Tuesday, 21 May 2013

We've Moved!

Check out our new blog in progress here.  And be sure to join us at Country Club Centre this Saturday, May 25 for the Kid's Expo from 10am-2pm.  Take part in a free demo class from 12:40-1pm.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

New Village Class for Babies begins February 1, 2012, 11:15am-12pm

New Class this February 2012!
Enroll now for a new Village class running from February 1, 2012 to May 16 (no class March 21.)  Classes are held at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, 275 Selby St, Wednesday mornings from 11:15am-12pm.  Call the conservatory at 250-754-4611 to reserve your spot today.

Kindermusik Village: A Bonding Experience
The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, baby’s growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged.

Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.  Check out Kindermusik's Village Video.
Village Curriculum Description
Age Range: newborn to 18 months
Class Length: 45 minutes
Class Size: up to 12 babies with parents or caregivers

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:
  • Variety of Music -- Musical diversity builds strong neural in a baby’s forming mind, which is why each Kindermusik semester contains an array of styles, sounds, and genres.
  • Instrument Play -- Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhance a sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing qualities of sound, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.
  • Dance -- A classroom full of baby and adult pairs dancing together helps a little body develop the muscle strength needed to crawl and walk and helps a little heart to fall in love with the sheer joy of responding to music.
  • Together Time -- A Kindermusik class is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering the parent a place to create special memories with their child, gain new insights into their child’s development, and nurture their child’s natural love of music.
  • Expert Advice -- A Kindermusik Educator explains “what-to-watch-for” every step of the way and how each activity enhances a child’s complete development.
  • Learning Continues at Home -- With the home materials, the learning continues at home with the child’s best teacher—the parent!

Enrollment Includes:
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 18 months
  • Class of no more than 12 babies with parents
  • Weekly 45-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • At Home Materials—one for each 8 week theme—each including a CD of music from class, literature board book, age-appropriate instrument, and a set of art banners
  • Learn over 30 songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes and play over 200 activities together by the semester’s end

Our Time for Toddlers - New Class begins February 2012

Away We Go! - Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This class 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.

This At Home materials set includes two Music and Movement Books, a Home Activity Book, two Home CDs, Child's Train Carry Box, and two Harmonicas - one for Baby and one for parent.

15 week Spring 2012 Semester begins February 1, 2012.  Classes meet Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.  Call the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 250-754-4611 to register.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Happy 2011!

I sincerely hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed sharing time off with family and friends, and I'm looking forward to the start of the teaching year again. Our spring term of Kindermusik classes begin the first week of February 2011. Each 45 minute class meets 15 times Wednesday mornings from February 2 to May 25.

Village(0-18 months) - 9:45am
Our Time(1.5-3 years) - 10:30am
Imagine That (3.5-5 years) 11:15am

Call the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 250-754-4611 to register today!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Fall 2010 Kindermusik Schedule at Nanaimo Conservatory

Welcome back to  new year of Kindermusik!  I've had a busy and exciting summer, visiting Kelowna, Vernon, Calgary, and even Fairbanks, Alaska for family weddings and Suzuki Piano Teacher Training.  I feel energized and ready to get back to teaching Kindermusik Music & Movement classes to you and your youngsters.

All classes will be held Wednesday mornings this year at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 375 Selby St.  You can register by calling them at 250-754-4611.  Specific Kindermusik questions are best emailed to me, Miss Nicky, at nicolepercussion@gmail.com.  Classes run September 15 to January 12, 2011.  There will be no classes October 13, December 22 or December 29.

Village (0-18 mnths) with caregiver - 9:45-10:30am (Zoom Buggy, Dream Pillow)
Our Time (1.5-3yrs) with caregiver - 10:30-11:15am (Milk & Cookies)
Imagine That! (3.5-5yrs), caregiver(s) attend last 15 minutes of class - 11:15am-12pm (Hello Weather, Let's Play Together!)
Village Unit Descriptions

 Zoom  Buggy!Swoosh, vroom, and clickety-clack your way through this delightful unit. Babies and adults will dance, sing, and play instruments to the theme of being on the go. Chug around the room to the song “Little Red Caboose,” hold on tightly while “Riding in the Buggy,” and dance your way to “Zoom-e-oh!”  Engage in rituals and playful activities such as infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.

Home Materials: Colorful board book of different vehicles—Zoom Buggy, Home CD of the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens visions and promotes early literacy, and a Zoom Car baby instrument for music-making at home.
Dream Pillow — This title alone brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep.  But leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities.  Babies and Adults will swirl to a dreamy cloud dance “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout the classes. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines.

Home Materials: A board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD of the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy, and a Star baby instrument for music-making at home. 

Our Time Unit Description

Milk & Cookies -- Make everyday home activities and chores easier and more fun with music! Cook and sing to “The Muffin Man”; dust and clean to the original song “In My House”; get ready to wash clothes to the delightful poem “Washing Machine”. Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping and making tea are all represented in familiar as well as new songs. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 ½ to 3-year-olds. Capture the familiar and new moments of the day and learn how music can impact your toddler.

Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two books—At My House and Cookies, two Home CDs, stir xylophone instrument, and a Home Activity Book—all arriving in a durable lunch bag.

Imagine That! Unit Description

 Hello Weather! Let’s Play Together! -- Sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more in this imaginative and delightful weather-related musical adventure. Preschoolers create storm sounds with a drum to “Wild Storms,” jump in pretend puddles to “Mud Puddle Jump,” throw pretend snow-balls to “Snowballs,” and sing along to “Colors of the Rainbow.” With weather as our learning theme, preschoolers will explore musical styles that range from Opera to American folk, and become more self-sufficient in a creative musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, storytelling, movement, and more.

Home Materials: Two books—Michael Finnigan and Hurry Home, Little Kittens, Hello Weather Play Set, Two Home CD with over 63 recordings of the stories, games, and weather sound effects played in class, 46-page Family Activity Book, and two instruments—ankle bells and rain shaker with scraper.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Why Kindermusik?

Watch this cute Kindermusik Video and then explore the link to their homepage to learn a bit more about what to expect in a Kindermusik class.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Spring 2010 Kindermusik Schedule at NCM

We hope you'll join us for our spring session of Kindermusik classes beginning the second week of February, 2010: February 8 for Monday classes and February 11 for Thursday classes

Call the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 250-754-4611 to register today.  Early registration helps us plan our classes and ensures your home materials will be shipped in time for you to enjoy at your first class.

Village (newborn to 18 months) - parent participation class
Monday 11:15am-12pm or Thursday 11:15-12pm

Our Time (1.5 to 3 years) - parent participation class
Thursday 10:15-11am

Imagine That (3 to 5 years) - parents join the final 10-15 minutes of class
Monday 10:15-11am

See other posts below for more detailed class descriptions.

Cock-a-doodle-Moo! - New Kindermusik Village Class Beginning February 2010

Cock-a-doodle-Moo! -- Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage in rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.

Home Materials: A picture board book with charming farm animals and the sounds they make—Cock-a-doodle-Moo, a CD of the songs heard in class, a Sunshine Jingle instrument for music-making at home, and a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall.

Choose from Monday or Thursday classes from 11:15am-12pm at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music 250-754-4611.  Classes begin the 2nd week of February.

Imagine That! for Preschoolers - new class begins February 2010

Toys I Make, Trips I Take
Music and Movement classes designed for children 3 to 5 years old with parent/family participation the final 15 minutes of class.
 -- Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the preschooler’s sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality.

Home Materials: Two books—If I Had a Big Blue Boat and Tippity Tippity Too, Toys I Make, Trips I Take Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and a drum.

15 week spring semester begins February 8.
Classes meet Mondays from 10:15-11am beginning February 8 at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.  Call 250-754-4611 to register.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Happy New Year!

I've enjoyed a lovely relaxing holiday right here on beautiful Vancouver Island.  It's only the 2nd day of 2010 and I've got 2 days of holidays left - a great time to reflect on the blessings of last year and to look to a full and exciting year ahead.  Going back to work Monday morning means using an alarm clock once again, but I have to say I am truly looking forward to my first Imagine That and Village classes of 2010. 

Check this blog for updates on new Village, Our Time, and Imagine That classes beginning in February.  And be sure to check out Kindermusik's official blog, with a link to join their facebook page here: Minds on Music - Kindermusik.  It's full of videos, links, articles and more.

See you in the new year!!!