RESEARCH-BASED MUSICAL STRATEGIES FOR 0-7
Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . The benefits of music on children include early language development, vocabulary acquisition, strengthened fine- and gross-motor skills, improved spatial awareness, and increased social and emotional awareness.
RESEARCH PROVEN TO SUPPORT LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND SKILLS REQUIRED IN MATH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Results from an independent research study showed that preschoolers who participated in Kindermusik Level 3 curriculum for as little as 30 minutes each week showed a 32% greater gain in early language and literacy skills than the control group. Students have also shown significant gains in abstract reasoning, spatial and temporal reasoning, and self-control further benefiting development in patterning and mathematics, social development, and overall academic success.
ENGAGING, FUN, INTENTIONAL
Each class is 45 minutes and is provided to children and their grown-up(s). Grown-ups include any caregiver in the child's life, such as parents, grandparents, nannies, aunts, or uncles. Lesson plans are intentional and developed using a tested and repeatable formula. Individual activities within each lesson, such as greetings, story time, relaxation, or instrument play, are strategically placed for maximum engagement. The establishment of repetition and rituals allows children to take comfort in knowing what’s coming, encouraging creative participation within the established framework. Also included with each unit are at-home reinforcement materials that can be downloaded or accessed through phone, tablet, or computer. Access to these materials never expires for any reason.
Leigh Hamm is an educational provider and leader with 20 years of experience. For two decades, Leigh has aligned corporate learning efforts for business and educational efforts for children. Leigh's most effective corporate work supported business metrics in the areas of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and speed to performance. She has spoken at national conferences, led international projects, and has been recognized for success in her roles with Fortune 500 companies. Still, her true passion lies in childhood education.
Leigh excelled as a teacher at a Lighthouse School of Excellence and award-winning expeditionary learning school. She also has experience with innovative educational solutions. Leigh's teaching experience has spanned early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, as well as community college/college levels. Through her work, regular continuing education, and support from networks of non-educational childcare providers, Leigh has developed a thorough understanding of the path to development from early childhood into adulthood. She has also seen the positive role music can play in this development.
Leigh holds a Master's degree in education, a NC Teaching License, and an Infant/Child CPR/First Aid Certification. In addition, she has held memberships, other certifications and has served in advisory roles. One such role, Vice President of Learning and Development with the Junior League of Atlanta, allowed her to focus on childhood literacy among other community needs. She has worked with children for over 10 years in a volunteer and recently served on the Board for the Holly Springs Arts Council. Leigh is also a graduate of LAUNCH Holly Springs and is a member of the Holly Springs NWOTT A-Team.
Leigh is the daughter of two classical musicians; a classical pianist, and a conductor who was also the executive director of a performing arts center as well as a music professor at the collegiate level. Leigh grew up involved in and appreciative of the cultural arts and continues to enjoy the impact these opportunities have on people and communities. She currently lives in Holly Springs, North Carolina with her husband, Seth, and their two children.