Announcing Kindermusik@Home!

17 12 2012

AtHomeHeader_EducatorVersionAs a licensed Kindermusik educator, there is nothing I love more than hearing about your favorite songs and how the magic of Kindermusik doesn’t stop when we sing that last good-bye or give a final hug.

Families tell me every day how they use our music and activities to connect throughout the week. We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from doctor visits to grocery shopping—the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories. Anyone else sing the Kindermusik song every time you put your toys away or host an impromptu dance party to your favorite CD on a rainy day?

Parenting just got easier – in class and at home!

Through the newest research and technology, Kindermusik makes sure parents receive the educational tools they need to tap into the power of music to help make parenting easier and support their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. That’s why enrollment in every Kindermusik class includes music and age-appropriate activities for families to use together at home where a child learns best.

Now, with Kindermusik@Home you can easily access your favorite Kindermusik songs, activities, books and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer.

See for yourself!

Kindermusik@Home educational activities for children include:

  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as:
    • dance and movement activities
    • fingerplay demonstrations
    • together-in-the-kitchen activities
    • music time
    • focused listening games
    • video field trips
    • find-it/count-it style activities
    • ideas for pretend or imaginative play
    • and more!
  • The Why It’s Good for Your Child area provides parents with the educational insight behind the activities.
  • Download Center provides Printable Activity Pages and, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs.

Tell me more!

I think you will find Kindermusik@Home easy for you. Good for your little one. Fun for all! Ask me how you can access the benefits of Kindermusik@Home today.





The Future of your Voice – Vocal Workshop

20 02 2011




The Vocal Mastery Workshops are very active. They are designed to have fun, educate you and give you a plan to leave with so you can actually start making changes to your voice on that day.

All participants get a 10 page workbook and special offer on the Vocal Mastery program. The workshop will be conducted in a group environment.

5 Skills you will learn from this Workshop

  • How to warm up effectively and why it is essential your vocal health
  • Why space repetition practice will bring more permanent results
  • Why putting yourself in “State” will fast track results and make you more likely to return to “Discovering your Voice” more often
  • Why a systematic set of exercises will allow measurable progress to you
  • How to make a commitment to yourself and your voice.


The Vocal Mastery program is a systematic set of exercises and proven principles designed to build a solid function for YOUR Voice. Our exercises and the exculsive BASS system make this one of the most successful vocal programs of all time. The program is specifically designed to take you step by step through the process of discovering your voice.

WHEN: Saturday April 30th 2011

WHERE: Castle Grand , Pioneer 2, Level 1,

Corner of Pennant and Castle Sts, Castle Hill.

Parking is below the complex

WHEN: Registration is 1.45pm For a 2pm start

COST: Includes 3 hour workshop and workbook

$35 Early bird special paid by 12th of April

$45 At Door or after Early bird date

AGE: 12 years and over

If your child is under 12 and over 9 and has had previous singing lessons before he/she may be able to attend depending on maturity level.


Call Tina 0414626004 or 9836 3389

Method of payment:

Cash, Cheque or Electronic Internet transfer contact Tina for more information.

Leigh McRae is one of Australia’s most sought after voice teachers working today. His unique team building workshops and public speaking events have entertained and inspired people over the world.

With the angle of music and voice technique, Leigh McRae brings fun, flair and insight into his presentations taking an interesting look at the mechanics of the human voice and how it affects our lives. He also entertains his audiences with stories and anecdotes formed from working in the Entertainment industry for the past 30 years. Discover the reality of the reality.

In his day-to-day life, Leigh McRae gives singers the techniques and skills they need to achieve their dreams. From London to Singapore, Munich to Sydney, Los Angeles to New York, Leigh McRae is one of Australia’s most sought after voice teachers. Whatever stage you are at in your career, Leigh’s individual approach to teaching will help you achieve your goals.

“Whether you want to sing at a wedding, star in a musical or win a Grammy, every student is different and has different needs. So, it is important to me to ensure that each lesson I give is tailored to meet the individual needs of the student I am teaching. That way we can work together to ensure they get to where they want to be.”

With a background in performing, Leigh understands the demands placed on the modern singer. So as well as training the voice he also helps students develop an understanding and respect for what it means to be a performer, preparing them for careers in many different aspects of the music industry.

Throughout his career, Leigh has worked with artists such as Human Nature (currently in a 2 year contract at the Imperial Hotel, Las Vegas), Damien Leith (Australian Idol Winner) Delta Goodrem, Marcia Hines, Kaylan (Disco Montego), Melinda Schneider (Multiple Golden Guitar Winner), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol Winner), Sophie Monk, Denni Hines, Tammin Sursok (The Young and The Restless, Spectacular),and Nathan Foley (Hi Five). Leigh has lectured at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA) The Hillsong conference, is a faculty member of the Broadway Theatre Project and participated in the Speech Level Singing Workshops (SLS) workshops in Los Angeles. He has also worked closely with record labels including Sony Music, Engine Room Records and Warners. Leigh has trained theatrical performers in; Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot, Sweet Charity, Wicked, Miss Saigon and acted as vocal consultant to the Australian production of Rent.

Leigh is the creator of the Vocal Mastery Program, which continues to be applied in over 13 countries worldwide. Leigh’s performance experience is varied including rock and pop bands, big band, theatre (Jean Valjean Hills Centre Performing Arts Les Miserable), live television performances on Midday Show, Bert Newton and Channel Nine’s Footy Show and as a session singer on radio and television commercials as well as recording his own albums. His cabaret show ‘If I Was Going To Have A Sing’ has been widely received. He has also worked on Reality television programs such as X Factor and Popstars.

“Noodles from Scratch” Let’s make a batch!

26 10 2010

This was the first time we had ever made “Noodles from scratch”.  The recipe taken from the Free Kindermusik App  “Noodles from scratch.” A storybook by Harold P. Gershenson.

Christian had a wonderful time mixing and kneading the mixture and couldn’t help chant the Rhyme “Noddles from scratch.  We’ll make a big batch of noddles from scratch.”

More mixing



A big batch alright!  We didn’t actually have the pasta machine to make it perfect but we tried very hard to make it as flat as possible. Once cooked it was a little too thick for our liking, so we decided to fry the rest and we turned it into dessert.  Adding icing sugar, blue berries and ice cream.

Our final product!

Ahh ... dessert

You can find the App in the itunes store!


Have you made noodles from scratch?
To win a Kindermusik Instrument and CD

All you have to do is tell us what is your signature dish!

Simply add your answer as a comment to the story.  The competition ends at Midnight AEST 1st November 2010.
You can enter this once daily.
This competition is open to anyone in Australia.




22 09 2010
Cover of "Smart Moves: Why Learning Is No...

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Children’s brains are constantly developing, creating new neurons and new paths. Brain development is stimulated by movement, new situations, repetition of tasks, and life!

Environments enriched with music and movement activities allow brain cells and neuropathways to be strengthened and expanded. With more interconnections, the brain learns and remembers more effectively. Movements that cross the body’s midline (an imaginary line drawn straight from your nose to the ground) activate growth and strengthen the corpus callosum, the nerve pathway between the two brain hemispheres of the cerebrum. Movement also helps build the capacities that allow full sensory access from both sides of the body.

Communication between the hemispheres allows the development of skills such as reading which use both sides of the brain. The left hemisphere is used to sound out the word and analyze thought while the right hemisphere remembers sight words and visualizes what the author is saying.

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head, by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., pp. 81, 100, & 119.

Vestibular System

The vestibular system is the part of the brain that handles the sense of balance, coordination, and physical orientation. It integrates the sensory inputs which give us information about gravity and motion, our body’s muscular movements, and position in space. Movements that stimulate the vestibular system include rolling, tipping, swinging, swaying, rocking, turning, and twisting. Development of the vestibular system is integral to the hand-eye coordination needed for tasks such as turning the pages of a book.

Importance of Crawling

Although your toddler is now walking, crawling is still a great way for her to stimulate her brain. Crawling is a cross- lateral movement and activates both hemispheres in a balanced way. Crawling involves coordinated movements of both eyes, ears, hands, and feet as well as balanced core muscles. This integration of both sides of the body increases cognitive function and the development of eye teaming—using both eyes together—which is necessary for later success in reading.

The Movement-Vision-Reading Connection

Playing instruments (such as sandblocks) with a back and forth movement, gives your child an opportunity to develop eye-hand coordination. The eye leads the

hand movements, so that the internal knowledge becomes the basis for movement. The connection of movement with sight is essential in writing, drawing, playing an instrument, learning a sport, or dancing.

“Our visual sense functions most effectively when our eyes are actively moving, taking in sensory information for the environment. In an active learning situation, the external eye muscles are constantly moving the eyes…. When the body and head move, the vestibular system is activated, and the eye muscles strengthen as they move in response. The more the eyes move, the more the muscles of both eyes work together.”

—Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head, by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., p. 102.

Later on, this “eye teaming” will enable your now-toddler to focus as well as to track and to concentrate as he learns to read in school.

At Home

• Stimulate your child’s vestibular system by bouncing her on your lap while listening to “Little Red Wagon” (Home CD 1, track 19).

• Read books with your child! When reading, trace under the words with your finger. Your child will naturally follow the movement of your finger—practicing eye teaming.

• When reading Shiny Dinah with your child, ask him to point out different things in the picture. To do this, he will need to scan the picture visually and then use eye-hand coordination to point at the object.

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