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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Come see why the Kindermusik program at 
Berry College is the best!

It's time to enroll in the fall semester of Kindermusik classes.  Save $15 if you enroll before July 15.  Classes begin the week of August 18 and meet weekly for the 15 week semester. There are classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the morning.  After school classes meet for big kids wanting to learn the written language of music.  Late afternoon and evening classes are available for preschoolers, toddlers and babies to enjoy with their families as well.  To see a schedule and register visit www.berry.edu/kindermusik  For more information email knobles@berry.edu

Families in a summer Village class enjoy a group dance.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Maestro!


Kindermusik International just released their list of top educators.  The Kindermusik program at Berry is in the Conductor's Circle and is #34 on the list!  The Maestro Conductor’s Circle represents the top 1 percent of Kindermusik educators worldwide who have built a truly expansive program and prove masterful in reaching a large number of families.  We join an elite group of  300 Maestros identified as the top Educators of the over 5,000 licensed educators in the world who teach Kindermusik’s music and movement curricula. 

Kathryn Nobles started the program at Berry College in 1989 and will celebrate 25 years of serving families in Northwest Georgia this September. Kay Bratton and Wendy Williams serve alongside Nobles in bringing the joy of music to children in the Rome community.

“The Kindermusik Maestro has a mission: helping children become better learners and helping parents understand how to help them reach their highest potential,” said Scott Kinsey, CEO at Kindermusik International.

This award is exciting, but it belongs to the families that participate each week.  Thank you for trusting us to share the power and beauty of music with your family.

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!