Frequently Asked Questions

As a parent, what is my role in class? 

Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child’s most important music teacher right now—and it doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones.

Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you’ll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please save socializing or use your cell phone until after class.  We recommend using non-verbal communication with children as much as possible to keep a musical environment where children can flourish.

What’s expected of my child in class?

At Music Together®, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult’s idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.

Children’s responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the weeks, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Play your songs at home and in the car frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen during play time, before nap or bedtime. Create your Family Music Zone account at Music Together LLC and download the Hello Everybody app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new ideas for musical ideas to use at home. The music notation is available through the Family Music Zone, if you play an instrument and want to play along. Try using the songbook at story time and sing through the songs as you go along.

Always wanted to learn an instrument? Check out our Guitar Class for Grownups; a specially designed class for grownups to easily play songs from class at home on guitar! 

What is the class size?

Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).

What if I miss a class due to illness or travel? 

If your child is sick, please keep them home and schedule a make-up class. Schedule online at our Make-Up Scheduler.  Unlimited make-ups are offered as a courtesy to enrolled families and are available depending on class size on a first-come basis to actively enrolled families.  Make-up classes expire at the end of the last active month of membership and do not carry over to future enrollments or transfer to siblings.  

Can I switch to a different class?

If naps or schedules change, please contact the office to request a transfer:  There are many educational benefits for children to have the continuity of musical community in their classes; we often see a child's comfort and trust level grow as they experience a similar group of familiar faces each week. We do, however, understand that situations arise, and you may need to request a transfer. This will be considered depending on availability and class size.

What if I start classes after the session begins?

Please note that take-home materials go home in the first four weeks of each season: September, January & Mid-March.
Families may join at any time.  Beginning October 2019, families that register in the middle of a month pay a prorated fee reduced by $18 per class at the time of registration.  

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.

Can I bring guests or an unregistered sibling to class?

Grownups/Older Children:  we welcome extra singing role-models!  Feel free to bring extra grownups (and children over 8 years of age) to class.  Please share that the class is participation oriented.  

Younger Children:  For your child's safety, our class sizes are limited. Please do not bring extra children (under age 8) to class unless previously arranged. Visiting spots for new families are available on a first-come first served basis using our Demo Scheduler

Siblings:  When space is available, siblings are welcome to visit class one time at no charge. Two subsequent scheduled sibling visits are permitted at a rate of $15 per child. Please reserve a spot for the visiting sibling using the Make-Up Scheduler.

Out-of-town Visitors:  Please schedule out-of-town visitors (with children under age 8) using our Drop-In Scheduler.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Yes, parents, grandparents, caregivers or older siblings (8 and above) are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask! It is wonderful to have extra singing role models! Please let your visitors know ahead of time that the class is participation oriented. Older children are expected to participate in music-making.

Why aren’t there classes for specific age groups?

Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it’s the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence.

Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together, as a family.  Learn more here:  Surprising Benefits of Mixed-Age Classes