My dd is a late sleeper so I can see hassles already! OH! She will be two in March.
But a part of me thinks it would be neat.
If you took this class with your toddler, was it worth it?
Instructors do make all the difference, but, one thing you may want to consider is that a lot of mainstream parents go to these and sometimes do not heed the rules of disciplining children away from the rest of the group.
Also the last group we were in (and we stopped going to after a month-see you do not get your $$ back so if $$$ is a factor to you do not chance it) a mother there had a son with the same name as mine and all she did through the whole entire class was yell at him from across the room saying "so-so don't do that" "so-so no!" and my ds was like what who keeps saying my name and it was really distracting to my ds.
The our time kindermusik music is really fun for my ds and I to listen to so if you can possibly get some of the music at the site and not go to the classes and just kind of do it yourself at home it is much more fun. I second siddie here as well....
If you are wanting interaction with other little ones for your child please search out and API lead group or LLL
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From what I have seen on the Kindermusik website and heard from other music educators, the training process for Kindermusik has been greatly reduced. You can basically get your KM training online, with one phone call from a mentor.
So our instructor does not know the tunes well enough to lead the class. She makes it up as she goes along. Very frustrating!! Especially from a professional musician's point of view.
We're not enrolling for the next session. I wish there was a Music Together class nearby. I'm thinking of getting my certification in that program.
We just finished the Village class and I am considering doing the next one for 18 months to 32 months. We had an excellent instructor this time who was very laid back and had an excellent voice. All of the mommies were still beastfeeding and one day someone brought up Dr. Sears Baby Book and I was like Phew!!!! I like these Moms!
The next session will be a different teacher and different kids (since most of the kids in the last session were much younger that dd) but I sure hope it will be as much fun. DD just loved it, she loves to dance and sing
edited to add: you probably do want to serious consider the time of the class and whether it will work with youor child's schedule. I know some Mom's in my group had a hard time because their child would fall asleep in the car on the way there and then they would be groggy and cranky for class. We are lucky as there are many times and days that we can go.
but I've been doing another group, it is called Music Together with my son for 9 months. This was a program that got created out of a study at Princeton....
it is very cool and different. At least to me.
my ds loves it and we like it and we play the music constantly....
there are all kinds of little things we do out of the class....
anyway, maybe they are closer to you......
here is their link...
I started my DD in Kindermusik when she was 23 mos. She reall y likes it and asks me to put in the CD at home. It's been good to see her enjoy the music in the car too. It wouldn't have hurt her for me to wait a few months, though. She was pretty shy about the whole thing and there were some mornings she did not want to go and we were both frustrated by the time I got there (it was a 9am class which wasn't good for us).
Honestly, I don't think it's necessary to have them in any class before they're 2.5 or 3. I sometimes think it would be better if they are older and can really understand that they will miss the class if they're shoes aren't on and to let them make their own decisions. Regardless of what you decide and what kind of instructor you get, I think the most important thing you can do for your DD is to let her explore and have fun. Don't let anyone bully you into conforming (e.g., you must stay in the circle). Don't feel bad if other toddlers are "ahead" of her. It just doesn't matter. There were times I let this get to me and saw how it could hurt my DD's self esteem. They have so little control of their lives and so many rules to follow that they need to have their playtime unstructured and enjoyable.
p.s. - on a good "note" (ha ha) MT does have a GREAT CD that comes with the fee. it's a cute folks-y mix of songs that you won't mind playing over and over....and over.... the kids love it too!
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We do like our instructor very much.
But we love it and plan to stay with the program. My DD was only about 3 months when i took her to her first class and I can see how she's really developed musically. If you're a musical person, it's worth the money.
i had to ask my dad to pay our tuition, because it's $200, and i think i could feed all of us for a month on that, and we don't have any spare cash anyway.
the teacher is really nice. she's the principal harpist in our city's symphony, and very talented. we chose her after seeing a demo class at babies r us. she was the best one by far.
the only disappointment has been that the other moms all know each other, so i'm the odd woman out of the group. and there's this one mom who is ASTONSIHINGLY beautiful. really. i've never seen a non-famous person who looked like this. i feel like a toad next to her. but that's a whole other thread, right?
we visited a Gymboree music class and really liked it. They let dd (who was too old for the class) stay and encouraged her to participate (very sweet of them), it was very down to earth and relaxed and ended with plenty of play time. Cheaper too!
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Maybe you could get together with some friends and do something similar.
the place that offered it near my home is a place that is very creative and fun for kids and was created by moms who hated the franchise, (McDonald's formulaic feel) of gymboree.
and they were the ones that thought music together was interesting enough and different enough for their space...
anyway, just two cents