At My Little Conservatory, we’re dedicated to igniting creativity in young musicians. Here are some hands-on strategies for parents to inspire creative self-expression at home, drawing inspiration from our classroom approach:

  1. Create a Musical Discovery Zone: Set up a dedicated space in your home where your child can freely explore and experiment with different musical instruments and props. Encourage them to make up their own songs, beats, and melodies using items like drums, bells, and rhythm sticks.
  2. Host Family Jam Sessions: Designate a regular time for family jam sessions where everyone can join in on the musical fun. Sing favorite songs together, play instruments, and take turns leading improvised musical performances. This fosters a supportive and collaborative atmosphere for creative expression.
  3. Spark Creativity with Story Songs: Encourage your child to create their own musical stories by setting their favorite books or imaginative tales to music. Help them invent melodies to accompany the plot or characters, turning storytelling into a multi-sensory experience that stimulates creativity.
  4. DIY Musical Instruments: Get crafty and make homemade musical instruments together using household items. From DIY drums made of pots and pans to shakers filled with rice or beans, these homemade creations inspire creativity while fostering resourcefulness and ingenuity.
  5. Music and Movement Playtime: Incorporate music into everyday activities by turning chores or playtime into musical adventures. Have a dance party while cleaning up, create a musical obstacle course in the backyard, or play “freeze dance” to encourage spontaneous movement and expression.
  6. Record and Reflect: Use technology to capture your child’s musical creations and performances. Record their songs, improvisations, and musical experiments using a smartphone or tablet, then listen back together and discuss what they liked or what they’d like to try next. This helps build confidence and encourages self-reflection.
  7. Attend Live Performances: Take your child to live concerts, performances, or community music events to expose them to a variety of musical styles and genres. Witnessing live music in action can spark inspiration and broaden their musical horizons.
  8. Encourage Musical Soundscapes: Prompt your child to create their own musical soundscapes for their favorite books. Encourage them to use instruments, voices, and even found sounds to bring their stories to life, fostering imagination and creative storytelling skills.

By incorporating these interactive and hands-on activities into your family routine, you can inspire your child’s creativity and love for music while reinforcing the principles they learn in their music classes at My Little Conservatory. Together, let’s cultivate a musical environment where young imaginations can soar and creative potential can flourish!

Today, we’re delving into the wonderful world of rhythm, focusing on engaging activities tailored to the young minds we nurture. At MLC we understand the importance of instilling a strong sense of beat and timing early on in a child’s musical journey. This is vital not just for music learning but also for fostering early literacy and math abilities.

Looking for some exciting ways to explore rhythm with your family at home? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of engaging rhythm games that are sure to get everyone moving and grooving while learning together. These provide a wonderful supplement to our classroom activities.

  1. Musical Storytime: Combine reading with rhythm by selecting rhythmic picture books or creating your own rhythmic story. As you read or tell the story, encourage everyone to clap, stomp, or tap along with the beat. This interactive activity promotes rhythmic awareness while sparking creativity and imagination.
  2. Body Percussion Jam Session: No instruments? No problem! Have a blast creating rhythms using only your body. Experiment with clapping, snapping, stomping, and vocalizing rhythms together. This activity not only gets everyone moving but also enhances coordination and rhythmic skills.
  3. Rhythm Charades: Put a musical twist on the classic game of charades by incorporating rhythmic gestures. Write down various rhythmic patterns on cards and take turns acting them out without speaking. Family members guess the rhythm based on the performer’s gestures. This game encourages creativity and reinforces rhythm recognition skills.
  4. Instrumental Scavenger Hunt: Hide household items that can produce rhythmic sounds around the house. Provide a list of items to find, along with simple rhythmic patterns to play on each item once found. This activity introduces children to different sounds and rhythms while promoting exploration and discovery.
  5. Rhythm Relay: Turn your living room into a race track for rhythm! Divide the family into teams and assign each team a rhythmic pattern to clap or tap out. Take turns racing to complete the pattern accurately. This game not only reinforces rhythm skills but also encourages teamwork and friendly competition.
  6. Create Your Own Rhythm: Get creative and compose your own rhythmic patterns using body percussion, household items, or simple instruments. Experiment with different sounds and rhythms, and have fun making music together. This activity empowers everyone to express themselves musically while reinforcing rhythm skills.

These rhythm games are perfect for families looking to bond, have fun, and learn together at home. So gather your loved ones, turn up the music, and let the rhythm take you on a musical adventure!

Keep the beat alive and enjoy making memories with your family through the power of rhythm!

Every month we share the wonders of Kindermusik with the residents of the Belmont Village Senior Living Center. Our Kindermusik for Grandfriends events bring the young and young at heart together to experience the joy and cognitive benefits of music! This is truly a magical experience for all that attend. The toddlers love engaging with the elders and the seniors in turn are invigorated by the little ones’ youthful spirit. These events are free to current MLC families as a perk to your enrollment.

I love Christmas music! Whether you talking about time-honored pop songs or classical Christmas songs, they’re all on my playlist for the holiday season. But it’s the classical Christmas songs that help set a relaxing, happy and cozy mood that keeps me centered during what can be a hectic time. Some of my favorite times when my kids were little toddlers where when we’d snuggle together reading Christmas stories while classical Christmas songs quietly played in the background. Suddenly the crazy running around subsided and the kiddos were ready for sugar plums to dance in their heads. Read more

We’ve all been there. Your child is behaving like an angel and suddenly turns into a little devil when you tell them that they have to do something else. It’s understandable. They’re not really little devils! They’re learning how to behave properly and what your expectations are of them. And who wants to stop something fun? Young children need routine and schedules to help them predict what their day will be like. When you plan transitions into your day it helps give them a heads-up of what’s next. And there are some great ways to ease them into the transitions of the day – with music! Read more

Summer is here! And if you’re like my family, that means – ROAD TRIPS! I grew up with family road trips and have a lot of fun memories of lying in the back of the car singing along to pop songs, and then falling asleep to my parents music and the rhythm of the road. And I love that my family gets to make our own memories on the road. Sitting in a car with a your kids doesn’t need to mean endless moaning. Plan it right and your kids may actually look forward to it, eventually. Read more

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and it brings to mind Ireland and it’s fairy folklore. Old Irish folk tradition included a strong belief in the fairy world and that fairies were to be both feared and respected. For example, if you tried to catch a leprechaun for it’s gold be prepared to have mischief and bad luck follow. Or you could just offer the leprechaun a bed for the night and he’d gladly give you gold in return.

If you have a child like mine that LOVES fairies, you know that fairies are less feared and more revered today. And TinkerBell and her friends are at the top of the list. So why not embrace their love of fairies. Indulge it, and introduce them to fairy inspired songs where your little ones can let out their inner fairy to dance and play along with instruments. Read more

Since the debut of the complete Nutcracker in America at the San Francisco Ballet on Christmas Eve in 1944, The Nutcracker as become an essential holiday tradition for many families. Clara dancing with her nutcracker and ballerinas swirling in “snow” are as a part of Christmas as holly and Christmas trees. The Nutcracker is one of the first ballets for many children, because it’s so magical. But at a full 2 hours plus intermission, it can also be one of the more challenging ballets for the very young. But there are some things that you can do to prepare before you go, so that the whole family can enjoy the performance. Read more

As the year comes to a close and we come to the longest night of the year, around the world we celebrate different holidays that bring together our family and friends. And there’s no better way to introduce a holiday to young ones than through the music that is used to celebrate it. Here are just some of the holidays that our friends and neighbors celebrate here in Silicon Valley and samples of the music that go with it.   Read more

Kindermusik Summer Classes 2016
Baby Class: Ages 0-1
Toddler Class: Ages 1-3
Preschooler Class: Ages 3-5

Class details:
Flexible Summer Schedule: pick any 4 classes per session
Session 1: June 13-July 23 (no classes July 4-9)
Session 2: July 25-August 27 
Child(ren) and Caregiver attend together
Class Size: Maximum of 12 Students
Tuition: $80 (sibling discount: $60) per 4 Class Session
Kindermusik@Home provided for free

Bring your little one for some summer music fun!  You and your child(ren) will love our  summer themed classes complete with creative props, instruments and imaginative play.  Story time, family jams, dancing, and singing all  encourage discovery and exploration as your children strengthen their ties with each other and with you. Kindermusik@Home downloads, ebooks, and home activities are provided for you to enjoy together. Read more