Why Voice AND Recorder
Kids Music Tour began with four nonsequential sessions: Drums, Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals. Two years ago, we decided to add Recorder to the Vocals session, initiating a session called Voice & Recorder. Ever wonder why?
First, let’s talk about vocals. Learning to control the voice is a useful musical skill for all musicians, not just for singers. For singers, it’s obvious. Singers must practice singing skills like developing facial muscles, drilling vocal warmups, and Read More!
Thank You, Ms. Alisha!
It was over a counter covered with chopped veggies and measured spice mixes that Ms. Alisha decided to become a Kids Music Tour teacher.
She overheard Kids Music Tour co-owner, Melissa Monforti, at one of those “prep a month of meals” home parties in a mutual friend’s kitchen. In the getting-to-know-you chatter, Melissa was passionately sharing her work with Kids Music Tour, and her wish to expand their teacher pool.
Alisha was intrigued....Read More!
What makes a Kids Music Tour teacher?
Our kids LOVE our teachers. Did you realize how much dedication it takes to become a KMT teacher?
First, a teacher candidate observes a class or two so they can see first-hand how the class flows, how a
trained teacher guides kids from one activity to the next.
If a candidate can imagine themselves in that special role as a KMT teacher, they meet with co-
founder/co-owner, Melissa Monforti. Melissa explains the basic teaching philosophy, and asks the
candidate, “Can you see yourself LOVING this work?”
We only accept candidates who answer, “ABSOLUTELY!”
From there, the candidate become an intern. For one full 8-week session, they observe and co-teach
under the direction of a well-established teacher, leading a little bit of the class experience at a time.
Melissa checks in with both the intern and the coaching teacher to make sure we catch any skills that
need further refining. KMT offer this intense and informative training free as an investment in our
Finally, the intern leads at least one, but up to three or four free demo classes, teaching the entire class
on their own. Demos are free to families in order to allow our interns to learn some important
experiences that only arise when teaching a full class.
If the intern, the mentor and Melissa agree, then the intern becomes a teacher and begins teaching a
But the training and support do not end there!
For the first full cycle of teaching, more than a full year, the teacher meets with Melissa regularly, more
often at the beginning and less often as time goes on. These meetings allow the teacher to debrief their
most recent classes – what went well, what didn’t go as planned, what was a good surprise, where are
the challenges. Melissa also observes the teacher at least one time each session and more often as
needed or requested by the teacher.
If you followed that process, you see that KMT staff dedicate upwards of two full years making sure our
teachers are the best.
Our goal is that our teachers feel confident and supported to do the important work of making music
with our precious BIG KIDS. You can ABSOLUTELY trust our teachers to bring the highest level of
teaching skill and care to your children.
The SIX Signs of Readiness for Formal Music Lessons
You are one smart parent. You are committed to your child’s lifelong love of making music.
So are we! At Kids Music Tour, our aim is to set children up for a successful experience as a growing musician.
For many of our graduates, that means formal lessons.
When will your big kid be ready for that next step? Read more...
Rituals and Music Learning
How might you feel if you arrived at work tomorrow, and instead of the regular morning meeting, you found all your colleagues sipping cocktails,
dressed for an evening out? Do you think you’d be able to easily settle into your workspace and get anything done?
You might think you were on a new planet! Read more...
What's the difference between FORMAL and INFORMAL learning?
Informal learning is the kind of learning we all do every day simply living our lives. On any particular day, you might learn that four minutes
is too long in the microwave for your coffee, that your neighbor loves 80’s tunes, that there’s a magic window during which it’s best to pick up
your kids from school, that the word mellifluous is an actual word and it’s not an insult.
Your child is also learning informally all the time. Read more...