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, October 22, 2012

Meet the Author!

On Saturday, children and their families waited patiently to meet the author and illustrator of the new children's book, Martin the Guitar.  The living room of the Berry College Alumni Center was the perfect location to hear the story and music. Harry Musselwhite engaged the audience with the tale he wrote about a little guitar named Martin.  As the story progressed he introduced three instruments found in the book: guitar, mandolin and the violin.  
Harry, the storyteller
An added bonus was to see the original drawings for the book. Brian Barr talked with the children about how he gave life to the story through the pictures.  The originals were vibrant and detailed, which doesn't always translate into the printed version.
Illustrations from the book

Brian Barr, illustrator

Harry with Martin the Guitar

Good listeners!

Mr. Musselwhite talked about how music can make us feel, and how it gives personality to characters in a story.  He played the music of Martin, which was sweet and lyrical. Then using the same guitar he contrasted the song of Martin with the upbeat, rough sounds of Mr. D, another character in the book.  With a smaller string instrument called a mandolin, the children heard the laughing, mocking sounds of Loar.  The children moved to the music of the various characters, and were able to practice their listening skills.
Harry and Loar, the mandolin

Entertaining the family!
After the story and music, Mr. Musselwhite and Mr. Barr answered questions and autographed copies of the book for those in attendance.
Personalized Copy

Waiting for an autograph

Kaleb holds his new book and waits to have it signed

Harry and Brian greeting the children

Sophie and Eleanor
You can still pick up a copy of the book when you come to Kindermusik, and Mr. M is just down the hall if you want him to autograph it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Signing and Spring Registration

Saturday October 20 from 10 - 11 a.m. is the book signing for Martin the Guitar.  This event will be held in the Alumni Center Living Room on 1st floor of the Ford Building.  The author, Harry Musselwhite, will read the book, sign copies, and play music for those in attendance.  There is a limited number of books available for $20. Cash and checks are accepted.   To reserve your copy email Kathryn Nobles at Click here to learn more about the book.

Priority Enrollment for Spring Semester
1.    All classes are open to current families from October 15 – 31.  Open enrollment will begin on November 1.
2.   To reserve your space for spring semester you need to pay a deposit.  Just because you are currently enrolled does not guarantee your space for next semester.  Use the drop box for deposits and payments.  Unless your address, phone or email has changed you do not need to fill out a form, just see #3.
3.    Make checks payable to Berry College and write your class choice and child’s name in the memo portion of your check.

Example: OT Tues. 9:30 Jack

Abbreviations for classes are as follows:  Village (V);  Our Time (OT); Imagine That! (IT);  Young Child (YC);  Beyond (BYD); Family Time (FT).
4.    Payment options:                                                                                    
    $60 deposit with balance due at first class in January.                 
     Pay in full by December 1 – receive $15 discount.
Other payment options are available, just ask.
5.    Sibling discounts are 10% of the total.  Deduct sibling discount before early bird discounts.
6.     If you have home materials from an older sibling to use this semester, you may take another deduction of $40 for Village, Our Time & Imagine That! $15 for Young Child.
7.    If you are enrolling more than 2 children, you will need to check with Kathryn about further discounts.
8.  Kindermusik classes continue through the week of December 3 
The only classes that meet the week of Thanksgiving are Monday classes.

If you have questions about a particular class and your child please talk with your teacher.  If you are trying to decide if your child should move to the next level, ask for a handout from your teacher.

Village - $210– The Rhythm of My Day; Hickory, Dickory, Tickle & Bounce
Our Time - $195  - Fiddle Dee Dee
Imagine That! - $210  - Cities!
Young Child - $220 (continuing student)-$245 (new student)
Beyond - $178

No classes will meet on MLK holiday.
Spring Break dates will be announced later.


5:30 p.m. Imagine That! (ages 3.5 – 5 years) - meets in the music library)
5:45 p.m.Our Time (18 months- 3 years)
6:30 p.m Village (newborns – 18 months).
9: 30 a.m. Our Time
10:15 a.m. Village
3:40 p.m. Young Child, semester 2 (ages 4.5 – 7 years)
4:45 p.m. Young Child, semester 4
9:15 a.m. Village
10:15 a.m. Our Time
9:30 a.m.Village
10:15 a.m. Our Time
11:00 a.m. Imagine That!
3:45 p.m. Beyond 2
4:15 p.m. Beyond 1
5:15 p.m. Young Child, semester 2
6:30 p.m. Our Time
9:30 a.m. Our Time
10:15 a.m. Imagine That!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall Break and More Community Happenings

Fall Break is Tuesday, October 9 - Monday, October 15 for Kindermusik of Berry College.  No classes will be held on these dates

The Pumpkin Patch is open daily at Trinity Methodist Church on Turner McCall Blvd.  Go visit the Patch for pumpkins and other fun treats.

Peach State Marching Festival and Chiaha Harvest Fair are coming the last weekend in October.  Look for details soon!

Book Signing and Meet the Author Day

On Saturday, October 20 you can hear Martin the Guitar read by the author, Harry Musselwhite.  Harry will also play some tunes on his guitar, and discuss the journey of writing a book.  You can reserve a book by emailing
Books are $20 and are first come, first serve.
This event will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Living Room of the Alumni Center of Berry College. The Alumni Center is downstairs from the Kindermusik room on the 1st floor of the Ford Complex.