What can I expect from class?
The mixed ages classes we offer use Music Together® materials and curriculum. Music Together is designed for children aged birth through kindergarten. Music Together teachers know that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that 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 the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich their musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
What if only a few people sign up for the class I want to take?
Class availability depends upon the number of enrolled families. For the best experience, we like to have between six and twelve registered children per class. Classes may be canceled or consolidated with advance notice and registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that your place is not guaranteed until we have confirmed and accepted payment.
Can I switch to a different class?
Changes can be made to your original registration depending on class availability.
What if I need to withdraw from class?
A full refund of tuition, less a non-refundable $25 administrative fee, will be given up to the end of the first class. Extenuating circumstances resulting in the need to withdraw after the first week will be evaluated on a case by case basis and a partial refund or credit for future classes may be granted. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and you will not be granted a refund if we are not informed of your withdrawal before the deadline. Extenuating circumstances that result in the need to withdraw from class will be evaluated on a case by case basis; a partial refund or credit for future classes may possibly be granted.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
Late registration is accepted throughout the entire session, providing there is space in the class. Your tuition fee will be calculated on a prorated basis.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Registered families may attend an unlimited number of make-up classes by coming to another regularly scheduled class or to a specially scheduled make-up class (schedule announced by session). Kindly let us know of your intention to attend a make-up class by email.
What if I can’t commit to the whole session?
Sometimes a regular class schedule just doesn’t work with the craziness of life with kids! Or maybe you would like to try out the class a couple of times before registering. Any family can drop-in for up to 2 classes per session, if there’s room available in the class you’d like to attend. The drop-in fee is $15 and you must schedule ahead of time by email.
Our classes are offered in 10-week sessions because children learn best through repetition and routine, so we do encourage families to commit to the whole session. If you’re really interested in class but don’t feel able to commit to 10 consecutive classes, get in touch and we’ll try to work out an alternate schedule for you.
Do you offer scholarships?
We do our best to make Music Together accessible to everyone. If you are interested in participating but class tuition is prohibitive for your family, please contact us and we will try to work with your situation. We offer limited scholarships and we are willing to trade and barter.
Is it OK for more than one parent or an adult guest to come to class?
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers., visitors, etc are all welcome to join class at any time. Whole family music-making in your home is extremely valuable to your child’s musical development, and attending class helps other family members to join in at home. All guests are asked to participate because, we make music, together!
Can I bring a friend to class to try it out?
If you have a friend interested in trying out our class, they are welcome to attend a regular class with you as a trial, free of charge. They must schedule this ahead of time by email.
Can I bring an unregistered sibling or a friend’s child to class?
Throughout the semester, Music Together classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday. Older siblings of registered students may occasionally visit provided the older sibling is healthy and that the visit is prearranged with the teacher. There is a $10 fee per class when bringing a non-registered, non-sibling guest (age 6 or younger). The $10 is payable to Music Together Walla Walla on the day of class.
Is class held if the weather conditions are bad?
In the event of inclement weather, Music Together Walla Walla will make an announcement by 8 am as to whether class will be held that day or not. This announcement will be posted on our Facebook page, and emailed to those whose class is impacted. If class is cancelled, a make-up class will be offered, or in the case that we cannot offer a make-up class, a credit will be given to put toward the following session.
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 as it causes a distraction for the other children.
May I take pictures in class?
As our classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time. However, the second to last class of the session will be open for all parents to photograph and video to their heart’s content!
Occasionally, classes at Music Together are professionally photographed and/or videotaped for educational or publicity purposes. In such instances parents will be asked ahead of time to sign release forms if they consent to the use of such pictures/videos in printed or online format.
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-only 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 until after class.
Try not to give verbal or physical directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to clap your child’s hands or to give your child directives such as “c’mon sing like you do at home,” or “hold your instrument this way,” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering children are fine, but If you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to them 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!
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Play your audio recordings 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, typically when they are school-aged.
New Music Together parents receive our guide for parents and caregivers Music and Your Child. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the literature. If you are a returning family and it has been months or years since you have read the parent guide, reread it or ask for a new today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child’s music development.
What is the Family Music Zone?
As a Music Together family, you have access to Music Together’s Family Music Zone. There you can download music (using the code on the inside cover of your CD), connect with the worldwide Music Together community, and find fun song activities, inspiring videos, informative articles, helpful tips, and more. To access the Family Music Zone, you just need to visit musictogether.com/account and create an account!
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from the Music Together Store at www.musictogether.com/store.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together 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 if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please do not hesitate to send us an email.