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Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at Kingwood UMC is a community of faith organized to aid in the proclamation of the Gospel through the art of music. Our programming is designed for individuals from pre-school through adults. Groups gather weekly to learn more about music and scripture and to share their Christian witness through their talents.

Throughout the year, the Music Ministry offers opportunities for participation as soloists, in ensembles, musicals, dramatic presentations, music education and voice classes, and other special programs. Brass, woodwind, string ensembles and instrumental soloists also perform during special seasons of the church year such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

We encourage all members of the congregation to share their musical talents. Group descriptions and rehearsal schedules are listed below. Also needed are adult helpers in the areas of accompanists and choir parents. For more information related to Music Ministry, please email Director of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts David Allen.

Children's Music 2014-2015

THE MUSIC BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10!

Wednesday Night Children's Music Schedule

 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - kid-friendly meals served in the Gym.  After Music Time or Choir, your child may be picked up or taken to J.A.M. with Rev. Ellen.

 

Lil' Angels: Music for Three Year Olds

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.               
Child must be three by September 1 and potty-trained.

Cherubs: Music for Pre-K and Trans-K Children
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.               
Child must be four by September 1.

Joyful Noise: Choir for Kindergarten and First Graders
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.               

Alleluia: Choir for Second-Fifth Graders
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.            

 

For more information on music for Children and Students, Musikgarten classes, or the KUMC School of the Arts, please contact the church office.


Musikgarten Classes - Fall 2014

Spring 2015 Session: January 12 – May 1, G228

(no classes March 9-13)

Music and movement can have a dramatic effect on babies, toddlers, and older children as well. Studies indicate that early music instruction positively impacts language and literacy development; improves pattern recognition skills which are the basis for mathematical learning; and offers lifelong social, emotional and spiritual benefits.

Musikgarten, an internationally recognized program in early childhood music and movement, has a long-standing reputation as the leader in the field of affordable early music education. KUMC School of the Arts is happy to announce we will be offering Musikgarten classes for infants through preschool aged children. The classes are taught by teachers who are trained musicians certified through Musikgarten.

A parent, grandparent or significant care taker is required to participate in the class with the child.  The class size is limited to ten families per class. Please see below for registration fee and tuition costs. Families must purchase a Family Music Pack ($35) in order to register for the classes. The Music Pack contains all of the lesson material used in the class over two semesters, and is essential to reinforce the musical concepts introduced in class.  See details below for various age group classes.

 

 CLICK HERE FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT MUSIKGARTEN

CLICK HERE FOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICIES AND CLASS STRUCTURE

First Sounds: Family Music for Babies (Newborn - 16 months)

Designed for parents and their babies to take together, these classes help you learn how to play musically with your baby.  Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peak-a-boo games, and other fun activities for the two of you.  When you go home, you can continue the fun with a superb CD recorded by a fine children's choir and outstanding instrumentalists.  Using your parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten rattle, and colorful scarf will give you both hours of enjoyment.  Musikgarten's musical play for babies:

  • increases your baby's curiosity about music;
  • develops listening skills and sense of beat;
  • establishes foundation for singing and musical thought;
  • helps you form a closer bond with your baby;
  • gives you and your baby a chance to interact with other parents and babies.

 

Class Offerings:

Mondays, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

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Tuesdays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

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Fridays, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

 

Exploring Sounds: Family Music for Toddlers (16 mo - 3 yr)

These classes are action-filled for toddlers -- full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning -- and their parents.  Together you'll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments -- all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement.  Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, and exploration of space, as well as opportunities to play instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.  Additionally, you'll receive a CD, a parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf to use at home for more fun time together.


Class Offerings:

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:30  a.m.

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Fridays:  10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

 

 


Registration Fee : $10

Family Music Pack: $25

For scholarship information, please contact the church office.

KUMC Musikgarten Policies

KUMC Photo Release

The Cycle of Seasons: Family Music for Children Through 4 Years

Mixed age classes allow families with limited time to all come to the same class and develop a shared repertoire of music and childhood games. The curriculum is based on nursery rhymes – the beloved poems and chants handed down from generation to generation.  Nursery rhymes have the staying power of a lasting art form. They offer today’s children the wisdom of the ages as well as what current research and practice tell us children need: communication, movement, interaction, repetition, and cultural customs – all experienced in a playful way.

 

Class Offerings:

Fridays, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

 

Choirs

Chancel Choir

Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall

The adult Chancel Choir provides musical leadership for the 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services from mid-August through June. Each year they also present two major choral performances. Childcare is provided during weekly rehearsals.


Men's Ensemble

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., off-site


Sola Gratia

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. -Col.3:16

Sola Gratia, the women’s choral ensemble of KUMC, is a group of women of all ages that enjoys the friendships and support that result from singing together, striving for musical excellence as a vehicle for building the body of Christ. Sola Gratia sings for worship services, community events, elder care centers, and special services and occasions at KUMC. We welcome women who enjoy the challenge of singing 4-8 part music in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. Child care is provided on site. If you are interested in joining us, please click here for further information or contact Meredith Koerner

Click here to listen to us sing Gwyneth Walker's So Many Angels

Sola Gratia 2012

Instrumental Groups

Acoustic Guitar Group

Sundays, 4:00 p.m., 

Weekly rehearsals for the Acoustic Guitar Group are held from September through May. If you are interested in joining this group, contact David Allen.


Handbell Choirs and King's Ringers

Mondays, 7:30 p.m., 

The Handbell Choirs at KUMC play an important part in the overall music program. Choirs are organized by handbell experience. The choirs perform during selected worship services and at special seasonal services. The King's Ringers rehearse from September through May. If you read music and would like to be a part of the King's Ringers, contact David Allen.


Low Brass

Sundays, 5:00 p.m., 

For more information, please contact David Allen.


Orchestra

The Kingwood UMC Orchestra will begin with string and woodwind players from Eighth Grade through adult. Interested musicians are asked to attend a placement audition. 

Mr. Brad Sayles and Mrs. Shirley Astwood are leaders for the orchestra. Mr. Sayles is KUMC’s resident, award-winning composer/arranger. He received an Emmy nomination for his score for the Houston PBS special, Art is All Around Us. Mrs. Astwood has been a successful orchestra teacher for several years in the Kingwood area. Orchestra participation is not limited to KUMC members. For questions, contact David Allen.