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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

Busy Days

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.   😀

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I realize that  it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything.  Life just got extremely busy, and something had to go on hiatus else I totally lose it.  After reading a blogpost from the Mayo Clinic,  though, I knew I had to take time to share this.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is world-renown for its medical expertise and care.  I found it interesting to note that they have a grand piano in the atrium of the Gonda building that is used frequently by individuals who want to share the gift of music.

Watch this video of a delightful, older couple and the joy and laughter they bring to the patients and families passing through the atrium this particular day.

Then read these words by a loving daughter who gives you a much deeper insight into the powerful gift that music provides there at the Mayo Clinic, and view this video of Jodi Hume with her mother, Sharon, as they talk about that day at the clinic and the joy that they found in the sunny atrium, watching and listening to Fran and Marlo Cowan, married 62 years, as they gave an impromptu performance.

Jodi wrote:

And then we heard the piano and the laughter. From the balcony we could see an older couple sitting side by side at the piano playing together and entertaining a host of people. Some were in wheelchairs, others were sitting with canes beside them or standing. Everyone was smiling with all burdens forgotten for the moment. The joy was absolutely indescribable. When we asked them to play one more for us, Fran and Marlow Cowan, who have been married for more than 62 years, treated us to an exceptional performance that is now a “youtube” sensation.

And watch this video of Jodi and her mom,  Sharon, as they sit in a porch swing and talk about that day at the Mayo.

To read Jodi’s post in its entirety, please visit the Mayo Blog here.

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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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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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Just in time for Saturday morning’s Our Time class (*and* Saturday morning breakfasts!), enjoy this video about making pancakes.  🙂

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Years ago, when my oldest child was very small, I was introduced to Sesame Street as well as the Muppets.  I soon learned that I enjoyed it as much as Matthew did.  Consequently, when I found this on my Facebook page today, I wanted to share it with all of you.  It looks like the 39th season may just be the best one yet!

Parodies in this video (known so far):
“30 Rocks” (based on 30 Rock)
“Pre-School Musical” (High School Musical)
“Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer” (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
“Plain White T’s” (Plain White T’s)
“Feist 1234” (1, 2, 3, 4)
“Dirtiest Jobs with Mike Rowe” (Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe).

Celebrities (known so far):
Jessica Alba, Will Arnett, David Beckham, Jack Black, Kim Cattrall, Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, Leslie Feist, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonah Hill, Randy Jackson, Heidi Klum, LL Cool J, Jenny McCarthy, Megan Mullally, Sandra Oh, Mike Rowe, Jason Taylor, Tilly and the Wall, Patrick Warburton, Brian Williams, Chandra Wilson

The new season begins August 18th.   Thanks goes to Lauren Shankman, one of my Imagine That parents, for the video.  Thanks, Lauren!

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Imagine whirling, creating, storytelling, singing, and dancing.  Nowhere else is learning this much fun!  And no other experience offers more ways for children to grow! 

 This unique opportunity allows you and your child to experience the most respected programs in early childhood music education first-hand. Together you’ll share the wonder and magic of learning through music.

 

We will share activities from our Fall Semester programs:
Dream Pillow and Zoom Buggy for Village classes,
Milk & Cookies for Our Time ages,
and Our Kind of Day for Family Time
in our class for ages newborn to 3 years.  
 

For older children, we will also share activities from:

Hello, Weather for Imagine That! ages 3.5 to 5 years, 

as well as Young Child, Semester 1 for children ages 5 to 7.

 Come join us for 30 minutes of fun, laughter, and special bonding time created just for you and your child!  Share the magic of Kindermusik with your child and experience it for yourself.

Register Here.

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 this fall!

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When’s the last time you went to the movies for $1.00?  (And, no, I don’t mean when you won a free ticket for reading a certain number of books or reading for so many hours for the local library’s summer reading program, either.)

$1.00 Movies for Charity

Well, take your children and visit your local AMC Theatre each Wednesday at 10AM this summer, all summer long, and enjoy a movie for only $1.00.  AMC also makes a KidsPack available that includes a kid-sized drink, popcorn, and snack for only $3.00 (a $2.75 savings only for the Summer Movie Camp). 

Summer KidsPack - special price for Summer Movie Camp

Participating AMC Theatres in our area include the AMC Stonecrest 16 at Stonecrest Mall in eastern DeKalb county, AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 in Morrow near Southlake Mall, AMC Discover Mills 18 in Gwinnett County near Discover Mills, and AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 located at GA 400 and Peachtree Parkway. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the box office or online on the AMC Theatres website.

The lineup includes:

June 25: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

July 2: The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

July 9: Alvin & the Chipmunks

July 16: Shrek the Third

July 23: Bee Movie

July 30: Surf’s Up

August 6: TMNT

All proceeds from the AMC Summer Movie Camp benefit the Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute.  Find participating theatres and fun activities for your kids here.

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Join us this summer as we celebrate all kinds of fun in our Kindermusik classes!  With multiple offerings of different days and times, you can have your music and your summer, too!  There’s something for everyone this summer!

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Village – ages newborn to 18 months

Busy Days!

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.  Each weekly class lasts 45 minutes.  Home Materials include: Book, CD, Village Cage Bell, and Poster.

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For class schedules and registration, please visit our website here.

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Our Time – ages 1.5 years to 3.5 years

Zoo Train!

Your toddler and the train make a natural match—always on the move. Tag along this summer with a traveling zoo train. Bring your own stuffed animals for the petting zoo. Wear long white socks on your hands for polar bear paws and learn about real animals in the zoo. Sing songs for clapping time, and use music to help toddlers regulate emotions. Each weekly class lasts 45 minutes.  Home Materials include: Book, CD, Animal Shaker, and Poster.

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For class schedules and registration, please visit our website here.

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Imagine That! – ages 3.5 – 5 years

Drums, Drums, Drums!

This session your child will experience the concept of fractions through hearing and playing quarter and eighth notes. In class we’ll do “call and response” activities to the rhythmic sounds of African music. Meanwhile, your child will sharpen listening and attention skills, as well as fine tune you’re her ear to finding patterns. Play together the activities in your Home Kit, and you’ll help your preschooler develop a strong foundation in math, rhythm and coordination, and critical listening.  Each weekly class lasts 45 minutes with the parent joining class in the final 10 minutes.  The “Drums, Drums, Drums” Home Kit includes Home CD and Magazine-style Family Guide, a 15″ mini-djembe (student instrument) and Book, Drum Circle.

Drums, Drums, Drums    

For class schedules and registration, please visit our website here.

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Young Child – ages 5 – 7 years

Around the World!

Take an imaginary trip—exploring 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.” Each weekly class lasts 90 minutes with the parent joining class in the final 15 minutes.  Home Materials include: CD, Arts and Craft materials,Picture Folder set, and Travel Bag.

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For class schedules and registration, please visit our website here.

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Family Time  – ages newborn – 7 years

Zoo Train!

Your toddler and the train make a natural match—always on the move. Tag along this summer with a traveling zoo train. Bring your own stuffed animals for the petting zoo. Wear long white socks on your hands for polar bear paws and learn about real animals in the zoo. Sing songs for clapping time, and use music to help toddlers regulate emotions. Each weekly class lasts 45 minutes.  Home Materials include: Book, CD, Animal Shaker, and Poster. Each sibling will receive their own individual animal shaker.

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For class schedules and registration, please visit our website here.

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Sign and  Sing! – ages 6 months – 2 years

Session A

Playtime and everyday items around the house—such as a ball, bubbles, and family members—are learning themes in this introduction to American Sign Language for a child and caregiver. Experienced signers will benefit from the session’s four, research-proven strategies shown to speed language development in hearing children, developed by the child development and sign language experts Signing Smart™. With the DVD’s visual dictionary showing parents and children making over 60 signs, plus a pocket-sized set of flashcards of the pictures and the words of the signs, you’ll easily incorporate sign language into your daily routines, favorite nursery rhymes, and stories.

Sign and Sing Home Materials

Home materials include:

  • one Family Activity Guide
  • one DVD glossary showing 60 signs
  • one set of clip-on flashcards that feature both children and adults using family-friendly >American Sign Language signs.
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    1, 2, 3…….Read with Me!

    Ages newborn to 5 years

    Create your own Kindermusik Adventure Camp with our weekly 45-minute musical story-times, offered each Wednesday morning at 10AM.  Choosing from eight different themes, you can pick which 5 weeks you attend and which you don’t!  Want to attend more than five?  Choose 6, 7, or 8 and receive a break on the price!

    June 4thBugs, Birds & Critters – all the fun and excitement of our outside summer friends!

    June 11thAnimals All ‘Round the World – including Po the Panda from “Kung Fu Panda”!

    June 25thBeach Bash –  Surf’s up! We’re heading for the beach!

    July 2Gizmos and Gadgets – celebrating robots and “WALL-E”!

    July 9 Down on the Farm – We’ll be going on a hay-ride as we travel to the farm and visit the animals!

    July 16Rumble in the Jungle – Come join us as we dance the “Animal Hokey Pokey”with our jungle friends!

    July 23Blast Off! – Journey through the stars with the “Space Chimps” and enjoy the fun of space travel!

    July 30Marvelous Me! – Watch as your child discovers the wonder of who he is and how marvelously his body works!

    To register for 1, 2, 3……Read with Me, please visit our website here.

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    This summer at Masterworks Studio we really and truly do offer something for everyone! If your vacation falls on one of our class days, you can switch to another class of the same age curricula and make it up at another time in another week with no additional charges!  Beat the high cost of gas and travel this summer by taking an adventure with us in Kindermusik!

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