Children's Book Review: Music Is....

Kindermusik International writes about this amazing book that your child will surely enjoy! Read on! (Click on the link for the full article.)

With its bright, colorful cover, Music Is…, wonderful board book, grabs your attention even before you even open it and read it. In many ways, it is a simple book with very few words on each page, but it is a wonderful teaching book – the perfect at-home library complement to the concepts children are learning and the musical styles they are being exposed to in Kindermusik class.

Each two-page spread is a contrast, which is perfect because young children learn best in contrasts. So just like Kindermusik introduces contrasting musical concepts and styles in class, Music Is… introduces contrasting concepts, moods, and styles, one concept per page, making it easy for young children to begin to grasp and for older children and adults to enjoy.

It teaches concepts such as…

music is quiet
music is LOUD

music is sad
music is happy

music is lo-fi
music is hi-fi
a capella
instrumental
acoustic
electric

The really lovely thing is that as the book is teaching music concepts, it is also developing a basic music vocabulary for parents and children alike.  As the story unfolds, it is delightful to see children of all ethnic backgrounds making music and also playing with music.  There are instruments and music makers on every page.

It’s an entertaining read-aloud for younger children and an engaging conversation starter for older children.  For the sake of the non-musical adult, there’s even a basic glossary of musical terms on the very last page.

The simple story line is enhanced by whimsical and interesting illustrations that explain what music is and explore how music makes us feel. It’s the kind of fun, feel-good story book you don’t mind reading over and over again…which is a good thing since it’s sure to become a family favorite!

At the end, the author brings it all together in this profoundly beautiful conclusion:

music is old
music is new
music is for everyone
music is for you

Music Is… by author Brandon Stosuy and illustrator Amy Martin can be found at your favorite local book seller or online in both physical and digital formats.

Shared by Theresa Case whose award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, has been a happy advocate for the benefits of music for over 20 years now.

Baumhaus Talk Series: Our Teachers Share About Teaching and Being a Baumhaus Teacher

Our teachers share their most precious moments in class, and why they love teaching at Baumhaus. Read on and discover just how passionate and truly amazing the Baumhaus teaching team is.

 

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Teacher Vanessa

1. What do you love about teaching?

Seeing children happy. Their smiling and laughing about new lessons in class. I love seeing their progress, develop and seeing them growing together with me. I love to sharing my ideas to them and watching them learn and benefit from it. I teach because there is an excitement and joy and suspense in the journey!

2. What for you is a Baumhaus teacher? What sets you apart?

100% powered person, happiness is present at any time, engagement is my strength. Baumhaus teaching is like gardening: we work hard, plant seeds, love and nurture growth

3. What do you look forward to everyday?

Singing, dancing and spreading my energy to everyone!

4. What is your favorite part of your classes?

The time where children start to manifest what they learn and seeing them be proud of themselves.

5. How would you like to be remembered as a teacher?

As a fun loving person, but taken seriously in desirable situations. I wanna be remembered as a happy, polite person with much needed knowledge of teaching and people like having me around. I want to inspire through my thoughts and personality!

Teacher Crisel

1. What do you love about teaching?

One of the best parts of my job is sharing with parents how intelligent and artistic their children are, and that these children communicate their talents in many different ways. The glow on the parents' faces is incomparable, as they realize the many unique ways that their children are special. In a way, this is my way of telling them, "You are amazing parents. Don't ever let anyone else make you feel otherwise.”

2. What do you look forward to everyday?

I look forward to empowering every child to be as unique, empathetic and creative as s/he is, we are building a generation of responsible, loving, happy and artistic people. By filling their childhood with joyful memories, we are building up the positive voice inside them, that will guide their way for the rest of their lives.

3. What is your favourite part of classes?

Learning from the children! Sometimes, I wonder who's learning more-- the children or me? After all, the children challenge me to be the most honest, attentive, communicative, patient and solid person I can be in their presence. I've learned that it's not our voices or our talents that make children listen-- it's the integrity with which we relay, "I am 100% here, because you deserve it.”
 

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Teacher Miro

1. What do you love about teaching?

I love having such an immediate impact in children’s lives. Every time I see their faces light up when they discover something new, or learn that they are capable of doing so much more, gives me so much joy.

2. What for you is a Baumhaus teacher? What sets you apart?

A Baumhaus teacher is one who is able to connect with both children and grown-ups alike through the power of the arts. We are all able to strike the right balance of entertainment and education, using our varying degrees of performing arts skills to capture the hearts and imaginations of our young audience.

3. What do you look forward to everyday?

I look forward to greeting my little students everyday. I really feel like I am welcoming a part of my family inside the classroom every time I see them!

4. What is your favorite part of your classes?

It has to be when I sing to the class! I feel like I’m giving a part of myself and when they smile, clap, sway,  tap or even just move to my ukulele, I feel like a million bucks. 

5. How would you like to be remembered as a teacher?

I would like to be remembered as that teacher who really cared about their children, even if it’s just 45 minutes in a week.

Teacher Bea

1. What do you love about teaching?

I love being with the children, and watching how music and movement help them grow and shine. Teaching feels like sharing a part of me, and knowing I have made a difference in a child or parent’s life keeps me going. I also love that I am able to sing and dance in class everyday!

2. What for you is a Baumhaus teacher? What sets you apart? 

Being a Baumhaus teacher means you are a teacher that genuinely cares. Here at Baumhaus, we are more than just a playroom or classroom, we are a family that genuinely cares and looks out for your family. A Baumhaus teacher is a Creative Arts specialist that masters his/her curriculum and goes the extra mile by adding their own personal touch and personal insights to it! We not only stick to the KM or DL curriculum—we go beyond it with pleasure! 

3. What do you look forward to everyday?

Being with the children and families. My work doesn't feel like work because of how much fun I have, and how truly amazing it is to be working day in, day out with children and seeing them grow right in front of your very eyes!

4. What is your favourite part of classes?

The favourite part of my classes would be when a child or baby discovers something for the very first time! It is amazing how much you can teach and impart to a child, and seeing them apply and understand this is just wonderful! Sometimes when you see a baby tap for the first time, the intensity of how big this is to you feels a little over the top—but it really does feel like a huge deal! Because, through your help and guidance, you were able to successfully impart the steady beat to this baby, and this concept alone will help him develop in ways you cannot imagine!

5. How would you like to be remembered as a teacher?

As someone who genuinely loved their children and who did her best to allow music to help their children grow. I would like to be known as the teacher who not only taught musical concepts, but was able to equip the children with life skills and good values too!

 

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We take pride on how much passion and love our teachers give day in, day out and how much they truly care for your families! We all look forward to the new term, with these wonderful teachers, and of course your little ones! <3

Welcome to Baumhaus' Fall Term!

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As we welcome the autumn season this term, and transition from summer to winter, we watch the beautiful leaves fall and start a new chapter here at Baumhaus. 

We are thrilled to have you as part of our growing creative community.  As we begin the Fall term of 2017, we want to welcome you and your child to three months of learning through music and movement. Our themes this term include, exploring the big red barn, going around the farm, singing and dancing to the rain, understanding our feelings and appreciating our family and friends. We will be learning together through listening activities, pretend play, instrument exploration, stories and many more!

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As we play, sing, and make music together, our team has brainstormed ways to further involve the families in our mission to support the whole child. We know that one of the most important things in maximising your Baumhaus experience is knowing your Teachers.

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We are very pleased to introduce to you, another teacher and the newest addition to our team, Teacher Violet

Violet’s introduction to the performing arts was in Hong Kong Disneyland. At the age of 19, she worked full time as an Operations Host and Guest Relations Cast Member. For five years she helped make a magical experience for each and every guest in the park, honing her communication skills in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Violet has always been musically inclined and her love for singing took off. She has always enjoyed teaching. Working at a young age, Violet started by tutoring her younger schoolmates, helping them with their homework and preparing for exams. She immensely enjoyed being a Trainer in Disney. She loved being able to train them with the right tools to perform their duties. 

And speaking of teachers, always remember that YOU are your child's best teacher and that we are partners in their musical development. Kindermusik by Baumhaus also allows you to sing your songs and do your activities in your class, in the comfort of your home! The digital home materials platform allows parents to access stories, songs and games through an online Kindermusik account. 

What is up with Cafe Sausalito? 

New seasonal specials will be launching in the Café Sausalito Coffee Lounges, featuring Salted Caramel Lattes, Quinoa Salads and more! If you're feeling peckish, check out our new offerings of guilt-free snacks to share (or not) with your little ones. You can also now enjoy our specialty coffee and food at home via Deliveroo.

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Café Sausalito is excited to announce the expansion of our GoCup HK collaboration to the Baumhaus Coffee Lounge locations to reduce the amount of disposables that go to waste! Bring your own reusable cup for a takeaway beverage on Fridays and enjoy a different perk each month! Ask a barista for more details. 

More good news!

Wan Chai’s Playroom Promotion has been extend up to December 17, 2017! For every purchase of Playroom entry, you will have a $20 credit for coffee lounge! Enjoy a treat while your child is playing or attending a class!

We will be having a Halloween Party for you and your whole family! Every year, we encourage our students to come to class in their favourite costume during Halloween week. At the end of the week we choose our best dressed student and give a prize! This year, we will be having a big party for you and your families! There will be games, songs, food and prizes for the whole family!

Please subscribe to our mailing list, like us on facebook or follow our IG (@baumhaus_hk) to be the first to find out about what's new in Baumhaus! 

Again, we are so proud to have you as part of our creative community and we look forward to working together to develop and grow with your child in mind, body, and spirit.  As parents, teachers and, caregivers we must realize:  Our purpose is simple.  We're here to develop young minds and change the world. One child at a time.

 

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