Kindermusik Curriculum and Theme Descriptions

NEW: Digital Classes - Kindermusik@Home:
Cuddle & Bounce (newborn–1 year)
Wiggle & Grow (Family Time)
Kindermusik Sing and Play (0-1 years)
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn - Creative Spirit (3-5 years)

Click the links below to go directly to your childs age group:

Kindermusik Village (0-1.5 years)
Kindermusik Family Time (0-7 years)
Kindermusik Our Time (1.5-3.0 years)
Kindermusik Imagine That (3-5 years)
Kindermusik For the Young Child (5-7 years)

kindermusik at home

Introducing Kindermusik@Home

Kindermusik has created new, easy to use, digital home materials to extend the magic and learning of a Kindermusik class into your own home, throughout the week. Kindermusik@Home delivers your favourite Kindermusik songs and activities, instrumental music, books and lyrics - as well as recipes, learning games, crafts and more, in a green- friendly digital format. With each new monthly unit, families receive a treasure trove of developmentally appropriate activities that will give children a lifelong love of music and a strong early foundation for learning. And with each activity, parents learn how and why that activity enhances a child’s learning and development. Kindermusik@Home is available through tablet, mobile and PC devices - ready to use wherever your family wanders. It’s Kindermusik for you!

A note about Screen Time. Like most parents, Kindermusik is very conscious of keeping the amount of screen time to a minimum. At the same time, we are constantly encouraged by parents to make our content available on computers, tablets and phones, and to develop content not only for parents but for children to interact with directly. We do our best to balance these forces, providing as much robust and variable content as we can, and giving parents the option of delivering that content to their children in whatever way(s) they choose. All units naturally contain only a small percentage of content that occurs primarily on the screen. (This percentage rises slightly as the age level climbs). In most cases, we have provided an off-screen alternative for those activities. We are truly respectful of all parent’s choices about screen time, and hope to be providing materials that are robust and flexible enough to delight our diversity of Kindermusik families.

Next term I am offering two “Digital” classes : (“Cuddle and bounce” for babies and “Wiggle and grow” for families. I hope to extend into the other age groups next year,

cuddle and bounce

Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce (newborn – 1 year) - Digital content

In Cuddle & Bounce parents and their babies engage in instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time.

You'll strengthen critically important early parent-child bonds; learn about babies’ early development, fine- tune baby-communication skills, and receive expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in early childhood development.

What you’ll experience in class:

  • Variety of music. Musical diversity builds strong neural networks in a baby’s forming mind.
  • Instrument play. Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhances 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 you a place to create special memories with your child, gain new insights into your child’s development, and nurture your 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 your child’s complete development.

Enrolment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 1 year 4 week units, each with a different theme
  • Weekly 45-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • Digital Home Materials including Activities, story books, and music from class

What to do next:

wiggle and grow

Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow (Family Time) - Digital content

Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow encourages your child to be creative, to initiate their own ideas and to respond in their own ways, while your active participation gives the security they need.

As you play instruments, sing, move, and explore, you’ll uncover an engaging musical world while building your child’s confidence, self-control and communications skills.

What you’ll experience in class:

  • Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development. Your child will explore the physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually lead her to discover her potential for beat, rhythm, and melodic ensemble playing.
  • Vocal play. Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection. In Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow, vocal play is presented within the context of songs, chants, and activities done in class.
  • Exploration time. Your child will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures, sounds and movements.
  • Story time and early literacy. Listening to stories enhances language and speech development and fosters awareness of sounds, teaches use of language, and sends the message that words and symbols have meaning. The same experiences that help your child learn to read a book also help her learn to read music.
  • Movement activities. Each class provides various opportunities for movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games, and even expressive movement.
  • Together time. Kindermusik is the essence of quality time, allowing you to make the most of the fleeting toddler years and giving you the time and the tools to make music and memories together in class and at home.
  • Expert advice. A Kindermusik educator explains how our musically based activities enhance your child’s complete development.

Enrolment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children Newborn – 7 years.
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital Home Materials including Activities, story books, and music from class

What to do next:


Kindermusik Village

Kindermusik Village

For newborns to 1.5 years
Class Structure: 8 units, each 8 weeks
Class Length: 45 minutes

Imagine your child swinging softly in a blanket or dancing with you around a maypole. Village provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that includes creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colourful literature component, your baby’s growth and development are stimulated and all of his senses engaged.

Kindermusik Village, for children newborn to 11/2 years of age, incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families with a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement. High quality, professionally created class and At Home materials include Kindermusik Foundations of Learning, insights based on current research that educate parents about their babies' unique development.

Cock-a-doodle-MOO!Cock-a-doodle-MOO!

How many ways can you sing hello?  Animals come to life in this exciting unit Cock-a-Doodle Moowhen singing a “Morning Song”  like a pig, horse, snake or cow…….

How many noises does a cow make? Find out how to smack, munch and snore like a cow in a fun chant “This Little Cow Eats Grass”.

In Cock-a-Doodle Moo, enjoy walking down memory lane when you share some other old favourite chants and songs, such as: “Skip to my Lou”, “Old MacDonald”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Yankee Doodle”

Dew DropsDew Drops

Dew Drops touches on many well known and traditional chants and songs, such as “Lavender Blue ”, “Blue Bells and Cockle Shells” and “How Does your Garden Grow?”, which will bring back many pleasant memories of your own childhood.

Do-Si-DoDo-Si-Do

Do si Do Central to this unit is the use every week of Baby’s Book; with is entitled ‘This is my Dance’. Why do we focus on rhythm and movement? When your baby emerges from the womb and the familiar, steady sound of mother’s heartbeat, his brain begins scanning the apparently disorganized world for patterns – elements of consistency to help him make order out of the chaos. Rhythmic activity provides the recognizable, predictable and patterned information your baby wants to latch on to.

Dream PilllowDream Pillow

Dream Pillow: There is a tenderness about Baby’s bedtime that makes it unlike any other time of day. Time slows down. The light changes. And a parent’s awareness is heightened. Every mother and father knows Baby’s breathing, her facial expressions, her cries, her wriggling, sighs and heavy eyelids that lead up to sleep – and often interrupt it during the night! Through the rituals of rocking, nursing, cuddling and singing, parents follow Baby’s cues to lull her to sleep. The loving interaction that defines these rituals is the essence of Dream Pillow. In this unit parents and caregivers are invited to enjoy bedtime closeness with Baby at any time of day by listening more closely, sharing the gifts of singing and talking to Baby and exploring and extending the music in Baby’s environment.

FeathersFeathers

Welcome to a world full of Feathers Experience a wide range of songs, movement activities, object play, and vocal play relating to our feathered friends.  The Australian Kookaburra, the African Ostrich, and many more birds from across the world are featured in songs, dances, and poems.  Both Jazz and Classical selections, a Yiddish Folk Song, A Muskogean melody, and Mother Goose rhymes set to music are just a few of the colourful and exciting pieces introduced in this curriculum.

Hickory Dickory Tickle and BounceHickory, Dickory, Tickle and Bounce

In Hickory, Dickory, Tickle and Bounce, you will enjoy exposing your little one to the sounds of language and modelling and encouraging expressive use of the voice with verses such as ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, ‘Cackle, Cackle’, ‘The Duke of York’, and ‘Dickery Dickery Dare’. Hickory, Dickory, Tickle and Bounce, draws on several traditions and includes English rhymes and songs, a lullaby each from Sweden and Italy, the Mexican favourite ‘La Cucaracha’ and both a nursery song and a dance medley from China.

The Rhythm of My DayThe Rhythm of My Day

How many ways can Baby Zoom? Hop in the Zoom Buggy! And find out. Through a variety of songs, chants and instrumental selections you will discover that Baby can enjoy rumbling, squeaking, chugging, bumping, vrooming, swooshing and more. What baby sees from the buggy is important.  Familiar tunes and old favourites such as Little Red Caboose, Lightly Row and Canoe Song are joined together with new and less familiar songs (soon to become favourites, I suspect!) – all used in activities designed to help Baby move down that fascinating road of development.

Village home materials include :

  • Home CD
  • Literature Books
  • Baby Home Journal
  • 2 Art Banners

Benefits for Your Child and You:

  • Educates you about your baby's total development through Kindermusik Foundations of Learning - statements based on the most recent research.
  • Encourages joyful participation in a music making community.
  • Nurtures bonding between you and your child through intentional touch warm-ups, exercises, interactive dances and musical play.
  • Provides natural connections between singing and reading out loud, listening and communicating through literature books.

Kindermusik Sing and Play

Sing & Play is an energetic and joyful celebration of the very young child’s growing new movement and language skills.

A mix of parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities provide parents a unique opportunity to participate in all the music and movement fun, but also to stand back, observe, and revel in how these older babies and toddlers are beginning to walk, talk, sing, play, clap, tap, and dance—all on their own!

What you’ll experience in class:

  • Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development. Your child will explore the physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually lead her to discover her potential for beat, rhythm, and melodic ensemble playing.
  • Vocal play. Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection.
  • Exploration time. Your child will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures, sounds and movements.
  • Movement activities. Each class provides various opportunities for movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games, and even expressive movement.
  • Together time. Kindermusik is the essence of quality time, allowing you to make the most of the fleeting toddler years and giving you the time and the tools to make music and memories together in class and at home.
  • Expert advice. A Kindermusik educator explains how our musically based activities enhance your child’s complete development.

Enrolment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and toddlers 1 year olds
  • Weekly 45-minute class
  • Digital Home Materials including Activities, story books, and music from class

What to do next:

Kindermusik Family Time

Family Time

For newborn - 7 years

Here, There and EverywhereHere, There and Everywhere

Here, There and Everywhere -the five sub-themes center around different family outings: a visit with a friend, an outing at the park, a trip to the city, an afternoon at the aquarium, and a day on the farm. Move like animals with this unit’s story Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap! And follow a girl’s adventure as she loses her jambourine during the day’s outings and then finds it in the story Jingle-Jangle Jambourine.

Home Materials: Two Books - Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap! and Jingle-Jangle Jambourine, two Home CDs, Family Guide, board game, and two jambourine instruments.

Movin' and Groovin'Movin’ & Groovin’

Movin’ & Groovin’ is a romping, rolling, stretching good time for the whole family. This sixteen-lesson unit of Family Time will explore lots of different ways to move—high and low, fast and slow, zigzag, curvy, and more. Family members will chug around the classroom like trains, clip-clop like horses, and roll over like puppy dogs. They’ll hear a story about playing tag together in Can You Catch Me?, and read about a jungle hokey-pokey in Put Your Left Paw In. Show your best groovin’ moves—it’s time for Movin’ & Groovin’.

Kindermusik Our Time

Our Time

For 1.5 - 3 years
Class Structure: Four units, each 15 weeks.
Class Length: 45 minute

This class is extremely popular, so please book in early to secure your place.

Our Time focuses on your child's healthy emotional development as her confidence, curiosity, self-control, and communication begin to take shape. Our Time recognizes her need for both the freedom to try and the assurance of your support. Instrument exploration nurtures her self-esteem and facilitates her discovery of textures and sounds.

Language skills are fostered with singing, sound imitation, rhyming and object identification. Creative dancing to different musical "moods" develops her sense of balance, timing, and spatial awareness while affirming her urge to move. The anticipation and rewards of listening are introduced, and with turn-taking activities, social skills begin to blossom.

Essentially, Our Time provides the safety of training wheels for the bicycle of pre-school!

Kindermusik Our Time At Home materials include 2 CDs, 2 Music and Movement Books, a Home Activity Book, and a specially designed instrument, all to encourage self-directed play and the experimentation introduced in pre-school.

Wiggles and GigglesWiggles & Giggles

Wiggles & Giggles features songs, activities, and literature books surrounding the ever exciting theme of taking a bath, animal movements, and love for family and friends.

Away We GoAway we Go!

Away We Go guides parent and child to explore the exciting world of things that go! Singing, dancing, and developmentally appropriate activities lead this transportation adventure to the discovery of trains, cars, buses, horses, wagons, airplanes, and boats.


Milk and CookiesMilk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies empowers the parent to lead the child through familiar, everyday home activities such as cooking, dusting, and washing clothes. Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping, and making tea are all represented in familiar songs and activities!


Fiddle-dee-deeFiddle-Dee-Dee

Fiddle-Dee-Dee takes its name from the beloved folk song about the fly who married the bumblebee and the theme of "fiddling around" is present all throughout the semester. Creatures from the animal kingdom, whether furry, web-footed, winged, or whiskered are explored in this unit.

Benefits for Your Child and You

  • Recognizes your child's need for both freedom to try and the assurance of your support.
  • Educates you about the interactive nature of the total development of your child through music, movement and literacy.
  • Promotes joyful music making as a community.
  • Encourages the building of characteristics related to successful learning in school: self-confidence, curiosity, self-expression, social skills and cooperation.

Kindermusik Imagine That

Imagine That!

For  3 – 5 years
Class Structure: Four units, each 15 weeks.
Class Length: 45 minutes.

Imagine That! provides a carefully integrated curriculum of music, movement, and pretend play where your child's unique interests will be fully engaged in an environment that invites the development of the whole child - allowing for curious young minds, bodies, and voices to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions, solve problems, sing, and move.

For the pre-school age child, every day is a new discovery waiting to happen. With Imagine That!, you and your child can explore those discoveries together. No two Imagine That! classes are ever the same - class activities grow and change based on children's active participation.

By creating an environment in which children contribute ideas, express opinions, and offer personal preferences, Imagine That! nurtures development and learning while recognizing that individual differences are not only acknowledged but also treasured.

Kindermusik Imagine That! at home materials include 2 CDs, 2 Music and Movement Books, an interactive play set, a specially designed instrument, and a Family Activity Book.

Cities! Busy Places - Friendly FacesCities! Busy Places - Friendly Faces

In Cities! Busy Places – Friendly Faces preschoolers and their families are invited to explore the many people and places of the city. Your child’s imagination will soar as he/she explores the grandeur of city buildings, the bustle on the footpath and the many people in city neighbourhoods.

Hello Weather, Lets play Together!Hello Weather, Let's play Together!

In Hello Weather, Let’s play Together! Preschoolers and their families meet an approaching thunderstorm, swirling wind gusts, flaky snowflakes and bright sunny skies that elicit more imaginative play and discovery than a day can possibly hold. 

See What I SawSee What I Saw

In See What I Saw preschoolers and their families are invited to explore the exciting world of outside play. Your child’s imagination will soar as he/she explores Grasshopper Park.

Toys I Make Trips I TakeToys I Make, Trips I Take

In Toys I Make, Trips I Take, Preschoolers and their families meet a Toy Maker who introduces the children into the wonderful world of the Toy Shop.  Meet the exciting ‘Jack-in-the-box’, a whirly swirly ‘Spinning Top’ and a ‘Big Red Ball’ when he tells a wonderful creative story called ‘ The Toy Maker Story’.  

Benefits for Your Child and You

  • Nurtures your child's imagination and creativity.
  • Creates a learning environment that integrates music, expressive language, peer interaction and pretend play.
  • Challenges your child through activities that promote problem-solving, making choices and expressing ideas.
  • Allows your child to have an active role in the development of music and movement activities.

Kindermusik Laugh & Learn - Creative Spirit

His blanket becomes a superhero’s cape. A cardboard box doubles as her princess castle. Pots and pans become a drum set. And she sings all the time. Sound like someone you know? Every day brings a new discovery as your preschooler slowly opens the doors of individuality and independence.

Using the power of music, Kindermusik’s Laugh & Learn taps into your preschooler's creative spirit and boundless energy and focuses on developing his learning strengths and self-confidence so he’ll be ready for school, prepared for future music lessons…or able to leap tall buildings.

What you’ll experience in class:

  • Pretend Play. Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor and cognitive skills.
  • Musical Variety and Singing - Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for your child to explore his many voices and to use a "singing voice." Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity and socialization.
  • Storytelling and Literacy - Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
    Parent Involvement - Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. He'll experience both in Laugh & Learn. Caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Plus the At Home Materials ensures the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher—you!

Enrolment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years
  • Weekly 45-minute class includes a variety of activities, with the last several activities in class shared with parents
  • Digital Home Materials — activities, books, and music from class

What to do next:

Kindermusik Young Child

For the Young Child

For  5 - 7 years
Class Structure: Four units, each 15 weeks.
Class Length: 60-75 minutes.

Young Child provides a pressure-free, developmentally appropriate transition for your budding musician where she can musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction. In small, movement-oriented classes, your child develops her greatest instrument - her voice - while she learns the symbols and vocabulary of music-making.

She develops instrument- playing skills with the introduction of the glockenspiel, recorder, and dulcimer, as listening activities strengthen her ability to discern a variety of instruments and musical concepts. Through creative learning activities, she begins to read music and to create musical compositions - tangible accomplishments that instill positive emotions about her own musicality. Soon, a request of "Mom, I want to take piano" may surprise you.

Kindermusik for the Young Child at home materials include a folder full of activities, an illustrated family songbook, a games bag, professionally recorded music on CD, a musical instrument, and a carry bag.

Benefits for Your Child and You

  • Balances activities that integrate listening, vocal development, movement and performing in instrumental ensemble.
  • Introduces your child to the written language of music while cultivating music creativity.
  • Provides age-appropriate musical experiences that lead your child toward a lifetime of joyful music making.
  • Helps you and your child recognize special interests or skills for future formal music instruction.