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Summer is HERE!


Summer Kindermusik Classes – $65/mo

Kindermusik continues throughout the summer.  Registration is $25 for most Kindermusik classes. I am now offering UNLIMITED ENROLLMENT!  When you choose one class, you can attend as many age-appropriate classes per week as you’d like, as long as the class is not marked “FULL” on the website class schedule.  There are currently 3 toddler classes per week (18m-3y), 2 preschool classes per week (3-5y), 1 infant class (0-18m), and 2 family time classes (0-5 years) that you can attend!

Kindermusik for the Young Child – $65/mo

KM for the Young Child is a 4-semester sequential program for children who are about to enter Kindergarten through 1st grade.  I have an onging class starting Semester 3 on Mondays at 1:15 pm for new incoming students 6-7 years, and a new class starting Semester 1 on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm.  This class has a higher registration fee of $45 because the students receive instruments and workbooks, as the lessons are more formally structured than the younger Kindermusik curricula.


Summer Private Lessons – $100/mo

I offer lessons in private piano and ukulele, and have a very full schedule with limited afterschool openings available.  Daytime lessons are still available for homeschool families and adult students.  Please sign up for the waiting list and I will contact you in the order which you signed up to see if any of the available times will work with your schedule.

Recital June 21 – $20

Private students wishing to participate in the recital may pick up a flyer at their lesson. Please return your form by June 9 with your recital fees. Anyone is welcome to attend the recital and listen to the performances.  Details are posted here.


Kindermusik Scholarships are available to a limited number of students in need.  If you or someone you know might benefit from a Kindermusik scholarship, please send them the link to this page.  Applications are due by June 21.

Apply for a Kindermusik Scholarship

Young Child students working on Ensemble Development with “Sing and Celebrate” at the end of their 2nd semester.
Kindermusik Graduates! I’m so proud of all they learned!  I’ve had all three of these students for multiple years, one of them since he was 6 months old!
I now have two pianos in the classroom for lessons.  This has opened up a world of new duet adventures!

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Ruth D. Anderson Scholarship Applications now being accepted!

Ruth D. Anderson Kindermusik Children’s Fund Kindermusik Scholarship

Applications Accepted Now through Jun 21 for classes at Kindermusik with Tabby


The Ruth D. Anderson Children’s Fund provides assistance to children who are physically, developmentally, or emotionally challenged, who are financially or educationally disadvantaged or who have lost a parent. This fund awards materials and relies on the voluntary, matching generosity of Kindermusik educators to provide free tuition so that children in need can participate in the Kindermusik experience.

Through the RDACF scholarship program, I have been able to provide free Kindermusik classes to 42 children over the past 6 years, with many of them receiving the scholarship for several consecutive years. I am able to apply on behalf of only 12 children per year, and several of my long-time recipients of this scholarship graduated from Kindermusik‘s 7-year curriculum this year, so I am accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. You can begin attending Kindermusik at a discounted rate for the summer if you qualify, but the materials portion of the scholarship does not go into effect until September 2014.

Please complete the application form as soon as possible, and no later than Saturday, June 21 – I will process the applications and contact you if more information is needed.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM – Complete before June 21

A blind, peer-review process of the applications insures an unbiased examination of all applications. Applicants for the 2014-2015 scholarship year will receive notification via email by July 15, 2014.

FUNDING
The Ruth D. Anderson Children’s Fund is able to provide scholarships through contributions from Kindermusik International, Kindermusik educators, and proceeds from auctions and other fundraising events. Kindermusik International encourages you and your program to consider sponsoring an event with proceeds to benefit the Ruth D. Anderson Kindermusik Children’s Fund so that we can reach even more children and families with the wonderful gift of music.

* * Please let me know if you have any questions!

Annual Recital June 21, 2014!

Saturday, June 21, 2:00 PM
(Please return registration form by June 9!)

Heritage Park Baptist Church
2732 FM 528 RD, Webster, TX 77598


 

There is a $20 recital fee for each student wishing to perform in the recital. The fee goes toward a donation for the host church, awards, and other recital costs.

Each year we have a Spring Recital to showcase the variety of music our students have worked so diligently to learn throughout the year for different festivals and performances. We invite the families and friends of our students to attend and enjoy these performances and get to know each other a little better.

We ask that everyone please arrive and be seated beginning at 1:45 pm so we may begin the recital promptly at 2:00. Please be courteous and do not enter or exit the auditorium while a student is performing – wait for the applause.

The recital will be followed by an awards ceremony where students will receive recognition for their achievements. We will then meet in the lobby to mingle over refreshments. Please bring one item of finger foods to share with the other students and their families.

Each student will be invited to perform 2 to 3 songs of their choice. Pieces do not have to be memorized. Each piece must have a listed composer so they can be credited in the program. Please feel free to invite friends and family to attend the recital.

New Babies in Kindermusik

“How old should my baby be to attend Kindermusik?” 

How old is your baby?  That’s the ideal age to begin Kindermusik!  The youngest baby I’ve ever had in class was 4 weeks old.  Kindermusik is about more than training children to be musicians.  In Kindermusik classes for babies, you’ll make new friends who also have new babies, and learn about your infant’s development, create new bonding rituals and discover new parenting tools to help you make it through the day.

To help facilitate the youngest babies in classes, I offer a very special program for babies under 4 months of age – Free tuition!  All you pay is the materials portion of our fee – just $15* – to provide you with the digital music, guides, activities, books and videos for your class.  Sign up now and use code “newbaby” to get this special offer.  

Kindermusik is great fun for both parents and their babies!

*This offer cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts because it is such a big discount!

Calling All Newborns, Infants, and Babies!

Cuddle, bounce, and bop with your baby in Kindermusik’s newest curriculum

Now Enrolling for Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am! Click “register” above to sign up!

Whether your baby is five weeks or five months, this class will be perfect for you! With age-appropriate activities for newborns, infants and crawlers, this parent-child music and movement class will help you strengthen those early parent-child bonds, understand your baby’s development, and heavily focus on child development and communication with your baby. You and your baby will enjoy instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time—and you’ll get expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in baby development.

Music is one of your baby’s favorite things – and it’s one of the best things for your baby’s developing mind. Babies’ brains are filled with literally billions of neurons—all just waiting to be connected through sensory stimulation. And that’s exactly what a Kindermusik class offers: a sensory rich environment, complete with music, movement, and calm, baby-style fun that is sure to create and strengthen baby’s neural pathways. Each Kindermusik class touches on a multitude of learning domains, creates special bonding moments, and lays the groundwork for a lifelong love of music.

What you’ll experience in Kindermusik Baby Music Classes

Nurturing Baby’s Growth and Development

Young babies are responsive and receptive learners. With you there to nurture and engage your child, a Kindermusik baby music class gives your little one the perfect musical and developmental head start.

Language and Vocal Development – You’ll hear lots of sweet gurgles and coos before your baby says her first words, and Kindermusik activities nurture your baby’s emerging language skills. He or she will learn to imitate sounds, experience give-and-take conversations, and add to his communicative abilities through sign language.

Brain Development – Your baby is learning through moving—and being moved—through space. With every movement, baby’s brain synapses, the connections between neurons, are being created and strengthened. Growing minds present a big window of learning opportunity—and shaking an instrument, feeling a steady beat, looking into a mirror during tummy time, discovering new sounds, and zooming around the room in your arms all contribute to the strengthening of neural connections.

Large Muscle Skills –One thing will naturally lead to the next as you expand your baby’s movement repertoire through music activities that support stretching, kicking, rolling, and crawling, as well as sitting and standing independently.

Small Muscle Skills – From discovering her hands to learning what her hands can do, your baby will thrive on playful activities that give her practice in visually following objects, reaching for and grasping an object, releasing an object, and transferring an object from hand-to-hand.

Social-Emotional Development –Through lots of cuddling, playing, humming, and dancing, Kindermusik activities help you build and strengthen your new relationship with your baby. Side-by-side play, and group dance activities with other parents and babies in class, provide the important benefits of safe and loving early interactions with the wider social world.

Musical Development – You’ll bounce your baby to a steady beat. Maybe she’ll do a fledgling “bouncy dance” on her own. Together you’ll explore simple, baby-safe percussion instruments. Throughout hundreds of different Kindermusik music-and-movement activities, you’ll be giving your baby an early introduction to the songs, sounds, rhythms, and tempos of music from around the world.

Channeling Challenging Behaviors: A Sensory Approach


HELP, my child is a monster in class! I have no control over him and I feel like the other parents in my child’s class are judging his wild behavior and me as a parent. I think I should drop out of the class. What else can I do?

Dropping out of the program is not the answer! The Kindermusik environment provides you with a tremendous opportunity for growth.

First, lose the judgment!

According to Becky Bailey, “The judgments, criticisms, complaints, encouragement, joy and love that we think we are giving to others, are really gifts we give to ourselves.”1 Do you ever feel defensive when another parent or your child’s teacher shares an observation about your child? Maybe it’s you… Judgment creates a defensive environment. Practice reframing what you see to hold NO judgment.

  • Example of judgment: I have no control over my child.
  • Example of no judgment: My child is running.

Think about your child and make a list of the behaviors you are seeing using only the facts, no judgments. This could be behaviors you see at home, in class, anywhere.

Next, empathize.

Empathy happens when you know another person’s feelings and they believe you know.
Who needs empathy? …

  • Your child. S/he may be frustrated, bored, tired, hungry, stressed…..
  • You. You feel exhausted, frustrated, embarrassed….

Acknowledge your own feelings and those of your child. Name their/your feeling: “You are frustrated.” “That hurt!” It is helpful to name the feeling out loud for the child. Ask questions that might clarify: “Are you worried?” “Are you excited?”

Here are some ways to show empathy:

  • Eye-to-Eye Contact: Look into your child’s eyes. Sometimes that’s ALL you need to do. Example: two children collide while putting instruments back in the basket. If a child gets bonked in the head they often think someone should pay for this! But usually if you make eye contact or maybe touch their “owie”, they will instantly recover.
  • Take your child’s Love Language2 into account. Would they respond best to some kind words of endearment, praise, encouragement or guidance? (Words of Affirmation) What about an invitation to sit next to you? (Quality Time) What if you gave them a reward, such as a sticker or a stamp, for the 30 seconds during the class when they were attentive and engaged? (Gifts) What if you asked them to help you with something? (Acts of Service) What about a hug and an extra-long cuddle when they feel slighted by another child? (Physical Touch)

Understand child development.

The following diagram shows the pattern and intensity of movement of children at different developmental stages around a typical nursery school classroom.
Does that help you understand why your little one likes to run so much? There is usually a really good reason the child is behaving the way they are. Always take into account the emotional and physical needs of the child.

Always assume the best in your child … even if you are sure they were throwing the rhythm sticks in class you can still treat it as an innocent situation of an action scheme for discovery. “These are your fingers and they are for holding on tight!” This allows them the freedom to change their mind without losing autonomy.

Again, consider their Love Language to get the best response. In order to respect a child’s Love Language and discipline (train) with love, do not select their Love Language as a method of discipline. For instance, if you use condemning words with a child whose Love Language is Words of Affirmation, your words will communicate not only that you are displeased with the behavior, but also that you do not love the child. If their Love Language is Quality Time, do not use isolation as a form of punishment. If it’s Physical Touch, don’t withhold hugs or respond in a physically negative way. Imagine what a spanking would say to this child! Understanding the child’s primary Love Language allows you to discipline with love and makes that discipline far more effective.

Say what you want

Be direct and use few words. “Don’t” is a meaningless word. Close your eyes and see what happens when someone says, “Don’t see a white fence”. It’s the same with other negatives … if you say “No running!” the only word they get out of it is “RUNNING!” So instead say: Tip toe, Walk, March, Sit, whatever!

It is not always necessary to use words … model tiptoeing … point to the toy basket when it’s time to clean up … learn a few ASL signs to use instead of words, such as IN, OUT, HELP, THANK YOU, PLEASE, ETC. (Our Sign&Sing™ program is a great way to do this!)

If your child throws the rhythm sticks in class, tell him to “Hold on tight!” If he continues to throw, say, “I want everybody to be safe. I am worried the sticks may hurt someone.” If he still persists give him a tissue and say, “You may throw this!”

Choose your words carefully: “NO!” and “Good Job!” are very stress-inducing words. Praising with a “Good job!” is stressful to children because they will not understand exactly what is so “good”. They wonder if it’s at all possible to maintain this “good job” in order to earn your love (which WE think is unconditional). In order to be in control, some children will make mistakes on purpose. They are afraid of not being sure of your “praise”. Instead always give informational feedback. Ex: When your child plays the drum, you can say: “You played that loudly!” Or “You scratched the drum with your fingers.”

Definition of STRESS: Feeling out of control

Stress puts a person on high alert and when that happens, ALL information brought to the brain through the senses is deemed extremely important. Even the feel of the tag on your shirt or the seam on your socks clamors for your undivided attention. It can be overwhelming. Lots of challenging behavior can happen when a child is experiencing stress. A child, who feels out of control and stressed out, will choose to be out of control so that he is at least in control of something!

Early childhood is full of tremendous brain growth spurts. Cortisol, the stress hormone, will actually hinder brain growth. Did you know that cortisol takes 1½ days to dissipate from the system! Toddlers receive a shot of cortisol on average every 9 minutes of their waking day.

Children under lots of stress will function primarily in their “brain stem” and not experience growth in the frontal lobes. The brain stem is concerned with survival: flight or fight! The actions of a child operating in the brain stem are the physical expressions of their feelings.

As a parent, your job is to model from the highest state of your brain. Anytime you use fear and intimidation your child will flip to their survival state. Your child will mirror the state you are in. (Ever notice that when you’re stressed out, your kids are at their worst?)

One of the best reasons to stay enrolled in Kindermusik is all the great knowledge your teacher imparts about the role our activities play in your child’s development. Here are some examples that will help you know what to do when you see those behaviors in class that make you crazy…

Vestibular stimulation:

Ever notice how some children crave spinning? Why do we get dizzy and why does it take us longer to recover than it takes children?

The first sensor system to fully develop in utero is the vestibular system. It is a complex set of tubing filled with fluid and hair cells deep in the inner ear. When the head moves, the fluid moves which stimulates the hair cells. Information from the position of the hair cells is used to maintain balance and with its neurological connections, it plays important roles in posture, tone, coordination, vision and alertness – it primes the brain to learn.4

In class, does your child run around and around and around? By rocking, spinning, swinging, rolling, running in circles, he’s trying to stimulate his own vestibular system. When this happens, first assure yourself it’s perfectly normal. Then, adapt the activity to fulfill your child’s need for vestibular stimulation…. pick him up, twirl him around, or swing back and forth holding him around his chest. On rocking activities, try rocking ALL the way back and forth. Stimulating his vestibular system will cause the chemical, serotonin, to be released in the brain, leaving your child feeling calm, secure, safe, and ready to focus and learn. Next time you’re in class, notice your Kindermusik teacher will sometimes insert this kind of activity to cause this effect.

Scaffolding:

Children who learn that they have the capacity and opportunity to exert control over their actions early in life may be more likely to learn to accept responsibility for their actions as they mature.

Scaffolding is a great discipline tool because it engages children and invites them to choose to do what we want them to do. You will have more success if you convince your child to choose to work with you than if you insist or demand. Meet the child where s/he is. So if she’s running, run with her. If she’s rolling, get on the floor and roll with her. Let your child be the leader.

Deep pressure:

Deep pressure is very calming. It also helps children going through growth spurts know where their body begins and ends!

Does your child ever give “crash” hugs or want to crash his body into other people and things?
Children crave deep pressure. Any pressure that compresses the joints and bones in the spine satisfies this need. Even screaming and singing very loudly will provide deep pressure. But you can meet this need in other ways! … quick hugs to the sternum, falling down, pushing (ie. try “wheel barrowing” your child to give deep pressure to the shoulders), let your child run from across the room and jump into your arms, bounce him/her on your knee and fall between your legs (be sure to be sitting on the floor when you do this!).

Enclosed and dark:

Children crave being enclosed. It is very calming and helps filter out some overload to the senses.

Do you know anyone who uses all the couch cushions to build forts? Ever wonder why the kids are more interested in the boxes than the new toys at Christmastime? Is yours the child in class who likes to crawl under the story blanket, under the table, under a chair, etc? At home, play hiding games, make couch and blanket forts, let them play with boxes, etc.

Blowing:

We all have many nerve endings around our mouth, which crave stimulation. (Stressed out adults chew on pencils, drink hot drinks, eat spicy foods, chew on straws, blow cigarette smoke, etc.) Children need acceptable ways to stimulate these nerve endings. They often chew on their sleeves, hair, toys, or suck their fingers, etc.

Guiding them to blow bubbles, scarves, and feathers calms children and helps them focus on learning.

Jumping and rolling:

Trunk initiated movement like rolling helps children gain the most fundamental control of their body and its movement. After mastery they can then work more proficiently on movement and control of the limbs…then the fine motor skill work comes next. Trying to master fine motor skills before the others is asking for frustration and trouble! Babies who are in the car seat all day really, really miss out!!!

These movements are also stimulating to the vestibular system and give deep pressure. All this is fun play for children, but it’s also their very important work.

So, to channel challenging behaviors in your child, STAY in Kindermusik and try these simple steps. Use this opportunity to get your child from a frustrating time to a time of learning and empowerment. We, your Kindermusik teachers, are here to help you! In class, observe your child. Feel for your child. Understand, so that you can do what’s best for both of you. And, if you haven’t done so already, re-enrol for next semester. It starts January 22!

Many thanks to Kindermusik Educator, Yvette Odell and Kindermusik of Cambridge/KW for this great information!

Resources:
1Becky Bailey, Conscious Discipline
2Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages
3Jill Molli, Loving Guidance Association
4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestibular_system

Shop Small with Ms. Tabby this weekend!

Happy Holidays!

We are so excited to kick off the holiday season with some great deals! There are two fun deals to claim on or before December 1st, when the deals are done!

We also have a little FREE gift for you as well! DOWNLOAD THE SONG “WINTER WONDERLAND” FREE! Just CLICK HERE and then click on the orange download button, and it’s YOURS! If you do not have a free account to our music site, you’ll have to create one!

Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Ms. Tabby

Save up to $70 on 3 months of Kindermusik classes

(reg. monthly fee for Kindermusik is $65 with a registration fee of $25.  Accept the offer on our facebook page to save $15 off per month with a waived registration fee for 3 months of Kindermusik classes when you prepay!)

This deal IS available for current students! 

You must call (713-306-4023) OR email (kmtabby@gmail.com) to begin the conversation after you “Get Offer” on facebook in order to complete this deal!

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Save up to $110 off on 3 months of piano lessons

(reg. monthly fee for Piano Lessons is $100 with a registration fee of $35.  Accept the offer on our facebook page to save $25 off per month with a waived registration fee for 3 months of Piano Lessons when you prepay!)

This deal IS available for current students!

You must call (713-306-4023) OR email (kmtabby@gmail.com) to begin the conversation after you “Get Offer” on facebook in order to complete this deal!

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Private Lesson and Kindermusik Policies.

Tuition & Fees: Students paying tuition in full at the beginning of a 4-month semester may apply a $20 discount ($5 off per month) to their payment. Students paying monthly tuition should be aware that the pro-rated amount is due at the first class, and will be billed automatically on the 25th of the preceding month until a drop notice is submitted in writing. Kindermusik “At-Home Materials” are required for each enrolled Kindermusik student as per the terms of the license agreement with Kindermusik International. Registration fees and the first tuition payment are due in full at the time of registration in order to reserve your space in class. If payment is not received by the 5th of the month, a late fee of $15 will be applied each week that payment is late. Your prompt payment reserves your time in advance for the month. If your payment is more than 2 weeks late, your lesson time or spot in class may be forfeited and may be released to a student on the waiting list.

Hold Harmless Agreement: We, the undersigned parents or guardian of the student(s) referenced above do hereby certify to Tabitha Worthington, doing business as Kindermusik With Tabby, that the aforementioned child is in good health and is able physically to participate in the studio’s programs. We do give said child permission to participate in Kindermusik and/or private instruction. We recognize that children are occasionally hurt while engaged in play as well as during other activities. We therefore specifically authorize Ms. Worthington or her representatives to take our child to the doctor or emergency room of the hospital in the event it should be necessary, and agree to pay any medical charges which may be incurred. We assume all risks applicable to our child’s participation in this activity. We hereby waive any and all claims against Tabitha Worthington, Kindermusik with Tabby, its’ employees, Kindermusik International, the owners of the building in which classes are held, the organizers, sponsors or any of the supervisors appointed by the above if involved in this activity.

Photo Release: I do hereby give permission for my child/ren to be photographed or recorded for promotional materials including flyers, web site/blog postings, video postings, in-studio collages. I do so without expectation of compensation & with the understanding that these photos will be used exclusively by Kindermusik with Tabby. I also acknowledge that Kindermusik with Tabby may choose not to use my photo at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless from any claims Tabitha Worthington, or Kindermusik with Tabby.

(If you do not wish photographs of you or your child to be used for promotional materials, please send an email to kmtabby@gmail.com with the subject “No photos please” and the name(s) and classes you participate in)

Makeup Policy: Each private student is allowed 1 make-up lesson per trimester. This make-up lesson will only be honored when the instructor is given at least 24 hours prior notice of the absence. You are paying in advance to reserve your instructor’s time, and once that time has passed without notice of the need to reschedule, it cannot be made up. Group class students can make up in any other regularly scheduled class for their student’s age group, including Family Time. In case of instructor absence, a make-up lesson date will be provided, and if the student is unable to attend this make-up, a credit may be issued at the instructor’s discretion, but only in case of instructor absence.

If you have questions, please contact Tabby.