Step 6 – Kindermusik
What is Kindermusik?
Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven. Kindermusik uses the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the early years most critical brain development. Since 1978, Kindermusik has helped millions of children around the world build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.
Designed to work in virtually any educational setting, their research-driven curricula provide a unique and effective way to reach children of all backgrounds, developmental levels, and learning styles. Kindermusik offers five developmentally appropriate levels for newborns through seven-year-olds, with each activity providing the groundwork for building language, literacy, math, and social-emotional skills. The fun and joy inherent in music-making encourages positive teacher-child interactions, and creates an engaging and disciplined classroom routine.
Kindermusik is easy to implement and perfectly complements 2000 Days Pre-Kindergartens program.
Amazing! Tell me more! Maybe some fun facts?
Fact 1: 20% of children learn to play music. 70% of adults wish they had.
Fact 2: Music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than TWICE as much as sports, theater, or dance.
Fact 3: Humans are more likely to focus and stay focused if there is music playing in the background
Fact 4: By understanding beat, rhythm and melody; children become stronger in math
Fact 5: Independent research proved that 30 minutes of active music playing/learning is equal to a 32% literacy gain
Back to the training. How does it work?
You become an extension of Kindermusik through playful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities with your children. This all-inclusive curriculum kit provides tools that makes it easy for teachers to guide and participate in the activities, assess their students, and have a lot of fun.
Kindermusik lesson plans are intentional, developed using a tested and repeatable formula. The individual activities within each lesson, such as greetings, storytime, and instrument play, are strategically placed for maximum engagement. The establishment of repetition and rituals allows children to take comfort in knowing what’s coming, encouraging creative participation within the established framework.
A Kindermusik activity is perfect for small group time. It is also great for large group time. It can be done outside, at the park or even with another class. Lessons can be shortened as needed. Because of the flexibility and fun children have you can slot Kindermusik into many different aspects of your children’s day.
Where is the music, instruments and other details to be successful?
There are 4 main Kindermusik categories. They are divided by age group:
You can find all the curriculum documents, programs and other information on the Staff Drive. Under Kindermusik. Please ask a co-worker if you are not sure where that is and if you do not have a Staff Drive on your My Computer in Windows then please see admin.
As for music. That is found on your tablet. Just search for the activity you are going to implement and search for it in the music program in your classroom tablet. Again ask a co-worker to show you. Or if you are struggling with it please talk to someone in administration.
As an example: If you are in PK1 you know your children are ages 1-2 (roughly). So you would want Sing & Play. Your program planning should have already chosen the Kindermusik activity for that day. Let’s say it says Yum in the Sing & Play category. You would go on the Staff Drive and go into the Kindermusik Teacher Material folder then Ages 1-2 Sing n Play then Yum. In that folder you would find PDF files that are the guides and all the materials you need. You would see what instruments you need (if any) and make sure they are ready for your activity. Then follow the guide, play the music with your tablet and through your Bluetooth speaker in your room. That is it!
Training Videos – They are 2-3 minutes and are VERY IMPORTANT to be successful in your Kindermusik program for your children. Please be patient with the links below as it can take 20-30 seconds for the video to load. Also please let admin know if a link is not working.