If you or your child is sick, we ask that you do not come to class. We want the children to be able to attend as many classes as possible and therefore we allow two makeup classes per semester. These classes should be made up within the same semester and scheduled in advance by signing up on our Makeup Scheduler. You can sign up for a makeup right up until the moment of the class. If the class you are looking for is not on the list, that means the class is full. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP as we do not want to overfill our classes.
Please feel free to nurse your infant but we ask that you do not bring food or drinks into the classroom, as this will help us keep our classrooms clean. You may give snacks and drinks in our foyer areas, but please DO NOT BRING NUTS OF ANY KIND into the foyer areas as we have children with various nut allergies.
Please do not bring toys to class. Toys can be a distraction to other children in the class who may also want to play with them. If your child is bringing a comfort item (i.e. blanket that goes everywhere with them) and it becomes a distraction for other children in the classroom, we will ask the parent to help us guide their child to put the toy in a safe place until class is over.
Please turn all cell phones to their "off" or "vibrate" mode during class. If you need to take an urgent/important phone call, we ask that you take the call outside the classroom so as not to distract others in the room.
Children are encouraged to move and explore the music in whatever way they feel comfortable. Some children like to watch intently from mom’s lap, while others enjoy moving around the room singing and playing. It is very important to respect each individual child’s learning style. However, please keep in mind that we do not allow your child to run, hit, throw or grab in class. Our teachers strive to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone. Please assist them by helping your child with our rules.
To make those most of your class experience:
Participate - Your child needs to see you playing music. You are your child’s most influential role model, regardless of your own musical ability. Let your child see you having fun!
No Talking in Class - Resist the urge to speak verbal instructions to your child during class. You are welcome to chat with friends before and after class, however please refrain from chatting during class as it is a distraction to the teacher and everyone else in the room. Most importantly, we want the children to be thinking musically for the entire class, and we are also trying to teach the children to be active participants in all that they do. If you absolutely need to speak, please do it quietly or take your child to the waiting area.
Let Your Child Be - Children learn through the process of play. They want to touch, move, watch, listen, explore and have fun. Let your child discover their own way and let them see you make music yourself!
Make Music at Home - Our classes are only 45 minutes, once a week. Play the CD in the car or at home and don’t forget to make music during your daily routines: dressing, playing, cooking in the kitchen, bath time and bed time lullabies. You are the real music teacher and doing all this at home will enrich their musical experience.
In case of inclement weather, please check the LATEST NEWS section of our website up to ONE HOUR before your class is scheduled to start.
We generally follow the school district of the town your class is located in. For example, if schools in Branford are closed, our classes in Branford are cancelled. However, this might differ for afternoon classes and delayed openings, so please always refer to our website for the most up-to-date information.
If a class is canceled, we will extend that class an extra week at the end of the semester. If your class is cancelled more than once, we will make every effort to add an additional class if time allows before our next semester begins. If the additional class is not possible, we will provide an opportunity to do a makeup class during the current or following semester. You will receive an email from our office if this should happen. All extended dates of classes are listed on the Classes page of our website. Find your class and look for the end date.
If you have older kids who are home for delayed school openings, you are welcome to bring them to class. Makeup classes are always available if you aren’t able make it.
If you have any questions about the program or your child’s musical development, touch base with the teacher.
Enjoy Your Classes!!