Frequently Asked Questions
Are the same songs used every semester?
No. Each semester uses a different song collection. There are nine song collections in all, presented in a three-year cycle which can be repeated. Because song collections are not sequential, families can start any semester.
What an I expect from class?
During class, you can expect to enjoy singing, rhythmic rhymes and chants, creative movement, and instrument play. The class is designed to help you and your child have a fun, musical experience through a playful and informal setting. Your active modeling and participation is an essential ingredient to your child's enjoyment and musical learning.
Why are the classes not divided by age group?
Early childhood educators recommend the mixed-age grouping as an optimal learning environment. Mized-age classrooms, besides allowing childrent to participate at their own level and grow at their own pace, also promote social skills and self-esteem. Older children learn from being in a leadership role, and younger children benefit from the example of an oder child. The classes have more of a family feel rather than a school orientation. Sibbilings can participate together, as well as moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers. The curriculum is designed to be accessible on many levels of complexity at once. Learning occurs for every child (and adult!) in the class, across all stages of music development. THe mixed-age environment avoids the urge to confimity and unhelpful performance-oriented comparisons that can sometimes occur in age-segregated classes. Child of the same age are no neccessarily in the same stage of musical development. Mixed age classes free them from any age-specific expectations.
Do infants really benefit?
Yes! Studies have suggested that infants have remarkably sophisticated music responses beginning at birth; they are "wired for sound." They may recognize songs, move their arms and legs in response to music, or even coo in the tonality of a song-and as their bodies and nervous systems mature, they will show progressively more complex musical responses. Infants actively absorb what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling; parents will learn to recognize and support their child's musical responses. It is never too early for a child to begin Music Together classes, and it can be particularly delighful to share in a child's musical development from infancy; parents will tresasure the musical bond they share with their growing child.
What is the typical class size?
Classes range anywhere from 6-12 registered children and their parents or caregivers. Children under 8 months old are not counted in the class size number.
Can older siblings attend classes?
Older siblings are welcome to join us in class!
What happens if I miss a class?
You can make up a missed class by attending another scheduled class. Please contact Marie to let her know you want to attend a different class.
What happens if I need to withdraw from class?
No refunds will be given if you withdraw from a class after the registration deadline. If you chose to withdraw before the registration deadline, you will be charged a $10 processing fee.
Can I sign up after the semester has already started?
Yes! You can sign up for a class during the frist 3 weeks of the semester. Your tuition will be prorated to reflect the number of weeks you are attending. Registration closes during week 3 of the semester.
Can more than 1 adult attend classes?
Yes! Both parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome to joni the class at any time during the semester, no need to ask! Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child’s musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.