Editor’s Note: Kindermusik with Miss Brandi is a sponsor of chambanamoms.com.
Meet Brandi Lowe, owner, coordinator, and certified educator of Kindermusik with Miss Brandi here in Urbana. Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children birth through 7 years, and their caregivers.
Brandi grew up in the Quad Cities, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Education, married here, stayed here, and is now raising a family in Urbana with husband, two children (7 and 10) and Danny Dog, the Pug.
Q: How did you become a Kindermusik educator?
I originally thought I would be a junior high/high school band director. But after getting my degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and teaching junior high and high school band, I decided it wasn’t what I really wanted to do with my life. I moved on to teaching pre-school at a local Montessori school and found that I just “clicked” with this age group. When I had my first child, I discovered Kindermusik in the Urbana Park District’s Leisure Guide. After taking classes for a couple of years with my son, I decided that this was something I could really be good at. This fall starts my seventh year of teaching Kindermusik and I absolutely love it! I’ve never had a job this fun before. I’ve really found my calling.
Q: Your kids took Kindermusik classes? So, do you have a musical family?
LOL! Well, my husband played french horn in middle school. My son, who is 10, will start trumpet this year, but he mostly takes after his dad who is much more into computers and scientific thinking. My 7-year-old daughter is more like me. She loves to be in the spotlight and she could sing all day if you let her. But both kids loved their Kindermusik classes.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t teaching music?
Sing! LOL! Well, that isn’t too far from the truth. I love to sing and some of my favorite activities are singing with my church choir and singing karaoke whether that be at a local karaoke place or in the car with youtube. I also like to knit (which I picked up about a year ago), do yoga, read, and I’m trying to learn sign language. I’d also love to learn to play guitar, but I haven’t found the time yet.
Q: You sound busy like most moms we know. How do you balance work, family, and fun?
I suppose like everyone else. I guess if you really want to know, you should come see my house. It’s the place that gets the least attention. When I have friends over, I tell them that I’m such a good friend that I want them to feel good about themselves. That’s why I don’t keep a spot-free house. All of my friends feel better about themselves and their messy houses after they come to my house! LOL! I’m just that good of a friend!
Q: How can we find out more about Kindermusik?
Win a semester’s worth of classes with Miss Brandi for your child! This giveaway is for four months free (September-December), a $120 value. Winner must purchase materials ($50).
To enter: Leave a comment and tell us why music is special in your child’s life!
For an extra entry: visit http://urbana.yourvirtuoso.
Also, if you register for a class by Sunday, Sept. 16, you will receive a free award-winning Gertie Ball and a 10-credit download card from play.kindermusik.com (a $16 value). Please call Brandi (217-369-5844) to register to redeem this offer; make sure to mention the chambanamoms special. If you register and then win the giveaway, you will be credited.
Fine print: No purchase necessary. Contest will be wrapped up by midnight Sunday, Sept. 16. Winner will be picked at random by random.org. Winner must respond to email notification by midnight Monday, Sept. 17 or another winner will be picked. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. Prize valued at $120 (no cash value).