I believe I was born to become a teacher. I mean, I’ve been teaching my pals the ones around me stuff I knew so long as I can remember. Anything I knew, I wanted to train. Then I was transplanted out of my husband’s job to Atlanta, Georgia.
The loss in identity personally was complete – and I was back from teacher to student again, wanting to accommodate these new, strange cultures. I lost everybody and everything I was familiar with.
With a dependent’s visa, I was in a helpless limbo of professional inactivity, plus it took me 5 years to gather myself and check out alternatives. My Kindermusik odyssey began when I attempted to find a one-stop-shop method of helping my three-year-old son to blossom and evolve.
Music has always been a passion for me personally when a buddy suggested ‘Kindermusik’ – a music and movement class for toddlers and pre-school children, I jumped right in. I had no way of knowing then that I was embarking on a developmental journey that will vastly broaden my horizons as a parent and educator.
The Kindermusik Way
This was no class. Kindermusik was an experience. Each age-appropriate program provides a stepping stone to another location – each stage adds new concepts and challenges along a trip that can last seven magnificent, musical years…
Once every week, my son and I opened our hearts and minds towards the Kindermusik way. The repertoire was incredible – songs, stories, finger, and toe plays, ‘bouncy’ songs, minor and major motor movement selections, cleanup songs… simply speaking, a ‘whole body trip’!
Along with how, the tutors added dancing and rhythm instruments for example drums, shakers, sticks, and bells especially adapted for little hands, moving with scarves, hoops, puppets along other props. Each session ends using a calming lullaby and entertaining friendship songs.
It would be a mind-expanding community experience – perhaps the family weddings and celebrations of my childhood could not match it. Kindermusik, I discovered, offers the ultimate learning atmosphere – fun and instruction perfectly matched for both parent and child!
Each class provided take-home materials like high-quality themed music CDs, creative activities, beautifully illustrated children’s books, and instruments created to complement the songs – and also the Kindermusik experience.
Tracing The Roots
The teacher within me prompted me to examine Kindermusik’s origins and premise. I discovered until this groundbreaking musical movement happened in 1968, in the event the West German Government commissioned several doctoral candidates to formulate a music and movement curriculum for Kindergarten-aged children.
Over half a million children took part in this software. Today, Kindermusik International – featuring its headquarters at Greensboro, North Carolina – has over 5000 educators in 35 countries teaching over one million families.
My research also revealed an incredibly eclectic mix of influences. Kindermusik, I discovered, will depend on some of the best approaches and philosophies in music and movement education that add a new dimension to early childhood.
Kindermusik – A ‘Sound’ Premise
Zoltan Kodaly (Hungary) – Kodaly belief that a child’s voice is his/her most precious instrument. He felt it turned out vital that a child sing often, joyfully, and unaccompanied to build up a tuneful voice.
Carl Orff (Germany) – Orff emphasized the inclusion of singing, movement, instrument playing, and improvisation.
Emile Jacques Dalcroze (Switzerland) – Dalcroze advocated using movement and building musicianship through hearing, thinking, reading, and feeling music emotionally, which experts claim enables children to approach their instruments with new understanding and skill.
Shinichi Suzuki (Japan) – Suzuki felt music is learned primarily by listening, in much the same that individuals learn our native languages. Developing a musical ear is a vital thing for all or any musical development.
Maria Montessori (Italy) – Montessori thought that a kid learns best through multi-sensory experiences. If a child can participate in a concept through touch, smell, hearing, and sight, the idea could have a much higher impact and recall.
The Kindermusik curriculum can also be developed based on more modern research on brain increase in the early years. Convinced and mesmerized in what this revolutionary concept is and stands for, I trained to become a Kindermusik educator.
Ever since, the testimonies from my Kindermusik parents have kept me going – without exception, the course notes said that they had witnessed amazing forward leaps inside their child’s developmental evolution.
Many of them reported better relationships with their children, too. I cannot aptly express the way feels to be making such a contribution. It is everything that the teacher could ever require, and more…
Research proves that early integration of music into children’s daily routine improves the remarkable ability to believe, reason, create and express. It touches all domains of learning – cognitive, emotional, social, linguistic ability, and physical expressiveness.
More specifically, it promotes vocabulary skills, literacy, listening, problem-solving, social skills, self-esteem, and musicality. A typical Kindermusik class incorporates each one of these factors.
The parent in me also had reason to rejoice. My son, now six years of age, is promoting a great feeling of rhythm – and a heartfelt passion for singing. He’s understanding how to play the piano and likes to practice. Moreover, she has been a portion of a nurturing environment full of energy, imagination, music, dancing, and playful delight.
At the annual convention in Chicago last October, I learned with joy that Kindermusik is finally returning to India, due to a tie-up with Eurokids International. It makes perfect sense to me – we Indians have an innate power to absorb the best from all over, and I know for certain this program will transform the lives of countless Indian children and parents the best way it transformed mine and my son’s.