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KINDERMUSIK for children ages 0 - 7
Age Appropriate Music Classes for "your little one"
Serving All of Northern Minnesota & Northern Wisconsin
Licensed Kindermusik Teacher, Licensed Kindermusik Instructor

Our Kindermusik Classes Offer:
  • Family Time Kindermusik - your family saves!
  • Village Kindermusik - Ages 0 to 18 months
  • Our Time Kindermusik - 18 months to 3
  • Imagine That! Kindermusik - Ages 3 to 5
  • Young Child Kindermusik - Ages 5 to 7
  • Foster a Lifelong Love of Music & Learning
  • Register for your FREE Preview Class
  • Explore Kindermusik on the Iron Range
Kindermusik - the single best choice for your children on the Iron Range

Hibbing School Of Music
"Where Every Child Has A Voice"TM
Now accepting registrations for Kindermusic Classes - Ages Newborn to Age 7
And also private lessons beginning age 5 in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin,
Children's Choir, Music Theory, and MUCH MORE...
Hibbing School Of Music (218) 263-5543
Also Satellite Locations for Private Lessons:
Virginia School Of Music (218) 744-0355
Duluth School Of Music (218) 724-4780
Ely School Of Music (800) 248-7225
Grand Rapids School Of Music (800) 248-7225
Serving the entire Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota
parade music, street dance music, live music, music school, voice lessons, piano lessons, Minnesota Music
Check out our awesome 2006 Hibbing School of Music parade float!
Nothing like live singing in a parade! "Way to go" to these devoted students & parents!


We applaud the amazing young families who have enrolled their children ages newborn to seven in our new Kindermusik classes. Parents make important (some would say critical) decisions when they determine the activities in which their children take part. Kindermusik is famous throughout the world, particularly in Europe, but also popular in the larger metropolitan cities of our good old USA. Don't you think it's about time our children here on the Iron Range had this amazing opportunity?

We are so pleased to bring this highly-respected, quality program for young families and their children to our vicinity. A quick search of the www.kindermusik.com website shows that the Hibbing School of Music is the only place licensed to offer Kindermusik within 50 miles of Hibbing. We sense a real need in our region is being met. We couldn't be happier than to help brighten the lives of all these special children!

Kindermusik is the world's leading program of music and movement for children ages 0 – 7. Kindermusik is well-researched by leading child development experts, who have produced a wonderful chart of the child's brain with this caption: “Music activities stimulate development in every area of a child's brain.” We display this fancy chart in our studio, which magnificently illustrates in a nutshell how Kindermusik positively affects the children's cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional well-being -- in short, the whole child. Life skills like using scissors, good balance and posture, sports activities like dribbling a basketball, school activities like memorization and problem solving, social skills like taking turns, and the full range of academics including math, science and reading comprehension are all enhanced by Kindermusik.

Kindermusik's motto, “a good beginning never ends”, refers to the lifelong love of music and learning that is planted in the hearts of children who actively participate in making music during the window when their brains are still growing and developing. Research shows that children who are actively involved in creating music tap into the deepest levels of brain activity, something very few other activities can claim. Children who make music blossom more completely and become more fully all they were meant to be. They do so in Kindermusik classes with their moms and dads and sometimes even their siblings and friends right there beside them.

Kindermusik International (KMI) recognizes that a child's parents are his or her most important teachers. Experienced and licensed Kindermusik instructors (like yours truly) only help to facilitate the learning process. KM curriculum and activities are age appropriate for each group - from lap babies, crawlers and toddlers to pre-school and young child levels. Most importantly, KMI focuses on the “process”, not the “performance”. Children simply explore music in a fun, “hands-on” atmosphere that is safe, healthy, accepting, encouraging, appreciative and dedicated to the individual developmental needs and skill sets of each unique child.

Quality family time with a purpose – this is what Kindermusik is all about. Judging from what our families are sharing, the kids simply can't wait for the next KM class to start! Tremendous thanks and hearty applause to each and every parent of our Kindermusik children for making such a wise choice for your little one.

Thank you for visiting our Kindermusik web page for the Hibbing School of Music!
For Testimonials & Recommendations from Kindermusik parents, please scroll down.
For more info
or to register, call toll-free (800) 248-7225 or locally (218) 263-5543.
Thank you kindly.

Sincerely, Craig LiaBraaten

Hear what our students and parents are saying
about the Kindermusik classes and music lessons
given at the Hibbing School of Music
by Craig LiaBraaten!


Catherine McBride and Dr. Russell Bergum, DO (Virginia, MN)
    "We feel that the Kindermusik program offered by Living Water Music is an excellent
opportunity for establishing an early and solid foundation for learning and musical
development. The program centers around logical musical activities each with a specific
developmental objective including recognition of high versus low notes, rhythm patterns,
social interaction, listening and movement. We see benefits beyond simple musical
appreciation including balance, concentration and the ability to stop an activity on time.
    The class structure is an excellent realm for building our child's confidence in participation as well as socialization in seeing other children learn together. We are
happy with the class length and transition among activities to stimulate, focus and hold
our child's attention.
    Craig LiaBraaten presents the Kindermusik in an amusing and safe environment. His
comfortable approach is clearly based on a solid foundation of musical expertise. He
explains the logical and developmental process behind each activity which not only teaches
the parents about musical development, but also provides an unambiguous structure that
may be followed outside the class to increase the depth of learning.
    Our daughter Sylvie began her music study with Craig at 6 months of age and we are so
happy with her development and enjoyment that we see no end to our association with
Living Water Music and Kindermusik with Craig and Leah LiaBraaten.
    Many thanks for a strong, smart and worthwhile class."
    Catherine and Dr. Russell rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer survey: Professionalism, Customer Service, Quality of your instructor (Craig LiaBraaten), and Quality of in-class music selections.

    Amber Emerson (Hibbing, MN)
    "My son Cooper who started Kindermusik at 2 1/2 years old, looks forward to his "music
class with Mr. Craig & Leah" all week. His listening skills & following directions have improved so much.
    Craig & Leah are amazing with each child, showing individual attention to each. They
are very impressive & dedicated to making Kindermusik special for the entire family.
    My daughter Macie is 15 months old and attends the "Village" class. She also loves
her time there. I see such a big difference in the way she really listens to the music now.
I know she can feel the rhythm in it.
    Since enrolling my children in Kindermusik, they sing & hum most of the day, smiling
and enjoying music. It has not only been a wonderful experience for them, but I have truly
enjoyed listening & watching them grow with these classes.
    Yes, definitely, I recommend 'Hibbing School of Music presents Kindermusik' to others.
    I will be back each year!"
    Amber Emerson rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer
survey: Professionalism, Customer Service, Quality of your instructor (Craig LiaBraaten),
Quality of in-class demonstrations and in-class music selections, and Overall Value
of the Program.

Larry and Rowena Stoffel (Hibbing, MN)
    "We noticed that after a few sessions of attending the Kindermusik program that our 6 yr old son was picking out beats and notes on his own from music that was on the radio and television. He will start dancing to the music being played with his own movements keeping up to what is being played at the time.
    Our Kindermusik Instructor Craig introduces the kids to the beginning of learning about the things that music is made up of - tempos, notes, tones and beats. The program teaches without them knowing they are learning because it is done while they are playing games, singing and dancing with their parents and the other kids.
    Kindermusik at the Hibbing School of Music is a great way to spend an hour with our child while learning something new and introducing the beginnings of something that can be a very valuable contribution to their future. Yes, we recommend this Kindermusik program to others."
    Larry and Rowena rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer survey: Quality of your instructor (Craig LiaBraaten), Quality of in-class demonstrations and music selections, and Overall Value of the Program.

Frank and Angela Debelak - Kindermusik Parents (Hibbing, MN)
    "Hi Craig & Leah! Just wanted you to know how happy we are with your Kindermusik
classes! We recommend them to everyone we know, and if any potential clients would like
someone to contact, feel free to pass along our info!

    Our 3 year old, Miriam, delights in the singing, dancing, games, and interaction at
Kindermusik each week, and in between time loves the shakers, music, piano music, stories,
and everything else that came with the At Home Materials. We've seen Miriam develop
so much since beginning Kindermusik - she loves to tinker away at the piano, but
instead of it sounding like 'banging', it actually has a beautiful melody all of her own! It's
like she's a budding Mozart! :-) Miriam looks forward to Kindermusik every week and
gets so excited when we're ready to go!

    Frank IV, who's 9 months old now, seems very advanced musically as well, since beginning
Kindermusik at 6 months! He 'dances' bopping up and down to music whenever he hears it,
and seems to have great rhythm! He loves class, too, and I know he's thinking 'Ooooo that
looks like so much fun, I can't wait to learn to walk!'

    Angela's degree in Psychology reminds us that our children are benefiting much more
than the obvious music ways - we love the chart you had on the wall detailing how
Kindermusik touches every part of the child's brain - emotional, social, physical, language,
music, etc.

    Bravo for educating parents!

    We appreciate Kindermusik so much because of the supportive family atmosphere - we
love to go, too, and our children have no anxiety about us leaving and can just enjoy
learning! Yeah!!!

    Thank you so much for all you put into Kindermusik - your reputation for excellence is
evident! We'll be annual Kindermusik-goers until our youngest is 7! :-) Thank you!!!!
    Signed - Frank and Angela Debelak

Doris Maxie - Kindermusik Parent (Hibbing, MN)
     "Kindermusik with Craig LiaBraaten has been a very positive experience. Each week
we look forward to going to this class activity together to socialize with others while also
learning and expanding on music concepts.

     Kindermusik at the Hibbing School of Music has helped encourage Hannah's creativity.
She is always singing and dancing around.

     Hannah would love to go to Kindermusik class every day!"
     Signed - Doris Maxie
     Doris Maxie rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer
survey: Customer Service, Professionalism, Quality of your Instructor (Craig LiaBraaten),
Quality of In-Class Demonstrations and In-Class Music Selections, Quality of "At Home
Materials", Overall Value of the Program. Does Doris recommend our Kindermusik program
to others? Doris answered: "Yes, Definitely!"

Sharon Kuzma - Kindermusik Grandparent (Mt. Iron, MN)
     "I've had the opportunity to bring my grand daughter to her Kindermusik class and
participate in it with Craig LiaBraaten. I think it is wonderful!

     My grand daughter just loves it and has learned so much! She is learning to use her
imagination, sing, dance, count, as well as learning to share, take turns, and get along
with others. The children are learning all of this and much more with Kindermusik.

     Mr. Craig is a wonderful teacher! I have really enjoyed being able to participate
in this class with my grand daughter."
     Signed - Sharon Kuzma

Dr. Kristin and Toby Reckmeyer - Kindermusik Parents (Hibbing, MN)
     "Kindermusik at the Hibbing School of Music allows our daughter to experience music
and interact with other children all at once. It's the best!"
      Dr. Kristin and Toby Reckmeyer rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our
Kindermusik customer survey: Professionalism, Customer Service, Quality of your
Instructor (Craig LiaBraaten), Quality of In-Class Demonstrations and Music Selections,
Cost of Tuition and Overall Value of the Program. Kristin and Toby wrote they would
recommend the Hibbing School of Music Kindermusik program to others.

Brenda Gams - Kindermusik Parent (Mt. Iron, MN)
     Brenda's daughter enrolled in our "Imagine That!" Kindermusik class for ages 3 to 5.
     Brenda rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer survey:
Customer Service, Professionalism, Quality of your Instructor (Craig LiaBraaten), Quality of
In-Class Demonstrations and In-Class Music Selections. Yes, Brenda recommends our
Kindermusik program to others.

Nona Lendacky (Hibbing, MN)
     Nona, adult voice and songwriting student of Craig LiaBraaten, presented a plaque
and framed picture to Craig LiaBraaten with this inscription in 2004 after she recorded
her first vocal demo scholarship of her own original songs:
     "Craig LiaBraaten is a Teacher...dedicated to excellence.
     Encourager, good-humored, talented, musically superb, precise.
     Helping & challenging each student to fulfill their musical goals while blessing others
as they do so.
     Living life with gusto, flair and appreciation!
     Reminding us of life, preciousness; our privilege to enjoy it, and our response to
encourage others as we journey through.
     We appreciate your message, your method, and you!
     With gratitute and esteem, your student and friend,
     Nona Lendacky 2004"

Brittney Blair (Nashwauk, MN)
     “I have taken lessons with Craig LiaBraaten for about 7 years. I've had the
opportunity to record 2 CDs and I am going to be starting my third one soon.
    On May 7th, 2006, I had the great experience of singing the National Anthem
for the Minnesota Twins. I have also competed in Twin Ports Idol and Iron Range Idol.
    Other performances include, Hibbing Historical Society, Guardian Angels Nursing home,
Christmas concerts, Security State Bank, street dances, school talent shows.
    What I enjoy so much about lessons is the fact that Mr. Craig gets me and
his other students so excited about learning music.
    I feel that I couldn't be this good of a singer without his help.
    My favorite thing is the performances. I love them! They have also made
me a more confident person.”

Jenna Massingill (Keewatin, MN)
    “Craig LiaBraaten has been my piano teacher for 5 years. Playing my piano
has not only taught me discipline but it also helped me in my school studies. It sharpens
your mind in your concentration and focusing on your work because that is what piano
playing is about.
    My love of piano playing and the teaching of Mr. Craig has helped me grow
musically, for I also play the Flute, Trumpet, and Piano. I love music and playing music.
    I strongly recommend Mr. Craig as a teacher because he's smart and funny
and is great with kids who have the love of music.”

Cassie Wenberg (Hibbing, MN)
    “I have been taking lessons with Craig LiaBraaten for about 2 years. I have
won a lot of awards like in 2004 I won 1st prize beginner voice, grand prize (Tie)-voice
bronze award.
    This year I won “Iron Range Idol”!!!!!! and “Born To The Stage”!!!!!! I have
participated in a lot of the performances almost all of them since 2004!
    What I like most about my lessons is that I get to learn more things about
music and how my voice has developed since I have started music lessons!
    I also like how Mr. Craig is always funny, and how he makes learning music
really fun! I love my music lessons and can't wait for my next one and the one's after that!”

Megan Moyer (Mountain Iron, MN)
    “I am 11 years old. I have been taking voice lessons with Craig LiaBraaten
for just over a year now. In that time I have been invited to sing publicly six times, not
including two performance recitals. I received Third Place in Intermediate Voice in
July 2006, and was Fifth Place in 2006 "Iron Range Idol".
    I always look forward to going to lessons because Mr. Craig is always
finding new music for me to try. He always encourages me to do my best, and shows
me ways to keep improving.”

Heidi King (Keewatin, MN)
    "I have been taking lessons with Craig LiaBraaten 7 years.  I have won many awards,
including 15 trophies, two CD demos, and many other recognitions. I have participated in
six recitals, two performances at my school [Nashwauk-Keewatin Elementary and High
School], and a local "Tribute to Grandparents" day. 
    I love taking lesson with Mr. Craig!
    Craig makes it so fun! He lets you learn the songs you want to and he makes learning
music fun. Learning to play the piano was one of the best decisions that I have made, and
choosing Craig as my teacher was also another."

Pieter Bekker (Hibbing, MN)
    "When my wife and I decided to give our 7 year old daughter music lessons,
we were concerned she was too young. Mr. Craig assured us she was not and we went ahead.
    Kaitlyn has taken both piano and vocal lessons, and is a budding musician at her
current age of 9. Mr. Craig's innovative lesson approach assures us that she remains excited,
challenged and interested.
    And besides that, Kaitlyn LOVES Mr. Craig!"

Tina Powers (Cook, MN)
    “I HIGHLY recommend Hibbing School of Music/LiaBraaten Teaching Studio.
    My daughter, Maddy, has been taking lessons for 6 months. She looks forward to each lesson
and hasn't missed one yet. Leah has been great, scheduling with flexibility when needed.
    It is well worth the drive for us, and we live in the Cook area. I have seen positive
changes in my daughter, aside from improvement in her singing, breathing, and stage presence.
    She has become more responsible, has gained self-confidence, and no longer has "jitters"
speaking or singing for a crowd. She now sets goals for herself.
    Craig has a great balance when he teaches. He is very professional, encouraging,
and always makes learning fun. He has provided lots of opportunities for his students to perform
in the community.
    I am impressed with how the students were so supportive of each-other at their recitals
and performances. They show good sportsmanship!
    As a parent, I encourage you to get your children enrolled in the Hibbing School of Music.”

Lynn Stish (Hibbing, MN)
    “My daughter, Jordan Stish, age 8, began taking voice lessons from 'Mr. Craig' last
year at the age of 7. Mr. Craig's gentle, positive teaching style has helped Jordan
develop into a poised, confident, young performer.
    He has helped enhance her music appreciation through his extra credit

Name That Tune” game at the end of each lesson. He has motivated her to
not only continue voice lessons, but to begin piano lessons, too.
    Mr. Craig is a true inspiration to Jordan and a professional music educator. He has
given Jordan the opportunity to perform at various venues including the local mall,
nursing homes, local parks, parades and on the Memorial Building's “Little Theater”
    Her self confidence has increased because of these performing opportunities, and
I have seen this carry over into other aspects of her life including church, school,
and social situations.
    We highly recommend Mr. Craig LiaBraaten for a music teacher / coach.”

DaNeil Sirjord (Hibbing, MN)
    "My daughter, KeKe, is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons from Mr. Craig
since she was in the 1st grade. 
    Mr. Craig's approach with her is always positive.  He makes lessons fun and approaches
her learning utilizing a variety of methods.  He works with her to set personal goals and
takes her lead in terms of choosing songs that are appropriate for her level. 
    I would highly recommend Mr. Craig as a piano instructor. 
    KeKe looks forward to lessons each week and she enjoys her practice time! 
As an educator, I know that children who are active in the arts do better in school. 
Music is a powerful tool that helps the brain develop. 
    Mr. Craig has helped KeKe develop a love of music that will stay with her for life. 
Thank you, Mr. Craig!"

Kathryn Feroe – Adult Music Student (Superior, WI)
    “Craig LiaBraaten is a talented musician as well as an enthusiastic, quality teacher.
Not only does he provide his students with a solid learning experience, but he also has a

wide venue of performance opportunities. After all, experience is how one really learns.
    This sets him apart from any other voice teacher in the Northland.
    We are more than satisfied with our adult daughter's [Heidi Feroe's] transformation
under his guidance.”

Jamie McDougall – Adult Music Student (Hibbing, MN)
    “As a long time pianist and choir singer, I hoped to improve my music ability with voice
lessons. A 'mature adult,' I know I am doing this just to fulfill a dream.
    After the first two lessons, I sang for my adult children.... and they were impressed with
my nearly immediate improvement! Craig's knowledge, fun-loving attitude and support make every lesson a celebration.
    I'm having a blast!”

Lynette Wollenetz – Adult Music Student (Superior, WI)
    “Craig LiaBraaten is not only an exceptional teacher, but also a World-Class musician.
More importantly, he and his wife are people of integrity.
    It took me years to get the courage to find a teacher, because I thought I was being silly
wanting to sing. But Craig made me feel comfortable & he has brought tremendous joy into
my life through music.
    I consider myself very fortunate to have Craig as my instructor.”

Rev. Mark Palmer - Senior Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church (Hibbing, MN)
    "Craig LiaBraaten became my daughter Emily's piano teacher, which has provided her with great opportunity to expand her abilities under his superb tutelage.
    Clearly, the greater Hibbing area is also blessed to have a businessman / musician of his caliber in our community. His efforts have not only provided a work place for numerous individuals over the years, but the quality and high end musical training and oversight that few small communities can boast of.
    I have wondered at times how a man who is head and shoulders above the norm in his musical field is in Hibbing, Minnesota when he could easily thrive in any metropolitan area. I am thankful to God and appreciative of the blessings that come to our greater community through his multiple talents and abilities."


Kindermusik Family in northern Minnesota at the Hibbing School of Music
Hibbing School of Music Director & Kindermusik Instructor

Offering All levels of Kindermusik Classes from Newborn to Age 7
Call Now to Register for Winter 2006-2007 Classes
(800) 248-7225 or locally (218) 263-5543

Kindermusik Music Classes on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota

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