“There’s always a relaxed atmosphere, Sarah encourages
every child to join in and enjoy music.”
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 founder Sarah Barrett with the addition of two amazing teachers, Phoebe Howe and Lai King Law. We have been the proud recipients of the Maestro Top Programme award from Kindermusik International for teaching excellence for the last six 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.
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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.
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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 Whiteknights Ensemble. 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 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.
I’m Phoebe, mum of one, with a passion for both music and supporting new parents. I discovered a love for music at a young age, starting with cello and guitar lessons as a young child. I then developed my love of singing, attaining grade 5 at primary school, alongside performing in school plays, musicals, and the chamber choir. Since then, I have continued to love singing, and my ultimate goal is to one day reach grade 8.
After having my baby in 2018, I began training as an NCT Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, which led me to undertake a degree to become a licensed Breastfeeding Counsellor and Birth Doula. My studies have fuelled my passion for supporting parents during the transition to parenthood with their new babies, as well as giving me a solid understanding of new parents’ needs and child development. I plan to use this knowledge alongside my Kindermusik training to support new families through a shared love of music!
When I’m not studying or navigating life with a toddler, I enjoy singing, reading, and cross stitch! I’m also beginning to teach myself piano, so watch this space! I believe music and child development is the perfect match, and I really enjoy combining my knowledge of child development with my passion for music and bringing the joy and magic of Kindermusik to families.
My name is Lai King, mum of one. I came to live in the UK from Hong Kong in 2020 and have always had a strong passion for music since childhood; singing in the church choir and learning the piano formed much of my teenage years.
Academically, I studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (ARCT Associate Diploma) and completed a Bachelor’s degree (Music) at Kingston University, London. I decided to specialise in Early Childhood Music and Movement and have attended many courses and workshops to enhance my knowledge, including Orff Schulwerk Training from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. I have spent my entire adult life as a music educator, teaching in primary schools in Hong Kong for more than 20 years.
I strongly believe that music and movement are key elements to early childhood development and that musical ability is innate but has to be awakened. I also believe that children can learn anything best through play and Kindermusik is one of the best places to start.
Kindermusik with Sarah
Music & movement classes for newborns, babies, toddlers, pre-school & school children, based in Reading, Berkshire UK.
Kindermusik with Sarah is an Accredited Kindermusik studio providing the Kindermusik curriculum to babies, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children. To find out more about the Kindermusik curriculum, visit www.kindermusik.com.