by Molly Mc-Goff Brunner
Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, ZUMBINI is an early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0 to 4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for you and your child.
Music is present in our lives on a regular basis from movies and TV that use music to enhance our visual experience to times of worship and celebration such as graduation or a birthday. ZUMBINI itself is a celebration of the power of music to enhance our lives, stimulate learning, inspire dance, explore movement, and strengthen the bond between child and caregiver/parent.
ZUMBINI is different from other programs because we don’t teach music. We use music to teach. Research has shown that exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills. This is because music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team. When dancing and moving to music children develop better motor skills whereas singing along to a song helps them practice their voice and speech and supports the development process in learning the sound, tone, and words.
I am so happy to bring the ZUMBINI program to Om Baby.
I am Molly McGoff-Brunner, a stay at home mom of two of my own amazing kiddos, Noah, 5 and Anyston ,3. Plus a bonus kid on the weekends – Addison, my step-daughter, is 12. Needless to say they keep me and my husband pretty busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Born and raised in Carlisle, I graduated from Carlisle High School and then attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where I earned my BS in Sports and Recreation Management.
In my efforts to get back into shape after my second baby I rediscovered my love of fitness classes. As they say “do what you love, love what you do” so I decided to begin a journey of certifications and now I am a licensed instructor in Zumba, POUND, Generation POUND, and ZUMBINI. I have a passion for working with children and want to make fitness FUN so it becomes part of their healthy lifestyle.