Making “Music Together”

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Parents are looking beyond schools when it comes to teaching their children music, and one local business is helping them find their rhythm.

Cailan McKim, for example, loves to play the drums.

“Do you like rhythms?” asks dad Chris McKim, just after a Music Together class. “Yeah,” says Cailan. “What's your favorite drum?” asks Chris. “The base drum.”

“That's a good drum,” says Chris. “We like that drum."

At Music Together it's a family affair for Cailan and his dad, who takes him to the twice-weekly class.

“The philosophy behind Music Together is that all children are musical, and can make music," says Marie Knopp, who brought the program to Grand Junction about two years ago.

Music Together is an international program that aims to get parents and children to create music in a community environment that ideally translates into music outside the class.

“Tucker, my 5-month-old, is starting to belt out musical notes,” says Knopp. “They might not coincide with what we're singing, but he's still doing that."

The class is for parents and kids ages 0 – 5. It's a time for students to just have a good time dancing and singing to the beat of their own drum.

"A lot of parents are actually surprised that, regardless of whether or not they are extensively trained musically, they can actually provide enough support for their family and kids to create music at home," says Knopp.

Cailan's parents are both professional musicians, but Chris says this class teaches things he and his wife can't.

"We'll do stuff around the house but it's a different context, a different social environment” says Chris McKim. “This is getting him used to music in front of people… And it's fun! That's why we do it, mostly."

Each 10–week session is $135 for one student and $70 for siblings. The sibling fee is only charged if the sibling is over 10 months and is only charged for a maximum of two kids (a family with five children attending would pay $205 as would a family of two).

You can pick up registration and information at Kairos in downtown Grand Junction (129 S. 6th Street), or by calling Marie Knopp at 970-778-7777.

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  • by Kate Location: Grand Junction on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    WOW! What a great benefit to our Community! As an educator, this is a great way to help children increase the 'brain connections' which will translate into the educational school setting. Good Luck!
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