Family Music (18 mos. - 3 ys.)
Family Music is a 30-minute class for children and parents. We often do 10-12 activities each class with activities lasting about 2-3 minutes. Activities vary each week, but often include fingerplays for fine motor skills, traveling activities for gross motor skills, free dance, listenings (animals, trains, instruments, baby sounds, weather, etc.), circle songs, bouncing and rocking songs, and hello/goodbye songs. This age group uses scarves, hoops, rocking bands, animal pictures, rattles, jingles, rhythm sticks, sandblocks, and drums in class.
Parent participation at this age is a great way for children to practice independence in class while still having Mom or Dad there for comfort. Parents enjoy learning many new songs and games to play at home together.
To register for this class, please go to the "Registration and Order Forms" page. Trial classes available by appointment only.
Supplemental material for Family Music may be purchased using the Order Form. Please complete the Order Form and send it, along with payment, to 601 Deltino Ct., Lexington, KY 40515. Upon receipt of your order, we will contact you to confirm.
HOW WILL FAMILY MUSIC BENEFIT MY CHILD?
Rocking, bouncing, and steady beat activities promote the development of rhythm.
Fingerplays, instruments (rattles, sticks, drums, sand blocks, jingles) and scarf activities build fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Dancing, stationary games, and circle songs improve gross motor skills.
Listening activities aid attention span and aural awareness.
Classroom activities help improve impulse control (their ability to stop an activity at an appropriate time or refrain from a socially inappropriate activity), which begins to develop in this age group.
Children start to become aware of social norms for behavior (e.g. everyone is sitting, standing, dancing, listening, singing, following directions); however children may not conform to these norms yet.
Parents learn lots of songs, games, nursery rhymes, and dances for use at home.
Children learn helpful “work” songs about washing, bathing, cleaning up, etc.
Frequent repetition of familiar material is vital for the child’s retention and comprehension.
Students gain independence by leaving parents for listening and/or dancing, while the parent/child emotional bond is still fostered with other classroom activities.
Students gain skills needed for pre-school and grade school by learning to take turns, listen to teachers, and follow directions.
It is believed that social interaction by the age of 3 is beneficial for the social skills needed for school later.
- Some students may begin to remember song lyrics, nursery rhymes, and familiar melodic patterns enough to sing them at home (some children may occasionally sing in class, but this is not common until they come to class without a parent or caregiver).
HERE IS SOME MORE INFORMATION ON FAMILY MUSIC
- Each semester is 15 weeks
- There are four semesters for this age group: 1)Sing with Me, 2)Dance With Me, 3)Play With Me, and 4)Clap With Me
Helpful Suggestions to Parents:
- Please keep food, drinks, toys, and other distractions in the car or hidden from view
- Try to make bathroom stops or diaper changes before class begins (there are changing tables in both bathrooms)
- If your child becomes upset or disruptive, it is a good idea to get a drink or take a short walk (but do try to return when he/she is ready)
- Please silence cell phones during class
- Please keep parent-to-parent conversation to a minimum during class
- Do not be concerned or disappointed if your child has trouble sitting or participating fully for every activity. This is not an appropriate expectation for children this age. If the child is present in the environment, he/she is learning. The more classes the student takes, the more actively they begin to participate.
- Parents and siblings who are waiting during class are welcome to play in the Musikgarten playroom, sit in the hallway, or wait in the Multipurpose Room (if not in use).
- There is a $15 Registration Fee per child which lasts for the Fall-Fall school year
- Tuition: 15 weeks x $10 = $150
- There is also a $30 discount for families that have 2 siblings enrolled in class and a $45 discount for families with 3 siblings enrolled, etc.
- Student visitors (friends and/or relatives) are welcome to attend classes at any time; they can pay just for the class that they attend. Please call Jennifer ahead of time to schedule visitors.
- Tuition and registration fees are nonrefundable except in the cases of extreme illness or out-of-state moves
- You are welcome to do a makeup class in one of the other Family Music sections, but please call the teacher of that section several days in advance
- Makeup classes should be done during the same semester as the missed class
Family Packets and Instruments:
- Family Music Family Packets include:
1) Tape or CD with many of the songs/activities from class
2) Parent Booklet with song lyrics, fingerplays, ideas for home, etc.
3) Two rhythm sticks (Sing With Me), scarf (Dance With Me), two jingles
(Play With Me), two finger cymbals (Clap With Me)
- Buying the Musikgarten Family Packets is optional; however, I have found that children who are exposed to the songs/activities more often tend to learn more and participate better in class
- Parent Booklets are a wonderful resource for parents who are looking for educational and fun things to do with their children
- Children love to listen to the activities/songs in bed, in the car, and during playtime
- Musikgarten also sells drums, rattles, jingles, rhythm sticks, Chinese bells, sandblocks, scarves, finger cymbals, and T-shirts, etc. that may be purchased at any time