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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Break & Fall FUN!

The Floyd County & Rome City Schools are all on fall break the week of October 3 - 8. This is one of the few breaks that both systems share, and Kindermusik families are often on one of these schedules. Therefore, Kindermusik of Berry College will NOT hold classes next week. The exception to that is Ms. Wendy's Tuesday AFTERNOON Young Child classes. Her afternoon classes will meet on October 5. This is due to a scheduling conflict later in the semester because of the Rome Christmas parade.

The Coosa Valley Fair starts on October 4, so take your extra time and go to the fair! Enjoy the exhibits, the animals and the food. Ride the rides if you dare!

The Pumpkin Patch opens at Trinity Methodist Church! It's open everyday during the month of October. Next week, when Kindermusik is observing fall break, you can visit the Pumpkin Patch at 10:45 a.m. for a special storytime. Storytime includes music at the Pumpkin Patch. Trinity is located on Turner McCall Boulevard diagonally across from Santa Fe Steak House.

Speaking of Storytime...the Rome Floyd Library has storytime every Tuesday at 10 or 11 a.m. beginning October 12. Each week is a different theme that include books, puppets and music.

We started priority enrollment this week. You teacher probably asked you to sign your name if you plan to continue in the spring semester. This is not binding, and at this point requires no monetary commitment, it is so that we can determine if we need to add new classes.

Signing the list indicates that you plan to attend classes in the spring. If you need to move up to a new class, please write MOVE UP. If you know which class you would LIKE to move to, then write that beside your name too. If you want to move to a different day you can indicate this, but it WILL NOT SAVE YOUR SPACE IN A SPECIFIC CLASS. Beginning October 18 you can pay your deposit (or in full) for the spring semester and THIS WILL GUARANTEE a specific day & time. The SIGNING of the LIST is for PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY.

Enjoy these pictures from Ms. Wendy's Wednesday Village class. They were taken by a grandpa who happens to be a fabulous photographer.

Drum play with mom

Grandma comes to Kindermusik!

They love to play the drums.

Movement time.

Rocking with mom.
Riding in a buggy, baby mine, baby mine!

It was so much fun to be at Kindermusik today!

Happy October, enjoy the cooler weather! See you the week of October 11.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Coming UP

Kindermusik classes are entering week 6. Time flies when you are having fun - fun & educational, but that is a different post.

October 3 - 8 is fall break for the county and city school systems. Because many of our families will be out of school, Kindermusik classes will NOT meet that week.

It is also fair week. Take your kids, and check out the Coosa Valley Fair. I'm not a big fan of the rides, but there is MUCH more. The children love to see the animals...cows, pigs, ducks, goats, and more. There is also the art exhibit and fun food to try.

I mentioned that our classes are in week 6. Classes are 15 weeks in length, and end the week of December 6th. Many of our fall classes are full, so to make preparation for the spring semester we need your help.

Beginning September 27 your teacher will have a list for you to sign for priority enrollment. This is not binding, and it does not require a monetary commitment...but it will allow us to see who plans to continue. There are also children who can move to the next age group. We may need to create new classes to accommodate the moves. Signing your child's name will allow us to plan properly for the spring.

Priority enrollment will continue until October 15. To secure your space for the spring semester you will need to provide a $60 deposit by November 5. Open enrollment will begin November 6. Open enrollment is for families not currently enrolled in the fall semester. Even if you sign the priority enrollment sheet your space will not be reserved unless you pay the deposit by November 5.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Meet Kathryn...more than you needed to know!

I wanted to introduce myself beyond what you see when you come to class, get in an email or a phone here goes!

I'm Kathryn Nobles, and I grew up on a farm in North Central Florida. I started piano when I was 7, and clarinet when I was 10. I began playing piano at my church when I was about 12. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I recall my Dad walking to the barn to milk the cows, and he was always singing or humming a hymn. Dad wasn't the best singer but he made a joyful noise. He recently retired his choir robe at the age of 87! Literally he was in the church choir until the past month.

I came to Rome in 1978 to attend Berry College. I met my husband Randy on the first day...though we didn't start dating for a few weeks! We married before my senior year in college, as he had secured a job as a teacher at West Rome Junior High (the current West Rome WalMart location). Randy has taught in the city schools for 30 years, and promises to continue teaching 8th grade until Kate finishes middle school. We love Rome and the community. We are active members at Calvary Baptist Church. I have held many positions over the years... Sunday School teacher, children's choir director, pianist and currently I direct the adult choir.

I have been an adjunct at Berry since 1986. I teaching piano classes, private piano and accompanying vocal and instrumental students. I love working with the college music majors, as well as the flexibility and challenge it provides.

Through the encouragement of my college piano teacher I received training and started the Kindermusik program in 1989. Kindermusik can be found in countries around the world, and is the leading music and movement program for children. I started with 9 students in the Young Child program, as that was the only curriculum offered at the time. The program continues to be a thriving part of the Berry campus where over 175 families enjoy music each week.

This post is also going to give you on an inside look at the Nobles family. Here's the family Christmas photo...Aaron, 22; Kathryn & Randy (married 29 years), Carrie, 16; Kate, 11; Alyssa, 20.

I began teaching piano in 1980, and I have taught several families that include the 2nd generation. I even have one family where I taught the mom, and currently I teach her daughter and her dad!! With the exception of my 72 year old student, all my piano students were once Kindermusik students, because a "good beginning never ends."

Emily and AJ graduated this year after being Kindermusik students and piano students since they were very young. I remember watching AJ at age 18 months, and thinking how music was in his bones! He is currently majoring in music at Berry. He & Emily also play the french horn. Kindermusik graduates gravitate to oboe, french horn and percussion. The first two require a good ear, the latter a strong sense of rhythm. Kindermusik does that!

Kate is my swimmer. She swims with Three Rivers Swim Club. Here is Kate and three friends at Auburn swim camp. Three of the four girls were Kindermusik kids. I see a lot of former Kindermusik students at the pool. There is rhythm in music and rhythm in swimming.
Our family loves the National Parks. We enjoy day hikes in the beautiful park system. We have taken 5 different National Parks trips. You can read more about those at my other blog.

Randy & me at Zion National Park, Utah.
On top of Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, California.

Mom & the girls on the northern California coast. Great tide pools to explore here!

We love Chick-fil-A! Everyone knows the CFA cow, but do you know Doodles? He was the first mascot at the Dwarf house. My oldest two have worked for Chick-fil-A, and we are strong supporters of the Cathy empire. Truett Cathy does more than sell great tasting chicken. Alyssa is in the Winshape College program at Berry, which provides her with a scholarship and leadership opportunities.
We love cats. Over the years we have had many cats. Here are the current kitties....Rowdy & Charlie.
Band - our family loves the band. I played clarinet in high school and college. I was a piano major, but always participated in the band. My children are fortunate to be a part of the Sound of the Seven Hills at Rome High. They have all had Wade Williams (Ms. Wendy's husband) in middle school band. All the kids played different instruments. Aaron played the tuba. Alyssa was in the percussion section & marched 2nd bass during marching season. Carrie plays the trumpet in the RHS band. She is my true musician! Kate started 6th grade band this year and is learning to play the trombone in addition to her piano studies. Yes, I have taught all my kids piano,but Kate and Carrie are the only ones that continue to play.
We love college students.!College students have been a part of the Nobles family since the mid-80's. We enjoy having them in our home, and watching them mature during the college journey. It's hard to say good-bye when they graduate, but they come back and bring their children. It's the circle of life. Our family has been blessed with great role models for our children. Young adults have invested in our children's lives, and we are grateful. My husband & I lead the college class at our church, which gives us a chance to invest in their spiritual growth. Another thing I love about college students - they enjoy a home cooked meal. This means there are usually extras at the Sunday dinner table.

Four children...all of them did Kindermusik. They enjoy a variety of styles of music & are all great kids. It's tremendous blessing to watch them grow up, and see where God is going to take them. Having teens & young adults brings a different challenge than when they were young. Babies keep you up at do teens, but for different reasons. It's an adventure being a parent of four very unique children, but I'm glad for the opportunity.

It's hard to get them all together, because they go in so many different directions. Our tradition is to take a picture at Easter, before they shed their Sunday clothes!

Weddings are another occasion when I can snap a picture.

Family, church and music take the top spots in my life, but in my spare time I love to read and bake!

I hope you enjoyed reading this personal saga.

See you at Kindermusik!