What can I expect from class?
Music Together® classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Music Together teachers support children and families in learning to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich your musical environment and guide you towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
What if only a few people sign up for the class I want to take?
Class size ranges from 6-12 enrolled children. A minimum of six students is required for a class to run in order to create the ideal learning environment. We reserve the right to combine or cancel classes, and refund tuition, if this minimum is not met.
Can I switch to a different class?
Changes can be made to your original registration depending on class availability.
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 will be prorated for the number of classes you attend.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families may attend any of our regularly scheduled classes to make up for a missed class. Occasionally we schedule special make-up classes which are announced by email to enrolled families. Make-up classes can only be redeemed during the current session and do not carry over into future sessions. To schedule your attendance for a make-up class, please email us.
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. Your 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.
What if I need to withdraw from class?
A full refund of tuition, less a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations prior to receiving the family materials on the first day of class. Extenuating circumstances resulting in the need to withdraw after the first week will be evaluated on a case by case basis (please contact the director, Dara Azimov, asap) and a credit for future classes may be issued.
Do you offer scholarships?
We do our best to make Music Together accessible to everyone. Scholarships are possible upon request. We can sometimes also barter (goods, services, etc.) for class tuition. If you have any questions or would like to submit an application, please contact us.
Is it OK for more than one parent or an adult guest to come to class?
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers and others 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. All guests are asked to participate because we make music, together!
Can I bring a friend to class to try it out?
Yes! They are welcome to attend a regular class with you as a trial, free of charge. Please schedule this ahead of time by email.
Can I bring an unregistered sibling or a friend’s child to visit class?
Older siblings of registered students may occasionally tag along provided the older sibling is healthy and that the visit is prearranged with the teacher. There is a $10 fee for bringing a non-sibling guest to class, payable to Music Together Walla Walla by cash or check on the day of class.
What if the weather is bad?
In the case of severe weather, Music Together Walla Walla will announce class cancellations by 8 am on our Facebook page and by email. If a class is cancelled, a make-up class will be offered, or, if we cannot provide a make-up class, a credit will be given toward the following session.
Can we eat in class?
Feel free to nurse your child in class anytime, but we ask that you not bring food or drink, other than water, into the classroom unless prearranged with the instructor.
May I take pictures in class?
We ask our families to refrain from taking photo or video during class time in order to focus on participating. The second to last class of the session is a special “picture” day–parents may photograph and video to their heart’s content!
As a parent, what is my role in class?
All you need to do is relax, have fun and sing, sing, sing! Your enthusiasm and active participation is the key to your child’s musical growth: they will want to learn to do everything you do!
Support our music-only environment by keeping talking and socializing to a minimum. Foster creativity by letting your child play. Give your child freedom to move and wander in the right way for their age and disposition. Delight in their musical development!
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Listen to the songs as much as possible: at home, in the car, during playtime, while making dinner, before nap or bedtime. Look at the songbook together and sing through the songs as you go along. Make up your own lyrics or try some of the suggested activities. You are your child’s strongest musical role model, so make music together in the way that is most natural for you. And remember to keep it fun and silly!
What is the Family Music Zone?
As a registered Music Together family, you gain access to the Family Music Zone. It is a treasure trove of fun song activities, inspiring videos, informative articles, helpful tips, and more. It’s also where you can download all your music to your computer (MP3 files).
To access the Family Music Zone, visit musictogether.com/account to create an account, then input the code on the inside cover of your songbook and voila!
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase directly from the Music Together Store at www.musictogether.com/store.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please do not hesitate to send us an email.