Category: Benefits of Music

Your child loves music? You don’t say.

I woke up this fine Tuesday morning, after a nice Labor Day weekend with my family thinking about all the emails and messages I need to reply to. I’m so excited that many parents are investigating a musical experience for their child and themselves. It’s great. However, in reading these emails I am noticing a lot of the following.

“My son loves music.”

“My daughter loves to sing.”

“My child is always dancing.”

or on the flipside:

“I want to try to see if my newborn likes it.”

“I’m not sure my toddler will like music.”

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I am not surprised at all to hear that a child loves music and that they like to sing and dance. It’s play, and it’s a child’s work to play.

However, I am surprised to hear that parents of small children want to try music to see if their child likes it.

Who doesn’t like music?

That is the question I asked myself this morning.

Did you know a study by Nielsen Music in 2017 reported that the average American listens to music 32 hours a week? That’s on AVERAGE. That’s a LOT of hours. Music is all around us. It’s in the background in the movies and shows we watch. It’s on in the background while we are doing work. It’s playing in the car. It’s playing in the grocery store. It’s everywhere.

Why?

Honestly, as a music therapist, I could go on all day on the healing elements of music. But I’ll give you a little list today that might help explain WHY your child loves music. Why YOU love music. Why music is everywhere.

First, music can improve cognitive function. Music ignites all areas of the brain. It lights it up, helps those connections, well connect. When parents say their child loves music I always think “of course he does”, because his brain is excited and it’s connecting through music in a way no other thing on earth could ever do. Music is rhythm and almost every function of daily living requires some rhythm. Walking, talking, writing, typing, running, throwing, kicking. All of it.

Another reason we love music is that it relaxes us. It’s scientifically proven that music reduces stress. By listening to music, the nervous system calms and recovers quickly from the many stressors in life. This is why in our classes, we work on the learned skill of relaxation while listening to music. We are teaching children early on to help their body calm and recover.

Have you ever tried to memorize something, and it just wasn’t sticking? But then, when you put the information into a song, or a rhyme, voila, you remembered? That’s because music has been proven to improve memory. Could it have something to do with the fact that our hearts have beats so we have an innate NEED for music and rhythm in our bodies and brains? I think so.

Music is also a great tool for managing pain, boosting mood, reducing depression and improving sleep. Who doesn’t like that?

I’m excited to reply to these parents who are in tune with the fact their children love music. However, in the future, I would love to get messages that read something like this:

“I know that music is one of the most important aspects of life. I’m ready to learn the many ways music benefits my baby, and what I can do at home when we aren’t in class”.

To everyone out there, I assure you, your baby will love it. After 15 years of teaching Kindermusik, I haven’t met a baby yet that hasn’t liked music.

Happy singing!

xo Holly

 

Holly Lesnick is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and Studio owner at Grow and Sing Studios, a Bachelor of Music Therapy, mom of 2 and in September will celebrate 20 years of marriage with her husband Will. 

What onesies and Kindermusik have in common.

Okay, probably a lot. Onesies. Babies. Kindermusik.

39153041_10156347016677110_4686083257245106176_oGetting personal today. This girl is the reason Grow and Sing Studios exists because she is the reason I walked into a Kindermusik classroom when she was 3 months old. Why share this? Well, first of all, I love recommending local businesses. But more importantly, this picture, despite first appearances represents empowerment, acceptance, individuality, confidence and fun. My daughter Anna has been working with us helping with our online marketing which has been amazing. Need online help, ask a teen! Seriously!

Anyway, with some of the money she earned, she bought this very snuggly Batman onesie. I thought, hmm, okay whatever makes her happy. Last night, our family decided to go for some ice cream. She was snuggled in her onesie when the decision was made and asked if she needed to change. BUT before I could answer she said, “You know what? I’m wearing it, it makes me happy.” All I said was “yes, rock it!” You know what, she made people smile and she smiled during our entire ice cream outing.

She was my very first Kindermusik kid. Now she is a high school Junior. She is an incredible musician. She’s in leadership in marching band. She’s starting her dual enrollment courses at Valencia College.

She learned empowerment, acceptance, individuality, confidence and fun first and foremost at KINDERMUSIK. It shaped her for the amazing woman she is becoming. Hindsight as a mom, Kindermusik was the single best choice we made when she was younger.

By the way, the ice cream shop is Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream near UCF. We love it there!

I would love to see you at a free preview class. Pressure free always. have a fabulous day.
xo Holly
Holly Lesnick is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and Studio owner at Grow and Sing Studios, a Bachelor of Music Therapy, mom of 2 and in September will celebrate 20 years of marriage with her husband Will.

7 Health Benefits of Music

There are so many healthy benefits of music. Here are 7 reasons that may inspire you. Let your child’s healthy music life begin at #Kindermusik. growandsing.com
7 Health Benefits of Music

Why these moments mean everything.

I first stepped into a Kindermusik classroom as a brand new mom to our daughter Anna. She was three months old, and I was SO nervous! I had no idea what to expect. I had resigned from my job as a Music Therapist and Activity Director in the geriatric population to stay at home with Anna and there was no doubt in my mind music would be a part of our world. The minute I entered that Kindermusik class, my entire world changed. It felt like home. I adored being a Kindermusik parent in class. I was blown away by the child centered approach to learning, the accepting loving environment and the incredible parent education I received. It was one of the most precious times that I now realize go by far to quickly. Considering my degree in Music Therapy, I was quickly convinced to teach Kindermusik and so I became licensed. I loved teaching it. I loved attending it. Thanks to my daughter Anna, who led me there, I found my true passion.
Aiden and I at Kindermusik
Fast forward a few years. I was extremely pregnant with our son Aiden when the studio I worked for closed up their business and I lost my Kindermusik teaching job. After Aiden was born, I was such a happy mom of two, but there was something missing. My little man needed to have Kindermusik and I SO craved those moments with him. I knew the incredible developmental benefits it had already had on our daughter, not to mention the many milestones I had witnessed of others in classes I taught. I honestly couldn’t imagine not having the opportunity to enjoy the Kindermusik activities with him. So, in 2005, I selfishly created Grow and Sing Studios for Aiden. I even convinced my dear friend, a music educator whom I met in music school to work with me, so I could attend as a mom! And so, the roller coaster of business ownership, mixed with being Kindermusik mom began.

It’s been 16 years since I became licensed and I have loved every moment. My husband Will came on board and Grow and Sing Studios became our family business. Our mission, to connect as many families as we can through the magic of music is our focus. We are blessed with such an incredible team of educators who we consider family. Our children both graduated Kindermusik after attending the entire continuum of classes. Anna is now almost 17 and Aiden is 13! I can’t express how much I cherish the moments I had with them at Kindermusik in their first years. The cuddles, the dances, the precious unplugged, uninterrupted moments. They are what life is about. That is what we want for you. So that when you are in the hustle and bustle of car lines, band rehearsals, and sports practices in 16 or so years, you can look back and remember that fun dance, silly song, or quiet time rocking song you shared with your baby at Kindermusik and cherish them too.See you soon.

Musical symbols, beautiful language.

Music is such a beautiful language!! growandsing.com
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Last call for a free preview class!

Final call to schedule your free preview class!
Have you been meaning to schedule a free Kindermusik preview class ? Our school year of Kindermusik is about to come to a close and we can’t believe it! School year classes conclude on Friday, May 11th,
New families to our studio are welcome to schedule a class to attend at no charge and with no pressure. Should you love what you experience, we hope you’ll sign up for our upcoming Summer , and/or perhaps our School year 2018-2019 .
Time is definitely running out to preview though, so if you want to get in on that, contact us asap and we’ll get you scheduled prior to May 11th! It would be helpful to know whatlocation(s) you are open to attending as well as your child’s age/stage.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

 

Our 13th year of connections

 Are you a planner? We are too! Classes all the way from now through May 2019 are now posted on our website. View our schedule (which we are always adding to based on requests/need) at http://www.growandsing.com/schedule. Looking forward to seeing you in class!
Please note that Kindermusik Playdate classes and Group Guitar classes are still pending and will be posted soon.

A year of magic

Happy Monday!

Is this your week? The one where you decide to UNPLUG for 45 minutes to be present and IN THE MOMENT with your child? It will be the most meaningful moment in your week. We are waiting to hear from you – info@growandsing.com 407.970.2774. Happy Monday!
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 The magic of community.

I’m writing this as I sit in a friend’s home, listening to the hum of the dryer as my laundry spins. Typically around this time, I send a “time is ticking” or “enroll now” email to the masses, encouraging new families to preview and previous families to come on back to class. Of course I want those things to happen, but I feel it’s more important to focus on the magic of community, friends, and helping each other.

So, why am I doing laundry at a friend’s house? To make a long story short, a pipe burst in our home which produced flooding and mold. 90% of our downstairs is affected, which left our home office, piano studio, foyer, kitchen, laundry room, and downstairs bathroom uninhabitable. We have at least another 6 weeks before life and Grow and Sing Studios headquarters will be up and running. Uprooted during the holidays with our 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats in a hotel has been a challenge. Yet it’s also a reminder of the blessing of community and friends. Piano lessons have been in session for a week because a kind customer opened their home and piano to us. Our staff was so flexible and met at our hotel for our spring staff meeting, and even serenaded the hotel staff. Home cooked meals by family and friends have been the most comforting moments as most of our meals have ended with the words “take-out”. How does this tie into classes beginning? Well, I’ve been teaching Kindermusik for over 15 years and have seen so many connections formed. Not just between adult and child, but between adults and adults. Lifetime friendships are made every day when we gather together for Kindermusik. A place where each and every attendee has one focus in mind – connection.

We are starting a week early because of missed time during Hurricane Irma. This was another time when our community came together, helped each other, and connected. If you’ve been considering Kindermusik, we welcome the opportunity to join us this week, free, to experience for yourself what our incredible community is all about. Yes, Kindermusik is about music, but it’s so much more. It’s planting new seeds of connections, watching our beautiful children blossom, and perhaps meeting that lifelong friend.
 Director/Owner – Grow and Sing Studios

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Next step?

Connecting Families
Through the Magic of Music
Do you have a baby or child under 5, and have been meaning to come preview a class with us?
Considering enrolling in classes starting after the New Year?
There is ONE MORE WEEK of classes before we break.
If you are new to our studio, you are invited to come preview, free.
First, check out our locations to see where you might want to attend.
Next contact us and we’ll match you up with a class to preview this week.
This week: FREE Kindermusik Preview Class for new families.
Enrolling for January.
Classes happening this week Monday through Friday in various locations. A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND A FREE PREVIEW. This is so we never overfill our classes, and so the educator for your chosen class knows you are coming and can plan accordingly. We would love to meet your family before we break for the Holidays.
If you are already enrolled in our program, we wish you a wonderful final week of 2017 classes. Please feel free to bring a friend!

 

SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019 CALENDAR


FALL
15 weeks of weekly classes
School year/Fall classes begin (Week 1) – August 27 – 31, 2018
OFF Thanksgiving Break – November 19 – 23, 2018
Fall classes end – December 10-14, 2018
Makeup week – December 17 – 21, 2018 (in selected locations)
December 15, 2018 – Jingle Jam Holiday Party for registered families.


SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019 CALENDAR


SPRING
15 weeks of weekly classes
School year/Spring classes resume – January 21 – 25, 2019
OFF Spring Break – March 18 – 22, 2019
School year/Spring classes end (Week 30) – May 6 – 10, 2019
April 20, 2018 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt for registered families


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