Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers attend class together until age 5, why?
Since 1986, Music Together® has pioneered the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. Mixed-age classes provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other. Child development researchers have found that grouping together children of varying ages fosters natural, family style learning.
In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. 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 activity 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.
Can I bring a guest or an unregistered older sibling to class?
All guests must be prearranged with the teacher to ensure adequate space in the class. Each family may bring one guest or older sibling at no charge per semester. Additional guests or sibling visits are $10 per each visit and must be prearranged with your teacher.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families may make-up missed classes. Use our Makeup Scheduler. (Please note: makeups do not carry over from previous 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 must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.
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 the 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 an area to nurse privately if desired.
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.
Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?
We follow the Greensburg Salem School District with regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, our classes will be cancelled. If schools delay or cancel in the morning it is possible that our classes will still be held as scheduled. Please check Remind, our website homepage, or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations. We will make every effort to contact you the morning of a cancellation or delay. If during the semester we experience an extraordinary amount of class cancellations we will consider adding extra makeup classes to our schedule. Semester extensions due to these cancellations will be confirmed via email.
I’m concerned about my child’s behavior in class.
Know that we fully expect children to behave as children with some fussing, wandering and exploration of the classroom. Keep your child safe with a watchful eye but try to relax and enjoy the class yourself. Your teacher will guide you in knowing what we expect of the children in your class. 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 may help your child regain their sense of self and help them transition back into the music. 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. We have found this method effective in communicating to them which behaviors are not allowed in our classroom.
As a parent, what is my role in class?
Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music immersion environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes.
Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialize till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself!
Wandering toddlers are fine, but if you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle.
Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
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 collection book. 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- just ask). Try using the songbook at story time 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 individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class.
May I take pictures in class?
Occasionally classes are photographed and/or videotaped. These photographs/videos are used for publicity purposes. Parents will, in instances where these images are intended for publicity purposes, be asked to sign the appropriate release forms. As our classes are participatory experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please use their judgment to ensure this activity does not interrupt the class.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates for any amount towards classes can be purchased at any time. They make a fabulous baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts.