Kind Words of Kindermusik

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A review can say it all. When purchasing a new product, many read the reviews to help them decided whether to make the purchase or not. After reading some of the reviews of our Kindermusik program, you will know that it is the right choice for anyone.

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 9.13.48 PM On Facebook, the average user rating is 4.7 out of 5! That reveals that 97% of our customers are completely satisfied with the Kindermusik program. Read some of the reviews of customers and decide for yourself! The pictures below the reviews show the interaction the kids have during Kindermusik. The children are able to freely interact with their parents, Miss Christa, and many musical instruments. This creates a fun, free, and enjoyable environment for all! Learning is made enjoyable during Kindermusik with Miss Christa!

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Everyone Needs Music for their Brains

 

There have been several posts floating around Facebook and Twitter recently about the importance of music on brain development, how pianists think differently because of the ways they are required to use their bodies, and how brain scans show higher executive functioning of brains with early music training. In addition to that there is no shortage of evidence that music has emotional strengthening and healing powers. cautionsignI want to explain what we do at Miss Christa’s Music Studio and how it can benefit the families and residents of Southeast Ohio.

We believe strongly in the power of creative exploration, play, discovery and process-based learning. For newborns to seven year olds we offer Kindermusik and our Musical Day Camps (ages 3-5). We do not encourage or endorse formal piano or voice lessons at these very young ages. These are the years to develop a love of music, a sense of ones’ own style and preferences, a chance to explore the movement of the body, the singing and speaking voice, and immerse the body in the intrinsic joy of social music making. From ages 0 (yes we love to begin music instruction in the early months of life and love helping parents discover music with their babies) to age 4 parents are required to stay in class and play with the child. The parent is the child first and best teacher and has the ability to continue the free play and exploration throughout the week in the home and in the car.

In Kindermusik for the Young Child (ages 5-7) children learn to play the glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder. They learn to read the Treble Clef, write basic rhythms, become good audience members and listeners, and still get the freedom to move, sing and participate in their own chosen way. We will have a new Young Child group beginning in September 2014 on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in Athens.

Our Musical Day Camps (ages 3 – 5 must be potty-trained) are 2.5 hours per day for three days a week in which children may be dropped off and will explore themes (see previous blog posts for details) through song, dance, instrument play and visual art. This is a great chance to start getting your preschooler ready for the separation that will come with going to school, or to give mom a break and break up the monotony of summer for children accustom to going to school. There are still a few slots left for both July and August sessions.

We continue the playing-based, creative processing in our Simply Music Piano Lessons. Students ages 7-70+ are enjoying learning a variety of styles (Classical, Blues, Contemporary, Jazz, Accompaniment) and writing their own music as well. We learn improvisation and the freedom to love the keyboard. Our classes are taught in groups so bonds are formed and support from peers is readily available. Students develop a repertoire of dozens of songs readily available in the mind and fingers any time they wish to play and share their music anywhere. They learn to feel and sense rhythm as well as read and write it. They learn to read music and be able to play anything they desire, but only after they have developed the ability to get both hands on the keyboard (from the very first lesson in most cases) and play song after song.

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So do something great for your brain and for your child’s brain and for the world around you. Contact us to get started in a Kindermusik class, Musical Day Camp or piano lesson today. We look forward to hearing from you. christa.miss@gmail.com or 740 854 4011.

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The Benefits of Date Night: For a Couple, Single Parents, and the Kids!

Everyone has heard that date nights strengthens a relationship, but at Miss Christa’s Music Studio, it doesn’t only benefit the parents, but also the kids! Miss Christa’s Music Studio offers an opportunity for parents to go on a date night the 2nd Friday and/or Saturday of every month with educational babysitting for only $25! The babysitting is available from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, and a discount is available for siblings! The best part about the whole thing is the babysitting is educational, fun, and offers an opportunity for a night out for the parents!

The benefits of this opportunity are endless! The situation is a win-win scenario for everyone and here’s why:

For the Couples:

According to the National Marriage Project, there are 5 benefits for couples to go out on a date every once in a while.

  1. Date nights offer a chance for the couple to communicate, which is key in a relationship. People are continuingly changing, and by having time to talk to one another, couples are less likely to see problems dealing with change down the road.
  2. Researchers are discovering that “couples who engage in novel activities that are fun enjoy higher levels of relationship quality.” Therefore, date night = better relationship.
  3. For couples who have been together for a long period of time, dates can “rekindle the fire” and let each other remember why they love each other.
  4. Regular date nights have shown an increase in a couple’s commitment to each other, decreasing the chance of infidelity.
  5. Having date nights helps relieve stress, and enjoy time together away from everyday stress.
    9In Athens, 9 Tables is a great place for couples to enjoy an elegant and relaxing meal, while you are able to go to any restaurant, 9 Tables is highly recommended.

For the Single Parents:

Having a night off of parenting, from going out with friends or enjoying some alone time, can impact not only you, but your children. You’re a single parent, you do a lot, and you deserve a little time off here and there. You need to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your kids. This opportunity can help you de-stress, relax, and essentially, be a better parent. According for Forbes.com, “This (a stress free environment) is what will ultimately help their growing brains wire normally, without having to accommodate for some vague sense of impending danger as they develop, which may or may not exist.” This doesn’t only go for single parents, but all parents.

Comparing the benefits of a night out, and the benefits for children living in a stress free environment shows enough reason to take up this opportunity. Not only do your kids benefit from how date night affects you, but the babysitting is a wonderful chance for the kids!

For the Kids:

At Miss Christa’s Music Studio, the babysitting service for Date Night, isn’t the typical babysitting you would expect. This isn’t a local teenager watching TV while your child plays in the other room. Miss Christa’s Music Studio offers a different kind of babysitting every parent will love because of these reasons:

  • Education! While at the studio, your kids will be surrounded by an environment that encourages learning. Music is a great way to educate, and will be available at the studio.
  • Friends! The studio takes up to 12 children, allowing your child to intact with his/her peers. This allows for friendship to be made, which is never a bad thing!
  • Dinner! Though the studio does not provide dinner, if you bring dinner with the child, the studio will gladly feed him/her. This way you can go out to dinner, and keep your child on their regular eating schedule.
  • Clean and Safe! Babysitting is provided by adults who are constantly around children and provide a clean and safe environment.
  • Fun! Babysitting at Miss Christa’s Music Studio is so fun, you won’t feel guilty for leaving your kids with a babysitter!

Don’t waste anymore time and get signed up! Don’t forget, if you have more than one child, ask about the discount available!

To see more about Christa’s Music Studio:
Phone: (740) 854-4011
Email: christa.miss@gmail.com
Website: http://www.misschristamusic.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/misschristasmusicstudio

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REGISTER FOR MUSIC CAMP TODAY!

Here are the TOP 3 reasons your child needs to be enrolled in  Musical Day Camp!

Deadline for registering Session One (May 30-June 23) Wednesday 5/28 5:00 pm. 

Registration still open for Session 2 (July 7 – August 1) and Session 3 (August 4 – August 29) – limited space available.

3. You will get 2.5 hours to go to the grocery, drink a hot (or iced) cup of coffee, take a shower, read a book, go for a run, visit with a friend, do a hobby, or just sit in silence while your child is well cared for, having fun and learning.

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2. Your child will have fun laughing, singing and playing instruments with friends his age encouraging continued social skill development and enhancing his emotional health.

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#1 REASON – Music Education in a learning and processed-based environment such as ours enhances every part of the brain and encourages learning. Through play your child will continue to develop skills useful in preschool and Kindergarten in the coming year making the summer educational as well as fun!

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Musical Day Camp For Preschoolers – NEW Offering

We are so excited to finally be able to provide this activity to the preschoolers of the Athens Area. We have heard and seen the need for a while now and have been working towards creating a fun, educational, musical summer camp experience for 3-5 year olds in our area.

We believe children learn best through play, movement, and exploration. Our classroom is child-centered and child-driven. Our teachers are trained and have years of practical experience with this age group. We love to get down on the floor and experience the fun with the children. Every day there will be  a mixture of activities and experiences to appeal to every learning style and to fire up all area’s of your child’s brain.

We believe in process-based learning and encourage children to be creative and explorative! Class sizes are kept small to allow for individualized attention every single day.

Camp will meet three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Allowing for parents to leave and have time for work, workouts, rest, grocery shopping. coffee etc.

 

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Cost is $120.00 per session. There is a 2 day option available (MT, TF, MF)  for $96.00 per session. There is a one time only registration fee of $25.00 to cover art supplies, snacks and extras. This will only be charged for the child’s first session even if he takes all three.

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To register call 740 854 4011 or email Miss Christa at Christa.miss@gmail.com

Space is limited to a maximum of 8 children per session. Due to the interest we have had in this camp, do not delay in registering. In the event of a class being full, we will start a wait list.

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Tuvan Throat Singing

Tuvan Throat Singing.

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Tuvan Throat Singing

I have always been interested in music and instruments from around the world. Last week, while on vacation, my husband and I had an opportunity to see Alash at Jackie O’s in Athens. Alash are Tuvan throat singers. Tuva is part of the Russian Federation in the far south of Siberia.

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The type of singing they do produces interesting overtones based on a fundamental pitch. The Tuvans  are very focused on nature and the objects of nature and feel that there is deep spirituality in these objects. Much of their music is based on mimicry of these nature sounds. Thursday night, one of my favorite numbers was a song about a waterfall. I could have listened to it all night as it had the same soothing, relaxing effects of sitting and hearing the water splash down over rocks and into a pool. They also use traditional instruments made from animal skins and objects found in nature, as well as Western European instruments such as the guitar and accordion.

One of the neatest instruments they played was a Schoor. In this video it is the flute like instrument that is played vertically. I was, and am, fascinated with how it is played and interesting sounds it creates.

One thing that always strikes me when I see groups such as this perform is the continued importance the family and community play in making music together and passing on the traditional songs and techniques of the region. I do not know for certain, but my guess is these fine musicians did not go to a Conservatory or an Academy and receive degrees to make this music. They listened to and sang with their elders and learned the traditions by making music together.

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I had a family that enjoyed singing and making music together. We went to concerts and explored musical genres on the radio, and LPs (yep I’m that old). In Kindermusik, we are able to continue the traditions of making music together as a family, learning traditional songs from the United States, around the world and exploring many different genres as well. Children and parents are encouraged to play the instruments, dance the dances, and sing the songs together in a very process based way with no performance expectation. The only expectation we have is that you will have fun. We guarantee your child will learn and his development will be enhanced while you are enjoying your time together.

You can get more information by visiting our website www.misschristamusic.com

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