Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers attend class together until age 5, why?
Music Together® pioneered the mixed-age approach in early childhood music beginning in 1986. Child development researchers have found that grouping together children of varying ages fosters natural, family-style learning.
Even if you have been in Music Together for several semesters, the activities and curriculum are specifically designed to grow with your child. Children learn best by gleaning what they “need” from each experience, and this need changes as they grow. Each semester they experience the class in a new way due to the rapid developmental changes of early childhood.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Yes, two parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music-making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class encourages other family members to join in at home.
Can I bring a guest or an unregistered older sibling to class?
Check with your teacher before bringing a guest under age 5. Each family may bring one guest or older sibling (under age 5) at no charge per semester. Additional guest or sibling attendance is $10 per class.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families may make-up missed classes. Use our Makeup Scheduler. Makeups may not be carried forward to future semesters. If you know you will miss a class during the semester, please let us know ASAP since this opens a spot up for someone else in need of a make-up.
Can I switch to a different class?
Requests for class changes should be made by the third week of a semester. Changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
Every Little Soul Music does not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. However, families may take makeup class(es) offered each semester.
Can we eat in class?
Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. We also provide a private area to nurse if desired.
Will classes be canceled in inclement weather?
If schools delay or cancel in the morning, we may still hold class as scheduled. J as scheduled. Please join Remind for all class announcements Cancellation calls are made one hour before class start time whenever possible.
Except for extreme weather, we will not cancel classes due to cold temperatures or light snow. Families are encouraged to use their discretion when registering for the winter semester. We offer unlimited makeups and one snow makeup week. No refunds for missed classes.
I’m concerned about my child’s behavior in class.
Know that we fully expect children to behave like children with some fussing, wandering, and exploration of the classroom. If your child is throwing, having a tantrum, screaming, running, or otherwise causing a prolonged disruption to the class - a few moments outside of the room or in our designated quiet space may help them transition back into class.
Your judgment is the best tool in determining when your child is ready to come back into the classroom. When you re-join the class, you are communicating to your child that the class experience is valuable.
As a parent, what is my role in class?
Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Since it is difficult for a young child to tune out adult conversation, please wait to socialize till after class.
Try not to give verbal directions as children respond best by just watching you enjoying class yourself.
How should we use the Music Together Materials?
Download the Hello Everybody App, and unlock each semester's content using the code on the inside cover of your songbook. Play the music at home and in the car frequently. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument (full notation available on the Hello Everybody app and from your teacher). Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction.
We are also happy to discuss your child's progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class.
May I take pictures in class?
Occasionally classes are photographed and videotaped for publicity purposes, and parents will have the option to sign the appropriate release forms. Use your judgment when taking your own photos in class as this can be disruptive.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates for any amount make a fabulous baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts.