Bridges Study Findings To Be Revealed… And You’re Invited!

Quality of Life - Research Study - Facebook Live

Anticipation (is makin’ me late…is keepin’ me waitin’…)

Anticipation is an incredibly powerful emotion. If you have doubts about that, consider how much of our economy relies on it. Movies are teased months before they hit theaters. Stores set out Christmas displays even before Thanksgiving rolls around. And the release of every new iPhone is accompanied by so much fanfare that people literally camp out in front of stores just to be among the first to get their hands on one. Building anticipation as a marketing technique isn’t something unique to the age of iPhones. In the 1970s, Heinz released a series of commercials that brilliantly turned an annoyance (why does it take so long for ketchup to come out of the bottle?!) into a feeling of excitement. The song featured in the commercials? Carly Simon’s “Anticipation.”

Big News Is Coming…

Here at Kindermusik, we’re eagerly anticipating something even more exciting than ketchup, if you can believe it—the results of a scientific feasibility study that looked at the effects of our newest program, Bridges, on senior citizens and their caregivers. (You can read more about Bridges, a unique intergenerational music program for seniors, children, and their families, here.) The initial findings of the study will be revealed in a Facebook Live event (, on Tuesday, October 9, at 2:00 PM EST, and we truly hope you’ll join us. (No camping out in front of our offices is required.)

Quality of Life Research Study - Facebook Live

On the Agenda

The event will feature T. Lee Covington, President & CEO of the award-winning Williams Adult Day Center in Winston-Salem, where the pilot of Bridges took place, and Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt, Assistant Professor of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, who designed and oversaw the study. During a discussion facilitated by Kelly Green, Kindermusik’s VP of Global Education Services, you’ll hear the heartwarming story of how Bridges became a reality. Namely, how serendipity and a good idea turned an informal partnership that began in September 2016 into an operating pilot program by April 2017. Covington will explain how, from very early on, everyone involved in the Bridges program saw what he can only describe as “magical” moments between young children and seniors. He will share real-life stories of increased cognitive awareness and sense of purpose emerging from the seniors participating.

Kindermusik Bridges - Intergeneration Music Class

Results Worth Waiting For

You’ll hear how these powerful anecdotal findings led to a collaboration with the Wake Forest School of Medicine and, ultimately, this study. Dr. Hugenschmidt will discuss why she accepted the scientific challenge of designing a feasibility study outside the walls of a medical institution. She’ll review the parameters of the study, her plans for analyzing the 1.8 million pieces of data collected, and—finally, the moment we’ve all been anticipating—what the study’s initial findings indicate about the effects of Bridges on the quality of life of participating seniors and their caregivers.

If you’re interested in bringing Bridges to a center near you, be sure to tune in for plenty of tips about what it took to get Bridges going at the Williams Adult Day Center. Time will be provided for you to ask follow-up questions of your own.

This is an event you won’t want to miss. So set a reminder for yourself for Tuesday at 2:00 PM EST…or perhaps for 5 minutes in advance, so you can enjoy that good old feeling of…wait for it…anticipation.

Kindermusik Bridges - Intergeneration Music Class

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Labor Day:  Wait, What Are We Celebrating Again?

For many of us, Labor Day is associated with the bittersweet emotions that accompany the end of summer. It’s the unofficial harbinger of fall, an excuse for retailers to hold massive sales, and traditionally, the rather arbitrary national deadline for wearing white. But Labor Day has far more significance—and a more sobering history—than its present-day observance would imply.

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How Back To School Ready Are You?

We wait all year for summer—our annual celebration of bare feet, beach outings, barbecues, and bathing suits—but no matter what, it always seems like it’s just too short. Making things worse is the fact that the better part of August—which should occupy prime summer real estate on our calendars—is spent preparing for summer to end! City pools are drained and locked. Summer camps shutter their cabins. The long, languorous, lightning-bug-filled days give way to frantic back-to-school preparations and end-of-summer closeouts.

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Kindermusik Turns 40…and Celebrates with Educators at Professional Development Conference

Kindermusik Educators at 2018 Conference

From July 25 to July 29, 2018, the city of New Orleans—always up for a party—was brimming with even more music than usual. That’s because more than 250+ Kindermusik educators gathered at Loyola University to sing, dance, and celebrate their shared passion for enriching children’s lives through music. The occasion? The 40th Anniversary Kindermusik Educator Conference—three jam-packed days of bonding and professional development for Kindermusik’s remarkable community of licensed educators.

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Sun’s Out, Shoes Off: Why Barefoot Is Best

It’s summer! Time to kick off your shoes, feel the grass beneath your toes, bury your feet in the sand, and do the scorched-foot tiptoe-dance on your way into the pool.

As the weather heats up and boots get shoved to the backs of closets, those pale feet that only a short time ago were in socks and closed shoes suddenly emerge on the scene, sporting new pedicures and refusing to be constrained by more than a flip-flop. For kids, running around with nothing but dirt, rocks, and grass underfoot is a time-honored summer tradition; the extra callouses and scrapes are just a small price to pay.

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“Summer Slide”: What You Should Know

child on slide in summer

Water slide, playground slide, Slip N Slide…nothing more perfectly conjures the feeling of summer fun and freedom. The smiles, the giggles, the breeze whipping through wild hair…

But for some parents, summer slide invokes less positive feelings. That’s because the term refers to the dreaded loss of school-based learning that occurs from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next. The phenomenon has led to calls for year-round schooling and intensive summer educational programs to combat the effects of this particular (and decidedly less delightful) slide.

But before we get all hot and bothered, let’s take a look at the facts.

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Celebrating Independence in Young Children

Kindermusik Class - Child with Glockenspiel

As July 4th approaches, and Americans prepare to celebrate the red, white, and blue, those of us at Kindermusik are pondering independence—our country’s, certainly, but also our children’s independence. (We can’t really help it; we’re all about die kinder.) Most parents would agree that independence is vitally important to cultivate in children. After all, isn’t the goal of parenting to produce a fully realized human—someone who can function and thrive independently in the world?

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Hoping to Nurture Social-Emotional Wellness in Your Child? Music Helps.

Kindermusik class at Kindermusik with Madeline in New Orleans. Foundations 0-1.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Since 1990, Americans have been keenly interested in “emotional intelligence.” That’s the year the term was coined by Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, who claimed that “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action” was vital not only to a person’s wellness but also to his or her ability to succeed in life.

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