Discovering music’s joys

Columbia educator has brought a decades old style of music and movement learning, ‘Kindermusik,’ to children
Friday, June 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:06 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Children come running through the French doors into the new space Brenda Haynes has secured for her Kindermusik classes.

The children ask for bells, songs and sips of water as their mothers catch up one another on their weekend activities.

Kindermusik class has begun.

Kindermusik International is a publisher of music and movement curricula for children, ages newborn to 7, and their parents. It has been around for about 25 years and has more than 5,000 licensed educators in more than 35 countries, reaching about 1 million families. Brenda Haynes is one of these licensed educators.

The word Kindermusik is a German word which means “music for young people.” The course originated in Germany in the 1960s.

Haynes became involved with Kindermusik when her daughter was born.

“I couldn’t really afford to stay home and not work at all, but I didn’t want a full-time job,” Haynes said.

Haynes had found out about Kindermusik from a relative whom she was visiting. She tried to find a program for her daughter when they got back to Columbia. After some research, Haynes found there were no programs available in Columbia. She got online and within a few hours had signed up to be a Kindermusik educator.

Haynes had the experience to back up her desire to become a Kindermusik educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in creative arts. She also taught special education classes in Columbia schools for about 8 years before the birth of her daughter.

After 16 weeks of online classes and a music test with her Kindermusik mentor, Haynes began teaching it in Columbia.

Haynes teaches classes at a retirement center, The Bluffs, and at an art studio for kids, Made by Creative Kids. After a year of classes, Haynes’ Kindermusik classes are filling up, and Columbia is responding to the program.

Haynes’ first class had 11 students — now her class numbers 50. “I’m hoping for 75 in the fall,” Haynes says.

Lisa Spear has had her son Quinn enrolled in Haynes’ Kindermusik class since the beginning. “He really enjoys it, and it’s good for him to interact with the other kids and experience the music,” Spear said.

Back in her Tuesday morning class, Haynes’ students take their seats. Haynes announces that they will sing the hello song.

“How do you want to say hello, Quinn?” Haynes says.

“I want to wiggle,” Quinn says.

All 10 of her students and their mothers then wiggle while singing the hello song lead by Haynes.

Throughout the class, kids play instruments, dance with colored scarves and sing with Haynes. When class ends, everyone leaves with a smile on their face.

One boy, Fadraon, pulls on his foster mother’s hand as they’re walking out the door.

“I want the bells,” he says. “I want the bells.”

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