Please find our class policies and other frequently asked questions below:
- How long is the class?
- What is the class size?
- What can I expect from class?
- Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?
- Can I bring my unregistered older sibling to class?
- When will I receive confirmation of class enrollment?
- What if I miss a class during the semester?
- What if I need to withdraw from a class?
- What if I start classes after the semester begins?
- Do you offer drop-ins?
- As a parent, what is my role in class?
- Is it OK for more than 1 adult to come to class?
- How should we use the Music Together materials?
- Can we take pictures in class?
- What about cell phones?
- Can we eat in class?
How long is the class?
All our classes are “parent & me” classes that are 45 minutes long.
What is the class size?
Each class has up to 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s). Infant siblings 8 months and under do not count in the class numbers.
What can I expect from class?
Our classes nurture a child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments together in an informal setting. Young children get the opportunity to not only learn through play and experimentation but also watch and listen to the grownups they love and look up to. In fact, this modeling is essential to their growth into confident music-makers. But don’t worry, you already have the only skill you’ll need – the desire to play and have fun with your child! Just being there as a role model and sharing the experience is enough to make a powerful difference. Our teachers are specially trained to create a safe atmosphere where you can happily join in, experiment, and even get silly – all while strengthening the bond with your child.
Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?
In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. 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. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as 20 years of Music Together experience in the field.
Can I bring my unregistered older sibling to class?
Throughout the semester, our classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. Older siblings of registered students may visit 2 classes per semester; please call the office in advance to let us know if you are bringing an older sibling to class.
When will I receive confirmation of class enrollment?
Confirmation emails are sent once the class has met minimum enrollment. If the class has not met minimum enrollment, you will be notified of placement in your second choice.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Each family is allowed three makeups per semester. To schedule a makeup, please call or email the office. Please note: makeups do not carry over term to term and need to be completed during the current session. Makeups are on a space-available basis and do fill up, especially at the end of each term, so try to book in advance.
What if I need to withdraw from a class?
No refunds are given after the session begins. If you cancel before the session start date, there is a $25 withdrawal fee. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
We accept enrollment during the first three weeks of classes, but we do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration as long as there are classes available to attend as makeups for the missed classes.
Do you offer drop-ins?
Music Together is a program that works over time through repetition and family bonding. To that end, we do not promote drop-in enrollments during the 10-week sessions, except under the following circumstances:
1. You have an out-of-town guest (friend or family) who wants to attend with their appropriately aged child(ren) [use demo scheduler to secure space];
2. You have an older sibling to your enrolled child who is home from school (on holiday, not home sick) who wants to attend your regular class or your makeup class with you [call, email or text the office to let me know];
3. You would like to demo a class [use demo scheduler to secure space].
As a parent, what is my role in class?
Enhance your child’s experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing and follow what the teacher is doing. Your active participation is the key to your child’s learning and musical growth. The songs, chants and movements are easy and accessible. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune – you can give your child a positive music experience simply by participating! Your child does not need to sit on your lap: children who may be kinesthetic learners need to move around the room and express themselves rhythmically. Model positive parenting, make music and enjoy yourself!
Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to resist 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 her 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!
Is it OK for more than 1 adult to come to class?
Both or either parent, 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 occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Play class songs (via CD or MP3 download from Music Together Family Music Zone website) at home and in the car at least once a day, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. 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 ready for more formal music instruction.
New Music Together parents receive our introductory multimedia CD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child’s individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have seen the new multimedia CD, ask for a copy of the CD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child’s music development.
Can we take pictures in class?
Picture-taking is reserved for the final class of the session and then only during the play-along; however, you may take pictures of your child before class any week (most teachers are happy to bring the gathering drum out if you’d like). If you’re taking pictures, you are no longer modeling participation for your child, and your hands aren’t available for quick problem-solving, either. This policy includes grandparents and nannies! Save it for after class, please. Everyone is essential in the music-making process.
In addition, many parents are sensitive about posting their children’s faces online, so if you happen to get an opportunity to snap a shot of your child, please cut out or blur any other children unless you have permission from their parents to post it — or just don’t post it online.
What about cell phones?
I think you know the answer to this: no cell phones in class. Just let it go for 45 minutes and allow yourself to focus on your child and yourself in music! If you would like to discuss an exception to this rule (you are a doctor on call or your partner is about to go into labor, etc.), please talk to me. If there is an emergency and you need to take a call during class, please step outside to take care of it. Thank you.
Can we eat in class?
Tam Tam fully supports breastfeeding mothers, so feel free to nurse (or bottle-feed) your child in class, but please do not bring any other food or drink into classrooms. Most classroom spaces have strict no-food/drink rules, and some children have severe food allergies that can be triggered simply by the presence of certain foods in the room; plus, beverage containers (parents’ coffee cup, bottled water, sippy cup, etc.) are simply not safe from being either knocked over or experimented with by curious hands and mouths! Better to save them for after class or step outside the classroom for a quick drink or snack if your child needs it during class. We also encourage you to remove your child’s pacifier so (s)he is free to experiment with sounds during class.