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Kindermusik to be Offered at Limestone to Cherokee County Youngsters

kindermusik_main_picWhile a child's imagination can easily be bottled-up during the long winter months, the addition of Kindermusik to the roster of offerings of the Limestone College Community School is a spark that can set that creativity ablaze.

Recognized by many to be the finest music program in the land for youngsters, Kindermusik is specifically designed for children ages newborn to 7-years-old.

Two editions of Kindermusik's award-winning music enrichment program ABC Music and Me will be offered at Limestone. A session for 2-4-year-olds will begin February 4th with classes starting at 10:00 a.m. A separate session for 4-6-year-olds will begin February 8th with a class time of 3:30 p.m.. All classes will be held in the Carroll School of Fine Arts at Limestone College. The cost is $48 per month for four lessons, which includes take-home materials, plus a one-time enrollment fee of $24.

Pamela Turnage, a licensed Kindermusik instructor, will lead the courses. She holds a degree in Music Education and has numerous years of experience working with children's choirs and in private piano instruction. Like all Kindermusik instructors, she has a love for children, a talent for music, and a passion for bringing them together.

To enroll your child in the program, please call (864) 906-1922 or (864) 488-4509. You can also visit the online registration site.

According to the Kindermusik website, psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik's curriculum is built on this research.

When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:
• They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
• They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
• They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness-like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills. Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark their creativity.

Kindermusik's world-wide history spans nearly half a century. In the late 1960s, educational experts in Germany developed a music and movement curriculum for kindergarten children. They drew on the work of esteemed musicians and educators from Europe and Asia, including Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Carl Orff.

By the mid 1970s, the program was introduced to the U.S., and in 1978 the company Kindermusik was founded. A few years later it expanded into Canada, and from there it spread around the world. Kindermusik has been enjoyed by over 1 million families in more than 60 countries.