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BOONE LIFE: Growing with music

Children dance and sing their way through childhood at Kindermusik
Monday, June 18, 2007 | 12:30 a.m. CDT; updated 10:40 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009
Cory Haynes, foreground, holds the hand of his mother, Brenda Haynes, during a singing and dancing exercise with Valerie Bryant, back left, Annie Robinson, back center, and Nancy Robinson, back right, at “Kindermusik with Brenda” in Columbia.

Slideshow: Kindermusik with Brenda

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.”

Brenda Haynes reads a story to 2-year-old Kaya MacLeod, left, and Cory Haynes at “Kindermusik with Brenda.” Haynes divides her classes by age, with sections for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4- to 6-year-olds.
Mattie Robinson (front) awaits instruction from Kindermusik teacher Brenda Haynes while his sister, Annie Robinson (back left), dances with their mother, Nancy Robinson (back right), at Kindermusik with Brenda in Columbia on June 14, 2007.
Brenda Haynes teaches Owen Walls to play the keyboard at Kindermusik, which promotes the belief that children mature faster with the aid of music.
Brenda 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.

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