Musical Children in the Making


Now is the time to invite friends to Kidstunes!  

Our musically-based summer program will provide your child with fun-filled weekly music instruction as students “travel” the world on a multicultural musical adventure! Classes incorporate music, instruments, songs, dances and traditions from all around the world! 

Center Directors - Call Kidstunes for your summer camp program for preschool AND school-age students. Music Around the World is adaptable to all ages and our flexible scheduling for the summer makes Kidstunes the perfect  enrichment program to add to your activity calendar!



MAY 2017

Kidstunes After Preschool?

For families in the Burlington and surrounding areas, GROUP PIANO CLASSES are offered through Kidstunes Music Academy in Burlington.

Pre-piano classes starting at age five and beginner piano classes  starting at age six are offered beginning in the fall. Classes combine ear training, singing, dancing, drumming and music games.

To learn more about pre-piano or group classes visit

Musical Moments

You can play music as a relaxing background to any play activities with your kids and you will find it can really inspire a creative atmosphere. Recognizing emotions is another way that music helps children develop emotional intelligence.  Music helps kids to “hear” what certain feelings sound like, and they can learn to tell what emotion is evoked by a particular piece of music. It helps them get “in touch” with what they are feeling.

Mood Music Activity:

Tape large pieces of paper to a table or the floor. Make crayons available for your child. Play music with distinct and varying moods and watch what the music inspires in your child's drawing (remember there is no wrong answer and it may not be what you expect).  Some examples are provided below. Repeat with different types of music like country, jazz, opera, etc.

Notice the colors children choose as you talk about the drawings. You can also put out a large piece of paper so your child can create a group picture with his/her friends.

Move to the music:

Allow the children to move to the music in ways that express emotion. (Ex: stomping, soaring, fluttering, heavy body, etc.).

Moods & Styles of Music 

    Moods and Styles of Music begins in May as we pull ALL of the concepts we’ve learned over the course of the year together!  We will discover how steady beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, expression, and the unique tone color of each instrument combine to create a vast array of different expressions or MOODS.  Music can convey happiness, excitement, sadness, fear, anger, and so much more.  We’ll incorporate lots of listening and creative movement, explore feelings and how they are displayed, and create our own musical art as we show how different pieces of music make us feel!  These elements also help in the creation different STYLES such as classical, jazz, country, soul, pop, etc.  Students will explore various styles and be encouraged to express themselves through interaction with each new medium. 

    What’s the favorite musical styles in your house?  Why not try listening to something NEW with your children & family?  Exposure to different styles, genres, keys, and tempos will open their mind at an early age to the wide variety of music available to enjoy!  Plus, you never know what you might learn along the way!

Lara's Letter

      Has your child been talking about a different kind of family lately -  Families of Instruments?  This was our focus in April!  We divided our own classroom Percussion instruments into “mini-families” (like jinglers, shakers, tappers, etc.), and then explored the other orchestral families - Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass.  We discovered that they are usually grouped together if their sound is produced in a similar way (hit/shaken, strummed/bowed, or blown into) AND/OR if they are made of similar materials. We listened to examples of their sounds (often with one of the real instruments!), and met many members of each family, big and small! 

     We also saw how the musicians are seated on the Orchestra stage and learned about the importance of the Conductor.  His or her job is to lead a large group of musicians, playing many different instruments, while conveying tempo, dynamics, and expression without any words at all!  WOW!  Students may have even had the opportunity to see what this was like as they held the Conductor’s baton and became a “guest conductor” for their class.