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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 or Assistant Music Director Jan Arnold.

Children's Music 2013-2014

MUSIC MONSTERS UNIVERSITY!

Enroll now for Music Monster's University!  Let's fill up our PRAISE canisters to light up the world with God's love!

Classes begin September 11th.  Tuition is $10 per child or $30 per family.

Click here to register!

Wednesday Night Children's Music Schedule

Lil' Angels: Music for Three Year Olds
6:00-6:30 p.m.               Room K101
Child must be three by September 1st and potty-trained.
After Music Time, children can be picked up or will be taken to J.A.M. with Rev. Ellen

Cherubs: Music for Pre-K and Trans-K Children
6:00-6:45 p.m.               Room G128
Child must be four by September 1st.
After Music Time, children can be picked up or will be taken to J.A.M. with Rev. Ellen

Joyful Noise: Choir for Kindergarten and First Graders
6:00-7:00 p.m.               Room G122
After choir, children can be picked up or will be taken to J.A.M. with Rev. Ellen

Alleluia: Choir for Second-Fifth Graders
6:00-7:00 p.m.               Room G222
After choir, children can be picked up or will be taken to J.A.M. with Rev. Ellen

 

Music Monday

Shake, Rattle and Ring - Begins Sept. 16th

3:45-4:45 pm  Room G124

Open to Third-Fifth Graders

For more information on music for Children and Students, Musikgarten classes, or the KUMC School of the Arts, email Jan Arnold or call 281-973-1901.


Musikgarten Classes - Spring 2014

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.  New families must purchase a Family Music Pack ($25) 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.

AFTER JAN. 10TH, CONTACT JAN ARNOLD TO REGISTER - CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 14 

 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 - 18 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 & sense of beat
  • Establishes foundation for singing & 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

 

Tuition: $135

Tuesday - 9:15-9:45am

Friday - 9:15-9:45am

Exploring Sounds: Family Music for Toddlers (18 m - 3 yr)


In our Family Music for Toddlers classes we will delight in the endless energy of your children, their joy in bouncing, rocking, and dancing with you, and in seeing them develop in this wonderful, musical environment!     As we sing, bounce, rock, dance, and play instruments together we are laying the foundation necessary for success in music, regardless of which path your toddler takes in the future. Toddlers are always moving!  In fact movement is not only your toddler’s favorite new-fToddlers are always moving!  In fact movement is not only your toddler’s favorite new-fouond skill, it is your toddler’s most effective way to learn.  Although children eventually have to learn to “sit still and listen” they can not do it yet, and engaging them in purposeful movement activities is the perfect preparation for this all-important skill.  Listening is the cornerstone of all learning.  While most children are born with the ability to hear, all children have to be taught to listen well.  Family Music for Toddlers class is the perfect environment for nurturing this critical skill.  Our focused listening activities direct the children to listen to short examples of familiar sounds that tie in with the activities.  They hear the sound of a cat after singing Three Little Kittens, or the sound of hammering, sawing, and drilling after doing The WorkshopAll children are innate singers!  In fact, the cooing of a child is very light, high, and musical.  By keeping the child in a singing-rich environment your child will retain his/her singing voice and gain control of it in an ever-expanding range.  And singing songs, playing instruments, dancing, and rocking with you elevates these experiences so they live on in the mind of the child forever.

Tuition: $135

Tuesday - 10-10:30am

Friday - 10-10:30am

 


Registration Fee : $10

Family Music Pack: $25

For scholarship information, please contact Jan Arnold

KUMC Musikgarten Policies

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

Pre-school age children are at a pivotal point in their musical development.   In The Cycle of Seasons children will enjoy using all of their senses to discover the world around them.  They will delight in discovering the wonder that nature provides on a daily basis.  In The Cycle of Seasonsthe children giggle as they sing and play instruments to Five Freckled Frogs.  Their imaginations are busy as they are called on to think how the tadpole feels swimming through the water after breaking free from his egg.  They “become” the tadpole as he gracefully moves around the pond.  The children then enact the transformation and they joyfully croak and hop their way across the room.  Finally, they settle down into the listening corner to listen to the recorded sounds of green frogs and bull frogs, focusing and refining their listening skills.  In addition to singing, playing instruments, purposeful movement activities, and focused listening, the children are learning the language of music by echoing  a series of tonal and rhythm patterns.  These patterns are found in the singing repertoire, and they will be the first patterns the children will learn to read in music notation in the coming years. Finally, The Cycle of Seasons acknowledges the fact that your child is excited by his/her recently acquired verbal skills!   The Cycle of Seasons takes this into consideration and nurtures the child’s language development through storytelling and poetry.

Registration Fee: $10 (Only for new families)

Family Pack:  $25 (needed for all, including returning families)

Tuition:  $185

Friday - 10:45-11:30am

Choirs

Chancel Choir

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 which are Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room in G125.


Men's Ensemble

Weekly rehearsals are held offsite at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Sola Gratia

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. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in the choir room. 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

Weekly rehearsals for the Acoustic Guitar Group are Sundays at 4:00pm in Room G125 from September - May. If you are interested in joining this group, contact David Allen.


Handbell Choirs and King's Ringers

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 on Mondays at 7:30 in G124, from September - May. If you read music and would like to be a part of the King's Ringers, contact David Allen.


Low Brass

Weekly rehearsals for Low Brass group are Sundays at 5:00pm in Room G125. For more information, please contact David Allen.


Orchestra

The Kingwood UMC Orchestra will begin with string and woodwind players from 8th grade - adult. Interested musicians are asked to attend a placement audition to determine where each person will be playing. 

Mr. Brad Sayles and Mrs. Shirley Astwood will be the leaders for the orchestra. Mr. Sayles is KUMC’s resident, award-winning composer/arranger. He received an Emmy nomination for his score used 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.