|Kindermusik International is in the business of changing the world one child at a time. Kindermusik International is the world's leading publisher of music and movement curricula for parents and their children, ages newborn to 7 years old.
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.
History of Kindermusik
1960s: A group of music educators in West Germany develop "Musikalische Fruherziehung," or music for the young child. The program helps children experience the joy of learning music before beginning formal music instruction.
1974: The Kindermusik publisher commissions two of the program developers to introduce it to North America when they returned to the United States.
1984: Kindermusik is introduced to Canada.
Today: More than 5,000 licensed educators use the Kindermusik curricula in more than 66 countries, reaching 1,5 million children.
Kindermusik is eclectic in its incorporation of ideas from the leading approaches and philosophies that influence early childhood, music and movement education. The following is a list of some of the international influences that have helped make Kindermusik the leading music and movement program.
Zoltan Kodaly (Hungary) - The child's voice is his most precious instrument. It is vital that a child sing often, joyfully, and unaccompanied to develop a tuneful voice.
Carl Orff (Germany) - Emphasizes the inclusion of singing, movement, instrument playing and improvisation.
Emile Jaques Dalcroze (Switzerland): Encourages the use of movement and building musicianship through hearing, thinking, reading and feeling music emotionally which in turn enables children to approach their instruments with new understanding and skill.
Shinichi Suzuki (Japan) - Music is learned by listening first just as one's native language is learned. Developing a musical ear is paramount to all musical development.
Maria Montessori (Italy) - A child learns best through multi-sensory experiences. If a child can participate in a concept with his touch, smell, hearing and sight, the concept will be much more impacting and memorable.
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