Practicing – Three Rules of Thumb.

  by Kathy Morrison, Director. Parents we KNOW that the #1 challenge when it comes to taking music lessons is finding time and using time well for effective practice. Here are 3 rules to keep in mind when planning practice time with your student. Yes, I said it. PLAN your practice ahead of time for …

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10 Tips for Parents – Supporting the Lesson Experience

Your student is getting ready to start lessons and there is a lot of anticipation. BUT…how do you help them at home? What can you do to keep this enthusiasm going? To motivate them when they don’t feel like practicing? Almost every parent is asking themselves these questions. If you, the Parent, haven’t taken music …

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It’s not more of the same.

by Kathy Morrison, Director Do you ever wonder what comes next with Kindermusik? Is next year going to be another year just like this one? No. It’s not more of the same. Kindermusik grows with our child. It’s always changing to meet the needs of your child! Musical Discovery – For our babies up to …

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Our Teachers are Performing This Season!

One of the things that makes our school so special is that our teachers are also performers! During this holiday season, you’ll find them performing around Pittsburgh and the Western PA region in a variety of venues and concerts.   While we did not include every performance, here are just a few concerts to put …

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The 12 Days of Music Challenge!

Our Music Artistry Program includes several performance opportunities during the year: Formal recitals in the fall and spring Winter Collaboration Performance in February – Orchestra, Flute Choir, Studio Singers, etc. Coffee house performance in March Spring Music Festival in April In December, we have something a little different in mind. We are issuing the “12 …

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Teaching Tool: Self-Assessment

by Kathy Morrison, Director As we continue working towards achieving our annual goals, it’s important to take time and assess where we are in our musical studies.  One of the best ways to determine how things are progressing is for students to conduct a regular self-assessment. “Self Assessment is a useful tool in the artistic process …

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Mom’s View: The Benefits of Kindermusik

Written by Heather Stitt, Macaroni Kid of Washington-Canonsburg We all know the value of music education at an early age but what benefits do the parents see? You may have read that one of the benefits is a significant increase in IQ. That is totally awesome but it’s not going to get you through the …

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Musical Memory for Toddlers

Parenting Tip:  Add music to your daily routine to boost your toddlers’ memory! Why? Short-term memory has the ability to hold about seven bits of information.  But, when patterns and related groupings of information are bound together as a unit, the volume of material stored increases.  Patterns then become an important avenue for recall and …

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Integrated Learning for Preschoolers

Parenting Tip:  Learn Kindermusik games from your child, and play, sing, read, write, and move together! Why? Each Kindermusik activity has multiple objectives, and helps your child to develop multiple skills, at once.  When we sing Hello, we are using listening ears, singing voices, practicing steady beat & tempo, and using appropriate dynamics.  As we …

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Baby’s Awareness of Rhythms

Parenting Tip:  Move & tap to rhythms with baby. Why? Rhythmic awareness is simply being aware of steady beat and meter in music and in our surroundings.  The most fundamental property of music is beat, the underlying, unchanging, repeating pulse that occurs in song, chant, and rhyme.  Your child was first exposed to be in …

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