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April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I LOVE MUSICAL PATHWAYS!! the teachers are amazing. They have completely transformed the way in which I thought children were supposed to be raised. They approach each child as a unique individual and help each parent learn and grow with their child. They spend as much time as you request discussing topic after topic.

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so many ways. Not only do my children grow and prosper from attending the classes, but I learn how to better approach and teach my children. The teachers are more my teachers than my children's teachers. They help me learn so much about my children...what type of learners they are, the ways they individually need different forms of love, discipline techniques, etc. THANK YOU!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Musical Pathways Foundation has changed my life in so many ways. I wish I would have had the opportunity to have my children involved in the program. Thank goodness my grandchildren have that opportunity.

Musical Pathways Foundation uses the Kindermusik International curriculum and has
been awarded the Conductors Circle Maestro award, which is the highest recognition awarded by Kindermusik International. This award recognizes the top 1% of all programs internationally.

I have only been involved with the foundation for a couple of years, but I have already seen how it can affect they daily dynamics of so many families. It is truly amazing to watch these parents/grandparents play with their children in ways that maximize their cognitive, physical, social, emotional and language development. I wish every child had the opportunity to be in Kindermusik by Musical Pathway and the Elite Artistry studio by Musical Pathways.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the hundreds of families who have been in the program and in my own grandchildren. Children whose parents enroll them consistently in early childhood show maturity and development way above the norm of our society. It is truly awesome!!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a larger school so that we could touch more families!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

My kids are 4 and 8. My son started taking Kindermusik as a 9 month old baby and has taken it every semester since. My daughter started with Musical Pathways at age 3 and took several classes. I've been impressed with the creativity, musicality, and new ideas with how to work with our children and enjoy music together. Miss Betsy offered a Conscious Discipline class which was very helpful for many parents. She recently created Elite Artistry for older, continuing music students (age 7 - adult). My daughter recently started taking piano lessons through Musical Pathways and is enjoying her experience. Every class with Musical Pathways brings some new ideas that we can bring home and have fun with.

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Kindermusik at Musical Pathways

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer Saturday classes too.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Musical Pathways has been a part of our life since our oldest was less than one year old. We now have 2 children in the program and not only has it helped them to flourish musically, but in every other way as well. The Kindermusik classes they teach are really not "just another music class"...they are helping my children develop their emotional intelligence, their bodily awareness, their gross & fine motor, their self confidence...I could go on and on. I can't say enough about Musical Pathways!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children's wellbeing!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

a friend who is a teacher recommended them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I am a parent of 2 Musical Pathways students. We LOVE the program. When our youngest was a toddler, we were amazed at how quickly he picked up on the lessons. Before we knew it, he was saying the word "high" in a high pitch and "low" in a deep voice. We knew we would enroll our youngest as well. He enjoys the interaction with the other students, is learning to share and take turns. We are having a wonderful time in class, and taking the fun songs home. And he is in love with Miss Amy. She is wonderful with the little ones! Our little guy lays on his back and takes his legs up and down just like Miss Amy does, and he looks at us with a big smile on his face as he sings "up/down" in rhythm. The great thing is that he really understand the concept and says up on each step going up and down as he climbs down the stairs. Our 4yr old is enjoying class with Miss Ann. She captures his attention and gets him to focus during class. I appreciate that she gives the children choices, and I know find myself giving him the same kind of choices at home. "It's time to get dressed, you can pick out your clothes, or I can."
I love the singing and movement that we do in class, but I really value that my children & I are learning how they learn, and they are learning self-control...when it's time to stop dancing, singing or playing. Oh, and another great benefit is the clean-up song! We sing that at home all the time and they know that it's time to put toys away---how great is that for 2 little boys?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in my childrens early development.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I have had the privilege of working directly with Betsy Flanagan, who runs Musical Pathways Foundation. Her commitment to not only children, but everyone who touches children's lives, is unparalled. Betsy is an inspiration, a very genuine, loving person, and a brilliant connector -- precisely the kind of person with whom any child would be lucky to come into contact. Any parent or lover of children would be well-advised to jump at the chance to cross support her work to better children's lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the keynotes, demos, and organizational know-how which Betsy Flanagan brought to our Kindermusik conference.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the organization to other geographic areas.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I have been involved with Developmental programs for children of all ages for years, and have taught i the public school system and at colleges and universities. This foundation has the most complete developmental offerings for both parents and children that I have ever encountered. They offer Kindermusik, a whole-child development program, for parents with children ages 0-7, and the way the Foundation offers this programming goes above and beyond a typical Kindermusik class - it is a one-stop shop for early childhood developmental questions and play. Elite Artistry is the division of the Foundation dedicated to nurturing students in a private studio format, but again following the child to develop a life-long love of the instrument vs. an early childhood experience only. Elite Artistry is for ages 7 to adult - it's never to late to develop your love of music. Lastly, the Foundation offers parent study clubs on topics such as Conscious Discipline. What a benefit to be able to discuss and enjoy learning how we can best incorporate discipline with our children. Priceless!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the thousands of families who have utilized our services and in my own grandchildren. Children whose parents enroll them consistently in early childhood show maturity and development way above the norm socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and their language soars - not to mention that music becomes an integral part of their lives. A gift that lasts a lifetime and a bond with the parent that is unbreakable!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would expand our services to include Seniors, Disabilities, and multi-lingual programming. We just need funding - the curricula are already designed and ready to go!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Kindermusik has been so much more than a music class for my 4-year-old son. He's been in class for 2 years, and these are just some of the skills he has learned: how to get along with other kids in a cooperative setting; inhibitory control (learning that if you stop doing something fun now, the toy or activity will come back later); tempo of music, and that it can change; how to move his body to music; imagination and story-telling ability; personal confidence; a love of music and singing.

Musical Pathways, specifically, is so engaged that I can hardly believe it. Every week we receive a detailed email, telling parents what skill your child is learning that specific week. Often, it's not obvious from the class activities - it just looks like pure fun! But the email will tell us what social, spatial reasoning, singing, self-control, imaginative skill that we are building this week. The emails also detail where we are in the developmental continuum over the 7 years that Kindermusik is available to each child.

For me as his mother, Kindermusik has literally changed the trajectory of my parenting. I have learned how to let go of the tension of wondering why he is not at a certain milestone that I make up in my head. Instead, I learn to meet David where he is at the moment, engage with him in a fun and playful way, and then guide him to whatever the activity is that I want him to try. I use this approach every day in my parenting, as well as giving choices, i.e. "Do you want to put your coat on upstairs, or downstairs?" as opposed to "Get ready to go now! I told you a thousand times!" I have also learned that music education is a journey worth savoring, and that the most important element of any education is teaching kids to LOVE learning.

Kindermusik is an experience that every, and I do mean, every parent of a young child should invest in. It will change your family for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my child develop into a happy and confident child, who absolutely loves going to music class.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more families involved!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Class is a lot of fun for my toddler - a great social activity for him. I've watched him develop over the course of a year and a half. He has an appreciation for music, he loves to dance and just started singing, too. He loves the music (provided to participants on CD) that accompanies the class - more than most of the adult music I play. Some of the songs are sung by children, and I think he relates to that. Songs or rhymes sometimes involve silly noises, which are a big hit at his current age.

As a new parent, I appreciate learning rhymes and songs I can continue to sing to/with my child. Some of the songs I had forgotten from childhood - the reminder was helpful.

I can't say enough about the opportunities this organization provides children and parents to experience music.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my child attends Kindermusik classes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Our kids have been in Kindermusik classes for 6+ years and it has been an amazing experience! The instructors are phenomenal and our kids have always looked forward to their classes. Miss Betsy is a true leader and we have always been impressed with her dedication and commitment to providing the best possible educational environment for all her students.

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Our son graduated from the Young Child program able to read and write music and began piano lessons shortly thereafter. His piano teacher is thrilled with his progress as he is flying through the books! We attribute this success and his love of music to the many years of Kindermusik instruction he experienced - this program WORKS!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing here to improve - every aspect of Musical Pathways is incredible! From the teachers to the highly organized classes to the attention to detail - you just don't get any better than this!

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