Musik at Home

Musik at Home is dedicated to helping you actively engage your child in musical play! Music and movement are essential for a child's holistic development.

We offer classes for early childhood music for you to complete at home with your child on your own schedule. We get you started with ideas to fill your little one's life with musical play! Our online classes keep the music flowing to help your child's development to soar. You may join our Musik at Home facebook group of likeminded parents who share your desire for more music in the daily routine.

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12/01/2023

Home is where musicians create. Home is where musicians grow.

Making our homes a place for artistic expression starts when our children are little.

When we model a safe place for our children to create, imagine, and explore the possibilities of music, they will continue to feel that freedom as they mature and grow.

The Musik at Home Membership is the perfect way to bring music education into your home. It’s convenient, affordable, and so much fun for kids!

Join me, Kathryn Brunner, as the instructor for interactive, music education classes accessible on the web, mobile app, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.

My video classes help you be intentional with your child’s music education so your child can understand music and interact with it, meaningfully throughout their lives.

Go to mymusikathome.com to get started with a free trial!

Christmas Color by Number Printables 11/22/2023

Oh I love this so much!!! My kids love color by number. Printables make me happy. :-)

Grab these fun Christmas coloring sheets from Living Life and Learning, and also be sure to throw your name in the hat for the big Christmas surprise at the end of the post!

Be sure to tell them I sent you. :)

Christmas Color by Number Printables These Christmas Color by Number Printables are a great way to teach counting, color recognition, and more! Perfect homeschool Christmas activity for kids!

5 Steps Make a Book Advent Calendar: Free Printable 2023 11/22/2023

I love reading books with my kids during the Christmas season. If you love to get organized around a calendar during the Advent Season, this will make you so happy!

Don't miss your chance to get a holiday bonus for your Christmas book shopping -- or any shopping! See details at the end of this post.

5 Steps Make a Book Advent Calendar: Free Printable 2023 Make this Christmas great with a book advent calendar. Start a tradition of wrapping up Christmas books and decorating them with Free Printable Advent Calendar Numbers.

Free Printable Christmas Word Scramble And Christmas Blessings Giveaway 11/22/2023

Are you hosting any Christmas gatherings this year? This game would be a crowd pleaser!

There's a fun -give--away-- at the end of the post! Don't miss it!

Free Printable Christmas Word Scramble And Christmas Blessings Giveaway As we turn the corner into the holiday season, it's time to bring out the Christmas decorations, start baking gingerbread cookies, and plan festive activities to enjoy with family and friends. How about a fun

11/22/2023

Do you play by ear?

Dr. Grunow, who worked closely with Dr. Gordon, highly recommends playing by ear on a harmonic instrument such as the piano, guitar or autoharp.

The rich harmonies on these instruments will help solidify your harmonic skills.

I have seen how much joy students have when they own their instrument by playing familiar tunes by ear.

Have you seen it?

From there, students can begin improvising with the familiar patterns that have become their own.

31 Fun and Inexpensive Holiday Activities for Families 11/21/2023

I love these ideas!! Let me know which one is your favorite!

Don't miss the fun way to sneak a few extra gifts under the tree this year. It ends 11/22.

31 Fun and Inexpensive Holiday Activities for Families Discover 31 fun and inexpensive holiday activities to help make the holidays meaningful and memorable without the extra stress!

Tips to Stay on Budget at Christmas - Simply Sherryl 11/21/2023

Have you tried to stay on a budget at Christmas time...and then life takes over?

Yup! Me too! I love the wisdom in this post.

Also, make sure you check out the end of the post where you can sign up to W-I-N a wonderful Christmas bonus that will definitely help you stay on budget.

Tips to Stay on Budget at Christmas - Simply Sherryl My favorite Tips to Stay on Budget at Christmas will help keep the stress levels lower in your home as they have in mine.

24 of the Best Christmas Books for Kids - Hope In The Chaos 11/21/2023

Have you collected Christmas books for your kids this Christmas? Here is a wonderful resource to find classics you'll love year after year!!

You'll also have the chance to enter our Christmas Blessings Give -- AWAY!!

Four people will walk away with a Christmas bonus. :)

24 of the Best Christmas Books for Kids - Hope In The Chaos Whether you are looking for new books or classic titles, picture books or chapter books, we are going to check out some of the best Christmas books for kids! Perfect for homeschooling, simply

Simple Activities to Teach Sequencing for Preschoolers 11/16/2023

Do you have a preschooler?

Simple Activities to Teach Sequencing for Preschoolers Learning to sequence events takes practice. Some kids pick it up quickly and easily, but others struggle. Either way, there are some fun and easy ways to teach sequencing to preschoolers. What is Sequencing? According

The Perfect Gift 11/15/2023

Welcome a new piano into your home this Christmas!

The Perfect Gift When a child sees a piano, he can’t help but want to touch it, hear it, experiment with it! This is the beginning of the pathway toward music literacy and artistic expression. It gives your child a new voice.

Non-Traditional Advent Ideas 11/15/2023

Do you celebrate Advent? Here are some ideas you might enjoy. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway inside this post!

Non-Traditional Advent Ideas If you’re tired of the same old Advent calendars, check out this list of non-traditional advent ideas to help you count down to Christmas.

The Perfect Gift 11/14/2023

The holidays are quickly approaching, so you may be thinking about what you are going to get your children for Christmas!

I don't think you can ever go wrong with a musical gift 🙂, so check out my article The Perfect Gift (below).

Also, to help celebrate this Christmas season, I’m teaming up with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you the 10th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!! I can’t believe we have been blessing families for TEN years!!

We all love doing this and we look forward to it every year! While the giveaway has changed and evolved a bit over the years, many of participating bloggers have stayed the same – so many generous and dedicated women are behind this giveaway.

This year we will have FOUR winners!!

Each winner will get a $200 gift card to wherever they choose – a restaurant, clothing store, grocery store, online retailer – any place that offers gift cards!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the giveaway entry form:

The Perfect Gift When a child sees a piano, he can’t help but want to touch it, hear it, experiment with it! This is the beginning of the pathway toward music literacy and artistic expression. It gives your child a new voice.

11/13/2023

With a strong vocabulary of Rhythm Patterns, Tonal Patterns, and an understanding of basic Harmonic Progressions, you can do all kinds of things with a simple tune!

Begin building your child’s vocabulary of patterns today with wonder-filled music classes from Musik at Home!

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11/03/2023

Expressive creativity begins through “metaperception.”

My piano professor, Dr. Joanne Haroutounian, did her doctoral work on the subject of creativity and talent development.

She developed the term “Metaperception” to describe the inner perception and cognitive functioning that happens during the creative process.

What she found is that artists have a fine tuned perceptual awareness that molds what is realized through the senses with emotional intent and experimentation.

In her book, “Artistic Ways of Knowing,” she explains that intent and experimentation work back and forth from inner sensing to active work until a creative interpretation is formed.

The metaperceptive process is described by visual artists as “visual thinking or visualization.”

It is described by musicians like Sloboda as “thought representation of music,” or by Seashore as “the mind’s ear.”

What did Edwin Gordon call it? Anyone want to guess?

Dr. Haroutounian goes on to say that “you can observe metaperceptive involvement at the simplest levels:

-a young child sings a nursery tune, playing with it in a lopsided, spontaneous way;

-a first grader splashes paint onto an easel to show a house, complete with a lollipop tree;

-a nine-year-old instinctively moves and expresses herself with dramatic gestures as she sings a song learned from a movie.”

Or, at its most sophisticated levels when:

-“a professional pianist practices a short passage for several hours, experimenting with melodic shapes, balance, tonal colors, and touches to produce his expressive talent.”

-“the painter stands in front of her easel, evaluating her progress, perceiving what to do next before continuing her work.”

-“the professional dancer experiments with gestures of his arm and body placement, with attention to shape, space, and relaxed movement to interpret the emotion of hope to the audience.”

10/23/2023

It’s revolutionary for students… and teachers!

Gordon goes on to say,

“Of the five music vocabularies, the largest is listening, then performing, then improvisation, then reading and finally writing. Without large and comprehensive music listening, performing and improvisation vocabularies, students have little opportunity to acquire even limited music reading and writing vocabularies.”

Do you agree?

Perhaps this is why reading music is often so difficult for students?

Which vocabulary is your strongest?

If you teach music, which vocabulary do you prioritize?

Which vocabulary could use more emphasis in your child’s music education?

Photos from Musik at Home's post 10/14/2023

Early childhood music instruction is critical to a child’s lifetime of music achievement!

For more than 50 years, Dr. Edwin Gordon studied the ways children naturally learn music.

He found that the critical period for music learning is in the early years, with the first 18 months being the most important for a child’s entire life.

How do we give our children a rich musical environment?

We intentionally give them opportunities for informal guidance with a teacher in the early years, starting in infancy and continuing until they are ready to begin learning an instrument.

We intentionally empower them to begin formal instruction with a teacher at the right time.

All the while, we fill our homes with music. We sing, we dance, we play, we imaginatively move to music with our kids.

As we model a love for music, our children will also gravitate toward it.

Here’s to strengthening your child’s musical foundation for strong music aptitude and satisfying expression through musical achievement.

10/04/2023

It’s a natural progression.

1. Think/audiate

2. Speak/perform/improvise

3. Acquire a large vocabulary

4. Read and write

Yet, so often music lessons start with number 4 instead of number 1.

Do you think music learning parallels language learning?

09/24/2023

Who was your first music teacher? 🎶

What impression did they leave with you about music? 🎵

Do you still love learning music today? 🎼

It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to be the first music teacher many many children have ever known over the course of 22 years of teaching in my local studio and worldwide through Musik at Home, mymusikathome.com.

To be a music teacher is to be a nurturer of children. It is to bring joy, warmth, and playfulness into every musical and relational encounter.

That’s my mission for every child I have the honor of teaching.

That’s why I was deeply moved by the opening paragraphs of Sheryl Iott’s book, Thinking and Playing Music.

She says,

“Sloboda (2005) reports the results of a study by Sosniak that showed no particular signs of exceptional ability in the early years of training for 24 highly accomplished pianists. What they did all seem to share were quality relationships with parents and teachers, and early lessons that were fun, taught by teachers who shared their love of music and with whom they shared strong mutual affection.”

“On the other hand, critical, strict, achievement oriented approaches were shown not to be successful in establishing musical interest that stood the tests of time and effort.”

“Pleasurable experiences prove to support the development of intrinsic motivation, which encourages learners to persist for the joy of learning and/or expressing themselves musically.”

Now, that is an incredible reason to choose your child’s first music teacher wisely and to level set expectations for your child’s output in the early years.

The true test is not “how easily can my child read music” or “how advanced is my child’s repertoire.”

The true test is asking “is my child developing a life long love of music?” Or, “will this teacher foster my child’s love for learning music?”

If the answer is, “yes!” then you are in the right place!

09/18/2023

Do you agree? To me, music truly expresses what my heart cannot put into words.

Listening to music is a gift.

Playing music is a gift.

But, creating my own music is my favorite gift.

As a homeschooling mom, online music studio owner and local studio owner, I do not even get close to having the amount of time my heart wants to spend with my instruments like I did as a kid or in my years of dedicated study.

But… when I do get time with my instruments, the expressive overflow is real.

I close my eyes and pour out all that has been weighing on me, all that has been confusing, all that makes me feel overwhelmed… I dwell on all I love, all that I’m thankful for, and all that stirs my heart to beautiful things, and suddenly, after creating music that has never before been in existence, I walk away from my instrument different.

I’m in an entirely new space in my heart and mind.

It’s freeing to let music speak what words cannot.

Has this been your experience?

Photos from Musik at Home's post 09/11/2023

Which comes first, the ways students learn or the teaching method?

I don’t think it’s like the age old chicken and egg problem—

It’s intuitive to me that the ways children learn music come first and that our teaching methods should be ordered around the child’s natural way of learning.

Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory gives a clear sequential pathway to help us understand the ways children are internally wired to learn music.

The methods teachers use for skill advancement can reflect this natural pathway most effectively through audiation, the ability to internally understand music.

I’ve seen students thrive with Audiation!

What do you think?

Have you incorporated Music Learning Theory and audiation skills into your teaching?

—Quote from Eric Bluestine’s book, “The Ways Children Learn Music.”

I highly recommend it!

                                              

09/08/2023

Dr. Edwin Gordon’s research has completely changed the way I teach music.

For more than 50 years, he studied the ways children learn music.

His findings are totally accessible and applied through a sequential approach to teaching music called “Music Learning Theory.”

Dr. Gordon made incredible contributions to the study of music including music aptitude, audiation, and musical development in babies and young children.

He discovered that tonal patterns and rhythm patterns are the foundation of the language of music in the same way that words and sentences are the foundation of spoken language.

When children are given a wide repertoire of rhythm and tonal patterns, their understanding of music can become highly developed and their ability to improvise freely becomes boundless.

I am all in!

How about you?

                                        -box   

09/03/2023

Music education gives children a “lifelong tool for managing their health,” says neuroscience educator Dee Coulter.

There are so many reasons why I love teaching music and this one is at the top!

Inspiring children to fall in love with music is a high calling.

Parents and teachers, let’s get to it!

If you need a music education program for your child, see my linktree or go to mymusikathome.com.

Today is the day to begin!

08/24/2023

Marilyn was a genius in the field of piano pedagogy! She says, learning to play piano “is an aural (listening) art as well as an oral (performing) art.”

“To make music with understanding, you first need to acquire a music vocabulary.”

“Movement activities, singing, chanting, and learning tonal and rhythm patterns build both music vocabulary and musicianship.”

Marilyn was my piano pedagogy mentor. I stand on her shoulders in my approach to teaching piano.
She stood on the shoulders of Edwin Gordon, the world-renowned music educator.

It is a beautiful legacy I aim to pass on to my students both in person and virtually.

Join me at mymusikathome.com.

08/16/2023

I’ve been on a beautiful adventure with my children….as their mom, homeschool teacher and piano teacher.

When my oldest daughter turned 5, she couldn't wait to start piano lessons. I began teaching her the beautiful, aural based method I had taught my own students for years.

At the same time, we were reading incredibly imaginative literature in our homeschool lessons. As we were making music every day together in my home, I began to see how literature can light up a child's musical imagination.

I began intentionally bringing themes of literature into my piano lessons with daughter.
Her love for piano, literature and composing took off so much that she won an international award for a four part piano suite she composed at age 7! 

Soon my second daughter began piano lessons with me at age 4.5 and I could see that all of the imaginative, musical play we had done together around themes in literature and poetry was naturally coming alive in the music she created at the piano.

She would (and still does) sit at the piano for hours, improvising her own music by exploring what the piano can do. 

It was astonishing.

That's when everything clicked.

I realized that I too was mesmerized by the stories I was reading to my children. 

My own imagination was on fire and the desire to express my own musical ideas was uncontainable.
I began writing songs to go with the stories we loved that would be easy enough for beginners to learn to play on the piano, and I saw that many of them had a common thread of Nordic themes.

That's how my new piano curriculum and course, Creative Keys: Nordic Adventures came to life!

The song with this post is one I wrote called, “Northern Lights.”

What do you think?

My piano course launches 8/16/2023!

08/03/2023

Do I hear a second? I believe Debussy got it right!

Rhythm is the foundation of music.

Much of Debussy’s impressionistic work is so fluid and beautiful, I think sometimes it’s easy to be so deeply immersed in the music that you forget that rhythm is the backbone of his work.

Yet…

When you listen for it, it’s always there.

Children can learn to feel the rhythm in his music.

Move. Dance.

Get the rhythm in your body.

When the time comes,

… begin playing it on your instrument. It is life changing.

Are you a Debussy fan?

What is your favorite piece by Debussy?

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