Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Family Night - Fun for All!



Kindermusik of Berry College had a special Family Night Celebration on April 12.  There was much speculation about the special LIVE animal that would attend with the storyteller, Terrell Shaw!  It was a lovely spring evening and the Krannert Ballroom filled with about 125 Kindermusik friends to sing, play instruments, and dance!  The highlight was Mr. Shaw from the Arrowhead Environmental Education Center.
Terrell Shaw, Master Storyteller


Listening to the story of Trouble!


Everyone wanted to know about Trouble!
 The story was about a rabbit who knew all about trouble and the alligators that he tricked.  The special guest was a live baby alligator!

Vivian petting the alligator.

Kaleb wasn't sure about touching the alligator


The story of Trouble can be found on a CD entitled "Why the Dog chases the Cat" by David Holt.  You can also purchase great music by David Holt on his site.  A personal favorite is "I Got a Bullfrog". Some of his CD's combine music and storytelling!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Dancing, Family Night & Summer Classes

Spring is just around the corner and that will bring many opportunities to your family.  Be wise, choose carefully because you don't want to be overcommitted, but that's another blog!

Every year the Rome High Jazz Bands have a fun evening for adults to enjoy called "Night of Dreams".  The event is Friday April 11 at  7 p.m. at the Forum in Rome.  For $25 per person, you get a nice meal served to you by Rome band students, live music by the jazz bands and the opportunity to dance to the music!  There is also a silent auction that makes for an interesting evening.  If you would like to purchase a ticket or need more information contact Kathryn (knobles@berry.edu).

On Saturday April 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Kindermusik will host a FAMILY NIGHT!  This will take place in the Krannert Center Ballroom on the Berry College campus.   There will be singing, dancing, and instrument play alongs.  Bring dad, grandma, siblings...everyone but the pets!  A storyteller is in the works to spin a few tales for all in attendance, so mark your calendar and plan to attend!

The schedule for Maymester and Summer classes is out!  As you are making plans for the months ahead make sure to check out the Kindermusik offerings.  The brochure/schedule with info and fees can be found at www.berrycollegekids.com, click on Kindermusik.  Note that your mobile device may not pull up the Summer brochure unless you clear your cache.  Also, registration is not available yet (SOON!).  Here are the dates and times to give you a glimpse!


Maymester Session - May 6 - June 3 
Kindermusik Village (newborns - 18 months) Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Musical Beginnings (18 months - 3 years) Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. & 5:45 p.m.

Summer Classes - June 9 - July 17
Kindermusik Village (newborns - 18 months) Monday 6:30 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Musical Beginnings (18 months - 3 years)  Monday or Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Monday 5:45 p.m.
Family Time (newborns - age 7) Tuesdays 5 or 5:45 p.m. - limit of 6 families per class

WEEK LONG CLASSES 
June 2-6, 2014 
Growing with Music (ages 3 - 41⁄2) 10 - 11:15 a.m.
June 9-13, 2014
Growing with Music (ages 3 - 41⁄2)  10 -11:15 a.m.
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 6 - 9) 10 - noon
June 16-20, 2014
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 41⁄2 - 7) 10 - noon
Journeys (ages 6 - 9)  10- 12:15 pm
Special Needs Kindermusik (Third Grade - Middle School) 1 - 3 p.m.
July 21–25, 2014
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 41⁄2 - 7) 10 - noon
Journeys (ages 6 - 9) 10 - 12:15


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

More snow - less Kindermusik


Snow is great, snow is fun...but it means no Kindermusik.  Kindermusik of Berry College follows the Floyd County Schools for weather related closings.  No Kindermusik on Feb. 12 or Feb. 13.

Check the Kindermusik Facebook page for updates on when classes will resume and rescheduling.  An email will also be sent.

Be safe and stay warm.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Power of Music

I believe in the power of music.  I have witnessed it personally, professionally and privately.

I was in graduate school and pregnant with my first child.  I was working on Chopin Nocturne in B Major throughout my pregnancy.  After Aaron was born there were days and nights of crying, and we discovered he was colicky.  Before we determined this was the problem there was a night where nothing would calm him.  I asked my husband to hold him while I played the Chopin. The baby is screaming his head off and when the music began, he stopped and looked up at his dad with eyes that said "that is my music".  It was quite a moment at the Nobles household.

As a professional musician, I have felt the joy of performing with others.  In a private time of singing or listening to music I have been moved to tears.  There is just something about music!  We have  all experienced it.  I'm glad that science is now involved to "prove" what we have known all along.   Read more here!  It is encouraging to know that music can have a positive impact throughout our lives.

"Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,"  [Ephesians 5:19]

Thursday, January 30, 2014

SNOW/WEATHER cancels Kindermusik

Kindermusik of Berry College follows the Floyd County Schools in weather related issues. Therefore, Kindermusik will not have classes January 28 - 31.  Classes will be added at the end of the semester.

Stay warm and be safe!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Remember This


Kindermusik classes for spring semester begin the week of January 13.  Here are some things you need to know:

It's cold and flu season! If your child has had a fever in the past 24 hours, please do not attend class. Wash your hands, and/or use hand sanitizer before and after class. We will take precautions by wiping instruments and washing scarves on a regular basis.

Remember all children are different, and your child may not participate the same as others. Your child may wander or just observe, but they are absorbing the atmosphere and are learning.
You may need to stand up with your child, while others are sitting. You may need to find a new way to rock or move. Find a way to participate with your child.

For those with older children (Imagine That or Young Child), you may notice that they respond differently when you come for sharing time. This is part of being an independent learner. Try not to judge your child. Do correct disruptive behavior that is inappropriate such as loud talking, angry outbursts or struggling with a sibling who enters. Once class is over, tell the child what you enjoyed about being in class with them. Put the accent on the positive that you want to see repeated.

If you miss a class you are welcome to make it up on another day/time.  Unfortunately some classes don't have that option...especially the evening classes.  It would be helpful if you could email about making up a class, just so we know you are coming.  It is not imperative, but encouraged.  Here is the class schedule for Spring 2014:


Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
Monday 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
Thursday 9:30 a.m.

Kindermusik Our Time (18 months – 3 years)
Monday 5:00 p.m.
Monday 5:45 p.m. 
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 10:15 a.m.
Thursday 10:15 a.m. 
Thursday 6:30 p.m. 
Friday 9:30 a.m. 

Kindermusik Imagine That! ( 3.5 - 5 years)
Monday 5:30 p.m. (music library)
Thursday 11:00 a.m. 
Friday 10:15 a.m.

Kindermusik for the Young Child (4.5 – 7 years)
Year One (green folder)  Tuesday 5:15 p.m. 
Year  Two (yellow folder) Thursday 3:45 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.



REPETITION IS GOOD:
 REMINDERS ABOUT BEING AT BERRY!

  1. Allow plenty of time to find a parking place and get to class. Once you arrive on campus, it will take you at least 5 minutes to get from the parking lot to the classroom.
  2. The elevator is a great asset. Please help us keep the alarm from ringing or the help button from being pushed. Buttons are inviting to children, and they are low...but keep them from calling security! Let them push the "floor" buttons, but stay away from the red and yellow ones!
  3. Please use quiet voices and walking feet as you enter the building. First floor where you access the elevator is full of offices. Once on third floor there are college classes in session. If you have to take your child in the hall during class because he or she is crying, go to the north end of the hallway or the restroom to avoid disrupting classes.
  4. In case of severe weather, Kindermusik follows the Floyd County Schools. If the Floyd county schools are closed due to inclement weather, then Kindermusik will not meet. If the county cancels classes after 2 p.m., you will need to call the Kindermusik office concerning afternoon and evening classes, OR check for an update on the blog. You can also find information on the Kindermusik of Berry College Facebook page! LIKE LIKE US!
  5. Kindermusik of Berry College does not follow a specific school system for spring break, so teachers will announce these to individual classes. There will also be announcements in class, on the blog and on Facebook.
If you have questions or concerns about anything in class, talk with your child's teacher.
You can always email me at knobles@berry.edu for a quick response to general questions, or leave a message at 706-233-4091.

We are glad you have chosen Kindermusik, it's a great way to enhance your child's life through music.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Busy October Weekend Ahead

Rome Georgia will be bustling with activity this weekend.  Here are some things you can enjoy:

Chiaha Harvest Fair is a favorite fall outing.  Enjoy arts, crafts, music and tasty treats. Ridge Ferry Park, Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 5.  Adults are $5. Students and seniors $4.  Children 12 and under are $1.

Peach State Marching Festival is a great way to enjoy a day of marching bands without the football game!  This year marks the 40th year of this band competition at Barron Stadium.  The afternoon and evening is filled with music and marching.  A special performance by the JSU Marching Southerners will conclude the evening of song.  Admission is $7 for ages 6 and up. 

Harbin Clinic Zombie A Thon and Block Party is Saturday.  The Zombie run is at 5:30 and the block party begins at 7 pm - 200 and 300 blocks of Broad Street.  The fireworks will go off at 9:45.

Trinity Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch is still open and there is storytelling and music from 10 - noon on Saturday.

The YMCA is having their annual Boo Fest beginning at 5:30  on Friday at Grizzard Park. 

At Berry College there are a plethora of sporting events to attend.  Get the schedule here.

I'm sure more activities abound, check Hometown Headlines for all the details!