Stories in the online news site, Ink Free News, and the weekly free shopper, the paper, last week tell about a music program led by Kelli (Hoke) Schneider, a member of the Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor). Below is a portion of the article. Click here to read the complete story at InkFreeNews or the paper.
LAKE CITY MUSIC TOGETHER AIDS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT
WINONA LAKE — Music is one thing that can be enjoyed by all ages and can even elicit an emotional reaction. Kelli Schneider believes forming a close connection to music should be started as early as possible.
Schneider started Lake City Music Together, Winona Lake, in 2010 as a chance to use her love of music, teaching experience and musician experience to help form bonds between caregivers and children. Part of this passion grew from having her own son she wished to share music with. She came upon Music Together through a former colleague and found she actually enjoyed the music as much as a child would, but there were none nearby. After learning an intensive three-day course was available just a short drive away in Goshen, Schneider’s mind was made up. She now teaches 45-minute sessions once a week, three times a day. There are four semesters or sessions per year and she enjoys watching people return each semester and seeing the progress the children makes between 0 to 5 years of age.
Schneider was also drawn to this particular teaching style because it contains a research-based approach to learning and firmly believes every child can learn music, simply at their own pace. Like a great deal of learning, the formative elementary years tend to be the easiest in which to explore and experience these new achievements. It gives caregivers and children a safe place to try something new without judgment. In fact, parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate in the experience as well.
Click here for more information about Lake City Music Together.