Unlimited make-ups are allowed on a space-available basis. Make-ups must be taken within the current semester.
Maintaining a Healthy Environment
Please do not attend class if you or your child is ill. If you or your child has had a fever, you must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without assistance of fever-reducing medication) before returning to class.
Help minimize germs. The best defense against catching a typical illness is to wash both your hands and your child’s hands immediately after class.
Covid -19 Vaccinations
We are not requiring proof of vaccination to participate in class and it is your choice to share your vaccination or immunity status. For the safety of our members and teachers (some of whom are immune system compromised) we ask that unvaccinated adults not participate in indoor Music Together classes at this time, and mask if you are not vaccinated and enrolling in outdoor classes.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending classes in person you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
We take the health risks of Covid-19 seriously and need your cooperation to mitigate the risks to all participants. Our teachers reserve the right to send a family home from class if they feel the protocols are not being followed.
If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste) or has had close contact with others in the last 2 weeks who have, or suspect that they may have the COVID-19 virus, please stay home.
COVID-19 Reporting Policy
If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to someone who has tested positive, please let us know right away. We will follow the contact tracing protocol set by the Hunterdon County Department of Health, which includes notifying families in the same class of the possible exposure, and quarantine as needed. Names will not be disclosed.
Tuition payment is due with registration, including a $10 registration fee per new family. Payment plans may be worked out on case by case basis. Registration fees are non-refundable. No tuition refunds given after start of semester. Credit towards future semester issued if you withdraw before your first class. Partial credit may be given if you withdraw after the first class only in exceptional circumstances.
Class Cancelation Policy
If a class is canceled due to weather or any other reason, we reserve the right to provide the makeup class either online, pre-recorded, or in-person at a later date.
Please do your best to arrive to class on time – it will make your child's adjustment easier, and we do plan to start classes promptly.
Snacks and Toys
Please avoid bringing snacks into the classroom. We sometimes enroll children with allergies who will react to “dust” from cookies or other snacks that have a minimal amount of a nut product in it. Bottles, cups and breastfeeding in class is fine when necessary.
Taking Pictures in Class
While occasionally snapping a pic of your child in class is fine, we want you to focus on modeling music making for your child. The best time to take photos is during the playalong so that you can sing throughout the rest of the class. Please ask the other parents before you take or post a picture of them on social media. Please also let me know if you don't want to be photographed.
Please avoid wearing perfume to class due to allergies
What happens if a class is cancelled?
If we have to postpone for some unexpected reason (power outage, weather) , we will email the class participants and call everyone who doesn't respond to our email within a short amount of time. When a postponement occurs, we typically tack the missed class on to the end of the semester.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Both or either parent, 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 occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.
May I Bring an Un-registered Sibling or Friend?
If you have an older child who is off school and you wish to bring him/her along to class, please contact us for permission to attend. Siblings under 5 who are coming regularly need to be registered.
We may have room in classes for you to bring a friend. Invite a friend to class early in the semester before make-ups get busy. Email us to make sure there is room in the class.
Modeling for the Children
All children have the natural ability to learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence and pleasure in music and movement, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Your active participation, in class and at home, is the key to your children learning and growing musically. At Music Together® we introduce parents and their young children to the joys of actively making music rather than passively consuming it. Young children learn through play and experimentation, and by watching and listening to the grownups they love enjoying making music. Parents don't need to have musical skills, just a desire to play and have fun with their children!
Avoiding Verbal Directives
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! We allow toddlers to wander throughout the room, but If you want your child to come back to you, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle instead of calling to him. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
Using Music Together Materials
Play your music 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 at storytime 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, typically when they are school aged. You can download the full notation online when you sign in to your account on musictogether.com using the code in your songbook.
Parent Education Resources
New Music Together parents receive a Parent Education Guide. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of music development. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class.
The Family Music Zone, and the Music Together App, "Hello Everybody" gives you ways to get the music wherever you are. Sign up for your Music Together Account , enter your unique code from inside your songbook and you will be able to access all your music, videos, educational resources for parents, and more! We recommend downloading from musictogether.com at the start of the session. Any trouble with this process, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Instruments and Storybooks
Instruments like what we use in class, and Singalong Storybooks of Music Together songs are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from Music Together LLC's Store http://musictogether.com/Store
Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together Family and Friends classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know what you need a few days in advance.