New Kindermusik Location in Clifton, NJ

 

 

Microtone Music is proud to announce a new addition to our Kindermusik family -- we will shortly be starting class on Mondays at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ.

We are offering nearly our full menu -- everything except Young Child and Sign & Sing, which we will launch in the Spring semester.

How it came to happen is an interesting story: I (Mr. Michael) was called by an old organist friend to cover for him at a wedding in Clifton. The Pastor at this church is also an old friend, who we hadn't seen in quite awhile. This would be Greek Wedding (yes, indeed, Big and Fat), which would mean some music at the beginning, some more at the end, and no music to play during the ceremony itself.

So, during the wedding, with no cues to wait for, my wife and I were able to just sit back and enjoy the ceremony. We were in the choir loft, literally among the beautiful icons of the Greek Faith. STUNNING works of art, and we could see them up close. It was a gentle, spiritual time and we held hands and just experienced it. We were at that point putting in 7 day weeks and very long days setting up our CT program from scratch. So it was quite a relief to just have some quiet time together.

Afterward, we stayed on to chat with our friend Fr. Peter. In passing we mentioned our new educational venture, and his eyes lit up. He told us he had been looking for some kind of music program for the very littlest members of the congregation. Might we consider doing something for them on Sunday mornings? We said of course! And our program grew by one more location then and there.

So on Sunday mornings we are doing a very short program we are calling "Little Lambs," a Kindermusik-inspired, Faith-oriented program for the youngest children in the church.

And on Mondays, we are offering our full Kindermusik program to the wider community of Clifton: Village (newborn to 17 mos), Our Time (18 mos to 3 years), Imagine That! (3 to 5 years), and Family Time (all ages together). You can see the schedule here; just click the name of each class to be taken to the page for that curriculum.

Welcome aboard, St. George GOC and all of Clifton!

 

Music Needed In Our Schools

Learning and the Brain, Music Education Send feedback »

 

I found a timely and interesting article by Callista Gingrich, wife of the former House Speaker. No politics here, just some thoughts about the place music should have in our schools. Pretty refreshing, actually.

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Fall Schedule Has Arrived!

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Our Fall Schedule has just been posted. View it here, and enroll easily online!

We are running an early-registration special: if you enroll and pay in full before Friday, August 20, we will waive the $50 registration fee and give you a 10% discount off your family's tuition.

So come see what all the excitement's about. Join our Kindermusik family today!

New downloadable Kindermusik Ebooks

Learning and the Brain

 

Ever wondered what was going on behind the scenes neurologically and developmentally during our Kindermusik classes? Our new downloadable ebooks are loaded with the latest research re. how we get their wheels turning when we get their feet tapping. Click here to download to your heart's content!

Creativity Crisis! -- And what to do about it.

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The July 10th issue of Newsweek affirms what we Kindermusik fans already knew - pretend play fosters life-long creativity. By encouraging creative behavior often throughout childhood and adulthood, neurological patterns change in the brain to make problem-solving faster and better.

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Summer Camp Schedule is Up!

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Our Kindermusik Adventures camps are now scheduled and ready for action! You can check out the schedule by clicking on the Adventures button at the bottom of the screen.

There are many offerings. We are covering all the developmental bases, so every child has a chance to participate. Of course the camps are different lengths -- ie., Busy Days (for newborns - 17 months) is 45 minutes with Mom or caregiver in attendance, while Tell Me a Tale (4-7 years) is a 90 minute "drop-off" program. Most of the camps are offered more than once.

Naturally, this is all very short-notice. Anyone who is interested needs to book immediately, or there won't be enough time to order materials! Minimum class size is 5 children -- so tell your friends!

The Fall schedule will be ready soon. Many exciting things are in the works. We're looking forward to bringing the joy of music to many, many little hearts (and big hearts!) over the next year!

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