Whatta guy!

There has been some discussion on the KMLoop recently about how long it may take before you see a profit, how long and how much time, money, etc. you invest in your business, and how to respond to inspire our spouses to hang in there with us when things are tough or slow. 

Kindermusik educator Heidi Day of Highland Village, Texas mentioned the discussion to her husband, Greg, who, in turn, wrote a letter back to her about what other KM husbands should consider.  I am reproducing it below with permission from Heidi and Greg.  Names were removed to protect the innocent. 😉

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From Heidi: Loopers, I told my husband about *****’s and ********’s predicaments and he ended up writing me this letter. I thought it was worthy to share with you all.

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These guys are looking at it like this: my wife is trying a business that isn’t working. Maybe these men missed the part about the average small business loses money for 5 years; 5 YEARS. I want to say to these men, HEY, think about what you are saying; say it slowly, “give — up”? You really don’t want to run your family like that!

I know how you guys feel, you’re trying to make decisions for the family that are right but you don’t have all the facts. Here’s something to think about, You send your children to school; why? So that they can become more than they are. That’s all. It’s an enrichment process. You’re not growing an astronaut or a doctor; you’re going to let them choose what they want to be. But you want them to grow to the point where they have the option to choose anything they want.

Take it from me, my wife has been doing Kindermusik for over 10 years. The benefits to our family has been immesurable. Did she make money at first; duh, no. She’s tried several things. She started by finding an independent music program and did a couple of 3 and 4 child classes. Pretty much didn’t work. Then she did discovery toys. Then she stumbled on Kindermusik and got help from a couple of other teachers in the area. Still hit and miss but in her second year she had some growth; something like 15 students.

She still wasn’t satisfied so she decided to just teach in another teachers studio. That worked for several years and now she’s independent again. But now, with about 15 years of child training behind her she’s roaring out of the gate.  If you want to see magic happen then you let your wife get 15 years of experience doing what she wants to do and you will see it.

Gold isn’t just how much money we are making or losing doing this. How much would you pay for a good relationship? How much would you pay for a true partner for life? $20? $1000? Everything you’ve got right now? The quesiton for me was never ‘Is this business working?’ the question for me is Am I or is she learning somehting from doing this?’ I think that we all know the truth that often there’s more value in failure than in success and that the law of the universe decrees that before success there must be failure. Otherwise success isn’t sweet. As a matter of fact, if there wasn’t any failure then would there be any success? No, we’d have to call it something else.

So men, get on the process of enriching your family and stop preventing opportunities for finding the real gold in life. I’m not saying to sink you life savings into something that’s risky but my experience with KM is that it’s really not that much (for what you get out of it). I say, let her do it and give her the tools and backing to stand on her own. She’ll contribute and make the right decisions, too. Be like us where her income only paid for kids activities for a long time, while learning how to achieve so much more than money.

Greg, KM Husband

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Can you hear all the applause, Greg?  You’ve got a standing ovation from Kindermusik educators everywhere!  And, in this Georgia educator’s book, you’re definitely a “peach” of a guy! 😀

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Published in: on 1, July 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Are you missing out on something totally free and *really* special?

 Wondering

This summer Kindermusik International is offering the Kindermusik educator a series of professional development classes via the internet and teleconferences that are totally *free*.  With topics such as “Overcoming Objections without Anxiety”, “Retention 101”, “Your Virtuoso”, “Your Grocery Store Speech”, and “The Research Behind Kindermusik”, you have a variety to choose from. 

Some of these are one-hour Go To Meetings which allows participants to see simultaneously , on their own personal computer screen, the same visual aids from the instructor, while communicating via a teleconference.  Direct links are provided via email upon registration as well as informational documents needed for the class. 

I have participated in two of these and they are truly *marvelous*!  The last one I experienced was “Retention 101” with Katie Henderson.  It was extremely well-presented, with additional clear, concise visual aids that we received via email afterwards. Katie was a wonderful instructor who made everyone feel welcome, no matter their level of experience and expertise, and no question was frowned upon. (Thank you, Katie!)

KI is also providing podcasts via email and the Masterful Minutes in the Teachers Lounge.  Besides the ones for this summer, there is a treasure trove of information available on the Masterful Minutes page with additional links to QuickTime videos as well.  Check them out here.

There are also five (5) one-day Professional Development Seminars scheduled across the country, beginning July 28th in Greensboro. 

In Georgia, our PDS will meet on Saturday, August 18th, at Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia.   This is located just 1.75 miles north of Perimeter Mall, off Exit 29 of I-285.  Dunwoody Baptist is located at the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon Roads.  More details on the Georgia PDS will be coming later.

Puzzled Woman

So how do I find out when these are available and how do I register?

Simple – visit the Training Calendar and decide which ones you want to attend.

Then visit the Educator’s Store online and go to “Kindermusik Courses” located in the left hand margin.  You can register for the classes by “buying” these through the store.  This includes going through the checkout process, submitting your credit card number, but the final charge is $0.00.  In other words, *FREE*!

So, the next question is: have you taken advantage of any of these free opportunities?   🙂

Published in: on 1, July 11, 2007 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Bon Voyage to our Jane!

This Wednesday, June 20th, one of our own Georgia educators, Jane Hendrix, will be winging her way to Africa to spend 10 days with the South African Kindermusik educators, celebrating their Kindermusik convention with them and spending time teaching in their PDS sessions.   Besides teaching Kindermusik and voice lessons as well as directing an Arts School for her church, Jane is also the chairman and liaison for the Peer Advisory Board of the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators.   If you don’t know Jane yet (your loss, believe me!), here is some information from the Partnership’s site:

Jane Hendrix loves teaching Kindermusik. When she became the director of Dunwoody School for the Arts in 1993, she decided that an early childhood music program would be a great way to “grow” a new crop of students for the private teachers. Jane was busy teaching voice lessons but thought a couple of Kindermusik classes would help supplement her teaching and wouldn’t add much time or work. HA!Kindermusik has taken over her life! Jane has served the Kindermusik community as a Workshop Administrator, Mentor, several positions on the KEA Board, Speaker’s Bureau member, and Chairman and Liaison of the Peer Advisory Board for the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators, on top of the classes she teaches each week.

 Jane as a baby

When Jane’s not doing Kindermusik related business, she continues to teach voice students and run Dunwoody School for the Arts. She has a Master’s of Music degree and is thankful she has been able to work in her chosen field. Her husband, David, and son, Travis are both creative, artistic people who support Jane’s life work. The church where her school is located, Dunwoody Baptist Church, offers a wonderful environment to teach the arts. And, above all, Jane is honored to have been a part of the families who have come through her program. Life is good!

Have a safe and profitable journey, Jane!  And while you’re there, please tell the S.A. educators “hey” from the Georgia peaches! 😉

Published in: on 1, June 17, 2007 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

In Case You Haven’t Seen It

Molly McGinn has provided us with another beautiful video just in time for summer registrations.  And what a beautiful explanation of what music can do to enhance a child’s brain development!

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Published in: on 1, May 8, 2007 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  

*Important* Announcement from the PKE

Dear Educators,

       I received an email from Julee Kowallis today, with a request that we get the word out to as many KM educators as possible about the Babies R Us event, June 9th.  There are *still* stores available in 21 states that do not have an educator assigned to them.  *65* stores still without an educator!  Areas that are really lacking are in NY/NJ, CA, IL, and Houston.  (“Houston, can you read me?”)

Now, I have my own little list of folks to call about this, but I thought I’d put the word out here on the GA blog.  If you know of an educator in any of the areas listed below, *please* send her an email or give her a call and tell her how important this is to nail these locations down by May 9th.  Otherwise, Babies R Us may pull the event, or, more seriously, put a *COMPETITOR* into the store instead!  (None of us need that, or want that!)

And did you know that more moms use the Baby Registry at Babies R Us than any other single registry.  Get this – median household income of parents using the registry is $72K. (Did you catch that?  $72,000)   

Not only will there be three demos that day, but there will also be national advertising in BabyTalk magazine, a direct mailing by Babies R Us, website promotion by BabyTalk, BRU, *and* KM.  KI will be sending an email to all parents who have requested a free preview class coupon  but not yet enrolled in class to motivate them to attend.  *Plus* a free  7-page booklet featuring KM activities will be distributed on the day of the event as well. 

Each participating educator will receive a demonstration lesson plan and CD created by Carol Penney specifically for the event.  I can tell you personally that it’s a *lot* like ABC.

The list is reproduced below.  If you’re interested in participating, please email Lisa Rowell (lrowell@kindermusik.com) as soon as possible to let her know.  It’s important that we get these locations taken care of as quickly as possible. 

Blessings,

Merri Williams

GA PKE representative 

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Babies R Us Stores Without Educators 

AL – Huntsville – 6275 University Drive, 35806

AZ – East Tucson – 5355 East Broadway Boulevard, 85711

         Tucson – 4619 N. Oracle Road , 85705

CA – Emeryville – 3938 Horton Street, 94608        
         Fairfield –
1400 Gateway Boulevard, 94533        
         Ontario –
4430 Ontario Mills Parkway, 91764         
         San Jose –
865 Blossom Hill Road, 95123 

        Colma – 775 Serramonte Boulevard, 94014

        Simi Valley – 1189 Simi Town Center Way,  93063                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

          Torrance – 20120 Hawthorne Boulevard , 90503 

          Vista – 1990 University Drive, 92083

          Westminster – 530 Westminster Mall, 92683

          West Covina – 2753 Eastland Center Drive, 91791 

          Folsom – 2785 East Bidwell Street, 95630         

         Stockton – 10640 Trinity Parkway, 95630

         Union City – 31250 Court House Drive, 94587 

CT – Milford – 1522-24 Boston Post Road (P.O. Box 5144), 06460         

        West Hartford – 1559 New Britian Avenue, 06110 

FL –  Tampa – 3908 West Hillsborough Avenue, 33614

          Boca Raton – 21697 State Road # 7, 33428

          Jacksonville – 9400 Atlantic Boulevard , 32225

          Lauderhill – 7350 W Commercial Boulevard, 33319

          Sarasota – 3860 Central Sarasota Parkway, 34238

          Fort Myers – 10002 Gulf Center Drive, 33913 

IL – Burbank – 7750 South Cicero Avenue, 60459

       Fairview Heights – 114 Commerce Lane, 62208

       Napierville – 1955 Glacier Park Avenue, 60540

IN – Granger – 435 East University Drive, 46530

KS – Wichita – 4646 West Kellogg, 67209

         Fort Wayne – 4140 Coldwater Road, 46805 

LA – Metairie – 6851 Veterans Boulevard, 70003

MA – Everett – 12 Mystic View Road, 02149

         Millbury – 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike, 01527

         Holyoke – 50 Holyoke Street, 01040

MD – Waldorf – 2969 Festival Way, 20601 

MI – Sterling Heights – 12050 Hall Road, 48313

NC – Asheville – 801 Fairview Road, 28803

NJ – Cherry Hill – 2135 Route 38, 08002

         Mays Landing – 120 Consumers Square, 08330

        Paramus – 545 Route 17 South, 07652

       West Totowa – 465 US Highway46, 07512

       Union – 2700 Route 22 East, 07083

      West Windsor – 500 Nassau Park Boulevard, 08550

NM – Albuquerque – 45 Hotel Circle, 87123

NV – Henderson – 510 North Stephanie Street, 89014

          Las Vegas – 2150 North Rainbow Boulevard, 89108

NY – Brooklyn – 8973-95 Bay Parkway, 11214

         Binghamton – 416 Harry L. Drive, 13790 

         College Point – 139-19 20th Avenue, 11356        

         Commack – 108 Veterans Memorial Highway, 11725

         Massapequa Park – 5214 Sunrise Highway, 11762

         Middleton – 88 Dunning Road, 10940

         Bohemia – 5181 Sunrise Highway, 11716

        New York – 24-30 Union Square East, 10003

       Staten Island – 2655 Richmond Avenue, 10314

OH – North Olmstead – 26520 Lorain Road, 44070

PA – Fairless Hills – 330 Commerce Boulevard, 19030

        Harrisburg – 5125 Jonestown Road, 17112

        Springfield – 770 Baltimore Pike, 19064

TX – Sugarland – 15555 Southwest Freeway, 77478

         Baytown – 4815 I10 East, 77521

         Houston – 6145 Westheimer Road, 77057

         Houston – 380 FM 1960 West, 77090

        Houston – 14287 Westheimer Road, 77077

        Houston – 5770 Hollister Road, 77040

VA – Midlothian – 13315 Rittenhouse Road, 23112

Published in: on 1, May 2, 2007 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Heads Up! New for Summer 2007!

Creatures in My Backyard 

Just in time for summer camps, KI has released a free enhancement guide for Creatures in My Backyard which is celebrating its 10th year!  Evidently, it is definitely a keeper, lasting that long! 

Download your free copy here.

There is also a Summer Camp Activity Enhancement Guide that you can find here that gives you additional ideas for each available unit this summer. 

Plus there is a terrific online sale of the enhancement instruments and CD’s in the Educator’s Store.

Check it out!

Published in: on 1, April 3, 2007 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just in time for summer

In case you missed it on Molly McGinn’s blog, you need to be sure to check the Teacher’s Lounge this Friday for marketing materials for this summer’s camps.  Below is the picture on her blog with information copied below:

Summer Adventures

 From Molly:

Look in the Teacher’s Lounge Friday for full-color and black and white flyers and postcards you can use to promote your summer camps.

Thanks, Molly!

Published in: on 1, March 15, 2007 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Okay, Georgia Educators, are you up for a challenge?

 Ginger and John Bennett 

Tonight I received an email from Ginger Bennett titled “Hurricane Update,”  where she shares about the work they’ve been able to accomplish there in Pearlington, Mississippi, partnering with Mission Love Seeds to bring badly needed relief to an area that you don’t hear a lot about anymore, if at all. 

I’ve copied out the email on my blog and I won’t take up time or space here to do it again.  Just scoot over to my blog, Memorable Moments, and read it for yourself.  I’m planning on asking my studio families if they will help in sponsoring this lady that Ginger writes about who has worked so hard to try to get back into her own home.    See if you think you might be able to share this with your KM families as well.  Wouldn’t it be neat if the Georgia Partnership managed to raise enough funds to finish Kitty Doby’s house for her?!

If you do use this as a service project for your studio, would you please let me know, so we can share it with the Partnership?  And thank you for taking the time to read Ginger’s note.  You can hear her heartbeat for her community shine right through.

Blessings to you all!

Published in: on 1, February 27, 2007 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Another ABC WebCT Course Offered

I just received this information in my inbox and thought I’d pass it along in case some of you who didn’t get into the first class still wanted to sign up.   From KI:

The Partnership of Kindermusik Educators presents a new course—
ABC Music & Me™: New online classes begin March 4th.
Register today!
It’s as easy as A, B, C!
Join a qualified Kindermusik mentor as she guides you through five short lessons—one lesson every other week—to share just how easy it can be to incorporate ABC Music & Me into your program offering. Learn the following:

Review ABC Music & Me lesson components, pedagogy issues, and classroom management.
Create your promotional packet and confidently approach learning center directors.
Price ABC Music & Me and even offer a financial incentive to center directors.
Generate $4200 annually with just one ABC Music & Me class! (based on 10 children per unit)
Transition from Music Box™ to ABC Music & Me, and use this curriculum in your studio program.

By the end of the course you will have successfully approached learning centers and expanded your Kindermusik program. These training sessions fill quickly, and space is limited. Register from the Kindermusik Courses page in the Educator Store. This course is free to registrants that demonstrate intentional participation* . Be prepared to enter your credit card information. Your card will not be charged but it will reserve your seat in the class. Activities include one lesson every other week; communication with your peers via chat sessions, teleconference and email; video clips of actual classes in the learning center setting; conducting a demo class, and quizzes to assess your progress. Course concludes mid April. Completion earns 1.0 CEU.
*Time commitment is 10 hours on average to complete the course. Educators that register and then fail to post their coursework online will be assessed a fee of $40.
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The first Web class filled very quickly.  If you’re interested, sign in to the Teacher’s Lounge and register now!

Published in: on 1, February 21, 2007 at 6:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Heads up! New marketing materials!

I didn’t know how many of you might have seen the new marketing campaign from KI  on the KI website.  It’s titled “Your Child Deserves the Best” and the link is listed at the top of the Teacher’s Lounge homepage.  I’ve got a resized image on my blogpage.  It took me a while to finally get the size down to fit the blog.  They’ve given us postcards, ads of all sizes, and flyers in 4 colors and black & white to work with.  If you want to see or use the resized photo on my blog, it’s listed to the right in the blogroll.  (Memorable Moments from Masterworks)  These look like terrific materials.   Thanks goes to KI!

Published in: on 1, February 11, 2007 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment