Frequently Asked Questions

 

Which Kindermusik Class is Right For My Child?

The Kindermusik philosophy springs from genuine respect for each child’s individual rate of development. Class activities and at-home materials are designed to honor, support and celebrate the wonderful uniqueness of each child. Classes have overlapping age ranges to help parents accommodate their child’s own needs.

The suggested ages for our Kindermusik curricula are

  • FOUNDATIONS: Newborn to 15 mos
  • LEVEL 1: 6 mos to 24 mos
  • LEVEL 2: 2's and 3's
  • LEVEL 3: 3's and 4's  
  • LEVEL 4-Move & Groove: 3 to 6 years
  • LEVEL 4- Young Child 1: 4's to 6's
  • LEVEL 5-Young Child 2: 5’s and 7’s (Level 4 is a prerequisite to Level 5)

 

While looking over this information carefully consider the following:
Which of these levels will my child thrive in, rather than just being able to get along in?
Am I considering my child’s pleasure and emotional development as much as their cognitive development?
Is my child eager for added independence and challenges, or are they most delighted by sharing special time with me to help guide and support them?

Moving from Level 1 to Level 2: Children ready for Level 2 show many of the following characteristics:

Physical


Improved walking skills, feet are together, knees flexible vs. the “just walker” who has a wide-based legs apart gate with locked knees

Beginning to imitate/explore a variety of traveling movements —run, jump, leap

 

Cognitive

Can reliably point to correctly identified body parts

Can follow two-step direction

Understands what “one” means vs. a handful

Is learning to use toys and objects in symbolic ways, moving beyond just enjoyment of sensory properties

Can interact in a directed activity

Is able to shift attention with transition

Connects to an activity; initiates a play sequence

Reliably responds to own name, referring to self by name in secure environments

 

Emotional

Uses gestures and language to deal with frustration, as apposed to just crying or whining

Sustains interest and attention in activity for several minutes (Note: not wanting to give something up such as bells or sticks, can be a sign of maturation)

 

Language

Can express wants and needs symbolically (gestures, words)

Has vocabulary of 20 words; receptive language is still stronger than expressive

Reads with caregiver cooperatively. Can select a book, sit, relate to the story and interact.



Social

Is interested in what other children are doing

Is capable of distal communication, such as following verbal instructions from farther away

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Moving from Level 2 to Level 3: Children ready for Level 3 show many of the following characteristics:


Physical

Has a taller, thinner, adult-like appearance

Balances on one foot; jumps in place without falling

Holds crayons in pincher grasp rather than fist

 

Cognitive

Can do matching games

Knows some basic shapes and colors

Has developing divergent thinking skills (“What animals do you like?”)

Is beginning transition from concrete to abstract thinking; humor aids this process

Sits and listens to stories for up to 10 minutes

 

Emotional

Recognizes needs of another person; can be empathetic

Separates from parent without crying

Shows development of humor

 

Language

Is beginning to master rules of language; speaks in full sentences (4-5 words); asks questions

Has a vocabulary that increases from 300-1,000 words

Can relate a series of activities; tells stories (“We went to the grocery store, then to grandma’s and I played with the kittens.”)

 

Social

Recognizes the needs of others

Turn taking becomes harder than earlier, but beginning to understand reasons

Is learning about patience

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Moving from Level 3 to Level 4 or 5 (Young Child): Children ready for these show many of the following characteristics:


Physical

Can jump forward many times in a row, hops, gallops, is learning to skip

Demonstrates control of pencil or marker

 

Cognitive

Is eager to learn

Has developed classification skills (i.e. can sort things that have a single common feature) and can sort by size, color and form

Counts to 20; recognizes numerals 1-10

Recognizes some letters of the alphabet

 

Emotional

Has emerging and developing impulse control

Exhibits self-confidence and reliability

Has a growing sense of right and wrong

Is beginning to see things from other’s perspective

 

Language

Speech is nearly 100% intelligible (exceptions may include children with hearing and language delay)

Uses grammar correctly, including past and future tense

 

Social

Enjoys friendships and group activities

Shares, takes turns, plays cooperatively

Is affectionate and caring

Follows directions

 

Musical

Sings a whole song

Begins to match pitches consistently

Is developing the ability to match to group steady beat

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Moving from Young Child to Private Lessons (piano, violin, guitar, etc)


Do you think your child is ready for private lessons? Contact director, Melissa Overton, to discuss an introduction to a private music teacher (402)401-9066. 

 

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