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! Classes are conveniently located at Saints John & Paul Catholic Church in Altoona, IA.
McKinna Daugherty 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
whole body movement
fine motor movements
Studies show that Kindermusik prepares children for success in school, as well as future musical studies.
What We Offer
Opening in February, we will have the following classes:
Foundations (0-12 mo./prewalkers)
Level 1 (one year old/walkers)
Level 2 (18 mo.-3 years)
Mixed Age (up to age 7, great for families with children in different
The Kindermusik curriculum spans infancy to age 7, and additional classes for older children will be added in time.
KINDERMUSIK SUMMER CAMP
Stay tuned for summer camp opportunities for 3, 4, and 5 year olds! These "camps" will take place four consecutive mornings or afternoons with a full Kindermusik lesson each day PLUS a craft and snack!
McKinna Daugherty is the Owner & Educator behind Leaps & Sounds School of Music. Meet McKinna!
Hi! 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 an amateur guitarist.
The other half of my life is in the church where I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and have served churches in Chicago, Kentucky, and now here at Altoona Christian Church. I also have an M. Div from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
I'm from Kansas City originally, but I'm glad to have settled down in Altoona, IA with my partner, 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!