASS DATES

SATURDAY 10AM    September 12, 19, 26    October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31     November 7, 14

THURSDAY 11AM       September 10, 17, 24     October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29      November 5, 12

Welcome to Kindermusik’s “Sing & Play” 4-Week Class for 1 & 2 Year Olds!

Get ready to sing, play, and move with your little one in this high-energy music class designed to be just right for children under two years of age. This new Kindermusik curriculum focuses on your child's beginning movement, helping to build the muscles your baby needs to walk, and vocal development, helping to nurture your child’s speaking and singing voice. With a mix of both parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities, you’ll be able to join right in on all the singing and dancing while also getting the chance to observe how your older baby or toddler learns on her own. Embark on Kindermusik’s fun new exploration of singing, swaying, laughing, and playing through Sing & Play, a just-right mix of early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, and music and movement activities!  Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik@Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and more!

Registration Form for 4-Week Digital Classes

THEME:  

What do you do in the morning? In Hello, Day!, you'll greet the day with all of your senses. You'll say good morning to the sunshine, you'll blow away the morning dew, you'll stretch your bodies high and low, explore and exercise fine-motor skills, and even play bathtime and laundry games.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages  1 & 2 years
  • 4-week class
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital At-Home Materials  including:  Kindermusik@Home Digital Materials delivers your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities, instrumental music, books, and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format. With each new monthly unit, families receive a treasure trove of developmentally appropriate activities that will give children a lifelong love of music and a strong early foundation for learning. And with each activity, parents learn how and why that activity enhances a child’s learning and development. Kindermusik@Home is available through tablet, mobile, and PC devices—ready to use wherever your family wanders.

Tuition: $ 75   (by November 5)      

CLASS DATES&TIMES

SATURDAY     November 21    December 5, 12, 19   (9AM)

THURSDAY     November 19    December 3, 10, 17   (10AM)

Welcome to Kindermusik’s “Laugh & Learn” 4-Week Class for 3 & 4 Year Olds!

Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materialsbring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning and the fun!

 Registration Form for 4-Week Digital Classes

THEME:  

Yippee—it’s time to play! Let's Play mixes favorite toys of childhood with the magic of music and pretend play. We’ll go on a pretend walk to the park, a trip to the playground, and a ride on a train, and learn all about the ways children learn to create, assemble, and understand their world as they go about their play.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages 3 & 4 years
  • 4-week class
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital At-Home Materials  including:  Kindermusik@Home Digital Materials delivers your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities, instrumental music, books, and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format. With each new monthly unit, families receive a treasure trove of developmentally appropriate activities that will give children a lifelong love of music and a strong early foundation for learning. And with each activity, parents learn how and why that activity enhances a child’s learning and development.  Kindermusik@Home is available through tablet, mobile, and PC devices—ready to use wherever your family wanders.

Tuition: $75    (by November 5)      

CLASS DATES& TIMES

SATURDAY      November 21    December 5, 12, 19      (10AM)

THURSDAY     November 19    December 3, 10, 17   (11AM)


WINTER/SPRING 2016 CLASSES

“VILLAGE” Class:(Birth to 1 1/2 ½ Years Old) :  A Bonding Experience

Registration form for Village Classes

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.  You and your child will experience a variety of music, instrument play, dance, together time, expert advice, and the learning continues at home with your Kindermusik at-home materials!

Semester Theme: 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. 

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:

  • Variety of Music -- Musical diversity builds strong neural 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:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 18 months
  • Class of no more than 12 babies with parents
  • 8-week semester
  • Weekly 45-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • Learn about 30 songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes and play over 100 activities together by the semester’s end
  • Set of At-Home Materials including: Music I-Card or CD of beautifully arranged songs from class; Colorful picture literature board book;  a set of Art Banners,; Age-Appropriate Instrument

Tuition: $135 (by January 4)                

VILLAGE CLASS DATES:

SATURDAY (9am)   January 16, 23, 30    February 6, 13, 20, 27    March 5

THURSDAY (10am)   January 14, 21, 28    February 4, 11, 18, 25    March 3

“OUR TIME Class”: (1 ½ through 3 Years Old):  On the Go!

Registration form for Our Time Classes

The Kindermusik Our Time class encourages toddlers to uncover an engaging musical world while guiding 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.  You and your child will experience instrument exploration and ensemble skill development; vocal play, exploration time; story time and early literacy; movement activities; together time; and expert advice.

 Semester Theme: Away We Go!

Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plan, 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.

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.
  • Learning Continues at Home -- With the home materials, the learning continues at home with the child’s best teacher—the parent!

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and toddlers,  ages 18 mo. thru 3 years
  • 10-week semester
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Set of At-Home Materials including:  Music I-Card or CDs that can feature 50 class songs, sounds and recordings;  2 Interactive Books – Shiney Dinah & Giddy-Up!; Home Activity Book,; 2 Harmonicas designed for toddlers              

Tuition: $160 (by January 4)        

OUR TIME CLASS DATES

SATURDAY (10am)   January 16, 23, 30    February 6, 13, 20, 27    March 5, 12, 19

THURSDAY (11am)   January 14, 21, 28    February 4, 11, 18, 25    March 3, 10, 17

Welcome to Kindermusik’s “Sing & Play” 4-Week Class for 1 & 2 Year Olds!

Registration form for Sing And Play Class

Get ready to sing, play, and move with your little one in this high-energy music class designed to be just right for children under two years of age. This new Kindermusik curriculum focuses on your child's beginning movement, helping to build the muscles your baby needs to walk, and vocal development, helping to nurture your child’s speaking and singing voice. With a mix of both parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities, you’ll be able to join right in on all the singing and dancing while also getting the chance to observe how your older baby or toddler learns on her own. Embark on Kindermusik’s fun new exploration of singing, swaying, laughing, and playing through Sing & Play, a just-right mix of early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, and music and movement activities!  Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik@Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and more!

APRIL THEME:  

Being a toddler is complicated.  There's so much I still need help with, but so many new things within my grasp!  I like to try them out, but you're always telling me to be careful.  So let's try some new things together, and when we're done, I'll probably want to remind you: I Can Do That! 

MAY THEME:

Parks, playgrounds, and yards of all shapes and sizes were made for play, play, play! Our bodies get a gross-motor "goose" when we go on a pretend adventure in our Big Back Yard.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages  1 & 2 years
  • 4-week class
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital At-Home Materials  including:  Kindermusik@Home Digital Materials delivers your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities, instrumental music, books, and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format. With each new monthly unit, families receive a treasure trove of developmentally appropriate activities that will give children a lifelong love of music and a strong early foundation for learning. And with each activity, parents learn how and why that activity enhances a child’s learning and development. Kindermusik@Home is available through tablet, mobile, and PC devices—ready to use wherever your family wanders.

Tuition: $ 75   (DUE April Class by March 15 & May Class by April 15)      

APRILCLASS DATES&TIMES

SATURDAY (9AM)    April 2, 9, 16, 23

THURSDAY (10AM)   March 31   April 7, 14, 21  

MAYCLASS DATES&TIMES

THURSDAY (10AM)     April 28   May 5, 12, 19 

Welcome to Kindermusik’s “Laugh & Learn” 4-Week Class for 3 & 4 Year Olds!

Registration for Laugh and Learn Class

Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materialsbring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning and the fun!

APRIL THEME:  

Where can you go to see pirates, castles, dragons, dinosaurs, and more . . . all in one place? That’s easy—your imagination! Climb aboard the S.S. Pretend and set sail to imaginary places in the land of Make Believe. You will dance the pirate’s treasure dance, visit Royal Island and the castle of a king and queen, and even meet a friendly dragon.

MAY THEME:

Children always seem to be on the go, which makes this unit just their speed! You’ll use locomotor skills and active imaginations to drive in cars, chug along in trains, and bounce on pogo sticks. You’ll bumpity-bump, zippity-zoom, and stop-and-go-and-stop-and-go, because it’s non-stop learning when you’re On the Go!

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages 3 & 4 years
  • 4-week class
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital At-Home Materials  including:  Kindermusik@Home Digital Materials delivers your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities, instrumental music, books, and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format. With each new monthly unit, families receive a treasure trove of developmentally appropriate activities that will give children a lifelong love of music and a strong early foundation for learning. And with each activity, parents learn how and why that activity enhances a child’s learning and development.  Kindermusik@Home is available through tablet, mobile, and PC devices—ready to use wherever your family wanders.

Tuition: $75    (DUE April Class by March 15 & May Class by April 15)      

APRIL CLASS DATES& TIMES

SATURDAY (10AM)     April 2, 9, 16, 23

THURSDAY (11AM)    March 31   April 7, 14, 21  

MAY CLASS DATES& TIMES

THURSDAY (11AM)      April 28   May 5, 12, 19


WHAT ARE KINDERMUSIK PARENTS SAYING

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?…

“I became familiar with Kindermusik when my younger sister taught it for two years in Bermuda. I was so excited to find out Kindermusik was offered here at SIUE. Ellen is wonderful with the children and so knowledgeable about music and Kindermusik, and so patient with the children. I took my oldest granddaughter (now 5 and taking piano lessons at SIUE) for several years. She absolutely loved it! Now I have my 18-month-old granddaughter in her second semester and my 7 1/2 month old grandson beginning his first semester. The parents love the opportunity for their children. As a mom, Mamo, and professor of education, I know how important music is for children. We sing and dance all the time. Research shows that children who become involved in organized music programs and stay with them do well in school and life. I encourage anyone with children or grandchildren to get them involved in Kindermusik. It is a great way to spend quality time with the kids.” Grandparent – Village & Our Time Class

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“Our Saturday morning Kindermusik class has become a special time for my daughter and I to sing, dance and play together.  Now attending our third semester of classes with Ellen, it has been a joy watching my daughter’s development since her first class at 8 months, and now approaching age two!  I have loved seeing her little face light up for class through her every stage!  With Ellen and the fun and engaging curriculum of Kindermusik, I am happy to be fostering in her a love and appreciation for all kinds of music.”  Candice K. – Our Time Class

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"A year ago the "Village" class introduced my son to the art of music. Now that we've started our second semester of the "Our Time" class, it is very obvious how the program has not only developed his love of music, but has also developed his gross/fine motor skills (dancing, clapping, and playing instruments) and social skills (sharing, confidence, and tolerance)! I highly recommend this class to every parent! We love Kindermusik!"  Ellyn K. – Our Time Class

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“Both of my daughters have been Kindermusik students and have thoroughly enjoyed each class. Every time we met I could see my girls developing their musicality and having a wonderful time. Miss Ellen is creative, fun-loving, and very organized. And the kindermusik materials are of high quality.  Our family highly recommends signing up for Kindermusik classes!”  Emily K. – Our Time Class

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"I recently enrolled my daughter for a second semester in Ellen's Kindermusik Village class. She loves the group setting and happily smiles and giggles as we dance and sing around the room! She has always loved listening to music at home, but through Ellen's class she has learned the steadiness of the beat, anticipation, and familiarity and joy with hearing the songs we play at home and sing each week in class. I highly recommend Ellen's Kindermusik class for socialization, development and simply learning and enjoying music with your little one!”  Andrea B. – Village Class

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“Our family is some of Kindermusik's biggest fans! Not only do we look forward to the fun-filled class each week, we love using the at-home materials as part of our everyday routine. I am thrilled we have been able to participate in this program - I can't recommend it enough!”  Sara S. – Our Time Class

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“Our family has enjoyed 6 semesters of Kindermusik with Ellen Singh’s program at SIUE.  Kindermusik has been a great way to bond with our young daughter.  Watching her develop and grow with the curriculum has been a great pleasure.  From the eye contact with a smile while singing her Kindermusik songs when she was 4 months old to now (nearly 3 yrs old) when she brings us her favorite Kindermusik books to read to her.  The parent perspective details that Ellen provides has helped us recognize the advancements she was making even at just a few months old.  It’s amazing to see the children’s cognitive recognition and development that is obtained though the music in the Kindermusik program.  The at home materials are not only lots of fun for the children, but they have become household treasures that will be in our memory books forever.  We are big believers in the program and would encourage any parent to try Kindermusik!”  Rob & Sonyia H. – Village & Our Time Class

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