Montessori schools in the Minneapolis area and beyond have used these songs for more than a decade. Furthermore, Montessori Schools have used these songs for children's performances and concerts. Hestia Abeyesekera Ph.D., Founder and Director of Kinderhaus of Musik, has had tremendous success in covering the entire spectrum of child Education through the skillful use of rhythm, language, melody and movement.. She is currently consulting, training and conducting workshops on New Dimensions in Montessori Education and Child Development. Workshops on New Dimensions in Montessori Education are for teachers who wish to resolve existing conditions by considering alternatives in early education. Alternatives are new dimensions in early education where the natural forces present at birth; rhythm, language, melody and movement are utilized and channeled into all areas of academic learning. Making use of these natural or innate forces already available within the child make learning and retention a natural phenomenon. Learning Through Music is A PERFECT BIOLOGICAL CONTRAST TO ALL EXISTING METHODOLOGIES! Composer: All original lyrics and music by Hestia Abeyesekera, PhD. Hestia has over 25 years of experience teaching all academic subjects to young children through music. Her unusual and extremely qualified educational background includes degrees in Music, Speech and Drama from London, England. Hestia has a Doctorate in Education and is Montessori trained. Hestia is honored in the World's Who's Who of Women for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Education and is a life member of the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASACP). Hestia has composed over 50 children's songs and 200 other musical compositions. Taken from an article in The Times of Ceylon: I have rarely seen an adult who can enter so naturally and with no inhibitin at all into a child's world ... This multi-talented teacher of music, speech, and drama, taught college and high school, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and produced weekly children's programs for the Ceylon Broadcasting Company, before coming to Minneapolis in 1970, to take up a teaching post in Montessori Education. Through Hestia's brilliance and patience she has molded countless children. Under her direction they grew intellectually, emotionally, and behaviorally. A miraculously Musical Montessori Teacher. Jan Prazak, Professional Social Worker Hestia Abeyesekera, a master teacher who would be superb in any teaching philosophy, is uniquely suited to Montessori. She represents the very best in Montessori. Barbara G. Nelson, M.D., A.M.I. This learning environment is one of the most creative of any of the Montessori classrooms I have seen in Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The class is unique! Christine George, A.M.I. Musical CD Testimonials "I have been using the songs from these CDs for the past 15 years with great success in my Montessori classrooms and have used them regularly as the centerpiece for children's concerts." Richard Colombini, MA, A.M.S. Arise and Shine Montessori.