Reminder about NEW Musiconnx Website

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I believe you will love the content of my recent articles.  I have enjoyed completing several series on Peaceful Parenting, Roadtrips, Scaffolding, etc.

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Merry Melodies,
Debbie Mondale

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Come Follow Me to my new Playground

Thank You stampThanks to those who have been listening !  Come follow me to my new Playground, er… I mean my new highly interactive Website !   I won’t be posting here any more, so we’ll play hide and seek.  Your it !  Come Find ME !  But I’ll give you a big clue !

The ALL NEW Music Connections Website address is VERY easy this time:   

M U S I C O N N X . C O M  

Instead of having TWO places to look for my information, a website and a blog, you can now find everything all in one place, and there is so much more.   All of my previous blog postings are still there, ready for you to SEARCH them out for details on holiday ideas, parenting perspectives, musical connections for children, musical humor, etc.  PLUS, I will be adding more content, more concisely, and more frequently.  And more pictures from classes will be popping up (with permission, of course !)

Catch the essence of the Kindermusik Experience by clicking on one of the pictures in the slide show on the first page.

Follow the weekly blog postings in the following categories:

  • Foundations of Learning
  • Noteable News
  • Parent Perspectives
  • Portfolio

And there are many ways to connect, at whatever level is comfortable for you,  with me, with other Kindermusik families both locally and around the world.  My desire is for you to find inspiration, ideas, and motivation to use music to enhance your daily lives, your child’s development, your relationship with your child, and that you will know where to find us when you are ready for more.

So, sing along if you know the melody,  “Come follow, follow, follow, follow, follow, follow, follow me.”  Click over to my new website, and click the RSS feed to be notified of each new post.  Or sign up for the e-newsletter to get a weekly overview with links.

Bye Bye for here.  See you on the other site !   www.musiconnx.com

Listen Purposefully, Avoid Tuning OUT

We are surrounded by sounds, but how well are we listening to them?   Is there too much so that we “tune out” the sounds, ignoring it like “musak”.   Or can we hear the violins play the melody, and the horns play the ominous chords that helps us feel the building tension in an orchestral piece about a thunderstorm?  Can our children recognize the difference between different types of drums?  We are either training our brain to listen purposefully, or we are training it to “tune out”.

There are so many sounds in our busy world these days that we learn to “tune out” most of the ones that aren’t directly effecting us at the time.  The interplay between our brain and hearing mechanisms that allow us to block out certain sounds is a wonderful ability that our ear has, and is not something that can be duplicated with technology.  Ask anyone with a hearing aid how they miss the ability to choose to focus on one sound, instead of hearing everything at the same level.    This is truly an asset when we are trying to focus on something. 

Yet, if our brain makes it a habit to ignore the background sounds, it lessens our ability to be fully aware of our environment.  That is why it is important that we limit the continuous background sounds in our environment, such as the TV, or even music if played all the time.   I knew a fabulous mom whose 2 girls were involved in Suzuki violin lessons.  As part of the methods for training the ear to hear the right sounds, it is important to listen to this music regularly.  In her zeal, she had this music playing in the background of their room all day and all night… for months.  This is sensory overload, and the brain simply cannot process continuously like that.  She appreciated this new perspective, and chose times to play it that the girls would be receptive to this auditory stimulation; as they were getting ready in the morning, before practicing the violin, and while relaxing before bed.

Families can consider and CHOOSE times that will work best for music to be played in their home, or even in their car.    Play SONGS at a time when you and your child can interact with fun activities, even if singing along and talking about the music in the car.    Play instrumental music while they are coloring or doing some artwork.  OR play soothing music as a child is going to sleep.  Just don’t have sound going on all the time.  The brain needs a break so it can listen with refreshed awareness when it does get a chance.

In order to develop our ability to “tune out” the irrelevant sounds, and to focus on the important sounds, we must PRACTICE active listening.  This means engaging our brain in the active decision to reduce our own sounds and pay attention to the details of specific sounds that we hear.  In class, I suggest rubbing the ear lobes before an active listening opportunity.  This helps stimulate MANY neural connections that help us pay attention and listen.  With practice, a child, when told to listen carefully, will start to rub their earlobes and close their mouth – waiting for the sound.    Music is a wonderful venue for learning to listen with purpose.  There are many things we can listen for: 

  • We can focus on each instrument separately to hear their particular “voice”. 
  • We can try to listen to the words to determine what the song is about, or to learn the words. 
  • We can listen to hear if the music seems happy, soothing, or sad. 
  • We can listen to sounds of real creatures or objects and try to imitate the sounds. 
  • We can listen to patterns in music, anticipating, and making sounds or actions at the right place in the music.  Ex,  If your Happy and you Know It  (clap, clap)  This is the beginning of ensemble development – playing instruments with others.

Practicing active listening provides lifelong benefits. It’s necessary for following directions at home and at school. Preschoolers are developing the ability to notice subtle differences of sound, such as listening to many different styles of drums, and naming that style of drum- something he wasn’t ready to do as a toddler.   

In our Imagine That class this week, and at our Studio Free Play on Saturday, the students were able to feel and hear the sounds of a variety of REAL drums, such as a djembe (African drum), a Native American Pow Wow Drum, and even a SNARE Drum.  They got to feel the curled wires underneath the snare drum.  They made an “ooooh” sound near it, and heard the buzz, and they played with drumsticks on the top. 

This hands-on experience was delightful for all, but even more than that, it has laid a concrete foundation for them to start really HEARING the different timbres of drums.

HOME ACTIVITY with the DRUM !!!

During some of our movement activities, we are practicing active listening as we listen to how the drum is being played, and try to determine HOW it is telling us to move.  For example, the drum is played with a nice steady beat for “walking”, or a fast steady beat for “running”.   The students listen, and determine HOW to move.

After much practice, they are quite the experts at listening to the sound, and they are READY to use their creative thinking to figure out HOW to make the drum sound like we want others to move. Start with “walk” vs “run”: then explore tiptoe, march, slide, spin. We will continue to explore this in class next week.

So this week, take time together to “put on your listening ears” and discover all the wonderful sounds around you. 

What do you now HEAR that you didn’t really recognize before?  How will you “train your brain”?

We Love Kindermusik Slide Show

Some of my favorite pictures from the Fall 2011 semester was used to make this slide show that shows the LOVE in these Kindermusik classes.  It made me cry when I saw and heard it all put together with the music.  I hope you love it as well.

 

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It’s Gonna Snow and I Gotta Crow

I GOTTA CROW !

Like Peter Pan,

I get so excited, that…

I GOTTA CROW !

COCK-A-DOODLE  MOOOO !  (that’s the Kindermusik way to CROW !) 

COCK-A-DOODLE  BRRRRRR !!!

Winter Wonderland CDTHIS Sat. we celebrate the season:chilly winds, snowfalls, and ice skating with the best music for singing, dancing, and playing in the snow.

WINTER WONDERLAND PLAYDATES
THIS Sat. Jan. 28th Enroll online here, email, or call/text me: 863-397-4976

9:30 – Families with babies up to 18 m.

10:30 – Families with all ages of children

Special Prices this Month:     $15 includes music, snow props, & tuition for 1st child:  $5 for siblings: Siblings < 1 year or > 7 yrs. are FREE:  $5 to bring a friend new to Kindermusik

I GOTTA CROW ! COCK-A-DOODLE ZOOM !

Demos Days were delightful (Thank You!),  new materials are on their way, and

Spring Semester of Kindermusik is ready to roll NEXT WEEK !     (Click on the Spring Icon to Enroll)

I’m excited to see everyone:

the babies will be fascinated by the farm animals; the toddlers are going to chug and vroom, and zoom as Away We Go; and the preschoolers have many “treasures in store”… in our imaginary TOY store, that is.

Come join us ! It is never too late – jump in any time ! If you haven’t yet, come try your first class FREE !

 Tiffany is CROWING about the number of families who will be enjoying her Kindermusik Sign and Sing class. A few spaces remain !

 I GOTTA CROW ! COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET !

My “dinosaur” computer was replaced with one that actually does what I ask without crashing… It’s so NICE to work more efficiently !    And I am very excited about my new website that will launch soon, with all the ways it will help us connect more easily !

Come and CROW with me !

Let’s celebrate all our joys and accomplishments together, with music, and movement, and lots of fun !

May we never grow to old to CROW !

Peter Pan
Peter Pan ” I Gotta Crow “

So your child likes Trains

Whoo! Whoo ! ALL Aboard !  Children LOVE things that go ! Some of us never grow out of it. I love train rides and long road trips that give us a chance to feel the wind in our hair, see new places and connect with our traveling friends.

Trains are especially exciting for young children, with all the sounds, the motions, and the adventures !  Most folks are aware of Thomas, and all the wonderful stories of he and his friends.  But there are many other wonderful resources, ie. books, movies, websites, and more about unique trains, and even railroad track layers.  In the following linked blog posts, I have listed some of my favorites ! 

This coming semester,  In Our Time:  Away We GO!, the children will love Shiny Dinah, her book, her songs, and the big case in her shape, as well as exploring the many other methods we use to get places !    In Imagine That: Toys I Make, Trips I Take, we help set up a train set in our Toy Store, and pretend we are going on a train ride… but where?  Our students learn to draw maps to show where they want their train ride to go.  Take your child’s train play to a whole new level… and let them learn music concepts in the process !   This can take your child’s train play to a whole new level.    Try out one of these classes this week at a Free Demo class.  And join us for delighful traveling fun and learning at the beginning of February as part of our Spring Semester of Kindermusik.   The process of music will amaze you.

Enroll for a Demo class today !

Enroll for a full semester of Kindermusik ! – Monthly payment plans are automatically set up upon online enrollment.

ENJOY the resources at these links !  The music and books are really great !

DOWNLOAD some great music from:  Play.Kindermusik    Check out these albums:

  • All Aboard
  • Zane the Train

And enjoy the resources that I have shared on my blog postings:

Try a music or art class at January Demo classes

Of course, you want to try a Kindermusik class with Ms. Debbie, or an art class with Ms. Carolyn, but you are worried about the cost, or whether your child will like it, or whether they will disrupt the class, or whether you will have to dance or sing.  Well, don’t worry so much, you can dance and sing when you want to, just like your child is encouraged to participate in their own way.  Your child may not be ecstatic about it the first day, but will grow to love it in just a few weeks (when they become familiar with the routine), and we can work through the cost issue (I’ve got my ways.)  But first, just come and try it out a class.

Demo Days Logo

THIRD Week of January:    17 – 21st

at InTune Studios

Enroll Online:   FREE DEMO Class Schedule 

Invite a friend: See you then !               Enroll Together and each get FREE music !

 

Demo classes reflect the programs offered by Music Connections and InTune Studios

Spring 2012 Semester

starting First week of February:            Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

leaf play

Babies: infants up to 17 months

– Kindermusik Village: Cock-a-Doodle Moo

– Kindermusik Playdates: Winter Wonderland
– Kindermusik Sign & Sing: Unit 1 (6 – 30 m)

 

Peek a boo Darcy

Toddlers: 1 1/2 – 3 1/2 yrs

– Kindermusik Our Time: Away We Go

– Art & Literacy: Pee Wee Picasso’s (InTune)

 

IT Boats

Preschoolers: 3 – 5 yrs.

– KM Imagine That: Toys I Make, Trips I Take

 

Ole'

Elementary: 5 – 7 yrs.

Kindermusik for the Young Child (5 – 7 yrs)

Art’Sing: Singing, Drama, Art (6 – 13 yrs) (InTune)

 

Family Lap bounce

Families:

Kindermusik Playdates: (one time events)

Jan: Winter Wonderland

Feb: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Mar: It’s Your Lucky Day

 

These Playdates are offered one Sat. a month, as well as a variety of times of other times.

 

Be a part of a wonderful musical experience with your family this Spring !!!

 

For any Kindermusik classes,  Enroll online   or contact Debbie Mondale.

Email  musiconnx@att.net ,  or call: 863-816-8835

 

For any InTune Studios classes,  contact Tiffany Stokes

intunestudios@gmail.com , or call  863-937-7782

I hope to see you at the studio this week.  Until then, be well.