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WELCOME TO
LEAPS & SOUNDS SCHOOL OF MUSIC

 
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ABOUT

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

  • 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.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

What We Offer

KINDERMUSIK

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
    age groups)

 

 

The Kindermusik curriculum spans infancy to age 7, and additional classes for older children will be added in time.

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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!

 
Upcoming Events
Grand Opening - Open House!
Thursday Feb. 13, Time TBD
Ss John & Paul Catholic Church
Thursday Feb. 13, Time TBD
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!
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Free Demo Classes
Sat, Feb 15
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Feb 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
10:00am Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 11:00am Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Valentine's Playdate!
Sat, Feb 08
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Feb 08, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
Enjoy a full Kindermusik class experience and take home an instrument as well as download codes for all the music we used in class! $20 registration fee
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Free Demo Classes
Fri, Feb 07
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Feb 07, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
10:00am Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 11:00am Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Free Demo Classes
Thu, Feb 06
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Feb 06, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
5:00pm Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 6:00pm Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Free Demo Classes
Thu, Jan 30
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Jan 30, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
5:00pm Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 6:00pm Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Free Demo Classes
Sat, Jan 25
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Jan 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
10:00am Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 11:00am Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Free Demo Classes
Fri, Jan 24
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center
Jan 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ss John & Paul Church, Faith Dev. Center, 1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
10:00am Demo Class for Babies (non-walkers) and Caregivers 11:00am Demo Class for Toddlers (walking, age 1-3.5 yo) and Caregivers
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Winter Playdate!
Sat, Dec 21
Altoona Campus
Dec 21, 2019, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Altoona Campus, 1500 8th St SW, Altoona, IA 50009, USA
Enjoy a full Kindermusik class with your little one & take home a Kindermusik instrument and album of songs to keep the music playing!
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Meet McKinna

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!

 
 

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