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Our choice for this issue’s ‘Spotlight’ business is Kimberly Reid (“Miss Kim”) of Music on the Move. The studio offers Kindermusik classes for families with children ages 0 to 7 years, and piano (keyboard) lessons for children aged 4 and up.
Kim has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 2003, and has taught piano lessons for over 25 years. Last summer, Kim and her husband Marc and their three children moved to rural Chatham-Kent from Hamilton, Ontario, where Kim had taught at several studios before establishing Music on the Move as her own business in 2011. Their new home is a former schoolhouse adjacent to the farm where Marc grew up, and where members of his family still live.
Making the transition to a new area meant finding just the right location for the studio in Chatham. After considering several possibilities, the Reids settled on the convenience and accessibility of the Downtown Chatham Centre. Demonstration classes were held during March break, and official classes began in April.
Beginning with her own children, Kim has witnessed first-hand how starting children in music at a young age creates a wonderful love for music, especially wonderful when it can be shared and nurtured by a parent or caregiver. Kim’s passion is working with young children and their families, and seeing their love for music develop through their musical experience together.
Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research. When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:
• Early Literacy . They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
• Quantitative . They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
• Social-Emotional . They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness—like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
• Physical . By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills.
• Creative . Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark children’s creativity & provide inspiration.
And of course, they develop a lifelong love of music!
In addition to running Music on the Move, Kimberly and Marc Reid sing and perform music together in a number of settings, including churches, long-term care and retirement residences, and special events. They are often joined in their musical performances by their children, each of whom displays a unique gift and love of music.
For more information please visit Kim’s website at www.musiconthemove.ca or stop into their NEW location in the Downtown Chatham Centre Upstairs between the food court and the East entrance. You can also reach them at 519.437.8064.