Ohana Music Together
Ohana Music Together
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Join us in a warm community of music-makers introducing children and their parents to the joy of making Music Together®. Help your child gain confidence and instill in him or her a life-long enjoyment of participating in music.

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OUR KAIMUKI STUDIO has a large, homey reception area that is separated from the classroom by a half-wall of cubbies. Families place their shoes, backpacks, etc. in the cubbies as they enter the classroom. Once inside the classroom, there are no distractions and adults and children alike can concentrate on the music activities. The classroom area is nice and roomy for easy movement when we are on our feet moving to the music.

 

OUR KAILUA STUDIO is on street level with natural light from windows looking out to the sidewalk. It's painted in cheerful soothing colors and we have a private bathroom within the studio. The room is open and uncluttered to facilitate concentration on the music with without distraction. The studio is on Uluniu St. directly across the street from the Medical Arts Building (and municipal parking lot). Other landmarks are a veterinary clinic a few doors down and a Walgreens on the corner of Uluniu and Oneawa St.

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OUR AIEA CLASSROOM is a weekend rental from Sounds of Success Preschool. We rent their playroom which has nice, soft foam matting on the floor and a cheerful spring paint on the walls. The school is in the "Harbor Shops" at the juncture of Kamehameha Hwy. and Hekaha St. Landmarks are Cutter Ford on the corner, a large Goodwill store and Fabric Mart as well. The playroom (our classroom) is in building #5, room #49 on the left side of the harbor area and the entrance is on the makai side of the building, all the way down near the end. We are NOT in the main Sounds of Success Preschool, the playroom is separate and further towards the Diamond Head side of the building.

 

Wheeeeeee! This is one of our activities done in "dyad" (one-to-one) form. The parents and children rock back and forth to the beat of the music and the children often delight in seeing how far they can pull Mommy or Daddy over before they are rocked back to the other side!

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Swinging in and out of a circle of adults and children, in beat to the music, usually results in the kind of laughter you see on this little one's face as she flies in and out!

 

Real men participate in Ohana Music Together! We encourage the participation of both parents (or grandparents) when it's possible for both to attend the class. Your child is getting such a wonderful and rare experience when participating WITH you in a fun activity. Children love the sound of their parents singing voices (it doesn't matter what you think of your singing, they still love it).

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Playing rhythm sticks with Dad! In each class we have songs to which we play percussion instruments: rhythm sticks, drums, resonator bells, jingle bells and egg shakers as well as props like scarves, stretchy bands, cloth canopies and parachutes.

 

Hey! How'd I end up upside down? We encourage adults to be creative in their musical play with their children in class. Sometimes that may mean someone gets turned upside down!

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Along with guided activities, it's important for children to have activities where they determine how they move, etc. This helps them build their own creativity. Near the end of each class we have a "free dance".  We turn on music with a great dance beat and everyone just dances with the children in any way they please. This little guy is really grooving! Also notice the little ones swinging in the background.

 

Here's an example of a little one doing her own thing using colorful rainbow scarves. Using a prop like this enhances her experience of texture (silky scarves) and color and effects the way we feel as we move to the music. 

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One of the things we try to impress upon families in our classes is that we can make music with whatever is at hand. This little girl is demonstrating how to use the floor as a percussion instrument! All we need to make music is our own bodies...we have our voices and the ability to create a beat with our hands or feet.

 

This dad and mom are creating great memories for their son by boogying with abandon. You've heard the saying "Dance like there's nobody watching"? We give you that opportunity in class with your children. No need for self-consciousness...we're all doing it!

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Marching to the beat of the drum! Children learn self-regulation when they move to music; when the movement starts and stops, or speeds up and slows down. Doing these things in fun ways to music makes self-regulation a game that all children can participate in and love.

 

Children are free to move about in our classroom. Here, the bulk of the class is doing a finger play, but the teacher doesn't worry about this little one who's checking out the photographer. She's satisfying her natural curiosity with no disruption to the class. Years of experience have taught us that she is still absorbing the activity the rest of the class is doing. She's just doing it in her own way...perfectly natural!

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The mixed-age format of our classes allows families to bring siblings of different ages to the same class. Another reason we don't segregate by age is that children learn better in the natural mixed-age environment that more closely resembles a family (older and younger siblings). Little ones learn from the big ones and big ones test emerging leadership skills.

 

Swinging safely in Daddy's arms while looking into Mommy's smiling face allows children to experience music through the bodies and expressions of their parents...they are able to move in ways well beyond their own developmental stage when being held as their parents move. Activities like these strengthen  parent-child bonding because of the pleasure experienced and the special ability of music to evoke feelings and "cement" memories.

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The class has a lot of stimulating activity in it, but we also provide a quiet time at the end of each class to sing our lullaby. Each music collection (we have nine collections and we do three per year over the course of three years) includes two lullabies, so parents learn wonderful soothing songs to use for bedtime or anytime your child needs soothing. This family cuddles together as we sing the lullaby at the end of class.

 

We welcome children to begin attending anytime from birth to five years old. Since there is no "right way" that the children have to use their instruments in our classes, they are free to just hold on, explore or manipulate the instruments in any way that helps them discover their nature. The guidance the teacher gives in class is followed by the adults and eventually by children as appropriate to their developmental stage. In this picture, a baby holds her sticks while intently watching her father play his (with her toddler sister playing too)! 

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