Vaudeville, Theater, and Music in Scenic West Seattle
7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Information and Reservations- call (206)937-3613
Kenyon Hall now offers Kindermusik©, the premier early childhood music education program for children ages newborn to seven. This wonderful program is taught by master music educator Lou Magor, who has imparted his love of music to hundreds of children during a long and distinguished teaching career.
Kindermusik curricula are developed by a dynamic team of creative early childhood education and music specialists based on the most current research. Kindermusik programs are designed for specific age groups and development levels and all include essential parental involvement.
If you'd like to enroll your child in Kindermusik with Lou at Kenyon Hall, or know of someone who is interested, please call 937-3613, leave a message and we'll call you with more information.
|Louis Magor, who teaches Kindermusik© classes for children from infancy through
second grade at the hall, sits casually on the floor, shaking a basket of
Little Reid, just unzipped from his baby encompassing weather suit, crawls on the large Oriental rug toward the smiling man cooing at him.
"Why don't you just crawl over here and help yourself," Magor offers warmly.
As the other mothers and children slip off their shoes and gather around the rug, Reid's small hands grab and shake the bells. Soft classical music comforts in the background. For the next 45 minutes, the six mothers sing basic: melodies while they cuddle, stretch and wiggle around with their fascinated babies. Each song has a succinct pattern. The youngsters faces light up as the verse focuses on them: waving to Alexa clapping to Andrew ...
Magor who also teaches at the private Tilden School in West Seattle, later explains the purpose behind Kindermusik. "Movement is a big part of it" he said. "Without movement, learning doesn't go on."
The 30-year-old instruction philosophy helps children grasp essential concepts through music and, in the end, they'll perform better in all intellectual worlds, Magor said The classes progress from movement and rhythm and singing for younger students, to performing and learning how to read music for older children.
The giggling moms partner up, holding their babies; and dance to and fro. The back-and-forth motion helps the babies grasp spatial concepts, Magor notes. In the "roll the ball" song, little Andrew uses his feet to send the ball across the rug, delighting in the results.
Parents are also an important element in their children's success in the music classes, Magor said. They take home CDs, workbooks, instruments and other materials to help reinforce lessons.
At the end of the class, mom and baby enjoy quiet time as the stereo speakers emit the familiar melody of "Lord of the Dance."
"For many moms, this is the best part," Magor whispers. "Because it's 'I get to rest now.'"
But soon enough, the moms are back up, dancing with their babies to a spirited rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The students slap bongos in their own rhythm to the music.
Since Magor started Kindermusik at the hall about a year ago, the facility has been alive with music well beyond its weekend shows.