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OBU Opens Registration for Kindermusik Classes

Conchita Hansford, director of OBU's Music Preparatory Department, plays a recorder with children in her Kindermusik class.

Enrollment has begun for the Kindermusik program at OBU. The program includes specialized classes for newborns through children age 5. “Kindermusik Village” is for newborns to 18 months, “Kindermusik Our Time” is for toddlers 18 months to 3 years, and “Kindermusik Imagine That!” is for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Research proves that early integration of music into a child’s daily routine means improving his ability to think, reason, create and express, said Conchita Hansford, a licensed Kindermusik educator and director of OBU’s Preparatory Department. Some scholars contend that music might even make children smarter, Hansford said. With more than 30 years experience in early childhood development, Kindermusik is a highly respected name in musical learning. Hansford provides carefully researched, developmentally appropriate music and movement for children newborn through age 5.

“Fulfilling your baby’s endless potential is an exciting opportunity for newborns to 18 months with mom or caregiver,” Hansford said. “In Kindermusik Village, you learn how to stimulate your child’s learning through vocal play, object exploration and creative movement.”

The Kindermusik Village instructor will provide parents with tools to continue the enrichment at home through bonding with one’s baby by reading the literature book or listening to the CD which includes more than 25 specially-selected recordings from class – just two of the resources included in the at-home materials.

“All those airplane sounds you make with a spoon during feeding time actually help your baby learn language,” Hansford said. “In this first Kindermusik class for babies, you learn how sounds like this can develop physical, social, cognitive and emotional skills as well.”

The Kindermusik Village class meets on Mondays at 10 a.m.

For ages 18 months to 3 years, Kindermusik Our Time introduces mom or caregiver and child to a musical world filled with singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, sound identification, instrument exploration and creative movement. With parental help, the toddler can continue learning at home by listening to the double-CD set which features 50 songs, sounds and recordings of favorite activities from class, reading story books to develop early literacy skills, or playing with the specially-made zig-zag block instrument to develop rhythm and hand-eye coordination. The items, included in the at-home materials, are designed to help the child improve confidence, self-control and communication skills.

The curriculum for the Kindermusik Our Time class is called “Wiggles and Giggles” and includes more than 30 songs, 15 dances and eight different instruments to create unique music activities, designed to reflect the importance of movement in the life of a toddler. The class meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.

Kindermusik Imagine That! for ages 3-5 pairs music with expressive language, storytelling, peer interaction, movement and pretend play. With all this interaction the child will further expand his cognitive and literacy skills as well as creativity and individuality, Hansford said. The learning continues through the at-home materials, which include activities such as two illustrated literature books, a pretend play set, a double-CD set, wooden slide whistle instrument and a “Grasshopper Park” game board.

In this curriculum “See What I Saw,” the preschooler uses his or her real experience playing in the park to create imaginative, story-telling scenarios with music. The classes meet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for the 3-year-old group, and on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for the 4- and 5-year-old group. The morning classes are taught by Hansford. A Thursday-evening class is taught by Debbie Beeson.

“Preparing your child for success in school and life means including your child’s first and most important educator -– you,” Hansford said. “As you participate in every step of the learning process, you’ll see firsthand just how essential Kindermusik is to your child’s growth.”

To enroll in any Kindermusik class, contact Hansford at (405) 878-2319.

For more information about the OBU Preparatory Department, click here.

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