Kindermusik with Tanya

Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre.

Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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“Joy to the World”

| December 24, 2014 | 15 Comments
“Joy to the World”

Did you know that “Joy to the World” was not originally a Christmas hymn?  One of the most published Christmas hymns in North America was actually written about Christ’s Second Coming, not His birth.  The hymn was first published in the early 1700s by English hymn writer Isaac Watts.  Only the last half of the […]

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“Away in a Manger”

| December 23, 2014 | 9 Comments
“Away in a Manger”

As a private music teacher, I am often surprised to find that some of my students are not familiar with many Christmas carols. I remember singing carols with my family when I was a child. “Away in a Manger” is a wonderful carol to teach your little one. The text of this beloved Christmas carol […]

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Do You Have a Little Performer in Your Home?

Do You Have a Little Performer in Your Home?

While our family was on vacation recently, we went to see a local musical theatre production put on by a group of about twenty young adults. They all had different musical and acting backgrounds, but all of them were passionate about what they were doing. It was a delight to watch and listen to them. […]

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Let the Stress Melt Away

Let the Stress Melt Away

Last night as my son was taking a break from a difficult homework assignment, he went to the piano. His stress began to melt away as he played. After a few songs he was ready to get back to work. The power of music is incredible! Both our son and daughter relax by playing some […]

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Sing Like Nobody’s Listening!

| February 28, 2014 | 10 Comments
Sing Like Nobody’s Listening!

My friend has this saying on her bathroom wall: Sing Like Nobody’s Listening! What a fabulous quote. Do you love singing in the shower? Are you shy about singing around others? Guess who loves your singing voice – no matter how good or bad you think you sound? Your child! Go ahead and see how […]

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The Christmas Truce 1914

| December 23, 2013 | 4 Comments
The Christmas Truce 1914

Many journals, letters, and memoirs recount a Christmas miracle on the Western Front during 1914. Roughly 100,000 British and German troops ceased fighting and came together in the spirit of Christmas. It began when some German troops raised candles above the trenches and started singing Christmas Carols – one of them was Stille Nacht (Silent […]

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“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

| December 19, 2013 | 3 Comments
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

This beloved Christmas carol was written by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), a Harvard-trained minister who was exceptionally devoted to the children in his Sunday School in Philadelphia. When he visited the Holy Land in 1865, he wrote the children telling them of “standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was […]

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Silent Night – The True Story Behind This Well-Loved Christmas Carol

| December 10, 2013 | 6 Comments
Silent Night – The True Story Behind This Well-Loved Christmas Carol

Beautiful storybooks have been written about this true story. One our family enjoys is A Carol for Christmas written by Ann Tompert and illustrated by Laura Kelly. Some mice tell how they were hungry and chewed the leather organ straps so that it could not be played. On December 24, 1818, Father Joseph Mohr, the […]

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Making Music Sharpens the Mind!

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
Making Music Sharpens the Mind!

As a private music teacher, Kindermusik educator, and mother of three, I know that learning needs to be fun! During the summer I searched websites and blogs looking for new and innovative ways to teach music to children. Over the past several weeks I have been making more games for my private piano and voice […]

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How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!

| August 19, 2013 | 14 Comments
How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!

  Running out of things to do on summer break? Why not make your own musical instruments? Here are a few ideas using things you already have at home. Your kids will be sure to have their own ideas as well. Anything goes! Turn on some music and play along with your little ones. They […]

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Benefits of Music for Preemies

Benefits of Music for Preemies

Many moms and dads sing a lullaby to a fussy baby in hopes of settling them down. Do you have a favourite that you like to sing to your little one? Premature babies require special care. They have breathing and feeding problems, and sometimes it can be difficult to calm them. A recent study by […]

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Music Training and Reading

Music Training and Reading

You have probably heard it before – music helps kids improve in math and reading. A recent study (Rautenburg, in press) reviewed by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham shows a link between music training and reading. In Germany, 159 grade one students were part of an 8-month study. They found that music training in rhythm was […]

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When should my child start music classes?

When should my child start music classes?

Now! Experts tell us that the younger a child is exposed to music and music-making, the better. All children are musical. The more musical experiences your child has before age three, the easier music is as they get older. Sing to your child. Listen and dance to a broad range of music from different cultures. […]

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Musical Magic with Skating Indoors

| March 25, 2013 | 5 Comments
Musical Magic with Skating Indoors

Spring is coming, but before we say a final goodbye to winter try this fun musical activity. In our Kindermusik classes, we have “skated” indoors to music. A waltz works best. Try the Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss. Older children will enjoy using paper plates or wax paper for skates to slide around the room. […]

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Teaching children control and self-discipline through musical activities

| February 5, 2013 | 2 Comments
Teaching children control and self-discipline through musical activities

Activities that encourage your child to move or stop in response to a cue help your little one develop inhibitory control. The ability to control one’s body movements is an important first step toward developing self-discipline and coordination. A very easy and fun way to do this is to turn on a recording and dance […]

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Singing to Young Children Supports Early Language Development

| January 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
Singing to Young Children Supports Early Language Development

Singing a song or two (or 50!) a day to even the youngest child can help early language development. Hearing a parent or teacher sing a song requires a child to listen for the individual notes combined with their rhythmic values. In much the same way, early language development requires children to hear speech sounds […]

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