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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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“I’d really like to enroll my child in your classes, but how can I afford it?”

“With gas prices so high, I don’t know how we’d pay for the classes!”

Sound familiar?

I know I’ve had similar thoughts in my head before when my own children were small.  I’ve even had similar thoughts recently!

As a mother of five children, I am very familiar with how tight finances can be.  Because I believe so passionately in Kindermusik and what it can provide for a child, Masterworks Studio now offers a Payment Plan for just about any budget.  Of course, full payment with enrollment is always gladly accepted!  🙂

Masterworks Payment Plan

For our Payment Plan, the following options are available:

  • Option A: $75 Deposit with Enrollment, Balance by the first class in August.
  • Option B: $75 Deposit with Enrollment; Balance split into two payments: 1st payment due by the first class in August and the second payment due by 9/16/08.
  • Option C: $75 Deposit with Enrollment: Balance split into three payments; 1st payment due by the first class in August; second and third payments due by 9/16/08 and 10/16/08.
  • Option D: $75 Deposit with Enrollment; Balance split into four payments: 1st payment due by the first class in August, second, third, and fourth payments due by 9/16/08, 10/16/08, and 11/16/08.

Regardless of which option  you choose, an initial $75 deposit for your child’s home materials is required, and the first installment is due by the date of your child’s first class in August. 

In some instances, due to later registration, this might result in the home materials deposit and the first installment being due and payable at the same time.  The earlier your registration is received, the further you can stretch your payments – even over five months – from July to November!

Wonder how that translates to real dollars?

For a child enrolled in any Village, Our Time, Imagine That, or Family Time class, the remaining cost of tuition after the $75 deposit is $155.  Split into two payments, that’s $77.50.  For three payments, it’s $51.67.  And spread out over four installments, it’s only $38.75 each time – less than $10 a week each month!

For Young Child students, due to hour-long classes, after subtracting the deposit, the remaining balance is $195 – resulting in two payments of $97.50, three payments of $65.00, or four payments of $48.75 – which is less than $12 a week each month for an hour-long lesson!

And, as always, siblings receive a 10% tuition discount (or more for additional siblings) which results in an even lower monthly figure for their tuition!

For questions about which plan will work best for your situation, do not hesitate to contact us at info at masterworks-studio.com or call 404.395.5247.  We are always happy to work with any family to make Kindermusik possible for their child.

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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!

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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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“Thank you” seems too simplistic a way to express my gratitude to the many friends, Kindermusik families, and complete strangers who have left messages on my answering machine, emailed, sent cards, or brought food to our family in the past week.  We have been blessed with many wonderful people who have come alongside us and held us up when we didn’t think we could keep going.  We are very grateful, and you have our heartfelt thanks for your support.

Due to the homegoing of our beloved Granny Lou, I have been unable to post next semester’s schedule on my website, but it will be up in the next day or so.  Current Kindermusik families will be given first choice of classes in our Priority Registration which begins December 5th.  Information on specific classes as well as registration information will be available on this Wednesday, December 5th.  Open registration for all classes will begin December 19th.  

Through the years, in times of deepest grief or anguish, music has always been my lifelong companion and friend that was there with me, sustaining me.  I have listened to many different favorites over the past week, and it has helped.  I received this video tonight from a Youtube friend and thought I would share it with everyone in hopes that it gives you almost three minutes of enjoyable, restful listening and viewing as it did me.  Enjoy!

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