Planting seeds of music
Joyful, playful music-making belongs in the life of each child: it stimulates brain development, coordination, self-esteem, community-building, and family fun--all of this while developing foundational skills for lifetime enjoyment of music and movement.
Any MusicSeeds class will involve age-appropriate movement to music of diverse styles, singing of traditional and newly-composed songs, exploring tonal and rhythmic patterns, playing quality child-sized instruments, chanting rhymes, and using playful props such as hoops, balls, scarves, or streamers. Check the Music Together® or Musikgarten® page for details.
Well-produced home materials assist parents or caregivers in having as much fun as their children in sharing these activities, from infancy until those young musicians are ready for any further musical instruction they may choose. You can see that fun in the photos: Planting Seeds of Music. Early childhood is the crucial time for this necessary exposure to music and movement experiences.
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Molly Beiningen opened Oregon's first Kindermusik ® program in her Oak Grove studio in 1981. Diversifying her offerings, she later established the area's first Music Together ® & Musikgarten ® classes. She holds degrees from the University of Washington, Marylhurst College, and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
She is certified at Level III by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, which recently honored her with a Lifetime Membership. She is one of the first educators cited by Kindermusik International as a "Master Teacher of the Young Child," as well as being certified by the Center for Music and Young Children at Level II for "excellence in articulation of program philosophy, assessment of children's music development, and teaching mastery."
An experienced church musician, singer, and instrumentalist, she has served as Beginning School Music Specialist at Portland's Catlin Gabel School, in addition to her studio classes in Milwaukie's Oak Grove neighborhood. She has a genuine fondness for young children and their families and loves her work!
" From a parent perspective, it's been so much fun watching...gain new skills while reinforcing his love of music. From a teacher perspective, your knowledge and understanding of musical development is impressive. You are a fantastic teacher of young children!"
Mary Grondahl Beiningen (Molly)
Music Development Specialist
15080 S. E. Laurie Avenue
Milwaukie, OR 97267-2536
Phone & fax: (503) 659-1343