Kindermusik socializes, stimulates and more

Course works wonders for Highlands Ranch youngsters

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Kindermusik has been around for 30 years and is taught in 70-plus countries, but for the first time is being offered by the Highlands Ranch Community Association.

Geared for preschool children, the program helps to stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, and enhance social and emotional development through music.

“Music is so powerful, and I don’t think people really appreciate that until they have been through a class like this (with their kids) and see it for themselves,” said Lisa Fultz, a Highlands Ranch resident who has been teaching Kindermusik in the Denver metro area for the past eight years.

Fultz teaches age-appropriate classes for four different age groups, from babies to pre-kindergarten. Classes at the Recreation Center at Eastridge meet once a week for 45 minutes and are filled with children’s sing-alongs, dancing, rhyming, stories and hands-on instrument play. Each class begins with a hello song and ends with a good-bye song, which really helps with both emotional growth and socialization, she said.

At the “Laugh and Learn” course this past week, a half-dozen 3- and 4-year-olds sang songs about animals, emulated animal noises, rang bells, danced and leaped like frogs. Among those young students were cousins Harper Hofmeir, of Highlands Ranch, and Charlotte Hay, of Castle Pines North.

“We were looking for an interactive music class for the two girls, something they could do together, and this seemed like a good fit for them,” said Harper’s mother, Lindsay Hofmeir. “There is an online program that goes with it too, so we can also do some learning at home and we are going to take advantage of that.”

It was just the second week of the four-week course, but Hofmeir said, “so far so good,” and added that the two women were already looking into what class their girls could next take together at one of the rec centers.

For Fultz, who has a degree in vocal performance, teaching Kindermusik has been the perfect fit.

“I found it late that I really love to teach, and I was teaching for the public schools on my substitute license and the No Child Left Behind act left me behind,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve really found a passion in it. I absolutely love it.”

In addition to the “Laugh and Learn” course, the other age-appropriate sessions include “Cuddle and Bounce,” “Sing and Play” and “Giggle and Grow.”

For more information, please visit www.kindermusik.com or www.hrcaonline.org