What can I expect from a Music Together® class?
Music Together®is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. At Music Together we believe that the
ability to make music is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture children’s
natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in a forty-five minute class that will enrich their musical environment and guide your family towards a lifetime of music-making.
Why are infants through age five children grouped in the same class?
In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered 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. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 25 years’ experience in the field.
What is the class size?
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).
Can I bring a guest or an un-registered older sibling to class?
Music Together 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. All guests must be pre-arranged 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 pre-arranged with your teacher.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families are allotted two make-ups per semester. Click here to schedule your make-up.
(Please note: makeups do not carry over from previous semesters). Our classes tend to be full with limited space for make-ups. 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 need to withdraw from class?
The deadline for families needing to withdraw is two weeks before the start date of your class. Deposits are not refundable after this deadline. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and all tuition fees are forfeited if the Center Director is not informed of your withdrawal before the registration deadline. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please contact Center Director Jennifer Dudik at 724.863.7666.
I’m concerned about my child’s behavior in class. HELP!?!?
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 a tantrum, screaming, running, or otherwise causing a prolonged disruption to the class, please remove them from the room and re-join when they have calmed down. We have found this method effective in communicating to them which behaviors are not allowed in our classroom.
When will my class be confirmed?
We will email a confirmation of receipt when a registration is received. You will also receive a reminder email a week before your class is scheduled to begin. If there is a need to cancel or change the class you are registered in we will contact you by phone or email.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
Music Together by Miss Jen does not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. However, families may use their allotted 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.
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 Norwin School District for our Irwin Studio and Franklin Reginal School District for our Murrysville Location with regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, our classes will be cancelled. If schools delay in the morning it is possible that our evening classes will still be held as scheduled. Your teacher will contact you regarding cancellations. You may also check our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations. If during the semester we experience an extraordinary amount of class cancellations we will consider adding extra makeup classes to our schedule. We will make every effort to contact you the morning of a cancellation or delay. Semester extensions due to these cancellations will be confirmed via email.
As a parent, what is my role in class?
Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing! 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! If your child is throwing, screaming, or otherwise causing a prolonged disruption to the other families - we ask that you remove them from the room until they are ready to return. We expect typical fussing or protesting of little ones occasionally in class and this does not typically require removal from the classroom.
How should we use the Music Together Materials?
Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, 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 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. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Many of the instruments used in class can be found online at MusicTogether.com.
May I bring a camera to 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 makes a fabulous baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts and birthdays. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.