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Led by Licensed Kindermusik Educators Amy Linville, Kaleena Marshall and Lori Tofanelli, West Music's Kindermusik classes are held in our Marion store, located at 1398 Twixt Town Road. With classes available for children 18 months and younger, those between 1½ – 3, and children from 3 – 5, we have opportunities for every child and caregiver to take advantage of the Kindermusik curriculum.

Kindermusik classes at West Music start January 26th!

Space is reserved on a first come - first served basis, so register now!


Questions? Call (319) 364-3856 or email littlemaestros@mchsi.com


What is Kindermusik?

Kindermusik is an early childhood music and movement program, founded over 30 years ago. The Kindermusik International Creative Team has created the Kindermusik curriculum to be taught only by Licensed Kindermusik Educators. The purpose of Kindermusik is to enhance total child development through exploratory musical activities. While activities vary by age range, they include singing, listening, vocal and rhythmic play, dancing, chanting, bouncing, exploring simple percussion instruments, and experiencing a wide variety of musical examples, including folk songs, classical music, multicultural songs, jazz, and music original to Kindermusik. Additionally, Kindermusik classes always include a set of high quality materials including CD's, books, instruments, home activity guides and more to help you continue your musical experience at home.

Kindermusik at West MusicKindermusik Foundations of Learning help you understand the ways that Kindermusik musical activities impact all areas of child development. Activities focus on six major areas:

  • Language development
  • Cognitive development
  • Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Social development
  • Musical development
Spring 2015 Classes

Kindermusik Village

Kindermusik Village

Units: Hickory, Dickory, Tickle & Bounce and The Rhythm of My Day

  • For babies ages 0-18 months
  • 15 weekly 45-minute classes with a caregiver
  • Includes learning materials and instruments to use at home.

Hickory, Dickory, Tickle & Bounce - Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be. That's why these Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes are the main theme of this class. Plus you'll develop research-proven communication strategies with your child through listening activities, speaking "parentese," and sign language.

The Rhythm of My Day - This class will help you bring more rhythm and routine to your baby's day, as well as help her develop lasting learning skills. We will show you how and tell you why music can help your little one soothe herself and help to build a strong network for learning in her body and mind. You can bring home those same stress-free play and relaxation techniques from class, and incorporate them into your daily routines.

Spring Village Class Schedule
Classes beginning week of January 26
Session 1 Tuesdays 11:00am Amy Register for this class
Session 3 Thursdays 5:30pm Kaleena Register for this class
Fees for Spring Village Classes
Total $210.00

Kindermusik Our Time

Kindermusik Our Time

Unit: Fiddle-dee-dee

  • For toddlers ages 1½ – 3½ years
  • 15 weekly 45-minute classes
  • Includes learning materials and instruments to use at home.

Fiddle-dee-dee - We'll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler's emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces we'll help your child develop rhythm while further developing his ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed-emphasis in the music from class, you can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help your toddler stay a happy and engaged learner at home, too.

Spring Our Time Class Schedule
Classes beginning week of January 26
Session 4 Mondays 5:30pm Amy Register for this class
Session 5 Tuesdays 10:00am Amy Register for this class
Session 6 Tuesdays 6:30pm Lori Register for this class
Session 7 Wednesdays 9:15am Amy Register for this class
Session 8 Wednesdays 10:15am Amy Register for this class
Session 9 Wednesdays 6:00pm Amy Register for this class
Session 10 Thursdays 6:30pm Kaleena Register for this class
Session 11 Fridays 9:30am Lori Register for this class
Fees for Spring Our Time Classes
Total $200.00

Kindermusik Imagine That!

Kindermusik Imagine That!

Unit: Cities! Busy Places - Friendly Faces

  • For children ages 3½ – 5 years
  • 15 weekly 45-minute classes with a caregiver
  • Includes learning materials and instruments to use at home.

Cities! Busy Places - Friendly Faces - In this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers, and world-traveling photographers are the theme. Learning through the pretend play that your preschooler adores, we'll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and handcrafting city "buildings" from wax paper at home so we can make a cityscape in class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations so you can take part in the learning. With a pair of resonator bars as a featured instrument, and a multicultural, jazzy collection of music, your preschooler will develop the social and intellectual skills he'll need in school.

Spring Imagine That! Class Schedule
Classes beginning week of January 26
Session 12 Mondays 6:30pm Amy Register for this class
Session 13 Tuesdays 12:15pm Amy Register for this class
Session 14 Tuesdays 5:30pm Lori Register for this class
Session 15 Wednesdays 11:15am Amy Register for this class
Fees for Spring Imagine That! classes
Total $205.00

Kindermusik with Little Maestros Educators

Amy Linville - Welcome to Kindermusik with Little Maestros at West Music Marion! I have experienced first hand the joy music can bring to children through my 14 years as a Kindermusik educator, my 20+ years experience teaching piano and time spent conducting music therapy sessions with regular education and special needs preschoolers. I experience that same joy regularly with my own 3 children. I have a BA in Music & Piano Pedagogy from Mount Mercy College and a Music Therapy degree from The University of Iowa. As a Kindermusik Educator, I strongly agree with Kindermusik International that, "every child is musical, every parent is the child's most important teacher, and the home is the most important place for learning to take root and grow." In the Little Maestros classroom, parents will share in their children's development through participation and the joy of music.

Kaleena Marshall's love for music started when she was just a girl dancing around her living room. She has a BA in dance from the University of Iowa and taught ballet and Irish Step Dance at a studio in Mount Vernon for several years. She was formally trained in flute and taught flute for several years. As a mother of two young sons, Kaleena knows the importance of music and healthy parent interaction in a child's life. Kindermusik brings the best of both worlds together in a safe environment. She is delighted to teach Kindermusik and continue going to classes with her sons.

Lori Tofanelli has years of Kindermusik experience - as a teacher and a mom! Lori's two children graduated from the Little Maestros program with honors and are now pursuing their musical interests in piano, voice and orchestra. Lori graduated from Mount Mercy College with majors in Theater/Speech Communications, Fine Arts and English. She loves teaching Kindermusik because of its highly researched written materials and multi-art format. She is very excited to be a part of the Little Maestros studio and looks forward to nurturing your child's musical interests.

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