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Family Antics: Kiel's Kindermusik Class

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Kiel's Certificate :)
I'm happy that my first Family Antics post is about Kindermusik. I have been planning to write about it since we started classes but this would be the perfect time to talk about it since Kiel recently graduated on October 20, with the rest of his classmates.

What is Kindermusik?

Kindermusik is a music and movement program for parents and their kids, from as early as 0 months up to 7 years old. According to their site, "[Kindermusik] incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement..."

"[Kindermusik is] passionately committed to bringing the highest standards of musical learning to children's lives through developmentally appropriate curricula, CDs, books, instruments, and activities for our licensed classes and for family time at home."
Why did I enroll my baby in a class like this?


Attending his free trial class. Kiel the newbie
baby with his name sticker, so cute!
When Kiel turned about 6 months, I noticed he was getting to the "nangingilala" stage, when he would cry and get all fussy and grumpy when other people approach him, even our relatives. I thought it was maybe because he was cooped up inside the house all day and so he wasn't used to people around much anymore. I wanted him to get to interact with other kids and babies more and so I asked our pedia first if baby classes would do the trick, and she said it was worth a try. Besides, it would also be a good bonding time for the whole family too.

I was choosing between Gymboree and Kindermusik at that time. While both had equally good feedback, more mommy friends recommended the latter. Also, when I emailed teacher Suzette if she was still accepting enrolees for her class, she said the timing was right because the first half of the semester is about to end, so if ever I want to enroll Kiel, we could start and complete 9 sessions of the next half of the semester for a prorated tuition fee. She also suggested that we attend a free trial class first so we'll know if the program was right for us.

How did the classes go?

After seeing Kiel showing fascination during our trial session, we decided to enroll him. We would look forward to Saturday mornings at 9am to sing and dance, and play with his little classmates and see teacher Suzette and Ate Dolor! Waking up early wasn't a problem, because the class is just over at Capitol Greenstreet which is relatively near our condo. How did the classes go? Well, let the pictures do the talking:


Our take home materials for Dream Pillow:
a CD, a rattle, a book, and wall decor
♫ Welcome today friends of mine, welcome today
little star shine ♪♫ Starting class by singing with classmates

Playing with different kinds of drums!
Kiel enjoying the colorful tent and soft balls. Teacher says
it helps with stimulating eye movement :)
We get to play with different types of
instruments each time.
The kids get to try out wooden and metal instruments too, and
pass it around as they learn to share. Look at Kiel playing
with the Gong :)
Kiel paying attention as Teacher reads
a story :)
Kiel receiving his certificate, yay! 
With mommy and daddy
With lolo Nick
With ninang Cess
Water play with classmates after
giving out of certificates

Who is Teacher Suzette?

She is the reason we love our Kindermusik classes.

You can see the kids really listen to her and she explains each activity to the parents and how it helps your child's development. Before we started out with her classes, I've also read about her in various mommy blogs (Manilamommy, MyMomFriday, TrulyRichMom), and how she treats Kindermusik as an advocacy:
"Being an advocacy, I believe that education and programs such as Kindermusik should be within the reach of parents from all social classes. This is why I started a scholarship program in 2007.  Once a child is a either a partial or full scholar, I make sure that he/she finishes the program until Young Child 4 where we teach the recorder already.  I became the first Filipina to receive the Ruth Anderson grant from the States, allowing Kindermusik International to recognize my outreach work.  When I see that an enrolled family has more than two children, I automatically offer a scholarship for the third child, no questions asked.  I want families to experience the program without the financial burden.  I believe that Kindermusik is so beautiful that every child should be given the opportunity to be a student." (source: Manilamommy)


You can read more about Teacher Suzette here. And also check out We Love Kindermusik with Teacher Suzette and Friends Facebook page.

Interested in enrolling your child in a Kindermusik class?

Check out the links below:

Kindermusik Philippines Website
Kindermusik Curricula
Find an Educator near you 

For Kindermusik with Teacher Suzette and friends:

Contact Nos: 775-2474, 216-5677, 0917-853-0225
Email: kindermusikwithteachersuzette@gmail.com

Classes Offered at: 

  • Capitol Greenstreet Golf and Country Club Capitol Hills Drive, Capitol Hills Old Balara
  • Gingerbread House of Learning 122 Congressional Avenue, Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City
  • TMA, Fun Ranch, C-5, Libis Pasig City



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  1. Hi! It's so nice to read about how families are enjoying their Kindermusik classes. :) I enrolled my first child when she was 10 months old, and my second child when he was 4 months old! Children are really musical and learn a lot through music and movement activities! I teach Young Child (ages 5 to 7) under Teacher Suzette's program btw, and I've also written about how we love Kindermusik. :) http://www.thelearningbasket.com/search/label/Kindermusik#axzz2BA9HoUUv

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    1. Hi Mommy Mariel, thanks for dropping by my blog :) Yes, I feel so happy whenever I see baby enjoy his classes. Your blog post about Kindermusik is so true! About culture and listening skills. We love Kindermusik :)

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