At Kindermusik with Sarah we believe that our music lessons are the key to unlocking your young child’s potential.
Through our engaging music lessons for children, we provide a weekly opportunity for parents to connect with their children and with others. Our small classes allow us to nurture and include every individual child and enjoy making music together whilst sharing our experiences.
Kindermusik with Sarah is run by two experienced music teachers, founder Sarah Barrett and Rachel Millard. We have been the proud recipients of the Maestro Top Programme award from Kindermusik International for teaching excellence for the last five years.
What is Kindermusik?
Kindermusik music lessons include activities designed to enhance your child’s language, movement, sensory awareness, social-emotional and cognitive development. Our focus on different musical concepts, genres and styles promotes musical skills and helps foster a lifelong love of and appreciation of music.
The origins of Kindermusik
Back in the 1960’s, while studying in Cologne, Germany, Kindermusik founder Dan Pratt discovered a curriculum that empowered young children to learn through music. He was inspired to create an educational program that recognises and celebrates the potential of every child and introduced the first Kindermusik lessons in 1978. Steeped in educational theory, Kindermusik’s research-based curriculum sets a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Nearly 40 years later Kindermusik continues to bring the power and joy of music-based learning to children around the world.
In addition to our relaxed and friendly music lessons, we also provide every family with access to Kindermusik Online. Kindermusik Online offers a wealth of ideas and resources to continue the joy of music making at home. Materials and activities are linked to class content, allowing families to extend class time into home time. For more information on available resources and how to access please click here.
Join Kindermusik with Sarah
We work together with all our Kindermusik families to lay the foundations for a lifelong love of music and learning. Let us give your child the best start in life together!
I’m Sarah, mother of two, long-time lover of music and founder of Kindermusik with Sarah.
I come from a very musical background and have been a musician for as long as I can remember! My experience of music lessons started with the recorder at infant school before going on to learn the violin and clarinet. Following this, having well and truly caught the music bug, I went on to study Music at university – gaining first-class honours from the University of Bristol.
I first discovered Kindermusik when looking for engaging music lessons for my eldest child and knew that it was special! I was inspired by the love of music and social, physical and emotional development that children can experience through music lessons at a young age. This led me to train as a Kindermusik teacher in 2013 and my youngest child was in fact one of my own first Young Child Kindermusik graduates! This wonderful early introduction to music lessons in a playful and fun environment has meant that our house is now filled with a huge variety of musical sounds including drums, violins, singing, piano, cello and trombone – to name just a few.
Outside of teaching Kindermusik I am incredibly lucky to perform with two local orchestras, alongside my cellist husband. I am also a member of various chamber ensembles and a founding member of the When I’m not teaching or playing music myself I’m occupied with the rewarding, though sometimes challenging, task of helping my own children with their musical practise and taxiing them to their various musical activities!
I can only hope that through teaching Kindermusik and sharing my love of music with children and their parents that they develop the same lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music that my family and I have.
My name is Rachel, mum of three, former midwife and life-long music enthusiast.
Much like Sarah, music has always been a part of my life. It started when at the age of 3 I begged my parents to let me play the violin! They were told that I was too young so at the age of 5 I began violin lessons and immediately loved being able to express my emotions through my violin.
I was very fortunate to gain a scholarship to a music school where I studied with some wonderful musicians and performed in some amazing venues. I added another string to my bow (excuse the pun!) by also studying the viola which I have enjoyed playing in orchestras ever since.
Alongside my passion for music I developed an interest in midwifery and worked for the NHS as a midwife and later a health visitor. I really enjoyed supporting women and their families at such a special time and found it extremely rewarding.
Nowadays, when not teaching Kindermusik, I’m kept busy by my three children or teaching music lessons at Earley Music Centre. I also enjoy performing violin with a local orchestra and regularly play the piano for a Community choir.
I really enjoy combining my knowledge of child development with my passion for music and bringing the joy and magic of Kindermusik to families.
Kindermusik with Sarah
Kindermusik with Sarah is licensed to provide the Kindermusik curriculum to babies, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children. To find out more about the Kindermusik curriculum, visit www.kindermusik.com.
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