"I've seen the benefits in my now 2 year old. She's been in Kindermusik since she was 2 months old. She's very smart and I truly believe Kindermusik is part of why she is so advanced."
We're not the only ones who recognize the benefits of music. Childhood development experts, researchers, and scientists agree: Learning through music can set a child up for success in school and in life. Give your child the lifelong benefits of music today.
"I truly believe that social interaction is key to a child's development and these class offerings are pivotal to the achievement of those milestones."
Kindermusik with Madeline classes are chock full of language learning. Silly rhymes and catchy songs offer opportunities for vocal development, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary building, and storytime strengthens pre-reading skills such as print awareness and auditory discrimination. Through musical activities and interactions with their teacher and peers, children also develop conversation skills and the ability to speak rhythmically and expressively. And, results from a recent independent research study showed that preschoolers who participated in the Kindermusik curriculum for as little as 30 minutes each week showed a 32% greater gain in their phonological awareness than the control group.
Kindermusik lessons are thoughtfully crafted to encourage executive function skills, like self-regulation, and to promote healthy social interactions. Children are guided to explore emotions—their own, those of their friends, and those of the characters in the songs and stories they hear. They acquire new skills that build their self-esteem, develop a sense of belonging through community-building rituals, and learn to manage their impulses by following directions and taking instruction. Activities help children experience positive peer interactions by encouraging cooperation, turn-taking, and sharing.
Study after study has shown the positive effects of music education on cognitive development. The study, practice, and discipline of making music gives the brain a workout—it develops and expands neural pathways, forming stronger and more complex communication networks. Music education can build listening and auditory processing skills; promote memory and recall; and strengthen executive function, the set of cognitive abilities that controls planning, organizing, goal formation, and more.
During Kindermusik classes children bounce, clap, spin, and hop. They build core strength as they dance in a circle and skip around the room; they develop eye-hand coordination as they toss scarves in the air and catch them; and they stimulate their vestibular systems by rocking and swaying to relaxing music. Throughout class, children are asked to respond to aural and visual cues with movement, creating a multisensory learning experience that brings abstract concepts down to a clear, concrete, experiential level.
Maybe it goes without saying, but Kindermusik classes drive children’s musical development. Our activities are designed to develop vocal skills, foster music appreciation, and build a foundation for formal music instruction later on. In class, children learn to play all kinds of age-appropriate instruments and to appreciate music of varying styles and origin. They learn to recognize and decode musical symbols, and they’re introduced to musical concepts and terms as they play and move presto, largo, allegro, staccato, and legato to a variety of rhythms.