Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How I met Kindermusik

Back in the summer of 1996, I saw an ad in the paper for a Kindermusik storytime at a local bookstore in Lewisville. I took my then-pregnant self, my 2 1/2 year old daughter and didn't really have anything in mind except to have fun with music! After I left, I had the Kindermusik headquarters phone number in hand and the numbers of the two wonderful educators who conducted the storytime (and who I felt like I knew my whole life and not just 30 minutes!). It was one of those life-changing things: I just KNEW this was what I was meant to do. I can't explain it any other way. I called the number to get an information pack and the rest is history. Thanks to my wonderful husband's enthusiastic support, I was in Houston, TX three weeks later for a week-long training and I started to teach after I had my second child. The two local educators that I met continued to provide support and friendship, even included me in their advertising and referred families to me. It was amazing, and they are friends to this day. Our goal was to share music with children and families, never to 'compete'. How special is that. Kindermusik was such a perfect 'fit' with my own interest in enriching others' lives with music as I had been enriched. It was so natural for me to embrace it. My children are Kindermusik graduates and were in some of my first classes back then!  They are now teens.  (Now I live with a vocalist/writer/poet and guitarist/oil painting artist and love the music and art around this place!).

I tell people all the time about Kindermusik because of the deep belief I have in the program and what it does for families, for children's growth, and for their minds. I know you tell others too, because so many of your friends have come, and for that I thank you.

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