Did you know that music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence? Yep, that includes things like abstract thinking, math and science. The melodic and rhythmic patterns of music also provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. This is why I chose to get my son in a music class as a baby (where we met our future mom group) and why I did the same with my daughter. To help your kids develop their love for music and give them an educational boost, consider enrolling in a local music class. It makes such a great experiential Christmas gift!
Teagan’s former music teacher, Christina Hart is starting up an amazing series through Musikgarten catered toward newborns all the way up to 5 years old. Teagan took classes with Miss Christina as a baby and I attribute her current dancing on the table belting out Frozen’s “Let it Go” to her early exposure to different music genres, dancing and playing instruments.
With a degree in music education, spending 8 years as a middle school band director and being certified in Musikgarten and as a K-12 music teacher, Christina is the perfect person to be leading these classes. This Cumming mom of two is offering 3 levels of music classes this winter which begins on Jan. 10 and if you use promo code “52Forsyth” when registering, you will receive 10 percent off!
All classes are held at Christ the King Lutheran Preschool at 1125 Bettis Tribble Gap Road in Cumming. Included in each session is a bag of goodies to take home, including a parent guidebook, CD, rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten rattle, and a colorful scarf.
Jan. 10 – March 28; Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.
Take this class to form a closer bond with your baby, plus develop friendships with other local mamas and babes! Bounce, wiggle and rock along to songs with your little one, play peek-a-boo and other fun games and make it a family jam session by popping the class CD in the car or while hanging out at home.
This class will increase your baby’s curiosity about music and help develop listening skills and a sense of beat.
Jan. 10 – March 28; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
These weekly classes are designed just for you and your on-the-move, curious toddler. Sing, chant, move, dance and play simple instruments to help bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.
Jan. 10 – March 28; Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Cycle of Seasons is a musical celebration of the year for young children. This class is geared towards older toddlers/preschool aged children (3-5.5) with a caregiver. Sing, play age-appropriate instruments, dance and tell stories. Class includes a songbook, CD and listening cards.
If you are interested, but want to try a class out first, come for the FREE PJ Jamboree demo class on Dec. 13 for all ages! Crafts, songs, fun instruments, a parachute, dances and chants will have you jingling all the way to Christmas!
*Babies are free until 5 months of age and sibling discounts are available!
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