Expert and Parent Testimony

"Kindermusik provides the sound nutrition to improve movement, listening, and expression in young children. Through activities and music making, skills for parents and children alike create inroads for the great orchestration of a family's hearts, minds, and bodies."

              - Don Campbell World renowned authority on the transformative power of listening and music, and author of The Mozart Effect ® for Children

"The enjoyment my child and I get from Kindermusik carries over, long after the week's class has ended. We sing the songs and do the finger plays and dances all the time - it is amazing how often one of them is relevant to daily life!"

 - Stephanie Yurcisin, parent of a 5 month old, and a 3 year old.

"Kindermusik is elegant in its integrated approach to a child's development. Physiologically, touch, movement, rhythm and sound are the keystones to developing a healthy vestibular system and optimizing nervous system and brain growth. The importance of having families working together, where everyone benefits from the sense of belonging, gets directly at the heart of what we, as a society, are needing at this time to raise healthy, loving children and ensure a world of peace. All of this is provided in the Kindermusik program."

              - Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. Biologist, educator, and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and The Dominance Factor 

"Debbie Young is a terrific teacher. The children really learn the fundamentals of music. My older child has said that taking the complete program really gave him a solid start for learning piano and trumpet later on."

 -Brad and Andrea Votava, parents of a 4 and 8 year old.

"As an early childhood advocate I have found good music invaluable as a teaching tool. Kindermusik has taken the art of combining music with learning to a new and higher educational level. When children experience music in their early years, it lasts throughout their lifetime. Recent literature may attempt to refute the value of music as it relates to IQ, but experts cannot deny the effect music has on the development of a child's complete well-being. Kindermusik is pioneering a movement that will prove valuable to children for many years into the future. As a trainer, with more than 20 years tenure, I welcome the new millennium and the music it brings, and I thank Kindermusik for its contribution to holistic learning."

              - Jim Powell, Ed.D. National director of Assessment and Evaluation, Kaplan Companies

"I have recommended Kindermusik to a few friends already, particularly those who have only children. I think it's an important way to socialize a child and to introduce him/her to how to "play school" (i.e., follow directions, share, vocabulary instruction) in a very fun manner. The activities are extremely helpful to kinesthetic learners and I have seen my son flourish from the time we have been enrolled."

"He can anticipate what happens next and the take-home materials make it possible to continue what is learned in the classroom, at home. I would (and do) recommend the class as a way of learning a love of music as well as a way of connecting movement with language. Ms. Debbie is obviously very experienced and we appreciate her knowledge and kindness - my son loves her, too! We'll be enrolled in Kindermusik for a long time."

 - Kathi Koppa, parent of a 2 year old.

"Kindermusik brings parents and children together for fun and education. The learning is active, engaging and developmentally appropriate. Children are exposed to diverse learning materials and are provided with rich opportunities for hands-on experiences with developmentally appropriate instruments. The joy is in the process of learning and the result is children who are more attuned in reaching their full potential."

               - Mary Sheedy Kurcinka International family educator and author of Raising Your Spirited Child, Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, and Kids, Parents and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime

"Meghan has learned a great deal from Kindermusik. Ms. Debbie is wonderful at getting the kids involved and loving music. Timothy has enjoyed coming to Kindermusik from day one. Ms. Debbie is excellent at fostering a love for music. Ms. Debbie and Kindermusik are definitely the highlight of his week."

Catharine Meitus, parent of 2 and 5 year old.

"A major task for toddlers, that can confuse parents at first, is resolving the conflict between their passionate desire for closeness to their parents-after all, they are still barely out of babyhood-and their equally fierce drive for independence. Activities such as story time in the Kindermusik Our Time™ curriculum provide toddlers this opportunity. A child can move into the circle during Music and Movement Story Time and actively participate if he wishes, or he can stay close to mom or dad and listen to the story being read. Given this security, most toddlers will naturally move to greater, and more appropriate, independence as they approach pre-school age."

              - Melissa R. Johnson, Ph.D. Pediatric psychologist Cary, N.C.

"My daughter has so much fun in the class! I know she is getting so much out of it, and Miss Debbie is just fantastic and loving."

 - Debbie and Mark Blitz, parents of a baby.

"One of my strongest impressions of Kindermusik's work is the variety of musical selections for children. The selections are of high quality and of considerable diversity, such that children can listen and respond to the music of Bach, Mozart, contemporary composers, and cultural traditions around the globe. Kindermusik understands that children deserve opportunities to know a palette of musical colors, and thus through the program provide windows to the world of people and their artistic expressions. This rainbow of musical colors is the stuff that surrounds children through their Kindermusik experiences, so that their listening, movement, singing, and playing possibilities are grounded in history and across cultures. These musical beginnings set children straight for a lifetime of well-considered choices in their musical and cultural valuing."

              - Patricia Campbell, Ph.D. Professor of Music at University of Washington and author of Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children's Lives and Lessons from the World

 "The woman who teaches our kids is fantastic... My children have used the CDs to put them to sleep at night for 5 years and share them. Also, they get a strong sense of rhythm and are able to learn through repetition. SO many reasons!" 

 - Emily Muller, parent of a 2 and 6 year old.

"When introduced appropriately, music and literature play an amazing role in the development of infants and toddlers. I'm happy that Kindermusik has extended their programs to include this time of life when brain development is most vulnerable and parents are most in need of support and direction."

              - Claudia Quigg, M.Ed. Founder and executive director of BabyTALK, a program dedicated to helping parents become better parents to their children

"I did Kindermusik as a kid because I was tone deaf. I am not tone deaf anymore thanks to my years at Kindermusik

I now take my daughter to Kindermusik with Debbie and I know that she is more social, more alert, and understands more because of the time and attention Debbie has given us and the time my daughter and I have played together at Kindermusik."
~Natasha Hartman, Mom of a Toddler

- Natasha Hartman, mother of a toddler

"Current research has shown that movement is the key to learning at any age. Our brains fully develop through movement activities such as crawling, rolling turning, walking, skipping, reaching and much more. When children and adults participate in Kindermusik classes they are developing both sides of their brains through structured and creative music and movement activities. As we approach the millennium it is even more important to keep moving and making music! Television, video games and computers have helped to produce a generation that struggles with learning problems, hyperactivity and obesity. Many of these problems can be helped through systematic music and movement exercises and patterns. Kindermusik classes have always been fun! Now I feel strongly that they are also part of our essential learning process!"

              - Anne Green Gilbert Movement specialist, author of Creative Dance for All Ages, and director of Creative Dance Center

Kindermusik with Debbie, 5210 Odana Rd., Madison. Phone: (608) 274-6635 or Email Us