Classes have been held online via a password protected Zoom Meeting. Enrolled families will receive an instrument kit for virtual classes which can be returned for free, or purchased at anytime to keep. 

No matter where you are located, you can enroll at Leaps & Sounds! Miss McKinna intends to continue with some virtual classes, even after local classes return to in-person.

Virtual classes offer all of the same benefits as in-person classes, albeit in slightly different ways. 

Please schedule a free, one-on-one, 
virtual preview class today!



Help your child grow by leaps & bounds
with Kindermusik at Leaps & Sounds!

Leaps & Sounds is Des Moines' newest center for children's music! From infancy through kindergarten, your children will love exploring the world of music with Miss McKinna! Though the studio is based out of Saints John & Paul Catholic Church in Altoona, Iowa, currently all classes are meeting virtually. 


McKinna Daugherty Shinners is a licensed Kindermusik educator with a degree in vocal music from Texas Christian University, as well as a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago. She currently sings with the Des Moines Choral Society. She is passionate about sharing her love of singing with young families and helping each child find their voice. 

Kindermusik is a world renowned early childhood educational curriculum that uses music to increase growth in all facets of development: 

  • receptive & expressive language

  • musical skills

  • social-emotional

  • cognitive

  • whole body movement

  • fine motor movements

  • sensory awareness

Studies show that Kindermusik prepares children for success in school, as well as future musical studies.

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What We Offer


We are adding new classes all the time:

  • Foundations (0-12 mo./prewalkers)

  • Level 1 (one year old/walkers)

  • Level 2 (18 mo.-3 years)

  • Level 3 (3-4 years)

We are eager to add classes for:

  • Level 4 (4-5 years)

  • Kindermusik for Young Child (5-7 years)

  • All Ages/Family Time



The Kindermusik curriculum spans infancy to age 7. If you don't see an existing class that works with your schedule, or serves your child's age- please reach out! We'll create a class for you!



  • "It's Cold Outside" Winter Playdate
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Dec 06, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CST
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Brrrr! It's getting cold outside! Join in for a wintery fun playdate where we'll dance in the snow, wobble with some penguins, and make music on a train!
  • "Mira, Royal Detective" Virtual Class Experience
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Nov 14, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CST
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Celebrate Diwali with Mira! We'll go on an adventure to solve a mystery and learn about the traditional Indian holiday for new beginnings, a festival of light! This year Diwali falls on Saturday, November 14.
  • "Thankful" Playdate
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Nov 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Our November Playdate is all about gratitude and being thankful. Join in for a fun class that will help you and your little one reflect on your blessings!
  • "Leaves in the Wind" Playdate
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Oct 03, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CDT
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Our special fall playdate is "Leaves in the Wind!" Join in for a fun and festive class that's all about the best parts of fall: changing colors in the trees, that crisp cool breeze, wild geese flying overhead, and time with our families.
  • Fall Classes Begin!
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    Sep 21, 2020, 8:00 AM CDT – Sep 26, 2020, 12:00 PM CDT
    Zoom Meeting, Password Protected
    We're launching two Saturday morning virtual classes on Saturday, Sept. 26th. Most of our classes are on-going except for "Kindermusik for the Young Child" classes, which are in a four semester sequence. The first Young Child class will be held the week of Sept. 21st (day/time TBA).
  • "Mira, Royal Detective" Outdoor Class Experience
    In-Person Outdoor Location is TBD
    Aug 30, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT
    In-Person Outdoor Location is TBD
    Space is limited for this special outdoor class experience! Join us for some clue-finding, music-making fun! We will practice social distancing and several safety measures will be in place.
  • TBD
    Grand Opening - Open House!
    Ss John & Paul Catholic Church
    Event postponed due to Covid-19
    Ss John & Paul Catholic Church, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
    You are welcome to celebrate the grand opening of Leaps & Sounds with a come & go reception. Hear about the wonder of Kindermusik, join in merry music making with young and old alike, and enjoy some treats!

Meet McKinna

McKinna Daugherty Shinners is the Owner & Educator behind Leaps & Sounds School of Music. Meet McKinna!

I opened Leaps & Sounds School of Music and became a licensed Kindermusik educator because I love helping children discover how brilliant they are and allowing them to gain confidence and skills for life. Music is a powerful and beautiful gift that we can give to each other, and it is a natural springboard for early childhood development!

I am passionate about helping each every person find their voice because everyone has a gift to share and deserves to be heard.

I have a B.A. in Vocal Music from Texas Christian University and have sung with the Fort Worth Symphony, Chicago Chorale, and currently sing with Des Moines Choral Society. I played violin for several years in my youth, and am an amateur guitarist. 

I am also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and have served churches in Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, and Iowa. I currently serve by volunteering at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, and participating in social justice movements.

I'm from Kansas City originally, but I'm glad to have settled down in Altoona, IA with my husband, T.J. and our goofy animals: Tilly (cat) and Juniper (dog). 

I'm so excited to make music with you and your children and to watch them grow with leaps and sounds!


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