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By Anne Mautner
Special to My Life
June 6, 2007

More than 200 Kindermusik students, families and guests turned out for Kindermusik with Ms. Annette's annual "Spring Celebration" on May 12 at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

Complete with music, dancing, balloons, clowns, face painting and door prizes, the event marked the end of another amazing year. Each year, Annette Morris and her teachers host the celebration thank the families and children they have known and taught during the school term. Anne Mautner of Bartlett is mom to 19-month-old Caroline, a Kindermusik student.

Eli Pattat of Arlington (left), Paul Vess, Kinsey Luckett, Joy Lawson and Roshen Raj of Bartlett have their Young Child II graduation picture made along with teacher Annette Morris of Lakeland.





McKenna Gilmer of Arlington loved the fun musical activities at Kindermusik's Spring Celebration held at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova.




Parachute circle dances were just one of many multisensory activities offered for families during the celebration time.





Kinsey Luckett of Bartlett patiently awaits to see what clown Amy Fletcher of Memphis paints on her face.

Source: Commercial Appeal June, 6, 2007





Parents, children can learn to the beat with Kindermusik

Kindermusik with Ms. Annette & Friends has announced the launch of its new Millington classes of Kindermusik. Kindermusik with Ms. Annette offers a development program in which both children and parents or caregivers learn through music and movement. Those with newborns and children through age 7 can participate in Kindermusik activities - which include jingling bells, pounding drums, floating scarves, and little feet moving in time to music.Annette Morris is the owner and director of Kindermusik with Ms. Annette & Friends. According to her press release, she has been teaching Kindermusik for 14 years and is ranked 20 out of more than 5,000 educators worldwide. Morris said she strongly believes that Kindermusik provides a powerful experience for a child. “The many songs and activities in Kindermusik class enhance a child's total development by strengthening physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills at a very early age,” she said. The fall semester begins September 6. Classes offered this session include “Village,” newborns to 1 year at 3 p.m. on Thursdays; “Our Time,” 1 to 3 years at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursdays; and “Family Time” for parents and children at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. All classes are 12-week sessions. Classes meet in Millington First United Methodist Church, at 8029 Wilkinsville Road.
The Millington Star, August 16, 2006

Kindermusik bridges gap between babies and seniors

Picture a Kindermusik class, where babies wiggle and giggle, discover the world and themselves through music. Now take that same class full of babies and put them inside a retirement community. Then watch as seniors rediscover the wonders when a parent and child connect.

That's a Village with Seniors class, one of Kindermusik's newest offerings. Kindermusik with Ms. Annette & Friends is offering a free demonstration of this new class on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. at Carestone Assisted Living located at 3345 Kirby Whitten Road.

Kindermusik educator Terri Doty believes that seeing the parents and their little ones making music and new friends with the Carestone residents is seeing love and caring for others come to life.

“The moms are teaching their babies more than music - they are teaching them to care about and to bring joy to the lives of others," Doty said. "The Carestone residents - including my own mother who lives there - light up when the 'babies' come for class."

These moments are happening every day in more than 130 retirement communities across the nation. In this special class, a licensed Kindermusik educator hosts a group of babies and their caregivers at a retirement community each week. The class, originally designed for newborns to 18 month olds, and their parents or caregivers, encourages a small group of seniors to watch or participate. This specially designed version of Kindermusik Village was guided by experts in older adult therapy and Alzheimer studies.

The Bartlett Express, August 16, 2006