While I enjoy teaching all Levels of the Kindermusik curriculum, Level 2 holds a special place in my heart. I started out my Kindermusik career teaching this Level first. The children at this Level have such a sense of wonder and joy as they discover the world around them. From striking the glockenspiel to howling at a drum in class, everything can be an adventure. I feel so privileged to be a facilitator to this wonderful world around them!
One of the most challenging classes to teach is the classes for 1 year olds. Level 1 provide toddlers with a stimulating setting to explore their new movements and language skills with a sense of security, comfort and confidence. That being said, the one year olds are always moving, wanting to explore their bodies and surroundings, and they are also in a locomotor stage.
The first Kindermusik class I ever taught, was Cuddle and Bounce. Now called Foundations, this class is for babies, from 0-12 months. I remember how nervous I was when I entered the classroom. There were 4 babies, ready to learn, and here I was, fresh from my Kindermusik training, and unsure of myself as a Kindermusik Educator.
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
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
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.