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
development. The program centers around logical musical activities each
with a specific
developmental objective including recognition of high versus low notes,
social interaction, listening and movement. We see benefits beyond
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
explains the logical and developmental process behind each activity
which not only teaches
the parents about musical development, but also provides an unambiguous
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
Living Water Music and Kindermusik with Craig and Leah LiaBraaten.
Many thanks for a strong, smart and worthwhile
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
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!"
rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik customer
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
"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
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!
year old, Miriam, delights in the singing, dancing, games, and
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
so much since beginning Kindermusik - she loves to tinker away at the
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!
IV, who's 9 months old now, seems very advanced musically as well,
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!'
degree in Psychology reminds us that our children are benefiting much
than the obvious music ways - we love the chart you had on the wall
Kindermusik touches every part of the child's brain - emotional,
social, physical, language,
for educating parents!
appreciate Kindermusik so much because of the supportive family
atmosphere - we
Thank you so much for all you put into Kindermusik - your reputation
for excellence is
love to go, too, and our children have no anxiety about us leaving and
can just enjoy
evident! We'll be annual Kindermusik-goers until our youngest is 7! :-)
- Frank and Angela Debelak
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
Doris Maxie rated the following items a "perfect 10" in our Kindermusik
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
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
"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!"
Kristin and Toby Reckmeyer rated the following items a "perfect 10" in
survey: Professionalism, Customer Service, Quality of your
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,
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
Professionalism, Quality of your Instructor (Craig LiaBraaten), Quality
and In-Class Music Selections. Yes, Brenda recommends our
Kindermusik program to
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:
LiaBraaten is a Teacher...dedicated to excellence.
Encourager, good-humored, talented, musically
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
With gratitute and esteem, your student and
Nona Lendacky 2004"
Blair (Nashwauk, MN)
have taken lessons with Craig LiaBraaten for about 7 years. I've had
to record 2 CDs and I am going to be starting my third one soon.
May 7th, 2006, I had the great experience of singing the National
the Minnesota Twins. I have also competed in Twin Ports Idol and Iron
performances include, Hibbing Historical Society, Guardian Angels
concerts, Security State Bank, street dances, school talent shows.
I enjoy so much about lessons is the fact that Mr. Craig gets me and
other students so excited about learning music.
feel that I couldn't be this good of a singer without his help.
favorite thing is the performances. I love them! They have also made
a more confident person.”
Massingill (Keewatin, MN)
LiaBraaten has been my piano teacher for 5 years. Playing my piano
not only taught me discipline but it also helped me in my school
studies. It sharpens
mind in your concentration and focusing on your work because that is
love of piano playing and the teaching of Mr. Craig has helped me
for I also play the Flute, Trumpet, and Piano. I love music and
strongly recommend Mr. Craig as a teacher because he's smart and
is great with kids who have the love of music.”
Wenberg (Hibbing, MN)
have been taking lessons with Craig LiaBraaten for about 2 years. I
a lot of awards like in 2004 I won 1st prize beginner voice, grand
year I won “Iron Range Idol”!!!!!! and “Born To The
Stage”!!!!!! I have
in a lot of the performances almost all of them since 2004!
I like most about my lessons is that I get to learn more things about
and how my voice has developed since I have started music lessons!
also like how Mr. Craig is always funny, and how he makes learning
fun! I love my music lessons and can't wait for my next one and the
one's after that!”
Moyer (Mountain Iron, MN)
am 11 years old. I have been taking voice lessons with Craig
just over a year now. In that time I have been invited to sing
publicly six times, not
two performance recitals. I received Third Place in Intermediate
2006, and was Fifth Place in 2006 "Iron Range Idol".
always look forward to going to lessons because Mr. Craig is always
new music for me to try. He always encourages me to do my best, and
ways to keep improving.”
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."
Bekker (Hibbing, MN)
my wife and I decided to give our 7 year old daughter music lessons,
were concerned she was too young. Mr. Craig assured us she was not
and we went ahead.
has taken both piano and vocal lessons, and is a budding musician at
age of 9. Mr. Craig's innovative lesson approach assures us that she
besides that, Kaitlyn LOVES Mr. Craig!"
Powers (Cook, MN)
“I HIGHLY recommend Hibbing School of
Music/LiaBraaten Teaching Studio.
daughter, Maddy, has been taking lessons for 6 months. She looks
forward to each lesson
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
in my daughter, aside from improvement in her singing, breathing, and
has become more responsible, has gained self-confidence, and no
longer has "jitters"
or singing for a crowd. She now sets goals for herself.
a great balance when he teaches. He is very professional,
always makes learning fun. He has provided lots of opportunities for
his students to perform
I am impressed with how the students were so
supportive of each-other at their recitals
performances. They show good sportsmanship!
As a parent, I
encourage you to get your children enrolled in the Hibbing School of
Stish (Hibbing, MN)
daughter, Jordan Stish, age 8, began taking voice lessons from 'Mr.
at the age of 7. Mr. Craig's gentle, positive teaching style has
into a poised, confident, young performer.
has helped enhance her music appreciation through his extra credit
That Tune” game at the end of each lesson. He has motivated her to
only continue voice lessons, but to begin piano lessons, too.
Craig is a true inspiration to Jordan and a professional music
educator. He has
Jordan the opportunity to perform at various venues including the
homes, local parks, parades and on the Memorial Building's “Little
self confidence has increased because of these performing
have seen this carry over into other aspects of her life including
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
I would highly recommend Mr. Craig as a piano
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!"
Feroe – Adult Music Student (Superior, WI)
LiaBraaten is a talented musician as well as an enthusiastic, quality
Not only does he provide his students with a solid
learning experience, but he also has a
venue of performance opportunities. After all, experience is how one
sets him apart from any other voice teacher in the Northland.
are more than satisfied with our adult daughter's [Heidi Feroe's]
under his guidance.”
McDougall – Adult Music Student (Hibbing, MN)
a long time pianist and choir singer, I hoped to improve my music
ability with voice
A 'mature adult,' I know I am doing this just to fulfill a dream.
the first two lessons, I sang for my adult children.... and they were
nearly immediate improvement! Craig's knowledge, fun-loving attitude
and support make every lesson
having a blast!”
Wollenetz – Adult Music Student (Superior, WI)
LiaBraaten is not only an exceptional teacher, but also a World-Class
importantly, he and his wife are people of integrity.
took me years to get the courage to find a teacher, because I thought
I was being silly
to sing. But Craig made me feel comfortable & he has brought
tremendous joy into
life through music.
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."