Foundations

Age range: 0 to 2 years
Class structure: Two units per semester
Class size: Up to 10 children and their parents
Class length: 45 minutes (Parent or caregiver attends the entire class.)

At Musical Pathways, we know that gazing into your baby’s eyes is the most exciting part of your day. We understand how precious this time is with your little one. That’s why we created the Foundations curriculum to maximize brain development during those precious moments.

In a Foundations class, we take those special bonding moments between you and your baby and add in a unique blend of musical learning activities that stimulate and engage all of the senses. Your educator will teach you how to encourage your baby’s development through vocal play, object exploration, instruments, and creative movement.

What You’ll Experience in Class

  • Variety of music. Musical diversity builds strong neural networks in a baby’s forming mind, which is why each Kindermusik semester contains an array of styles, sounds, and genres.
  • 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’s vestibular system develop, 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.
  • Learning continues at home. With the home materials, the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher — you!

Some of the Features and Benefits for You and Your Child

  • Nurtures the bond between parent and child.
  • Educates parents through Kindermusik Foundations of Learning.
  • Form relationships with other young families.
  • One-Stop Shop for all early childhood questions and concerns.
  • Researched materials to keep the fun & learning going all week long!

Kindermusik Foundations of Learning™ insights, shared in class and at home, show you how the activities you share foster your child’s unique development. Foundations opens new windows — to show your baby more about the world and to show you more about your baby.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and babies, ages newborn to 2 years
  • Two different themes per semester
  • Weekly 45-minute class that includes new and unique parent and baby activities
  • You’ll learn over 30 songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes and do more than 200 activities together by the semester’s end
  • 2 Sets of materials – one for each mini-theme – each including a CD of music from class, literature board book, age-appropriate instrument, and a set of art banners, Weekly Newsletter, and Full Activity Packet & Music Download

You’ll both love the Materials

Enjoy more special moments with more musical play at home. Each of your 2 sets of materials includes a PDF home journal, an illustrated nursery-rhyme book with delightful artwork, 2 Art banners to aid in your baby’s visual and language development, and a Home CD which features all the songs and chants from class plus more!

Materials include:

  • 2 Home CDs
  • 2 Theme Related Instruments
  • 2 PDF Home Journals; Activities, Song Lyrics, Brain Development and Ways-To-Hold-Baby Charts
  • 2 Baby’s Literature Books
  • 2 Art Banners

Themes for fall 2018

Zoom Buggy! How many ways can Baby and Parent zoom? Hop in the Zoom Buggy and find out! Familiar tunes and old favorites such as “Little Red Caboose,” “Lightly Row” and “Canoe Song” are interspersed with new songs used in activities designed to help Baby move down that fascinating road of development. Baby’s board book focuses on six ways to “go zoom” and are complemented on the art banner. Baby will enjoy exploring scarves, chime balls, baby bells, egg shakers and more while learning about fast and slow, stop and start and long and short. We will rock to favorite lullabies, dance together and relax to beautiful classics in every class. Learn about the latest developmental research, all while introducing your child to a wide variety of music, sounds, and timbres.

Dream Pillow Lullaby — Baby is the star in Dream Pillow. You are invited to enjoy bedtime closeness at any time of day by exploring and extending the musicality of Baby’s environment. Our Kindermusik class activities are easily woven into your family’s daily routines. You will find many upbeat and playful activities as well as an array of stimulating and age-appropriate things and instruments for Baby to explore. Swirl in the dream cloud and dance to “Skinnamarink,” and “Maypole Dance.” Baby will handle humongous scarves, drums, clackers and mirrors plus hear the sound of the slide whistle and resonator bars. Each of the musical activities in Dream Pillow stimulates development in your baby’s growing brain, promoting physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and language development.

Themes for spring 2019

rhythm-materialsThe Rhythm of My Day highlights the concept of a family’s daily rituals and delightful songs and activities are designed to help you incorporate more rhythm and routine into bath time, meal time, bed time, etc. where music becomes your guide. In addition to addressing the issue of daily rituals, we’ll focus on diversity of sound, inhibitory control, syncopation and listening. Bring home these stress-free play and relaxation techniques and incorporate them into your daily routines knowing you are developing your babies’ brain while having so much fun!

hickory-materialsHickory Dickory Tickle & Bounce — Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the stronger her emerging language-learning skills will be. The Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes in this unit help develop communication strategies through listening activities, speaking “parentese,” and sign language. The literature book will inspire creative movement activities while your baby discovers the related movement concepts.