10 Kid Friendly Ways to Celebrate National Piano Month

National Piano Month

September is National Piano Month! With an entire month devoted to this early 18th century instrument, we’ve come up with a few new, kid-friendly ways to celebrate!

  1. Learn About The History of the Piano. Take some time and read this in this comprehensive series from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  2. Take a Virtual Tour. Visit the Online Piano Museum and get a virtual, interactive history lesson. How cool is this?!
  3. See If It’s Time For Lessons. Think your child is ready for piano lessons of their own? Take this quiz to find out. 
  4. Update Your Piano Room. If you’re lucky enough to have a piano at home, give it a little TLC and update your piano room. Here are a couple of great decorating ideas
  5. The Right Kind of Background Noise. Play classical music during the day in the background of whatever else you’re doing. This is a great way to gently introduce classical music, even if you (or your children) aren’t ready to delve into a full-on study. 
  6. Make It A Game. Listen to classical music and try to identify what instruments you hear. Try making it a friendly competition to see who can pick out the most instruments! 
  7. Crafts and More Crafts. Make this sheet music mason jar for someone special. Or pick from this list of these kid-friendly piano-related crafts and keep things fun and simple.
  8. Take it Outside. Make this (adorable!) Giant Chalk Keyboard! It’s fun to draw, it gets the kids outside, and there are so many activities to be done once it’s complete! Check out this website for pictures and game ideas.
  9. Color it In. Print out this mandala-inspired coloring sheet and everyone can create their own masterpiece! 
  10. Make Some Sweet Treats. Treats as sweet as the music! Cookies or a cake can make any celebration a little more special.

Remember, it’s never too early or too often to expose children to classical music - it’s what they crave. Be sure to share this post, and tell us how your family is celebrating National Piano Month!

Melissa Bertolone is a dance teacher and Kindermusik Mommy who believes that everyday is a holiday.

Frogs, Cows, Sheep and Language Development

“What does the cow say?” 

“Moo.”

 “That is right!  What does the sheep say?” 

“Baa.”

 “You are right again!  And how about the frog, what does the frog say?”  

“Kva!” 

Musical Frog

“Oh, no baby, the frog says ‘Ribbit, ribbit.’”

 “KVA, KVAAA!”  insisted my little one with a hint of offense in her voice.  That was the debate I came to witness when picking up my toddler, Anna, from Nana’s house.  

“Oh sweetie, both you and Nana are right,” I exclaimed as I rushed to the rescue.  “You see, American frogs do indeed say ‘Ribbit ribbit.’  And you did not make a mistake.”  This, I assured her since Russian frogs do, undeniably, say “Kva Kva,” which Anna repeated, as if settling the matter with Nana.

Later, we had a great deal of fun with my multilingual family, comparing animal sounds in different languages.  My father-in-law is from Lebanon, my mother-in-law descended from Polish immigrants, and I am Russian.  Our family, being so culturally and linguistically diverse, sure has lots of benefits, yet at times it can be a little too much to process for a toddler’s mind.  In order to avoid future misunderstandings, I had to resolve the linguistic and phonetic dispute about animals from various regions of the world once and for all.  Naturally, it must be done in a fun and creative way, so that all parties would accept this new multicultural “animal sound” language as quickly as possible. What was my method?  You guessed it!  Music was my savior once again! 

Luckily, at Kindermusik, we had just finished the “Cock-a-doodle-MOO!” unit, which is all about farm animals and their sounds.  Inspired, I organized a game where I played the “On the Farm” track from our home kit CD, and asked the adults to make animal sounds in their own language.  This fun and beautiful track overlays real animal sounds with complementary music.  Did I mention it is also Anna’s favorite?  It was a true pleasure watching Anna light up when it was a time for the grownups to play their silly roles!  The first few times we had Anna dance and listen with us.  Later, I asked her to repeat an animal sound to a person of her choice in their language.  In other words, to her American daddy she said “Ribbit, ribbit,” and to me she said “KVA.”  By the end of the routine, Anna was nearly fluent in both English and Russian “Baas!” and “Moos!”  While there is still some room for improvement in Anna’s Arabic and Polish, I am ecstatic about the results!  Most importantly, we all enjoyed our musical time together; those moments will forever be cherished.  The renowned American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously declared, "Music is the universal language of mankind."  Being a music enthusiast, I have always adhered to that idea, and I am pleased to have Kindermusik International as my comrade!

 

Written By Dorina Nikolaeva, Kindermusik Mom and soon-to-be Kindermusik Teacher, who is a master at making animal sounds from around the world. 

To learn how KIndermusik can help your child express their favorite animal sounds through movement and sound, contact us today.

Using Music to Solve Babysitting Woes

Recently, I agreed to babysit my friends’ toddler boy. This was going to be easy breezy.  I’ve babysat my nephews and niece, I’ve babysat for my friends and for the friends of my friends, I’ve even babysat triplets, I am a pro babysitter and have seen it all.  My system is simple but effective.  Change the diaper: Check.  Feed him yogurt: Check.  Give him water: Check.  Clean the vomit: Check.  Wait what?!?  His parents warned me that he suffers from two troubling maladies, severe separation anxiety and GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease).  "He's going to cry until he starts to vomit, and then he'll vomit until... Well, until I come back,” said his mother with little doubt in her voice.  

Toddler and ipad

Looking at the boy who was “glued” to the iPad screen, I vividly imagined a gruesome picture of everything and everyone in a proximity of five feet covered in tears and morphed mac and cheese.  “He loves his songs,” his mother said nodding towards the iPad, which yanked me out of my dark thoughts, “But I can’t have him stare at this thing all day long.”  A-ha!  Music was going to be the answer once again!  iPad away, lets have some real fun! Being a devoted Kindermusik mom, I knew that connecting through singing and creating rituals was going to assure my success. No sooner had I started to recreate a Kindermusik lesson, I found another fan of the activities, and I would like to think, my singing.  My new little buddy was mesmerized, engaged, and still full of macaroni.  

As I was leaving, I assured his grateful mom that I would gladly return next week and in subsequent weeks to come. In time, I believe Kindermusik practice will help him trust and bond with others.  Maybe, it will even prove salutary for his troublesome tummy.  One thing that I do know - Kindermusik was the start of our wonderful friendship. 

Written by Dorina Nikolaeva, Kindermusik mom, Kindermusik Teacher-in-training, and one lucky toddler's new best friend.

To find out how Kindermusik can ease your child's transitions, and help keep his lunch down,   contact us today.

How to Calm Your Child With Music

If there is one maxim in motherhood, it is: There are no uneventful days!  A new day brings forth a new challenge.  Today’s test had my toddler, Anna, turning naptime into hyperactivity time! Parents familiar with the napless toddler will anticipate the looming disaster.  Wiggling and giggling on the bed, Anna’s cards were laid on the table revealing an endless “crankyorama” that was to come.  Panicking, my mind scrambled for solutions.  Can I stop the inevitable struggle?  Of course I could “plug her in” to the TV or laptop, and hope that Elmo or one of his furry friends would provide relief, but I knew all too well that this remedy would be short lived.  Besides, screen time stimulates too, and the last thing I need is to energize an overtired child.  Naptime has passed, should I still let her snooze when she winds down?  No, not an option either - it would totally ruin her, my, our night and subsequent schedule.  Then, a light bulb flickered; once again Kindermusik to the rescue!  Extended quiet time?  We can do that!  If it only results in a few minutes break, it may be enough to restore my sanity. 

Kindermusik Baby Massage

Every Kindermusik class contains a segment called “quiet time,” which helps children process stimulation received during class.  Usually, it works like a charm.  Listening to soothing music, Anna sits on my lap as I gently caress her head, massage her feet or simply hug her and rock.  Did you catch the operative word “Usually”?  Yes, there are instances when Anna is just not up for it; however, as Sophocles puts it “One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try.”  Given my limited options, I decided to listen to the greybeard. 

I could fib and claim that Anna sat still for half an hour enjoying Brahms or Tchaikovsky’s violin Concerto in D major; but no, I hesitantly admit that it was “The best of Sarah McLachlan” and it was way less than 30 minutes.  Quietly sitting, almost meditating, we made it through two whole songs without incident.  As she got bored and anxiously tried to escape, I began singing along, which quelled the rebellion for another song and a half.  In grand total, we clocked 9 minutes 45 seconds of quiet time - a huge success!  Repeating this process a couple more times throughout the day, with more thoughtful music choices (certain tracks from Kindermusik CDs and a few nursery rhymes were definitely a better fit) did the trick.  Our day went surprisingly smooth - no crankiness, crabbiness, moodiness, etc., only a happy and moderately active child. Ahhh, just the way I like it, I can almost picture a little cherry on top of her head! 

Later, when doing some research, I found the science behind that magic. The National Center for Biotechnology Information cites the article “The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response,” where scientists from the universities of Germany, Switzerland and United States state: “As listening to music has the capacity to initiate a multitude of cognitive processes in the brain, it might be assumed that music also influences stress-related cognitive processes and, as a consequence, physiological responses.” What an eloquent way to assure my daughter’s physiological and emotional well-being despite the lack of sleep that day!  Interestingly enough, the author concludes that, “it appears that listening to music has the inherent ability to decrease the psychobiological stress response […] our findings indicate that music listening impacted the psychobiological stress system (in terms of a faster recovery).” 

Furthermore, The American Psychological Association offers an incredible article, “Music as Medicine.” There, scientists underscore music’s medicinal value in a vast range of areas from pain management to Parkinson's, and perhaps even Alzheimer's disease.  I was particularly fascinated to learn that one recent study on the link between music and stress found that music can help soothe pediatric emergency room patients (JAMA Pediatrics, July, 2013).  Lisa Hartling, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta and lead author of the study contends, "Playing music for kids during painful medical procedures is a simple intervention that can make a big difference." 

I felt the fascination of a child to whom a magician revealed where the rabbit was really hiding all along!  I always thought music to be magical, now I know it for a scientific fact!  I am sure to keep our music handy at all times, and will definitely try to play Anna’s favorite songs next time we are at the pediatrician office for her vaccinations. 

The next day as I settled in with a more cooperative Anna for her nap, I felt a great deal of gratitude. First, to my daughter Anna who by presenting me with parental challenges is making me a better, smarter, and more knowledgeable person. Next, to Sarah Mclachlan. And last but not least, to Kindermusik for helping me endure those challenges without losing face and positive attitude.

Written by Dorina Nikolaeva, who is learning how to have a few extra calm minutes with her daughter each day. 

Why Music Gives Your Child Life-Long Benefits

Kindermusik Toddler Exploring musical instruments

We are 6 weeks into a new semester of Kindermusik classes and the magic is starting to happen. I love this time in the semester, because I witness the enormous benefits that age-appropriate exposure to musical activities means for a child. It takes time and repetition for all the learning to be absorbed and processed in your child's rapidly growing brain.

You see, Kindermusik is not about instant gratification. In this day and age of ubiquitous immediate rewards, that may be difficult for some parents to swallow. But you can't just press a button and have immediate delivery of the life-long benefits that Kindermusik provides. It takes a little time and patience to tease out the magic.

Despite my enthusiasm, I can't sing loudly enough about the life-long benefits from Kindermusik classes. Luckily neuroscientists agree...

Prolonged musical activities actually change the structure of the brain.

Read the study here

Try to find another activity that simultaneously utilizes as many different parts of the brain as music - you can't do it.

Music helps develop cognitive function, emotional intelligence, social skills, physical development, language development, and musicality, which in turn enhances executive function skills. Executive Function Skills are needed for success in school and in personal and professional life. 

Much of our society values sports over the arts. But it shouldn't be about choosing sports over the arts. Instead, it should be about bringing the arts back into our children's learning environment. While music education benefits every student, studies show that music is the least expensive way, educationally, to help disadvantaged kids to catch up. According to Diana Lam of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, "Music addresses some of the behaviors and skills that are necessary for academic success," she says. "Since we started implementing El Sistema, the Venezuelan music program, as well as project-based learning, our test scores have increased dramatically."

The more we value music in our society and in our children's early education, the greater the advantage to our children. The research is clear. We need to choose music to nourish our kids.

 

Cathy Huser is Director of Kindermusik of Cleveland, a top 1% Kindermusik Program Worldwide. Thousands of children have been lovingly nourished with music in Cathy's studio since 1996.

How Music Helps Your Child With Speech

Parent child singing games

Communicating with a child who has a speech delay can be challenging, especially when she needs something but can’t verbalize it. Did you know that incorporating music into regular interactions might help? Many researchers believe that music activates the entire brain, connecting the right and left hemispheres. A study conducted in 2010 found that children who received music therapy showed an improved understanding of speech, cognitive structures, and even level of intelligence.

Rachel Arnston, a speech-language pathologist, uses music as an essential tool to help children overcome their speech delays. In a guest post on smartspeechtherapy.com, she explains that children respond better to higher pitch and extended vowels in speech, which mimics aspects of music that are valuable to kids with speech delays. Here are some of her tips for utilizing music at home.

  • Sing whatever your child can already say.
    Using words she already knows will make the idea of singing along with you less intimidating and peak her interest.

  • Sing about what your child loves, or regular routines of the day.
    You may already have made a habit of this by singing the “clean up song,” but you can sing about anything! It is helpful at first to sing to a tune you know well, even if the syllables don’t fit perfectly. 

  • Sing repetitively and in chains of three.
    Have you ever noticed how children’s songs are usually the same verse sung over and over again, usually in three’s? For example, “row, row, row your boat,” or “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.” Children are more receptive to words that have a distinct rhythm, whether in a book or a song, and singing in chains of three is a simple way to catch their attention and help them learn the words in the song.

  • My turn, your turn. Mimic the flow of a conversation.
    Many children pick up on the back-and-forth nature of conversation without having to be taught, but this can be difficult for kids with speech delays. Start by singing a short song, or even a single verse, then say, “your turn!” Wait a few moments so your child has a chance to respond, but it’s okay if she doesn’t at first, this may take some practice. After her turn is over (whether she responds or not), tell her that it’s your turn again, and repeat the process several more times.

  • Sing slowly. “If you rush, your speech is mush.”
    The slower you sing and the more you annunciate your words, the easier it will be for your child to start picking up on the words you’re using.

  • Put excitement in the way you sing, and pay attention to what entices your child.
    Every child is different, so what excites one child may not interest another at all. The most important thing is your enthusiasm! Children love to imitate their parents and it is an important aspect of their learning. The more excited you are, the more interested your child will be in participating.   

  • Sing to instrumental music and/or simplify preschool favorites.
    Sometimes even the simplest songs can be too overwhelming for children with speech delays. You can remove a couple of words or entire verses of songs your child already knows. For example, you might sing just the very first verse of “baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?” repetitively. Remember to sing slowly!

  • Use gestures while singing, but take notice of whether it encourages or inhibits singing.
    Using big gestures might excite your child, or it could distract her from the music. Try using both large and small gestures and movements to see how she responds.

  • Put natural phrases into musical form.
    You might become a solo opera singer when telling your child it’s time for bed, or perhaps a classy crooner when you’re driving down the street. You can choose to sing anything you say. It doesn’t matter how you decide to sing or what you decide to sing about, your child will love it if you are enthusiastic!  

It might feel a little silly to narrate your day through song at first, but it will quickly become a fun habit that will help improve your child’s ability to communicate and enhance the bond the two of you already share. Here's to a sing-songy kind of day!

For more ways to help your child's language development through music, contact us today.

Creating a Special Bond Through Mommy and Me Music Classes

Kindermusik mom and child bonding through music

As a mom, you are the first person your child bonds with. You are also a teacher, role model, and protector. You want the best for your little one, and strive to create a safe and loving environment that will stimulate learning and independence. What if there was a place to help you do just that? A place where you'll meet new friends, learn about your child's developmental stages, and be encouraged to learn right along side your child as you create memories together.

Our Mommy and Me Kindermusik classes come with extra special benefits:

Learning Independence
From the moment we give birth to our children they are on their way to independence. With our Mommy and Me classes children learn to master being mobile while developing strong muscles through dancing, crawling and moving. When your child feels safe in his environment his brain will open up for optimal learning. And with you by his side, you will help nourish his independence.

Socially Aware 
A child's first experience with being social comes from you. Children are tactile and also interact through sight and sound. As you and your child socially connect, she will learn to see how others respond to her behaviors. This also promotes social, cognitive and communication skills, further reinforcing her independence.

Language Development
A pivotal key to your child’s social development is how he communicates with others. There is a strong correlation between music and language development. Music, like speech, has structure and syntax rules that apply. Your child's brain picks up the patterns in the music, which in turn, stimulates his brain to understand the patterns of language. Singing short syllables, like tra, la, doo, etc, help build the muscles needed for speaking. Songs with animal sounds are an engaging way to encourage your child to sing these short sounds, as well as short pieces and parts of words.

Confidence Building 
Responding to your child's needs demonstrates a strong attachment to her physically, mentally and emotionally. In a Mommy and Me Kindermusik class, the adult/child bond strengthens as you acknowledge and affirm your child in a loving manner. Celebrating your little one's accomplishments ensures that she feels loved and valued. When your child has a strong sense of self-worth she is confident and develops a healthy self-esteem.

Sometimes being a mom is challenging yet oh so rewarding! We all need ideas and strategies from time to time to make parenting practical and easier. Enrolling in a Kindermusik class provides problem solving solutions that are fun and educational. Oh and to your child you just may appear to be a Superhero! - way to get your cape on!

We welcome all Mommy Superheros to be! For more information contact us today.

How Music Makes Parenting Easier - Music Classes Help Moms and Dads, Too!

We often talk about how wonderful music is for our little ones. It helps them develop early literacy skills, enhances their imaginations, and it's just plain fun. But we don't always talk about how music makes parenting easier.

Here are three reasons that Kindermusik is good for moms (and dads), too:

Music add fun to everyday chores. Parents and kids together can sing a special "clean-up" song that makes putting toys away into a fun activity. Or, while you're brushing your kid's teeth, try singing this song to the tune of "Row your boat." Make up silly additional verses as you brush along!

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Brush, brush, brush your teeth
And brush around your gums.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Brushing is so fun!!

 

Music gives parents a chance to hear their kids in a new way. It's so much fun as a parent to hear your child add their own creative verses to familiar songs. One time one of our toddlers insisted that Old MacDonald had "a baby goat, a daddy goat, and a mommy goat" on his farm. E-I-E-I-O!

Music classes are a great place to meet other parents. Being at home all day with active little ones can lead to feelings of boredom and isolation. Having a regular weekly class for you and your baby or toddler helps you connect to other moms and dads who are going through the same parenting stages as you are. We've noticed that many of our parents will meet and get to know each other in class and later schedule playdates or trips to the park with other families. It helps build our sense of community.

Music classes aren't only for the benefit of your little ones. Please drop us a line and contact us to learn more about our engaging music classes for infants to age 7 (and their parents too!)

 

Kindermusik Classes and the "Slow Parenting Movement"

Kindermusk mom and toddler spending quality time together

Your car is packed with kids of all sizes. You've got the birthday presents, ballet shoes, soccer jerseys and hockey sticks in the trunk, and for a moment you can't even remember which of these kids activities you're headed to first! If many days you find yourself a frazzled parent, spread too thin, your children might not be benefiting from your efforts as much as you think.

Considering recent studies, it may be worth looking into a paradigm shift around the topic of parenting and over-programmed kids. A new movement encourages families to take more quality time with their children. This “Slow Parenting Movement” also calls to question extensive use of technological tools, and exposure to digital stimulus.

Slow Parenting promotes confidence with kindness. Looking over the slow parenting philosophy, it does appear to be very Eastern in approach. This Boston Globe article, "The Benefits of Slow Parenting," questions our tendency to overbook ourselves on behalf of our kids, while the very act of running ragged might be harmful to the family as a whole. Lindsay Miller, a parent of three, says, “Doing too many things is overwhelming for me. It’s overwhelming for my kids. I don’t want to do it all. It leaves me empty versus feeling fulfilled.” Now that she considers herself part of the movement she says: “I try to keep things simple in my life for their sake. If I’m stressed in front of them, they pick up on it. They feel what I feel.” The article concludes that “Slow parenting is organic, it’s ever-evolving—the only essential is that families carve out time to connect.”

We think of our Kindermusik classes as being very much in keeping with the Slow Parenting Movement. We offer a unique opportunity for quality one-on-one time spent with your child. Further, we take a loving approach to present new ways for you to have fun together, bond, and connect with your little ones in class and at home.

Contact us today to find out more about how music can help you connect with your child and create lasting, loving memories.

 

Music and Movement Classes Help Your Child with Reading and Learning

Say it in rhythm; say it in rhyme, And you can remember it any old time. (Anonymous)

Kindermusik Toddler music and movement

A generation of Americans grew up learning the preamble to the Constitution, the times tables, and the difference between adjectives and adverbs, by singing along to Schoolhouse Rock. It wasn't just that the cartoons were cute or that the tunes were catchy. Dr. Nina Kraus did a survey that proved giving children music lessons led to superior reading scores. She said, "We are finding that musical training can ...create a better learner." A Canadian study some years earlier came to the same conclusion: children who took music lessons performed better on tests of memory, literacy and mathematics. Another study by Dr. Kraus strongly suggested that moving in times to a steady beat is closely linked to stronger language skills.

Music and movement classes do not just make a better, well-rounded child. Such classes lead to a brighter child who does better in school. Music enhances learning. Children with musical training have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than children who have not had musical education. Music can be used to make learning more interactive. When combined with movement, the learning is even more effective. This is why we encourage parents to sing, dance, bounce, and do finger plays with their children. The more engaged you are with your child, the more your child will be engaged in the learning.

With locations in Bainbridge/Chagrin Falls, Kirtland, Pepper Pike, and Shaker Hts, we hope you can experience the learning that happens in our classrooms.

 Contact us to help your little one thrive, grow and learn.

How Music Helps Your Memory

Kindermusik Toddler Memory and Brain Development

Music is a powerful part of everyday life. It is enjoyable to listen to and also provides a sense of calm when a person enjoys it. However, there are also great health benefits to music as well. According to PBS, music stimulates the brain and it has been shown that it can help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Because music is so helpful when it comes to memory, it is a fantastic tool to use with our children as well. One of the best ways to introduce music to your children is through music and movement classes like Kindermusik.  Music has been shown to increase test scores and grades in children and can actually improve their intelligence ratings. It is specifically helpful with spatial reasoning, math and reading.

The reason that music is so helpful for memory is because of the way that it is processed by the brain. Music circulates through the same portion of the brain that is used for critical thinking. It is this portion of the brain that is used to complete complicated tasks like putting a jigsaw puzzle together or solving a math equation. Since the brain is like any other muscle in the body, exercising it with music will work to improve your memory even more.

Kindermusik is devoted to combining music and movement in unique ways that will help improve the memory and intelligence of children. We understand that music is a valuable part of a child’s development. In order to learn more about our classes and how music and movement can benefit your children, please contact us today.

Smoothing Transitions: How Music Makes Parenting Easier

Kinderrmusik mom and baby singing transitions

In parenting, one of the greatest daily challenges comes from the need to transition. Simple transitions for adults, such as getting from one's living room to the car, can become an enormous and dramatic scene when kids and car-seats are involved, ending with the parent feeling drained and the child upset. By putting the transition to a soundtrack, the rough edges and heartbreaking cries of our most treasured little angels can be alleviated, sometimes as quickly as the time it takes to sing a few notes of a song, or the opening phrase of a chant.

One song used in classrooms all over the country is called the "Clean Up Song." The words are simple and catchy: "Clean up, clean up--everybody, everywhere--clean up, clean up--now it's time to do your share." Teachers use this because it turns what could be a power struggle into a positive message of celebration, enticing the whole class to get involved.

Similarly, when music is a part of one's household routine, songs can help ease disappointment and fear in a child at every stage of the day, such as when it's time to get into the bath, have a diaper change, or get ready for bed. Take the song, "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush," and insert those activities in place of the original words, such as by singing, "This is the way we take a bath," or "This is the way we get in the car," and you'll be amazed how often this gets everybody moving in the right direction with a smile. The repetition makes it catchier each round, and gives the child a chance to consider joining in while they adjust naturally to the suggestion.

It is very normal for children to show resistance during transitions. Transitions represent the unknown, or having to give up one comfortable situation for another. When positive associations are in place, such as little tunes, or even rhythms and dances leading to the next phase, children will more easily accept the idea that they are safe, and can have fun with you during the times between life's many activities and necessities.

For more ideas on how Music Makes Parenting Easier, check out this article, or you can contact us about Kindermusik classes, to keep your household singing all year-long.