Milford Square Music Studio

Kindermusik Class Descriptions 

Foundations (Kindermusik “Village”)

Age Newborn - 18 Months (Fridays at 9 AM)  

Make baby’s first class musical! Our Foundations classes offer a sensory-rich yet caring and gentle environment where infants can explore and react to new sounds, sensations, and objects. Shared activities for babies and their caregivers provide the opportunity to strengthen your connection with your child through joyful music-making experiences.

ACTIVITIES

  • Listening to and experiencing songs and rhymes
  • Back-and-forth vocal plays and other parent-child interactions that build neural pathways in a baby’s developing brain
  • Exploring baby-safe instruments and other object play
  • Baby-caregiver bonding exercises, including story time, massage, and relaxation activities

SKILLS & BENEFITS

  • Increased balance and control over movements and strengthened core muscles
  • Ability to embrace both familiar and unfamiliar social experiences
  • Development of listening and back-and-forth communication skills
  • Introduction to a variety of spoken sounds and rhythms that will support language and literacy development
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Level 2 (Kindermusik “Our Time”)

Ages 18 months to 3 years

No terrible two’s here! Our Level 2 classes encourage older toddlers to initiate their own ideas and explore their creativity. Each class offers plenty of fun outlets for toddler-style energy, promoting cognitive development through singing, dancing, and instrument play. Better still, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers who are also experiencing the joys and complexities of these busy years, while learning to use music to create and simplify routines at home.

ACTIVITIES

  • Exploring movement concepts and participating in musical interactions with objects and others
  • Discovering different ways instruments can make sounds and experiencing a wide range of musical concepts
  • Identifying and vocally imitating sounds and learning to describe them
  • Learning to associate a picture with a sound
  • Singing songs with language patterns that explore rhythm, speech sounds, syntax, and rhyme

SKILLS & BENEFITS

  • Increased alertness, self-control, and ability to regulate their own movements
  • Stabilization of muscles necessary for healthy posture and overall balance
  • Improved coordination and locomotor skills, fine motor skills, and finger and hand strength
  • Strengthened ability to memorize, sequence, and predict patterns 
  • Development of early pre-literacy and number skills

Level 3 (Kindermusik “Imagine That!”)

Ages 3 to 5 years

    Level 3 classes engage preschoolers’ natural love of music and activate their imaginations. A wide range of learning opportunities boosts language skills, confidence, independence, social-emotional skills, and self-control. You are invited to join the fun for a portion of each class, sharing in the joy of music-making and learning how your child is developing, all while strengthening your relationship with your child.

    ACTIVITIES

    • Experiencing a variety of sounds and learning how sounds are produced by playing musical instruments, speaking or singing
    • Playing instruments with an emphasis on steady beat, repeated rhythm patterns, graphic notation, and ensemble music
    • Ensemble Development, an activity that builds the skills preschoolers need in order to create music within a group
    • Engaging in creative expression and language play, expressing feelings and ideas through movement and music
    • Pre-reading music and learning to interpret graphic notation symbols, a precursor to learning traditional music symbols

    SKILLS & BENEFITS

    • Increased attention and focus; growing ability to memorize and recall
    • Growing ability to detect patterns, nuances, and timbre in sounds, a critical skill for music and language development
    • Experience waiting patiently, taking turns, working cooperatively in a group and communicating effectively and respectfully
    • Wider vocabulary and knowledge of story structures; critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Learning how to decode and interpret symbols, skills necessary for reading, math, and music