Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Music Education and "a Kindermusik child"

Over the thirteen years I have been attending Kindermusik classes, I have come to be able to spot a Kindermusik child a mile a way.

A Kindermusik child:
  • is curious
  • smiles a lot, even when alone
  • is confident in his or her own voice
  • enjoys hearing other children sing and play
  • can be calmed, excited, or centered by music
  • has the emerging patience to try and figure things out
  • enjoys – and is proud of – belonging to a group

Now imagine if EVERY child shared these qualities. Might the news headlines look a bit different every morning...?So to those who think arts education is not important enough to make a priority in our world, I say, “How would we know? We’ve never tried.”

by Michael Dougherty, CEO of Kindermusik International