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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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Looking ahead to 2009, we are pleased to offer an exciting line-up of Kindermusik classes with our new semester beginning Saturday, January 24th.  We have something for everyone at Masterworks Studio!

Village – Ages Newborn to 18 months

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Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be. That’s why these Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes are the main theme of this class. Plus, you’ll develop research-proven communication strategies with your child through listening activities, speaking “parentese,” and sign language.

Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged nursery rhyme and songs from class, a rhyming picture board book—Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce, a set of Art Banners, and an instrument for music-making at home.

 

rhythm-smThe Rhythm of My Day

This class will help you bring more rhythm and routine to your baby’s day, as well as help develop lasting learning skills. We’ll show you how and tell you why music can help your little one soothe into the day’s schedule and help build a strong body and mind network for learning. You can bring home those same stress-free play and relaxation techniques from class, and incorporate them into your daily routines.

Home Materials:CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, The Rhythm of My Day—a  colorful picture board book with class themes, a set of Art Banners, and an instrument for music-making at home.

For class days and times, please visit our Class Schedule.

Our Time – Ages 18 months to 3.5 years

Fiddle Dee Dee  Fiddle Dee Dee Home Materials

We’ll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler’s emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces, we’ll help toddlers develop rhythm while further developing their ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed instrument emphasis in the music from class, parents can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help their toddlers stay happy and engaged learners at home, too.

Home Materials: Two Books—This Little Piggy Played the Fiddle and Animal Serenade, Two Home CDs, Kindermusik-exclusive fiddle sticks, and a Home Activity Book—all arriving in a cute, play-storage box that is environmentally safe and recyclable.

For class days and times, please visit our Class Schedule.

Imagine That – ages 3 – 5 years

Cities! Home MaterialsCities! Busy Places ~ Friendly FacesIn this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers, and world-traveling photographers are the theme. Learning through the pretend play that preschoolers adore, we’ll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and handcrafting city “buildings” from wax paper at home so we can make a cityscape in class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations so the parent can take part in the learning. With a pair of resonator bars as a featured instrument, and a multicultural, jazzy collection of music, preschoolers will develop the social and intellectual skills they’ll need in school.

Home Materials:

Two books—Razupazu Toto and Down Our Street, Cities! Game Board Set, Two Home CDs—collection of multicultural and jazzy music heard in class, Family Activity Book, and a pair of Kindermusik resonator bars with mallets as the featured instrument. 

For class days and times, please visit our Class Schedule.

ABC Music & Me – ages 4 – 6 years

This semester we are offering three 5-week units of ABC Music & Me in our studio for the preschool set. 

Rhythms of the Land – Rhythms of the Land

In class we’ll explore the rhythms and sounds of Native American music. As we investigate, compare, and contrast a wide variety of drums and the materials they’re made from, your preschooler develops the investigative vocabulary needed in the sciences. When you repeat rhythm patterns at home and share the activities in your Home Kit, your child gets an early start in math, too.  

Home Kit: Jingle Stick instrument, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Pedal Pump, Pedal Pump)

Under the Rainbow

 

Under the Rainbow – Keep your eyes open for a rainbow this month.   In class we’ll explore the concept of high and low sounds with Irish music, tricky leprechauns, and the colors of the rainbow.   We’ll also match sounds with pictures, and match pictures with the written words to build lasting literacy skills.   With more activities sprinkled throughout the story in your Home Kit, you and your preschooler can practice together the skills needed now and later in school.
Home Kit: Home CD and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Under the Rainbow)  

 

Dance with Me

Dance with Me

This month, we’ll feature the music and dance of “one-two” rhythms and “one-two-three” rhythms.   In class, we’ll hear real instruments from the ballet and learn a few dance steps, too. Activities like dance, where your child follows a short sequence of instructions, helps to strengthen memory and his ability to follow directions.   At home, play the CD in your Home Kit and let your preschooler show you a new step or two. 

Home Kit: a pair of lumi stix, Home CD, and magazine-style Family Guide (includes the class story Dance of Our Own)

For class days and times, please visit our Class Schedule.

 

Wondering How You Can Afford Kindermusik Classes? 

Financial Aid

Think you can’t possibly afford Kindermusik classes for your child? 

Masterworks Studio is pleased to offer a Payment Plan to fit just about any budget. 

Enroll your child by December 16th with a $75 deposit, and take advantage of our Payment Plan by spreading your payments out from January through April.  Each month’s payment for the first child will be only $38.75,  beginning January 16, 2009.

Take two, three or even four months to pay for the 15-week semester!

Depending on which plan you choose, payments range from $38.75 to $77.50.  We believe so passionately in the power of Kindermusik that we want every child to be able to participate.  Details are available on our Class Schedule

Priority Registration for returning families is currently underway.  Open Registration begins December 16th.  Act now to get the class of your choice.

Discounts

Kindermusik families currently enrolled receive a Priority Registration discount by having first choice of classes for the next semester as well as $10 off tuition, if registered by December 15th.  They will receive a Priority Registration discount code in their class email this week.  Returning families choosing to use the Payment Plan will have the discount taken off the total tuition, thereby further reducing the amount of their monthly payments.

Early Birds can register by January 3, 2009, and take $5.00 off tuition by using the discount code: EarlyBird31278, redeemable immediately with full registration, and, using the Payment Plan, is taken off of the final payment.

Have more than one child to enroll?  Not a problem!

Siblings receive a 10% tuition discount for the second child and 20% off tuition for the third child.  The Sibling Discount applies to multiple children enrolled simultaneously in classes, even if they are in different classes or age levels.

Do you know someone who would be interested in Kindermusik for their child?  With our Tell-a-Friend Referral Bonus, you earn $10 tuition credit for every paid referral that lists you by name.  These referral credits will be taken off of the last payment for the semester or applied to the next semester, whichever you prefer!

There really is something for everyone at Masterworks Studio this semester!  🙂

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Earlier this month we completed our Imagine That summer camp entitled “Drums, Drums, Drums” and had an absolute blast!  We learned about the djembe, the conga, steel drums, the sansa, and the shekere in our camp and enjoyed a visit with a real percussionist and her conga drum. 

When I ran across this clip on Musikandmotion’s blog , I couldn’t resist sharing it in honor of my Imagine That! students.  You will really enjoy the sounds of the didgeridoo from Australia that was also heard by our Zoo Train and Family Time families in the song “Drover’s Dream.”  Jono Callow is a-*mazing*!  Enjoy!

Thanks, Sunny!

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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.

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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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    to my Kindermusik and studio families for their patience and understanding while I underwent surgery last week.  I’ve been forced to slow down and take things easy for a few days, but plan on being back in the classroom this Thursday, May 1st.  

    Our summer schedule will also be up and available for online registration later this week.  We will be spending “Busy Days” with our youngest set in Village classes, visiting the zoo in “Zoo Train” in Our Time and Family Time, playing all kinds of African drums in “Drums, Drums, Drums” for Imagine That classes, and literally traveling “Around the World” for our oldest age group, Young Child.  “Sign and Sing” will also be available as well.  Check back in for detailed information later this week!

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    Kindermusik families at Masterworks Studio will have the opportunity to enjoy all of these marvelous activities in our Spring Semester beginning February 2, 2008.  From infants in Village to the oldest child in ABC Music & Me, we will be having a be-bopping good time!  😀

    Village – Cock-a-Doodle-MOO!  

     Cock-a-Doodle-MOO!   ( 0 – 18 months)   

    Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In the Cock-a-doodle-MOO! unit of Kindermusik Village, families will sing songs about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” They’ll engage in rituals and playful activities for baby and caregiver, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time. During the week, families will enjoy their At Home Materials, looking through a playful picture book of animals and the sounds they make, as well as a CD of the songs heard in class and an instrument for music-making at home.   A fun, new addition to the Village At Home Materials to enhance music play at home is the Cock-a-Doodle-MOO! Sunshine Jingle.

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    Village – DewDrops

    DewDrops   ( 0 – 18 months)

    Stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies in our second Village unit.  In the DewDrops unit of Kindermusik Village, families will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” They’ll also hear traditional Irish music: they’ll dance a jig, move to the “Irish Trot,” and exercise to “Did You Ever See a Lassie.” In their At Home Materials, families will receive a CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, a board book of flowers, and a DewDrops Flower instrument for music-making at home.

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    To register for Village classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

    Our Time – Away We Go!

    Away We Go!   (18 months – 3.5 yrs)

    Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This delightful, 15-lesson unit focuses on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Sing and play along with favorite songs, such as “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Wheels on the Bus”. Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories about ways to get around. “Shiny Dinah” tells the story of a train, and “Giddy-Up!” has a horse, speedboat, racecar, and more to help you get where you want to go. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 1/2 to 3-year-olds.  Families will receive 2 CDs, a Home Activity Book, 2 storybooks (“Shiny Dinah” and “Giddy-Up!”), 2 harmonicas, and a train carrying box.

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    To register for Our Time classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

    Imagine That!  – Toys I Make – Trips I Take

    Toys I Make, Trips I Take   (3 – 5 years)

    What’s more exciting to a 3 or 4-year-old than a new toy? How about an entire Toy Shop full of toys! And a full toy shop is exactly what your Kindermusik Imagine That! families will enjoy in an exceptional follow-up to the already highly regarded first unit of the curriculum, See What I Saw.

    Toys I Make, Trips I Take is focused on creating a stimulating musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, story telling movement, and more.

    Toys I Make, Trips I Take introduces the musical environment of a remarkable toy shop, filled with boats, trains, balls, jack-in-the-box and many other toys that bring a glimmer into a child’s eyes.  Your child will always remember the magic of the toy shop in Toys I Make –  Trips I Take.

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    At Home Materials include an Imagine That! backpack, 2 CDs, two literature books: “Tippity, Tippity, Too” and “If I Had a Big Blue Boat”, a Home Activity Book, the Toy Shop play set and drum.

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    To register for Imagine That! classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

    ABC Music & Me – ages 4 – 6

    ABC Music & Me

    Designed for the preschooler and kindergartner, Kindermusik’s award-winning curriculum ABC Music & Me provides a warm, fun-filled place of learning that gives your child developmentally correct musical experiences including creative movement, focused listening, learning how to keep the beat to music, singing to develop singing skills, exploring instruments, as well as a weekly pre-reading piano lesson. Your child will soon have a lifelong companion in music!

    This is a 15 week class, meeting for 45 minutes each week.  Parents join us for the last 10 minutes of each class. Monthly “At Home” materials include a CD of all the songs from each month’s lessons, a full color family guide full of activities to do with the child at home, and a new child sized instrument or prop every other month.

    February – Sounds Abound

    This month we’ll use a new instrument: our bodies. In class we’ll explore all the sounds we can make with our mouths, our bodies, and our own two hands. With your Student Kit find instructions for instruments made from found objects around the house and play along with the music. Do so and your preschooler develops an early understanding of technology and how one material can be used to make something else. Activities in your Student Kit help you bring these big ideas home when you take part in the listening, turn-taking, and sound-effect making activities. Student Kit includes CD and mini-literature magazine.

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    March – Dance With Me

    This month, we’ll feature the music and dance of “one-two” rhythms, and “one-two-three” rhythms. In class, we’ll hear real instruments from the ballet and learn a few dance steps, too. Activities like dance, where your child follows a short sequence of instructions, helps to strengthen memory and his ability to follow directions. At home, play the CD in your Student Kit and let your preschooler show you a new step or two. Student Kit includes lummi sticks, CD, and mini-literature magazine.

    April – Drums, Drums, Drums

    This month 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 Student Kit, and you’ll help preschooler develop a strong foundation in math, rhythm and coordination, and critical listening. Student Kit includes CD and mini-literature magazine.

    May – Feel the Music

    Expressing herself and what she needs from teachers and friends is a necessary skill in school. So in class we’ll help your preschooler learn more about the words that help her describe the way she feels, while learning more about the emotions of others. Your Student Kit includes the same music and stories we’ll be talking about in class to help you open the door to the emotions your preschooler is learning to express. Student Kit includes a chickita, CD, and mini-literature magazine.

    To register for ABC Music & Me classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

    Family Time – Make Way For Music!

    Family Time    kmfamilytimec-blog-thumb.jpg  (Newborn – 7 years)

    In Make Way for Music!, families will sing, dance, and move their way through an exploration of several elements of music: beat and rhythm, concepts and contrasts (such as staccato and legato, high and low, the major scale, and arpeggios), the human voice, instrument families, and ensemble.

    They’ll engage in developmentally appropriate activities that the whole family can enjoy together, including fingerplays, songs, circle dances, story time, and family jam. In their At Home Materials, families will receive two fingerdrums, one Sing, Play, & Grow home activity guide, two children’s storybooks (“Drum Circle” and “Animals on Parade”), a hand puppet and finger puppet of Rex (the lion member of Family Time’s Jellybean Band), and an instrument-matching board game. Get the family band together, and Make Way for Music!

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    To register for Family Time classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

    Priority Registration

    Priority Registration begins today through December 19th. This is available only to current Kindermusik families to give you first choice at the class day and time you want. Registering now with a $75 deposit ensures your child’s place is held in the class of your choice, and his/her home materials for next semester are here the first day of class. Priority Registration also gives you a $10 discount on tuition.  For online registration, please email me and I will send you the direct link for your specific class. Open registration for anyone to join us begins December 20th.

    Payment Plan

    Our Payment Plan is also available for those who would like to spread the cost of tuition out over several months. You decide whether or not you would rather have two, three, or even four payments.  Details on the payment plan and class schedules are available on my website here.

    Discounts

    Be sure to tell your friends about our classes. Why?

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    For every paid registration that lists you as the referral, you will receive a $10 tuition credit toward your next class with no limit on the number of referrals.  Do you have more than one child?  Siblings also receive a 10% discount on tuition!
     

    Santa’s Visit is just around the corner!

    Merry Christmas!  

    Give the gift that keeps on giving long after Christmas is over.  We have gift certificates available this year for Christmas. Why not put a Kindermusik class on your child’s wish list?  Grandparents, godparents, aunts or uncles can very easily play Santa at my website for your child’s class. Gift announcement cards are sent directly to the recipient as well as notification to the giver. What a terrific gift that keeps on giving!

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    As always, if you have any questions, I am always available via email: missmerri at masterworks-studio.com or by phone: 404.395.5247.

    Whatever your age, whatever your interest, we have something for everyone at Masterworks Studio this year!

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    We *missed* the deadline?!

    Tomorrow’s the registration deadline for receiving Home Materials at the first lesson of our fall semester!  If you’re still waiting to register for classes this fall, your child may not have home materials that first week!  I am placing my order tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, Sept. 4th) in order to have them in time for class.  Late registrations will receive their materials at the second class and will have to pay an additional $3 to offset additional shipping charges.  Don’t let your child go without Home materials for even one week! 

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    This September, beginning September 8th, Masterworks Studio will offer a full range of Kindermusik classes for all age groups.  Village, Our Time, Imagine That, Young Child, and Family Time classes are all on the schedule.  We have morning classes, late afternoon, and evening classes as well as Saturday morning classes for those who can’t make it during the work week. 

    Village: Newborn – 18 months

    Feathers

    The musical poems of Woody Guthrie, bird songs, and the naturally occurring sounds in nature help babies develop an early appreciation – and accelerated aptitude – for language, movement, and music in this unit.  Feathers introduces Baby and Parent/Caregiver to a delightful range of songs, movement activities, object play, and vocal play relating to our feathered friends.  The Australian Kookaburra, the African Ostrich, and many more birds from across the world are featured in songs, dances, and poems.  Both jazz and classical selections, a Yiddish folk song, a Muskogean melody, and Mother Goose rhymes set to music are just a few of the colorful and exciting pieces introduced in this curriculum.

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    Your At Home Materials include over 25 specially-selected recordings from class, Little Bird Shaker instrument, and Art Banner for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy.

    Do-Si-Do
    Pick up your baby and dance. Do the Charleston, the Tango, and the Cha-Cha and learn why dancing with your baby helps her develop vital learning skills  -from head to toe. In this unit, play over 25 unique instruments and home-made activities.    Do-Si-Do stimulates a wonderfully unique experience of rhythm and movement for Baby and Parent/Caregiver.   Other activities range from chime ball play to instrument exploration and more.  Music selections draw from many traditions, including African American, Mexican, Romantic, Scottish, South African, and Southeast Asian.

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    Your At Home Materials include over 25 specially-selected recordings from class, a Yellow Do-Si-Do Clacker, and Art Banner for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy.

    To register for Village classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

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    Our Time: 18 months – 3.5 years

    Wiggles and Giggles
    The more than 30 songs, 15 dances, and eight different instruments create these unique music activities, designed to reflect the importance of movement in the life of a toddler.   Wiggles & Giggles is all about movement (wiggles!) and fun, funny words and sounds, and emotion (giggles!). There is a strong connection in this semester to the Our Time theme of bound away and back. The songs are about humor, laughter, silly sounds and words, and movement. The child is going back and forth between being independent and wanting mommy and daddy. Everyday activities like bath time are highlighted in the delightful book ‘Pete and PJ’ from the Kindermusik library.  Included as part of the ‘giggle’, the instrument focus is on silly sounds, like the Zig-Zag blocks included in the home materials.

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    The double-CD set in your At Home Materials features 50 songs, sounds, and recordings of favorite activities from class, plus two story books to develop early literacy skills. Also included is a specially-made zig-zag block instrument to develop rhythm and hand-eye coordination.

    To register for Our Time classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

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    Imagine That!  3.5 – 4 years

    See What I Saw
    In this 15-week semester, your preschooler uses his real experience playing in the park to create imaginative, story-telling scenarios with music. Each week provides your preschooler one uninterrupted session of imaginative play that’s guided in a very specific, sequential way – with a special Family Sharing Time with you in the last 15 minutes of class.

    Books, storytelling, language, drama, puppets – these are all essential ingredients to the Imagine That! curriculum.  Each acts as a dramatic catalyst for integrating thematic songs, activities, events, and feelings.  In See What I Saw, you will enjoy the many wonders of a trip to Grasshopper Park. The music represents a variety of different cultures with songs from Ghana, Latin America, Greece, and France.  You will find some favorites including “Ha Ha This-a-Way,” “Jim Along Josie,” and “Mr. Sun,” “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “Shoo-Fly,” and “Allee Galloo.”  There are also many new, original compositions like the chant “Everything is Just Fine.”

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    The At Home materials then invite the children to continue the fun and learning at home through the use of a Kindermusik slide whistle instrument, CD, Family Activity Book, “Grasshopper Park” game board, and Imagine That! backpack.

    To register for Imagine That! classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

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    Kindermusik for the Young Child: 5 – 7 years

    Considered the “creme de la creme” of the seven year Kindermusik program,   Semester 1 of Kindermusik for the Young Child opens the world to new and different ways of learning about music.  The focus and content includes beat versus no beat, percussion instruments, brass instruments, melodic direction, exploring the staff, and notation.  Semester 1 also introduces the glockenspiel, a pre-keyboard instrument. Some of the favorite themes are “Music is Everywhere,” “Meet the Mallets,” and “Discovering Melody and Mozart.” 

    Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm.  Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we’ll learn a keyboard instrument – the glockenspiel – which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes.  Your At Home materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you’ll hear about from class, so your child – and you! – can learn where you’re most comfortable: at home.

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    The set of At Home materials includes: Children’s Folder, Games Bag, Family Songbook, Home CD, Carry Bag, and a Glockenspiel with mallets.

    To register for Young Child classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

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    Family Time: Newborn – 7 years

    Movin’ & Groovin’ is a romping, rolling, stretching good time for the whole family. This unit of Family Time will explore lots of different ways to move – high and low, fast and slow, zigzag, curvy, and more. Family members will chug around the classroom like trains, clip-clop like horses, and roll over like puppy dogs. They’ll hear a story about playing tag together in Can You Catch Me?, and read about a jungle hokey-pokey in Put Your Left Paw In.  Show your best groovin’ moves – it’s time for Movin’ & Groovin’.

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    Families will receive:

    • Sing, Play & Grow! A family guide to musical fun – a book full of activities and information about child development, as well as fun facts about the songs enjoyed in class.
    • Jellybean band puppets: Introducing Rascal the monkey! (hand puppet and finger puppet).
    • 2 monkey den-den drums.
    • 2 Jellybean Band books with activity pages, comic strips about the band, and stories. This unit’s stories are Can You Catch Me? and Put Your Left Paw In.

    To register for Family Time classes, please visit our Class Schedule.

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    ABC Music & Me

    This fall, Masterworks Studio will again provide ABC Music & Me at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia for the Ladies Ministry groups meeting on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

    2-4 year olds

    Out & About

    All the wonder of being outdoors in summer is set to music with imaginary bike rides, walks on the beach, star-gazing, and hiking in the mountains. In the great outdoors of their imaginations, children will pedal make-believe bikes and take turns on swings. With focused listening activities that feature the sounds of summer, you?ll love hearing parents share their musical summer stories with their children when they dig together in the sand and fly like seagulls with activities in the Home Activity Guide and Home CDs, including the beach counting game “Five Little Seagulls,” “Charlie Over the Ocean,” and the soothing, star-gazing sound of “Oh Watch the Stars.”

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    Take Home Materials: 15-page Family Activity Guide features songs, games, and activities from class and music CD.

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    Splash!

    All the fun and joys of taking a bath come together in Splash!  Your child will pretend to hike, picnic, and explore outdoors, and then he will slow down, listening to soothing music and practice relaxing both mind and body, paving the way to easier bedtime transitions at home.   We will be focusing on the number concept of three – counting to three, tapping three times, striking a drum three times and listening to words repeated three times.  By learning to understand the world through opposites, your child will learn the difference between smooth and bumpy by listening, singing, and playing instruments in smooth and bumpy ways, paving the way to learning musical terms and concepts such as legato and staccato.  In the Family Activity guide, you’ll also find suggestions for fun activities at home such as making ocean waves by putting a beach ball on a sheet while lifting the sheet’s edges and a game where your child identifies who lives and travels on water.

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    Take Home Materials: 15-page Family Activity Guide features songs, games, and activities from class, a beach ball for bath time, and a music CD which includes a full read along of the story about a penguin who makes bath time fun .

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    4-6 year olds

    Giggles

    Giggles reaps the benefits of laughter and silliness with knock-knock jokes, echo songs, and movement games and dances. Traditional American folk music introduces unusual instruments and silly song lyrics. Fast and slow, or presto and largo, tempos are explored on the keyboard, with hands and bodies, and with other instruments and props. 

    American folk instruments, such as the banjo, jaw harp, and spoons, are represented in the music throughout this unit. The concepts of fast and slow are experienced through song, keyboard exploration, and silly movement activities, such as dancing clocks. Children are encouraged to play presto and largo when keyboard is included in the lesson.

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    The Take Home Kit includes the 15-page Family Activity Guide which features songs, games, and activities from class, plus the music CD.

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    Under the Rainbow

    Under the Rainbow explores the concepts of high and low through sound and movement.  The sweet sounds of Irish music are introduced in focused listening examples, instrument play-alongs, and a lively leprechaun jig. A glissando reinforces the concepts of high and low, and the glockenspiel is the perfect instrument for demonstration. High and low sounds are explored on a variety of other instruments including the piccolo, bassoon, trombone, and clarinet. Children will hear, sing, and see visual representations of high and low sounds. Children are introduced to the location of high and low notes when keyboard is included in the lesson.

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    The Take Home Kit includes the 15-page Family Activity Guide which features songs, games, and activities from class, plus the music CD and a harmonica.

    To register for ABC Music & Me classes, please visit our ABC Music & Me page.   ABC Music & Me  is only open to members of the Ladies Ministry groups at the Church of the Apostles.

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    Making Kindermusik Affordable for All Families

    We believe so firmly, so passionately in the Kindermusik program that we want *every* child in *every* family to be able to participate. This fall, Masterworks Studio is offering a Payment Plan to make this possible. There are four different options available.

    • Option A – Full Payment with Enrollment
    • Option B – $75 Deposit with Enrollment, Balance paid at first class
    • Option C – $75 Deposit with Enrollment, Balance split into two equal payments – first payment due by the first class, the balance paid by 10/10/07
    • Option D – $75 Deposit with Enrollment, Balance split into three equal payments – first payment due by first class, second and third payments due by 10/10/07 and 11/10/07

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    Enrollment is available for your convenience online through our website here.  We accept payment by all major credit cards, Paypal, Google Checkout, personal check, and, of course, cash.  (We like the green stuff!)  🙂

    So, you see, this fall, there really and truly is something for everyone at Masterworks Studio!

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