I am very proud to announce that we have been awarded Kindermusik Maestro status for 2017-2018, the highest recognition awarded by Kindermusik International. This places our program in the top 5% of Kindermusik programs worldwide and recognises Music2Grow for exceptional service to our local community.
Thank you to all the wonderful families who have attended Kindermusik classes with me since our small beginnings in the church hall at Noosa Christian College back in 2009. In that time we have grown from one baby and toddler class held in Cooroy, to more than 10 weekly classes for children aged newborn – 7 years, in three locations across the Sunshine Coast, Buderim, Cooroy and Noosa.
It is my passionate belief that all children are musical and that music is a powerful tool for learning. As some of you know, I first discovered the benefits of music as a teaching tool whilst teaching English in Japan in the early nineties – yes, I have taught a whole generation of kids in country Hiroshima to sing “The Wheels on the Bus” with an Aussie accent!
I love the warmth and community of our small-group classes and the way the Kindermusik curriculum supports parents as their child’s most important teacher. It is what drew me to the Kindermusik program in the first place – that and the professional quality of the materials and curriculum which blends the music-education philosophies of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly and Shinichi Suzuki with the developmental research and pedagogical approaches of Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori.
It is my great privilege to be able to share the joy of music and learning with my Kindermusik families each week – to witness musical skills blossom and learning skills develop and to see life-long friendships form. There is nothing more satisfying for me than seeing babies dancing in their mother’s arms or bouncing and clapping to the beat; hearing a toddler sing in class for the first time or watching a preschooler play their first notes on the glockenspiel. I look forward to many more years continuing to do what I love.
Verna (Owner/Educator, Music2Grow)