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The Benefits of Spanish Music Classes

Music is language and language is music…La música es el lenguaje y el lenguaje la música. In Music Rhapsody Spanish Classes, you’ll sing, dance and play as you learn Spanish and music together as a family!

Learning a language at a young age is extremely beneficial to children. And what better way to do that than with music! New languages improve critical thinking skills, enhance memory, encourage creativity, and better multi-tasking abilities. And, music boosts learning!

Recent studies have shown that language and music are kindred spirits. They both have tone, pitch, melody, rhythm, and volume. Both can be differentiated by these elements, and both are learned best through repeated exposure. Music is also a fantastic memory technique for learning a new language!

Our Spanish Music Rhapsody classes teach children the amazing Music Rhapsody curriculum but use the Spanish lyrics, rather than English. They incorporate classroom instruments, dancing, the gathering drum, and more! Young children are naturally drawn to music making it the perfect tool for learning another language. Music also allows us to memorize information without any real effort. Just think how many songs you know by heart! The list goes on and on. The more songs children are learning in Spanish, the more words they are retaining. So easy and fun!

If you’re interested in trying our fun, creative, and musical approach to learning a new language, join us for our Spanish Class!

Our Spanish Music Rhapsody class is 45 minutes and offered every week. And we have French Music Rhapsody too!



Why Preschool Music is a Must for a well rounded education.

Children in Preschool learn best through music and movement. Guiding their musical experience through age appropriate music lessons fosters a lifetime love of music while helping your child develop in every area — not just cognitively, but emotionally, and socially too. Music Rhapsody’s award-winning program introduces music in a natural way that is both fun and rewarding.

At this age, a child’s imagination and memory are developing, as well as their ability for story-telling. Through singing activities, Music Rhapsody’s program introduces animals and nature themed songs, seasonal songs, singing games, children’s folksongs, and holiday tunes. Through a game-like approach, often using puppets and other imaginative visuals, children become more aware of their voices, including their pitch, while developing their listening skills.

Children are naturally drawn to music, and your child will especially love playing the percussion and Orff instruments used in our lessons. Children develop the skills to play specific parts as well as improvise.  Repeating patterns and counting beats help develop math and literacy skills. In addition, mastering a steady beat is fundamental to a lifetime of music making.

As mentioned earlier, children at this age are learning to use their imagination, and developing their ability for self-expression. For this reason, preschoolers learn best through music and movement.  Music Rhapsody supports this learning through activities that stimulate creative movement, storytelling, and imagery to promote expressiveness. The movement activities presented in class are designed to develop motor skills, coordination, and body awareness.

Furthermore, just as children learn to speak before they read, children enrolled in Music Rhapsody’s program, experience and learn to make music before learning to read music. This promotes a natural and successful process of learning music, while enforcing your child’s development of listening skills and auditory understanding. Listening to music develops thinking skills. While songs, rhymes, and finger plays strengthen memory.

Lastly, it is important to note that the key to success is repetition. And, children love what they know! For this reason we recommend you reinforce musical concepts, singing, playing, and movement from our lessons by using the CDs and instruments outside of our music time together.

Schools, teachers, parents, we are ready to get you started!

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How to Use Music in Preschool Classrooms

Music in Preschool is FUNMany teachers have wondered about the best way to teach music in preschool classrooms. Can they pay attention, will they learn, how can I keep them focused and how do I plan a preschool music lesson? Easy! It’s especially easy if you’ve got Music Rhapsody resources at your disposal for music in preschool classrooms. With preschool music activities, songs, lesson plans, and curricula, preschool music teachers are always prepared, and preschoolers are begging for more music!

At this age, preschool music activities are most successful when there’s a variety of activities, songs, and rhymes in the lesson. Sometimes, Music Rhapsody classes will focus on just one story. Using the drama of the story during a lesson, can lead to successful solo singing, pitch matching and listening skills. Movement, instrument playing, exploration, and creativity in music making are done all through one story. This gets the children actively involved and engaged in the preschool music lesson.

In Music Rhapsody’s preschool music class, you’ll find preschoolers singing songs about oceans, rainforests, animals, seasons, or holidays. Singing games and folk songs are also a staple in music class. Preschoolers learn to become aware of different qualities in their voice like high-low, and loud-soft, fast-slow, and short-long. These same musical concepts are reinforced in the instrument activities, all successful and joyful for early childhood music making.

We practice beat and rhythm most of the time using a single motion per beat. Music and movement is so important for learning, especially for these youngsters! So, we incorporate music and movement for preschoolers in every activity. Imaginations come alive when children are asked to move “like” something or as if they were something, like a tree, bear, or cat.

For more music activity ideas, Music Rhapsody books has songs, activities, craft projects, and visuals to help with preschool music lesson plans. For more help with music in preschool curriculum, Music Box has all the resources a teacher could dream of. For everything you could ever want to know about having a successful and FUN early childhood music program, Lynn Kleiner’s Teacher Training and Music Rhapsody Membership are a music teacher’s best friend.

See? Isn’t music in preschool a breeze with Music Rhapsody?


Preschool Music; Lessons, Activities, & Benefits

Preschool music and movement

Preschoolers love music, and they learn best when it’s done through music and movement.  It’s a critical part of a complete early childhood education. Preschool music teaching is both fun and effective with with songs, games, and musical activities.Music activities for preschoolers are designed to stimulate development in every part of the young child’s brain: hearing, vision, speech, behavior, sensations, memory, and emotions. Coupling music and movement together we get a curriculum that helps preschoolers develop motor skills, coordination, body awareness, and balance.

All different aspects of music making aid in the cognitive development of the child. A few of the benefits of preschool music and movement are:

Listening to Music develops thinking skills, while the songs, rhymes and finger plays strengthen memory.
Repeating Patterns, rhyming words and counting beats develop math and literacy skills.
Group Dances and musical games develop timing and encourage social skills.
Singing and the ability to vocally match pitch is a musical skill. Children learn to use their voice and match pitch best when it’s done through game-like atmospheres like Music Rhapsody classes and activities. At Music Rhapsody we often use puppets, stories and other imaginative visuals to encourage the child to sing and match pitch.

Music Rhapsody’s early childhood music and movement classes build a foundation in music and learning that we feel young children need (and love!).  Our books, themes, activities, and extensive preschool music curriculum makes it fun and easy for preschool teachers to incorporate music into their classroom.

What more, is that Music Rhapsody’s got such a variety of preschool music teacher resources it’s flexible enough to go from simple resources to a detailed curriculum. Use a single storybook with music in class, or Music Rhapsody’s training and curriculum with complete years worth of lessons, activities, and music for ages 2-5!


What is Baby Music and Movement?

Baby music and movement class

Baby music and movement is a way to build a foundation in music and learning that babies both need and love. The best way to introduce your baby to music and movement is a music class for babies. At Music Rhapsody our early childhood music classes incorporate fun, age appropriate music, dances, parenting tips, and fun activities for both the parent and child, and all our classes are taught by an experienced early childhood music teacher.

Music classes for babies are one of the best ways for parents to learn how to be musical with their child. Our classes explore babies’ natural impulse to move, speak, sing and play rhythmically as it’s a natural and vital part of being human.

By exposing babies to rhymes, tickle games, songs and instruments, music classes reinforce core first-year developmental milestones. Music and movement classes for babies teach eye contact, object permanence and bonding with parent or caregiver. Not only that, music classes are wonderful mommy and baby, daddy and baby, or caregiver and baby activities to do together and meet other mommies in the neighborhood. Many of our families grow up together and become lifelong musical friends 

Music Rhapsody’s music classes for babies teach basic music concepts like a sense of timing and pitch, coordination and mental concentration and memory. But, these are just a few of the areas developed in our early childhood music lessons.

Through music and movement, the repetition of music and activities, baby music classes help babies become aware of their environment. These visual and aural stimulations aid in language emergence and the ability of the eyes to focus. Floor activities and group dances done in mommy and baby music class help to naturally develop babies core strength and social skills and stimulates the vestibular system.

If you’re looking for a way to learn more about baby music and movement, why not try out one of Music Rhapsody’s baby classes? It’s free to try out, and we’d love to sing hello!


Why you should take your baby to a Baby Music and Movement Class

Baby music and movement class
Research has shown that babies, from developing fetus to toddler, respond instinctively to music and movement and benefit from it. Babies are born with a musical readiness that includes a basic sense of timing, beat and rhythm, so introducing your little one to a baby music and movement class is a wonderful way to encourage their natural musicality. According to one report, “Babies are born to dance!” It’s true! At Music Rhapsody, we see them “sing before they talk, dance before they walk!” Music class with mom or dad is an important time for interaction and bonding between parent and child. It develops the baby emotionally, cognitively, socially and physically. When parents support music making together, it helps with the bonding all babies want with their parents. Research shows the first years in life are the most significant. Taking a baby music and movement class will help your little one concentrate and learn more quickly. Infants and toddlers naturally respond to music!You can see the benefits for your baby as they grow! Children who have attended our early childhood music classes demonstrate advanced verbal skills, increased vocabulary and better timing and coordination than those children without music. Research has also shown that early childhood music education facilitates the growth of neural connections, enhancing higher brain functions that enable a child to reason in many subjects other than music.

Building a lifelong love of music with a Baby Music and Movement Class

“Parents can make a significant impact upon the permanent musical impressions and development of their children. They need only express pleasure and communication when music is being performed; they need only to join the dance, sing the song, and play along. When the real joy and pleasure is shared with Mom and Dad, that musical experience becomes extremely memorable and associative.” — Cecelia Riddell, PhD Emeritus, California State University, DH

Helping to raise a well rounded child

Music and Movement is a critical part of a complete early childhood education. In fact, learning things like counting, colors, concepts such as high and low, long and short, loud and soft, in and out, and about the world around us is just more fun and more successful through music and movement.

Now, that’s precisely why a baby music and movement class is a wonderful activity for your family. Our music classes for kids offer something fun and challenging for each stage of development. The music grows with your child, and we’ll show you how you are musical too!


Why Orff Schulwerk?

Orff Schulwerk Speaks the Language of Play

Early Childhood Orff, that kids love!

Have you considered music for your child? Have you read about different methodologies and been confused about the differences? The benefits? How in the world can you tell them apart? We’re going to focus on the Orff approach and its proven effectiveness for children.

Though there are multiple approaches to music education, the Orff approach has many benefits and has proven to be effective for all different types of children. Overall, the Orff approach works because it can be used for children of all ages, including babies and those in middle school. It gives children the tools to comprehend music from a young age, and these skills can continue to be used as the child grows. It’s creative and fun; which, makes a positive learning environment promoting exploration.

Just as children learn to hear and speak a language before reading and writing it, we can assume the same of music. The Orff approach gives children the opportunity to interact with and make music in multiple forms before formally learning to read and write it. Orff uses songs, poems, rhymes, dances, and games as a form of education. Instead of learning through rote memorization, Orff teaches musical skills through participating in music making. Music becomes a sensory experience where children utilize improvization to foster creativity.

Additionally, children become confident and motivated through the Orff approach. Orff instruments are designed with removable bars, making the instrument simpler to use at first. This way, children can be successful at creating beautiful music from the start. Instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels are played utilizing only pentatonic keys, ensuring the notes do not clash and everything is pleasing to the ear. Orff proves that everyone can make music.

It has been found that this approach to music education increases the ability for self-expression, self-efficacy and social skills. It also is an effective intervention and has positive effects in a therapeutic environment for individuals with varying disorders.



Young-Bae, Yun, and Kim Ji-Eun. “The Effects Of The Orff Approach On Self-Expression, Self-Efficacy, And Social Skills Of Children In Low-Income Families In South Korea.” Child Welfare 92.4 (2013): 123-158 36p. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.

Gold, C., Voracek, M. and Wigram, T. (2004), Effects of music therapy for children and adolescents with psychopathology: a meta-analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45: 1054–1063.


What is Orff?

Teaching Orff to Kindergarten

Orff Shulwerk? What in the world is that?

“Experience first, conceptualize second.” – Carl Orff

The Orff Approach, also known as Orff Schulwerk, is one of many approaches to music education for young children. Through this approach, learning music happens naturally and easily as children play and move. Music and movement are all related.

Music, movement, and speech are all skills to develop and enhance over time. Orff is child-centered and allows learning through doing, experiencing and improvisation. Students are encouraged to learn while making music through patterns and beats, creating new artistic movements in a space where they feel confident and in a way they feel engaged.

Great! So what does this look like?

Imagine you want to teach a child a complicated note sequence on a xylophone. Instead of immediately placing them in front of a xylophone and expecting them to learn through memorization, you might play a hand game that showcases the rhythm or expression of the notes.

You show them a pattern with their hands, right, left, left, right. It’s a game, so they’re having fun. Only when they’re comfortable, you place the children in front of the xylophone and say “Remember that game we just played? Use these mallets and make the same pattern.”

Allowing them to experience and play around within the note sequence to naturally teach them. The Orff Approach provides an innovative and creative solution to enhance skills associated with learning music for young children.

At Music Rhapsody, we believe integrating play with learning is the best way to teach children. That’s why Lynn Kleiner developed an approach to teach young children music by adapting Orff Shulwerk for this early age. Making music a joyful experience from babies through preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school lays a foundation for a musical life. So, play on.


Technology and Children – Some thoughts

My how things have changed and how rapidly they are changing. When my children were little, we had a computer and I was amazed at how quickly and accurately they could use a mouse, even at age three. As much fun as they had on the computer, I only let them use it for educational games and we had strict limits on “screen time” both for the computer and for TV. I home schooled my children and we had a lot of time outside to explore and play and we spent parts of each day reading and enjoying music.

Fast forward to today’s world. Today, laptops, iPads, iPods, Smart Phones, digital books and more abound. Keeping my 11 year old away from the screen takes a real effort. Part of her school day is spent doing math on a computer and she loves to use my iPad after school to draw. So, the question for me as a parent is, is this actually safe for her? Are there any dangers in all of this exposure to “screens?” How young is too young? I’ve seen eBooks for babies…can that be a good thing? Yes, it is cool and on the cutting edge but what do the experts say?

I found an interesting article on this very topic and you can read the whole thing here. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“The question for parents should be not how much screen time you should allow your kids, but how old they should be when you can introduce it to them at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no screen time for children under two, and no child of any age should have a TV in their bedroom. Brain research and a host of child experts actually suggest no screen time until at least age 7 or 8, at which time the left and right hemispheres of the brain are fully connected. This ‘neural plasticity’ at a young age means that the habits of the mind may quite literally become structures in the brain. There also appears to be critical ‘sensitive’ periods in the course of development when certain neuron groups become particularly amenable to stimulation. If sufficient mental exercise is lacking, the related ability may be permanently degraded. Child development experts such as Kim John Payne has shown that media ravaged American children have become as stressed out and disconnected as children raised in war torn Bosnia. The consensus is simply that it is better to put a young child on the floor to play with a couple wooden spoons than to put them in front of a so-called ‘educational’ video.”

Rather than jump on the bandwagon and assume that ebooks are good for babies and that computer time will benefit your three year old, it may be helpful to do some research and make an informed decision.

There is nothing like a good book, crayons and paper, or a drum and mallet. In my opinion, “old fashioned” fun with your young child is the way to go!

Robin Keehn
Director of Development
Education Council
Simply Music International
(360) 477 0002

The Benefits of Music for Babies

I love babies! I had four but if I had started earlier in life, I probably would have doubled that number! Each of my children have had the benefit of being immersed in a world of music from the beginning. I played the piano during each pregnancy and taught piano and early childhood music during three of my four pregnancies.

When my children were born, live music put them to sleep at night and filled their days. We listened to everything from Beethoven and George Winston, to symphonies, jazz and rock and roll. As they grew into toddlers, we played favorite CDs again and again and I noticed that not only that they were moving to the beat (first kicking, then bouncing and walking) but they were singing the ends of phrases and even entire phrases of familiar songs. Steady beat and language acquisition were natural outcomes of their immersion in music. Recognition of musical phrasing through movement, ability to match pitch and to create their own songs were such a delightful thing for me to witness as they matured.

My children are now ages 11, 16, 19 and 21. Music has been such an important part of their lives. They sing, play instruments and find music be a place for self expression and for social interaction. There is nothing more wonderful to come home to a house full of teenagers sitting in the living room playing the piano and guitar, singing and laughing. And to think it all started when they were babies! What a wonderful journey to witness! What a gift to give your child, grandchild or to the little children you know. Consider taking a Music Rhapsody class-or becoming a Music Rhapsody Teacher. I promise you will love every minute!