Kindermusik’s world-wide reputation is rooted in a history that spans nearly half a century.
In the late 1960s, educational experts in Germany developed a music and movement curriculum for kindergarten children. They drew on the work of esteemed musicians and educators from Europe and Asia, including Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Carl Orff.
By the mid 1970s, the program was ready for prime time. Two of the original creators introduced it to the U.S., and in 1978 the company Kindermusik was founded. A few years later it expanded into Canada, and from there it spread around the world. Kindermusik has been enjoyed by over 1 million families in more than 60 countries.
Since the beginning, we’ve continued to make improvements to Kindermusik’s programs and products. We bring together experts in music, education, and child development to examine emerging research and develop new curricula and training programs, award-winning books and music, engaging instruments and activities, and much more. That’s especially important now, when science is opening new avenues to understanding the benefits of music.
Kindermusik South Africa’s History
Kindermusik has been established in South-Africa for 16 years already and it’s still going strong.
In 1996 Kindermusik South Africa obtained Distributorship for South Africa as well as the Southern part of Africa, and in 1997 received her first training in Greensboro, USA. During the same year, Kindermusik South Africa Closed Corporation was established.
In March 1999 Kindermusik SA had 26 licensed educator’s working for her in various parts of South Africa.
In 2000 Kindermusik SA received recognition from the Klerksdorp Branch of the SA Chamber of Business for outstanding work as an Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2005, Kindermusik South Africa was nominated and received a National award as one of South Africa’s Most Promising Companies. During the same year the Closed Corporation was dissolved and a Company was formed.
In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010 our CEO Heidi Twilley was awarded Kindermusik International Maestro recognition for exceptional service.
In 2008, she managed to get Therapist recognition from the Medical Board for the SA educators – the first for Kindermusik worldwide.
In April 2009 Kindermusik SA obtained recognition as part of the World’s Who’s Who Organisation in America for Executives and Professionals, for exceptional professional knowledge, expertise and client service.
Kindermusik South Africa also conducts onsite practical training with each new licensed educator in Southern Africa.
Kindermusik SA has currently 127 actively licensed educators throughout South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. One hundred thirty five licensed educators fall under Kindermusik South Africa’s leadership in Africa.