Preparing for Your Class Experience
What do the grown-ups do in class?
*First of all, simply enjoy taking some intentional time out of your busy schedule to have fun with your child in a playful learning environment. You may recognize musical cues that you've never noticed before. It's a wonderful time to connect as a family in a meaningful way.
What are your expectations for the children?
* Parents/caregivers are expected to participate in class in order to provide an effective, enthusiastic model for their children to follow. Wear comfy clothes you can move in! You’ll be invited to remove your shoes, so you may choose to have a pair of socks available as well. We generally sit in a circle on the floor for some songs and get up on our feet to move during others.
* Shhhh! Keep non-music related chatter to a minimum. Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing! Your active participation (regardless of what you think your musical ability is) 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, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
What happens if my family has to miss a class?
*If you or your child displays symptoms of illness, such as fever, excessive coughing or runny nose that would hinder your child's participation in class or expose others to something contagious, please stay home and let your family recuperate. Each session includes a complimentary make-up class at the end in order to encourage families to help our musical community stay healthy.
* If your family must miss class for any reason, it would be helpful to know this in advance in order to effectively prepare the class activities for the day. You may give the teacher verbal notice at class, send an email/Facebook message, or call the numbers provided in your Enrolled Families handout in the case of a last-minute absence.
* No tuition refunds are given after the first day of class; however, a credit towards future tuition may be granted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the LCMT Director. If a class for the session is cancelled, refunds (less amount for materials and classes taught) will be made available for those who cannot enroll in an alternate time slot.
* Children are invited to participate in developmentally-appropriate ways (which actually includes just sitting quietly and taking it all in during class!), but they should be guided to make safe decisions that protect the rest of the LCMT mixed-age musical community.
The teacher may be able to assist in engaging children outside of the circle, but parents/caregivers may also opt to go to their child’s location in the room, remain seated with their child(ren) while the class is moving or vice versa. Running and roughhousing are discouraged. Sitting with sticks/mallets of any kind is preferred. Children may be taken out in the hall for a short time by their caregivers in order to refocus their attention more positively as needed. The goal is for the entire class to enjoy a safe shared musical experience while acknowledging and being accepting of differing learning styles and personal needs.
* If instruments are “tasted” by a child throughout the class, please put them in the black basket on the table so that they get extra cleaning attention before being used by another child. Instruments and props are washed and disinfected on a regular basis.
Do you allow guests to visit?
* There is often space for guests in a regularly-scheduled class, but reservations are required for families wishing to try a free sample class or guests of a currently-enrolled family. Older siblings out of school for special vacation days are welcome with advance notice.
*Additional adult caregivers (grandparents, extended family members) are welcome to attend as they are able. It is helpful to know the names of caregivers who will attend on a regular basis, as well as have advance notice if there will be occasional guests or special needs to consider.
When is the best time to begin taking classes?
Your infant, toddler, or preschooler is just the right age to join a Lake City Music Together class. Children are experts at learning skills at their individual growth edge, and musical activities are designed to be accessible to everyone in the room--even the grown-ups!
The Music Together curriculum is research-based and circular to provide regular opportunities for introducing and reinforcing important concepts, so there is no designated starting or ending spot. Families who cycle through the curriculum notice deeper learning when a child experiences a song at a new developmental stage.