Inspired to spread the joy, local musician and mom bringing Kindermusik to the area

Anyone who knows Bekah Peterson won't be surprised that she's launched a program to spread the joy of music to the area's little ones.

"I really wanted my own children to be exposed to music and ars in a more structured way," says Peterson, referring to her three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

Fulfilling that desire included becoming a certified Kindermusik instructor. "It's a trusted name that has been around for a long time," she adds. "Kindermusik is concerned with the whole child and is designed to be developmentally appropriate to meet each child's needs."

Indeed, the program is old enough that Peterson remembers an aunt having taught at least one of several programs available through Kindermusik.

Now the only certified Kindermusik instructor in the Sarnia-Lambton area, Peterson says she wants to bring the joy of music to as many children as she can.

"The classes are geared  to create an even stronger bond between parent and child because they get to participate together. We sing, dance, laugh, play, learn and grow together all while having a ridiculous amount of fun!"

Before coming to the area, Peterson earned a bachelor of arts degree in jazz studies from Capilano University in North Vancouver, and has taught private lessons in piano and voice for the past 18 years. She is an experienced choral and handbell director and choral accompanist.

"Music has always been a huge part of my life," says Peterson, who has formed Studio B as an umbrella for her work, including the offering of Kindermusik lessons beginning in January.  

She's excited with the potential.

"Music seems to be a felt need for all of us and there is so much room for creativity and expression in it, not to mention the developmental benefits," says Peterson.

One of the programs is "Our Time," one of the Kindermusik core classes for 1 1/2 to 3 year old children that Peterson is using to launch her business.

In February, she plans to offer Kindermusik Village, another core class, in this case geared to newborn to 18 months,

She also plans to offer a short class for 2 to 4 year old children in February or March, depending on interest.

"Eventually I hope to offer all the Kindermusik classes," says Peterson.

Peterson can be reached by e-mail or by calling (519) 541-1221.

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