World’s Leading Music and Movement Programme for children …
Kindermusik International is the world’s leading publisher of music and movement curricula for parents and their children, ages newborn to 7 years old. More than 5,000 licensed educators use the Kindermusik curricula offering music classes for children in more than 35 countries, reaching 1 million families. Kindermusik UK is an independent organisation established to grow Kindermusik in the UK and Ireland..
Kindermusik International has more than 25 years of experience creating curricula based on new and proven research in child development. The award-winning books, CDs, games, and instruments nurture skills in the whole child: cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and language.
The Research Behind Kindermusik
In a Kindermusik music class, educators lead a group of parents and their children through fun activities, using music and movement. Parents learn more about their child’s unique developmental process, and the shared learning experience creates a unique bond as the child associates learning with fun, musical play.
The Kindermusik Curricula
Kindermusik recognises that the parent is the first and foremost teacher – so the learning process continues at home, guided by specially designed books, CDs, and games.
Kindermusik International also provides a license programme to teach Kindermusik, with comprehensive training and support for prospective educators
1960s: A group of music educators in West Germany develop “Musikalische Fruherziehung,” or music for the young child. The programme helps children experience the joy of learning music before beginning formal music instruction. West Germany’s community music schools provide the programme.
1970s: Due to growing popularity, the programme is translated and adapted for American families and renamed Kindermusik.
– Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, provides classes for music educators to learn how to teach Kindermusik in the United States.
1980s: Daniel Pratt, a Westminster faculty member and Fulbright Scholar, begins working directly with Music Resources International (MRI), the company that recruits, trains, and supplies Kindermusik educators with curricula.
– Kindermusik is revised for a more culturally diverse audience. The English version of the Kindermusik curricula and teaching method is distributed worldwide.
1990s: MRI moves to Greensboro, North Carolina, and is renamed “Kindermusik International, Inc.”
2000s: Kindermusik International’s 55 employees buy the privately held company from its 96 investors.