At what age can my child start Kindermusik? No child
is too young to start Kindermusik.We offer age-appropriate classes
for children ages newborn to seven years. See the Classes Page for more information.
How is Kindermusik different from other music programs for children?
So many reasons! Kindermusik is the original music and movement
program. Kindermusik International has been doing this for nearly 40 years. While some music programs put children of all ages together in
one room, Kindermusik classes (apart for the Family class) are geared to specific
ages. Kindermusik is very interactive, and encourages bonding by
involving parents and caregivers. The program is based on a mix of
scientific research and learning philosophies of prominent musicians,
composers, and development experts.
Will my child learn an instrument like piano, guitar, or violin at Kindermusik?
Kindermusik firmly believes, and research supports, that a solid
foundation of basic musical training is the best path for children. This
is why Kindermusik starts with concepts like steady beat and fine and
gross motor skills. The Young Child program, for ages five to seven
years, introduces a pre-keyboard instrument (the glockenspiel), a
stringed instrument (the dulcimer), and a wind instrument (the
recorder). Kindermusik feels strongly that this is the best approach to
shaping the Mozarts and Bachs of tomorrow. Starting a child on a
finger-based instrument too early, while his hand and fingers are still
growing and developing, could actually do more harm than good. Simply
put, Kindermusik is the best place to start.
My child has special needs. Will he or she be able to participate?
We welcome special needs children and have found they thrive in the
Kindermusik environment! Please contact Miss Suzanne directly for
Do I have to attend the classes with my child? Most
of the classes require that a parent or caregiver accompany the child.
The classes are specifically designed to spark interaction between the
parent and child. You are your child's first and best teacher, and
Kindermusik tries to strengthen that bond. In the classes for older
ages, the children spend most of the class with just the teacher, but
parents are included in a portion of every Kindermusik class.
If I cannot attend the class, who else can bring my child?
If neither parent is available to attend classes with the child, then
another adult/caregiver may attend class with the child. We have
several grandparents attending so come along and join the fun! If at all
possible it is preferable that the same adult attend class each week in
order to ensure the child gets comfortable with a routine and the adult
becomes familiar with the songs and activities.
Can visitors come with us to class? Yes – but please let Miss Suzanne know ahead of time.
What if my child doesn't participate in class?
Children learn in different ways. Simply because a child appears shy in
class, that doesn't mean he or she is not learning. We often hear from
parents whose children are quiet in class that when they get home the
child sings the songs and does the activities! Just remember that the
home is the most important learning environment and you are your child's
most important teacher. The classroom is intended to give you tools to
bring the music and learning home.
How do I enroll my child for classes? You will need to complete an online enrollment for each child. Please see the Enrollment Page for information.
When is enrollment open? Enrollment opens in late May
for the first (September) semester and late November for the second
(February) semester. There is a priority registration period for
existing students during which time I will receive forms from new
families for immediate processing after priority registration closes.
Can I join once a semester has started? Yes - subject to a space being available. Your fees will be pro-rated to reflect the week you start class.
Where are the classes held? Classes are held in
Stephenson Hall next to Centenary Church, at the foot of Collector's
Hill, Smiths and directly opposite the Rotisserie Grill and A1
Where do I park? Parking is available behind the A One and North Rock. Please do not park in front of the A One or the Rotisserie Grill.
What do I need to bring to class? Please bring a
towel to class to sit on and dress comfortably as we will be moving a
lot! Please also bring indoor shoes so we can keep the floor clean.
What does the fee include? Your fees include one
Semester of 45 minute classes (60 mins for Young Child) and all
materials and items used. Each Semester fee is either payable in full or
with a monthly payment option. There are no other charges. There is a
discount rate for the second and subsequent children from the same
family registering at the same time. See theEnrollment Pagefor full details.
Can I pay in US Dollars? If your US Dollar account is at a local bank - no problem, just pay the published amount. If you pay by cheque from an overseas US bank please add $20.00 for my bank's processing fees.