Classroom Guidelines and Policies

For our classes to be enjoyable and educational for everyone, please observe the following policies and guidelines:

ATTENDANCE: In order to provide a smooth transition between classes, every effort will be made to begin and end classes on time. Please be on time! It will make your child's adjustment easier. The Hello Song ritual is especially important for the children so that they begin to develop a sense of familiarity in class. The studios open 10-15 minutes before classes starts so your child can have a chance to acclimate himself/herself to the space. Your seat matters!

CLASS CHANGES: If you find that your current class time is not working for you, let us know ASAP. Changes can usually be made (at no extra charge) at any time during the semester if space permits. No refunds are given after the first day of class.

FOOD/DRINKS/CELL PHONES, etc.: To keep the space clean and to keep us all focused, please have your children finish all snacks outside the room. For those who must have their cell phones on during class, please be considerate and take your calls outside the classroom.

HEALTH POLICY: We provide hand sanitizer for your use before, during or after class. If you or your child has had a fever or other signs of a contagious illness within the past 24 hours, please do not come to class. Just use common sense if you are not sure, stay home & schedule a make up class instead.

PARTICIPATION: As facilitators of family music-making, we urge you or your caregiver to participate in class. The children are free to develop naturally and in their own time and style. As challenging as it might be to inhibit our parental/caregiver desires and expectations to see our children "perform" in class, it's important to understand that they are learning basic music skills even when they are simply observing others. Also, children have different learning styles and personalities and many like to just watch for several weeks or even longer. What usually and almost always happens is that they will do everything at home first. So, please know that we do not require or expect your child to participate in class. However, keep in mind that you are here as a model for your child, even if you don't feel particularly confident about your own musical abilities. If your child sees you making music and having a good time then she or he is more likely to develop that disposition. Likewise, if your child sees that you talk during class or do not participate, he or she is likely to develop that same attitude. So relax, let your child "be" and have fun yourself!

Kind regards, Director Rowena and staff