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Music used to hone kids’ development

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 06:55 AM

HUNTINGTON — Melissa Brown has 13 years experience in working with kids, and over the past year has been having more fun than ever. She’s celebrating the first anniversary of offering Kindermusik here in Huntington.

Offered at Trinity Church of God, 2688 3rd Ave., Kindermusik is a weekly, research-based program that uses music to promote developmental activities between children and their parents. They sing, dance, play instruments and do other activities over a 15-week period. There’s one morning class or six evening classes to choose from.

Brown’s Kindermusik program has grown from 19 children in December to 66 children, and she’s happy to see families joining the fun.

“Children and parents do it together, and that’s one of the favorite parts for parents,”  said Brown, who has a background in counseling. “As busy as parents get, this is one time that they have together.

“Ultimately, I hope to instill a love of music (in the kids) and take that joy in music and teach other developmental activities.”

Brown is an Ashland resident and mother of a 2-year-old daughter in the program. Kids can start as early as a couple months old.

They can stick with the program through age 7, at which point they’ll be reading some music and ready to choose an instrument and start taking lessons, Brown said.

The program is offered in both fall and spring semesters and costs $231 for babies and toddlers up to 18 months old, and $212 for kids 18 months and older. The cost covers two CDs, two books and two musical instruments as well as the tuition.

Brown can be reached at 606-923-9787, iteachkmusik@yahoo.com or on Facebook at “Kindermusik with Melissa Brown.” Also online is Kindermusik.com with a feature to find a local program.

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