Would you like your baby to gain an early appreciation for music? Then sign them up for Kindermusik programs with Baumhaus, the experts in early childhood music and movement programs.
Find out more about the Kindermusik approach at the Baumhaus website!
While there are many Kindermusik providers out there, Baumhaus ranks #1 in Hong Kong, and has been the trusted program for almost 10 years now. The teachers at Baumhaus are trained musicians and seasoned early childhood educators.
The Baumhaus space in Wanchai, Hong Kong’s pioneering family centre since 2015, offers a wonderful space – including an iconic treehouse and much-loved cafe – that creates a warm, nurturing community for families at this very special time in their lives. They also have partner locations and private home classes are additionally offered.
Kindermusik philosophy is about helping parents and caregivers be their child’s most important teacher. To find out more, join one of their classes, or follow their social media for upcoming workshops and events.
Read on to find out three insightful guidelines from their teachers!
Teaching music is not about playing with instruments, but rather, experimenting with sound. The first goal in teaching music for babies is to build 'auditory discrimination' skills - in other words, to focus on sound, By doing this, babies will begin to distinguish one tone from another. This will enable them to one day play notes, sing songs and build language skills.
So, playing with open-ended materials of varying timbres and textures – metal pots, granulated bottles – is just as effective as playing with 'real instruments'. Remember that these simple implements are even more powerful tools, as babies develop fine motor skills best with simple materials.
Reading is a very powerful tool in building music foundations. People think that you have to play an instrument or sing a sing to impart musical concepts. Actually, rhyme and meter – which basically form the numerical parts of music – plus tone and cadence are found in most children's books. So, if you take the time to speak a book expressively, with the right beat, your child is building rhythmic patterns – not to mention an awareness of pitch and tone, too.
Families think that a music class is all about non-stop singing, dancing and shaking percussion. People forget that learning to listen is just as important. Musicians develop an awareness and appreciation for music by letting them to be still, and modeling this for children requites parents to 'wait' for children to process and respond.
In a Kindermusik by Baumhaus class, active listening and mindfulness are important practices. Having a “quiet time” routine is essential after sensory stimulation, and this can be done both in the classroom, and at home.
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