It’s nine in the morning at the Parkade Mall in Columbia. Walk inside and go down a flight of stairs, and in Room 124 parents Nancy Robinson, Valerie Bryant, Julie Telken and Meera Sood sit in the waiting room of Kindermusik with Brenda Haynes, the instructor. A window separates the waiting room and the classroom, which has solid purple walls and a hardwood dance floor. Two-year-olds play with a slew of toys.
On one side of the classroom, an array of drums from various cultures line a stack of three shelves. On the opposite side, a mirror covers the entire space. The kids enter the room and sit on their parents’ laps.
Haynes, who has been the Kindermusik teacher for three years, addresses the children.
“Let’s pull out the scarves,” she says.
The kids jump up and down with excitement as they adorn their heads with the bright yellow, blue, orange and pink scarves.
Haynes began offering Kindermusik classes several years ago when she learned none existed in Columbia. Kindermusik began in West Germany in the 1980s and is based on the theory that children gain more self-control when exposed to music at early ages.
“My daughter started when she was eight months old,” Haynes says. “She sings and she is not afraid to sing in front of people. I feel it makes her comfortable and confident. That will give her a stronger personality.”