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People at Bethel had such diverse interests and experiences…. But when they were at Bethel, they worked at things that made them more alike than different.
Cynthia Doyle Perkins ’77


Kindermusik is a music and movement program for ages birth through seven years old. Our program is based on research demonstrating the benefits of music at each stage of a child’s development. We start from where your child is, regardless of his age, and provide activities that stimulate his mind, body, and sense of play. By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills. Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark their creativity. And most importantly, they develop a lifelong love of music!

Kindermusik Village

Newborn to 18 Months Old
(45 minute weekly class with parent/caregiver)

Kindermusik Village provides natural learning from the first days of life. With you at the center of child’s discovery, Village engages your baby’s senses and rewards curiosity with object and instrument exploration, vocal play, singing, dancing, creative movement and a colorful literature component. Multi-level activities encourage you to make creative choices as baby grows from a lap baby to a crawler to a walker! Village opens new windows to show your baby more about the world and to show you more about your baby. Curriculum includes 2 CDs, 2 baby literature books, 4 art banners, and age-appropriate instruments.

Kindermusik Our Time

18 Months to 3.5 Years Old
(45 minute weekly class with parent/caregiver)

Kindermusik Our Time focuses on your child’s healthy emotional development as confidence, curiosity, self-control and communication begin to take shape. Recognizing a child’s need for both the freedom to try new experiences and the assurance of your support, Our Time encourages discovery with you at the center of each adventure. Children play instruments, learn finger plays, listen to the sounds of the world around them, move to music, sing along and enjoy Music & Movement Story Time. Curriculum includes 2 CDs, 2 music movement books, a home activity book, and a new child’s instrument each semester in a whimsical carrying bag or box.

Kindermusik Imagine That!

3.5 Years to 5 Years Old
(45 minute weekly drop off class)

Kindermusik Imagine That! is a very high energy class that captures a child’s attention, nurtures creativity and individuality and enhances that overall learning process - all through a remarkable blend of music, singing, movement, pretend play, literature and instrument exploration. Using the power of imagination, with music as the thread, each lesson provides an opportunity for your child to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions and preferences and engage in problem solving activities. Parents may drop off your child at class. Curriculum includes 2 CDs, 2 literature books, a Family Activity book, a playset, and a new instrument each semester.

Kindermusik for the Young Child

5 Years to 7 Years Old
(60 minute weekly drop off class)

Kindermusik for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning music theory, music composition and reading music. The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for instrument discovery but is not yet ready for private lessons. We begin with learning and playing the glockenspiel, then the 2 stringed dulcimer and finally the recorder. If you plan on having your child study an instrument and your child is aged 5 or 6 years old, this is for you! Parents may drop off your child at class. Curriculum includes a CD, a family songbook, activities folder, game bag and musical instrument.

Our Instructors

Kristin Kliewer has taught Kindermusik since 1995. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Elementary Music from Tabor College. She also teaches piano lessons and plays oboe professionally. Kristin lives in Newton with her husband David and homeschools their daughters, Elise and Emma. Her oldest daughter, Valerie, attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR and daughter Paige is married to Wes McClellan and a student at Wichita State University. Kristin teaches Kindermusik Village and Our Time and you may contact her at 283-1308 or dkliewers@sbcglobal.net.

Diane Walter taught Kindermusik from fall of 1999 through spring of 2001, joining the studio again in spring 2008. She is also a piano teacher, receiving her piano pedagogy training at Bethel College. She lives in Newton with her husband Daryl. Her daughter Lori lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Nate and daughters Charlie and Peyton. Her son Jeff, wife Joni, and daughter Finnley live in Newton. Diane teaches Kindermusik Imagine That and Young Child and you may contact her at 288-0712 or dwalter0646@sbcglobal.net.