For me, my life has always been about the Child - Creative and Expressive! I’ve created a music program where families and the community can gather together to Celebrate Childhood. Lets prolong this precious stage for a little bit longer...Let’s nurture the most important part of your child’s life. All of who we are goes back to our early childhood years. Why rush. Let's cherish it.
Kindermusik with Kathy & Friends program is more about the WHOLE child, slowing down their “growing up” time (there’s plenty of years for that!) and providing a musical place for them to be expressive, creative, free and JOY-ful. Their heart mind body and souls are nurtured through musical experiences...with their family right there, IN IT, beside them the whole time observing, hugging, smiling, laughing and cheering them along. A place for parents to UNPLUG, stop, relax, bond and say "I SEE you... I LOVE YOU” thru the songs, dances and joys of music n movement. Our classes is about the Process, not Performance.
From cuddles n lullabies in Babies classes, to moving freely with Toddles, to singing with Preschoolers, to playing instruments and dancing with Big Kid Classes, it’s always For the child, With the child and About the child at Kindermusik with Kathy & Friends!
My life began full of music, art dance and expression in my family! I was a lively precocious child who could not sit down or be structured for too long. I was always singing, dancing and on the move. Hence, now doing Kindermusik - all my childhood favorite things, and sharing with others! Creativity, Self Expression, and Joys of Movement, Dance and Music! It's about The Child! I have designed a music program for ALL children. The quiet observant child, the structured focused child, and the free spirited child. In my youth I found many of the structured dance and music programs to be too structured, stifling and pressured for my free, happy spirit. I became uninterested shortly after and stopped attending. I needed more self-expression and freedom!
I first brought Kindermusik to the Santa Barbara County in 1997, and was one of the first music and movement programs offered to families in the SB area! I have always surrounded myself with children, and love nothing more than to be in the presence of the imaginative, free and young-spirited! I feel honored that Kindermusik with Kathy has been named one of the top Kindermusik Programs Internationally and I have been awarded ‘Kindermusik Maestro Educator’ since 2001. The program is recognized for exceptional service in bringing music to families in the community and abroad.
I received a BA in Liberal Studies/Psychology, and a Multiple Subjects Credential for Elementary ages in 1985. I am just a few units shy of completing my Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I have directed daycares, taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade in England and California, I have owned and operated three Gymboree franchises, receiving ‘Franchise of the Year’, and many honorary awards. I have extensive training in sensory-motor integration and play therapy for infants and toddlers, and have trained with renowned music and movement specialist, Phyllis Weikert. I attend Orff-Schuelwerk musical trainings and workshops. I am also a Music Specialist, Teacher and Curriculum Developer for various elementary and preschools in SB county and Indore India.