As a family in one of our classes, you and your child will play musically under the guidance of one of our trained teachers. Each 45 minute weekly Music Together® class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including finger plays, small and large-movement activities, and instrument play. Teachers present these fun musical experiences in ways that are informal, non-performance oriented, and developmentally appropriate for children.
Be ready to get silly! We expect every adult that attends to participate. Why? You are an excellent model for your child regardless of your musical ability. If you are enthusiastic and show your appreciation for music your child will feel free to experience music to its fullest.
The health of our families and staff is very important to us. We take the time to sanitize our classroom space, instruments, and materials after each class. We set aside and clean more thoroughly those items that have been mouthed by babies and toddlers. If you are unable to attend a class please inform your teacher by phone or email ASAP. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO CLASS SICK! If your child has a fever or contagious symptoms of any kind, kindly arrange to make-up the class. Class sizes are limited so please use our Make-up Scheduler to see which classes in your area have available seats, or contact your teacher to schedule a make-up. Make-up classes must be used within the registered semester and are not extended to future class semesters. When possible we will also schedule a specific make-up class at the end of the semester. Those will be announced in class, via email, and here on our Calendar.
Classes run with a minimum of 6 enrolled students and a maximum of 12 students. Classes are subject to cancellation or combination depending on enrollment. (See Class Cancellations below.)
Our classes aim to start right on time so please arrive early so your children have sufficient "warm-up" time to get comfortable with their space. We provide books, balls, and other thigs to keep your children occupied and set the tone for the class while you wait. Please try to be present for the "Hello Song" - it is so important for children to participate in this ritual song and be welcomed to class when they hear their own name. The "Hello Song" is usually a family favorite, and is often the first Music Together song children learn, simply because they are engaged, it is simple, and we repeat it every class. So don't miss out! :)
Please remember that our classes are non-performance oriented. That means that we do not expect children to memorize and recite songs for us - that is simply not developmentally appropriate! What children ages 0-5 will do in class varies greatly! They may move constantly, sit and observe, taste the instruments, try mimicking sounds and rhythms, or wait to make noise until they are in the car driving home! Despite the variety of reactions in class they are all processing musical information that with time and experience will emerge as music competency.
For the children's benefit, we aim to make class time a music-immersion experience. We hope you find friends and community in class, but please save chatting for before and after class. Talking is distracting to your child, the teacher, to other families, and often draws out class time. Between the songs is sometimes the most exciting part of class as your child may audiate (imagine the sounds in their mind) or mimic the last tones or rhythms! If you talk, you may just miss those precious musical moments!
Children are certainly encouraged to move in class! We will jump, spin, wiggle, roll, and occasionally run in teacher led whole group activities. In general however, for safety reasons we have a no running policy. Teachers may assist and redirect children, but parents are strictly responsible for their own child's safety.
Please mute, set to vibrate, or turn off your cell phone during class. If you must answer a call please leave the room to do so, but please remember classes are only 45 minutes, and your participation is essential.
You will undoubtedly want to take photos and videos of your child making music! However, since your participation is essential, please limit picture taking in class. If time allows we will make a "photo-op" happen after class with instruments upon request. Also, please do not photograph, film, or post photos of other children without their families' permission.
New Notes Music Together may occasionally take photos to post on our website and for promotional purposes. Please let us know if you do not want to have you or your child's picture taken.
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle feed your baby in class at your own discretion. Other than that, we ask that beverages and snacks NOT appear in class. Our classes may be more energetic than you think so we DO encourage you to bring water and stay hydrated.
We encourage all family members - including extended family - to attend whenever possible! Children under 8 months at the time of registration are always free with a registered sibling! Siblings older than 5 years are welcome to attend if they understand the responsibility of participating and setting a good example for their younger peers. We do not cancel classes for school inservice days, so older siblings are welcome to attend on those days. We also encourage you to bring friends with children age 0-5 to a class to find out if they might like to join us for a future semester. Please contact us first to make sure we have space available before bringing children and friends that are not registered.
Holiday closures will be announced at the beginning of each semester. Classes will be subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment (minimum 6 children), in which case you may choose to be refunded (see Refunds below) or join another New Notes Music Together class.
Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather, teacher illness, and for other extraordinary circumstances. We follow the local school closures for each of our class locations (Beacock is in Evergreen, Lacamas Lake Lodge is in Camas, and Columbia Dance is in the Vancouver District.) Cancellations for inclement weather will be posted on the home page of our website, on social media, via email, and in some cases by calling. Cancelled classes will be made up at the end of the semester, and changes reflected on the Calendar.
To be fully enrolled in class full payment is due at time of registration. "Pay Later" registrations will be categorized as "enrolled pending" meaning that your spot will be saved but payment is due the first week of class. If payment is not received your spot will be given to the next child on the waitlist.
NO REFUNDS are given after the second week of class. We understand that sometimes unexpected things happen, however, please note that non-attendance does NOT constitute a withdrawal from class. We are not able to offer refunds unless we are informed of your intent to withdraw prior to the second week of class. Please contact us directly if you wish to withdraw.
A $10 service fee will be deducted from any refunds given, as well as $40 materials fee for used materials since they can not be returned. If materials have not been taken home before a refund is requested, the materials fee will not be charged.
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