And because of the increased demand at Wallace, the school will have to add a second classical violin instructor next year. That teacher will also be in charge of the Kindermusik classes then, Hinkle said.
Heather McKillip said Swinehart will be hard to replace.
“My kids grew up with her,” she said. “They know her. You can hear her. She’s so good with them.”
She is glad that the school system will keep the program afloat, though.
The classes give parents a chance to bond with their children, she said.
They have other benefits, too.
“Through music, children may benefit from language development, pre-literacy and word recognition,” Hinkle said. “Through movement, children increase their fine-motor, gross-motor and loco-motor skills. This program also develops the whole child by learning sharing, self-regulation and self-control.”
There’s a century of research showing the benefits music has on brain development and motor skills, especially for kids under the age of 5, said Kokomo High School Band Director John Pinson.
Swinehart said she thinks Kindermusik is the best music and movement program in the area for children. It’s based on research in child development.
Officials say it’s a perfect fit for Kokomo-Center Schools, too.
“Kindermusik fits nicely into our arts curriculum,” Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said. “I am excited to be able to add another quality fine arts program to our growing and successful programs.”