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Smiling Sunshine

It’s that time of year again – hot, sunny days filled with giggles and laughter of children who live life right there in the moment!

Share the fun and joy with your children as we spend our Busy Days exploring the Creatures at the Ocean while we’re On the Road traveling Around the World!

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For newborn through 18 months:

Busy Days

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Set your baby’s day to classical music.  With a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle” repertoire, you’ll discover new ways your baby benefits from the classics as you both develop an appreciation for the world’s most respected music.  Each lesson features new activities and songs you can sing for all the places you go together – the store, the playground, the doctor, and more!

Take-Home materials include a Home CD , a baby board book (pictured above), a parent poster, and a beautiful, wooden cage bell especially for your little one.  This is a 5-class session with classes lasting 45 minutes.  For specific days and times, please check our Class Schedule.

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For children 18 months to 3.5 years:

Creatures at the Ocean

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“Come sailing with me” as we head for the ocean!  Sing sailor songs and make the ocean count.  “Five little seashells lying on the shore: Swish! Went the waves and then there were four.”  Make homemade kites and fish sandwiches using fish-shaped bread and P.B. and J.

Home materials include a Home CD, a pair of seashell castanets instrument, a set of 10 story cards and 5 picture folders.  This is a 5-class session with classes lasting 45 minutes.  For specific days and times, please check our Class Schedule.

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For children ages 3 to 5 years old:

On the Road

Re-live your childhood, with your child. Every song is likely to revive a memory from your summers’ past. Play “Eye Spy” and find shapes in the clouds to pass the time. Take imaginary trips in a bus named “Van Go” to fun-filled vacation destinations such as the carnival, a summer cottage, and the beach.

Home Materials: On the Road book, Home CD, frog guiro instrument, and poster.   This is a 5-class session with classes lasting 45 minutes.  For specific days and times, please check our Class Schedule.On the Road Home Mats

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For children ages 5 to 6 years old:

Around the World

Take an imaginary trip—explore the exotic cultures of Germany, Japan, Africa, England, and Mexico. Play the native instruments. Drape sheets over cardboard boxes and sing over the German mountain tops. Toss peanuts on the floor and bring good luck to one’s home in this Japanese custom. Send messages in Nigeria with “talking drums.”

This is a 5-class session with classes lasting 90 minutes.  For specific days and times, please check our Class Schedule.

Home Materials: include a Home CD, arts and craft materials, a set of 5 picture folders, and a travel bag just right for child-sized travelers.

Around the World homemats

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NEW this year

Your summer’s filled to the brim and you just can’t squeeze in a 5-class session, but you hate for your child to miss Kindermusik.

Or maybe you’re already registered for a 5-class session and you’ve got some extra time to fill this summer to keep your little ones engaged and learning.

What can you do in either case?

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Come join us as we celebrate various themes for each age group in a one-time only Kindermusik playdate.

Village families will have four different playdates:

  • Wiggle, Waggle
  • Cowboy Baby
  • The Best of Kindermusik
  • Shake It Up, Mother Goose!

Home materials will vary from one playdate to another.   Each family attending will receive a Kindermusik CD, Board Book and/or Home Instrument.

Choose one playdate or even all four – you can create your own summer Kindermusik schedule!  Your baby will thank you with BIG hugs and grins!

Cowboy BabyOur Time families are offered four different themes as well:

  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Tub Tunes
  • The Best of Kindermusik
  • Pet and Play

Home materials will vary from one playdate to another.   Each family attending will receive a Kindermusik CD, Board Book and/or Home Instrument.  Choose one playdate or even all four – you can create your own summer Kindermusik schedule!  Your toddler will thank you with BIG hugs and giggles!

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For our older children (Imagine That and Young Child ), we are very pleased to offer two very unique playdates.

Fairy Princess Ballerinas: on July 18th at 11:30 AM

Come join us as we celebrate all the magic of being a Fairy Princess Ballerina!  Your little girl will thank you with BIG hugs and a wave of her magic wand!

Each family will receive a Kindermusik CD and Hardcover Book.  Each girl will also receive her own very special magic wand and pink tutu.

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World Explorers on July 25th at 11:30AM.

Come join us as we celebrate all the wonder of being a world-class explorer!  Your child will thank you with BIG hugs and maybe even take you along on an exploration!

Each family will receive a Kindermusik CD and Hardcover Book.  Each child will also receive his or her own very special explorer fanny pack filled with explorer equipment.

For registration of specific days and times, please check our Class Schedule.

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This summer we have something for everyone at Masterworks Studio.   😀

Your bare feet!

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I don’t honestly remember how I first found TED.com.  I guess it was a link sent by a friend or one of those days I was surfing the web, traveling from link to link, reading whatever caught my interest.  In any event,  I was so fascinated by the expansive offerings on TED that I subscribed to their newsletter.

This week’s e-newsletter shared one of the three winning TED wishes ($100K prize) this year  – that of Dr. Jose Abreu of Venezuela,  a 70-year-old retired economist, trained musician, and social reformer who founded “the system” (El Sistema) in 1975 and has built it with religious zeal, based on his belief that what poor Venezuelan kids needed was classical music.

Abreu’s wish?  To take El Sistema to other nations, including the United States.

El Sistema is all about children,  many from neighborhoods which are so poor, desperate and crime-ridden, that hope is often extinguished in children at an early age, living in areas where residents don’t walk alone day or night.  And it’s focus is about saving them – hundreds of thousands of children – through music.

According to Dr. Abreu, music is a social system that fights poverty and overcomes it by the spiritual richness that music provides, becoming a vehicle of social change.

Each day, children from some of the poorest of the poor slums in Venezuela line up for free lessons at their local branch of El Sistema.  Beginning as early as two years of age, they start learning the basics, like rhythm, and the language of music.  (Sounds like Kindermusik!)

By the time they’re four, they’re being taught how to play an instrument. By the time they’re six or seven-year-old veterans, they’re playing in orchestras.

Through hard work and the assistance of fifteen thousand trained musicians as well as gifted kids who teach other kids, the system uses classical music to instill in the kids self-esteem and confidence.

In the thirty-four years since El Sistema was first founded, over eight hundred thousand children have passed through the organization.  While the majority of them do not continue on to be professional musicians, all of them are changed.

Dr. Abreu is quoted as saying,

“Music produces an irreversible transformation in a child. This doesn’t mean he’ll end up as a professional musician. He may become a doctor, or study law, or teach literature. What music gives him remains indelibly part of who he is forever.”

When asked if he thinks the system could work in the United States, one Sistema branch manager said:

“Yeah. But I mean, kids are kids. It doesn’t matter where they come from. And if you can help a poor kid in here, you can help a poor kid everywhere. It doesn’t matter the culture, it doesn’t matter the race. I mean, it’s music. Everybody love music.”

Make sure your computer is hooked up to a good set of speakers, turn up the sound, sit back, and prepare to be completely blown away by the power and beauty of  the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño), the national high-school-age youth orchestra of El Sistema, directed by Gustavo Dudamel,  newly named musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and product of El Sistema himself.   The two selections are Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2.

To learn more about Dr. Abreu, El Sistema, and making Dr. Abreu’s wish come true, please visit TED.com here.

To view the El Sistema segment by Bob Simon on 60 Minutes, please follow this link.

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I read an interesting article today about enhancing your well-being through purposeful mental training such as that done by Buddhist monks in Tibet.

Written by Brian Maffly of the Salt Lake Tribune, it is a fascinating look into current scientific research done by Communications Psychology professor Richard Davidson of Madison University, using the latest technology such as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to document the startling control the monks demonstrate over their emotional states.  His resulting ideas about “neuroplasticity” — the notion that we can enhance brain function through purposeful mental training — threaten to upend conventional psychoterapy, which has little scientific basis.

Davidson is quoted as saying:

“We were all taught that the brain is different from other organs in the way it changes over time.  We thought the process was one of irrevocable death,”  Davidson said.  “We now know that view is definitely wrong.  The brain is capable of generating 7,000 to 9,000 cells a day.”

Recruited by the Dalai Lama, monks who participated in this study had spent, on average, 34,000 hours in intense meditation and were considered masters of the faith.   By using scans that tracked brain function, Davidson was able to track high levels of activity in the areas of the brain associated with emotional well-being.   Further studies documented measurable changes in brain activity after two-week sessions of mental training.

The most interesting part of this article for me is directly related to music.  Davidson states,  The brain is the only organ designed to change in response to experience.   Musical training changes the structure of the brain and when it begins earlier in life the greater the influence. (emphasis mine)

Come join us in our Kindermusik classes and create some well-being of your own for you and your child.  We gladly offer pro-rated tuition when joining after the beginning of the new semester!

For our class schedule, please visit our website.


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Demo Days

Due to low registrations and the extreme weather we’ve had in the past two days, the *free* Kindermusik classes that were scheduled for Saturday, January 17th, have been cancelled.  We will re-schedule them at a later date in the next few weeks.

Please visit our website for the class schedule for our new Kindermusik semester starting next week.  It’s not too late to register! 🙂

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I love hearing what parents have to say about Kindermusik!  After all, I’m biased – I know that it’s the very best early childhood music and movement curriculum there is!  And I know that it’s *so* much more than just music.

But to hear what a parent has to say – well, that’s a glimpse into the other side of the equation in the Kindermusik classroom – the parent and their participation in class, too.

This article by Beth Britton in Clarkesville Online shares all this, but also points out another big plus for Kindermusik parents – the Kindermusik community of other parents that are right there with you in the classroom.

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Read what this mom from Clarkesville, Tennessee had to say about Kindermusik and the eye-opening insight she received about her own daughter while in the classroom.   Where would we be without the free thinkers of this world?  Your child *just* might be one of them!

It’s not too late to register for our upcoming Kindermusik semester which begins *next* Saturday, January 24th.    We’ll be singing Mother Goose rhymes, walking along with a dog named Rover, visiting “Cities – Busy Places, Friendly Faces” as well as playing the “Rhythms of the Land”.  Come join us!

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A colleague of mine, Jenn Horak-Hulk of Waukee, Iowa, recently posted a video of Kindermusik parents who explained why they chose Kindermusik for their children.  Each one has a different perspective to offer that is well worth hearing.  And the kids are just darn cute!  Enjoy!
This highly qualified parent (Early Childhood PhD) explains why she chose Kindermusik for her own children.
Our new semester begins in just two weeks!  Home materials are being ordered today.  Have you registered your child yet?

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Demo Days

Join us Saturday, January 17th for free 30-minute classes for two different age-groupings: 1) ages newborn to 3.5 years,  and 2) 3.5 – 6 years.

Classes are listed below.  In order to insure adequate class space, class sizes are limited, and we ask that you register your child for these free classes.  Choose the one that best fits your child’s age, and click on the link to register.  If you have more than one child, choose the class that more closely overlaps the age ranges of your children.  These are absolutely free!

Newborn – 3.5 years

Saturday, January 17th – 10AM


3.5  – 6 years


Not sure where we’re located?    All classes are held at Avondale First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Road, in Avondale Estates.  A map and directions are available here.

Come join us as we share some of the fun and learning you will find in our Kindermusik classroom!

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