FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Class Experience Questions  |  Enrollment & Discount Questions
Music Together® Materials Questions

Pregnant mom with toddler daughter, playing kitchen instruments and shakersClass Experience Questions

What can I expect from class? 

Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups? 

As a parent, what is my role in class? 

What is the class size?

Can we eat in class? 

May I use a camera or my cell phone during class? 

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

What if I miss a class during the semester?


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Enrollment & Discount Questions

What is the tuition? 

Dark purple circle with white Music Together "friends"Can I bring my infant or un-registered older sibling to class?  

What if I start classes after the semester begins? 

Can I switch to a different class? 

What if I need to withdraw from class? 

Do you offer sibling discounts? 

Do you offer gift certificates? 

 

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4 Families with children making music togetherMusic Together Materials Questions

How should we use the Music Together materials? 

What is the Family Music Zone?

Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class? 

 

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Class Experience Answers

What can I expect from class?

Music Together is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. At Music Together we believe 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 as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich children's musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.  See what families have to say in the short video below! 


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Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups? 

Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music in the 1980s. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, family relationships, and our 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about the Music Together approach to early childhood music education here. 


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As a parent, what is my role in class?

Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. You enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing!  Support the creation of a music making environment while in class by engaging in music making and creation yourself.  You are your child's most important music teacher right now! Since it is difficult for a young child to block out conversation, please do not talk during class.  Come early or stay late to socialize!  During class, contribute to the creation of a musical environment for all of the children to absorb.

Resist the urge to give verbal directions. 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. Exploration of the instruments is developmentally appropriate - there is no one "right" way to play an instrument in Music Together classes! Wandering toddlers is fine, but if you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him 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!  
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What is the class size?

Each class has 5-12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).


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Can we eat in class? 

No.  Please feel comfortable to nurse/bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms due to allergy concerns. 

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May I use a camera or my cell phone during class? 

No.  Music Together classes are participatory educational experiences in a community of grown-ups and children.  We ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time.  Please turn cell phones to silent and do not check email, FB, or text during class.  We welcome pictures before or after class as well as FB check-ins before "Hello Everybody!" and also do one special Photo Week every semester where we encourage families to take all the pictures their hearts delight during a second instrument play-along in class.  Participants can send in their pictures into a photo raffle for a gift certificate off a future semester or instrument prize! 


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Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Absolutely!  Any singing adult- parents, grandparents, aunt/uncles, nannies 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.


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What if I miss a class during the semester? 

Families are allowed 3 make-ups per semester with the exception of summer, when enrolled families may make up as many classes as they miss provided space is available.  Make-ups are available at any location. You can schedule a make-up online with our Make-Up Scheduler.  Make-ups do not carry over from previous semesters. If you know you’ll miss a class during the semester, please make a note of it in the make-up scheduler.  Extra combination “demo classes” and “make-up classes” are sometimes scheduled between semesters in case families are still in need of more options.


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Enrollment and Tuition Answers

What is the tuition? 

Tuition varies on the length of semesters.  Please refer to our Tuition Page for the current semester's information. 


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Can I bring my infant or un-registered older sibling to class?

Infants ages birth through 8 months at the start of the session attend with an older sibling for FREE!  Please register infants you will bring to class even if they are under 8 months. The tuition will be calculated based on birthdate.

Siblings 6+ years are always welcome to join the class and participate as good role models for the younger children.  They are treated as an extra singing member in class. 

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What if I start classes after the semester begins?

Registration:   Early Registration is always offered first to continuing families to save their spot in class and save a little extra money too.  Music education is best as a continuous building experience from semester to semester, so we honor families who have already been making music with us before opening registration to the public.  Open registration is announced through email, so if you are not already on our newsletter service (Don't worry, it's only used for this very purpose), then you can sign up here.

Late Registrations:  We allow families to register late within the first few weeks of class and encourage those who have missed a class or two to schedule a make-up.  We cannot allow families to register toward the end of the semester as they will have missed the community-building and musical bond that we have established with all of the parents and children in addition to the repetition of the songs that is so vitally important to children's musical development.  

Prorated Tuition:  A small discount code is offered after a demo class and can be found in the email you receive after attending a trial class.  Those joining at a later week may find that the discount offered is not a perfect dividend.  For example, with $185 tuition, we do not offer 18.50 off each class that was missed, and this is because of the fees for materials.  It is always the cheapest and best option to register at the beginning of the semester to attend all 10 weeks and find make-up classes to replace classes that were missed.  


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Can I switch to a different class? 

Changes can be made on week 1 or before for no cost.  After this, there is a $10 fee for switching classes.  We highly encourage families to stick to their classes as it helps build a little musical family within that class and provides a comfortable environment for all of the children when they begin to recognize their peers in class.  
 

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What if I need to withdraw from class? 

If a family withdraws from class before the semester begins, we can either refund tuition minus a $25 fee or provide a full credit toward a future Music Together semester.

Books/CDs are non-returnable once opened.    

Sometimes, due to either medical complications, pregnancy bedrest, or some other unforeseen reason, families find it necessary to withdraw during the semester.  If you find yourself in a uniquely challenging situation please contact Director Stephanie Geare.

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Do you offer sibling discounts?

Infants from birth through 8 months old and children 6+ years at the start of the semester are FREE!

Infants and other siblings ages 9 months through 5 years of age come at a discounted rate.  Please visit our Tuition Page for the Sibling Rates.  


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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, holiday, or birthday gift! Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Visit Our Store to place your order with any amount of your choosing.


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Music Together Materials Answers

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Join the Family Music Zone through the Hello Everybody app, or any computer.  Use your download code in the CD jacket you receive your first day of class to access the sessions songs through the App.

Hello Everybody on Google PlayHello Everybody on Apple's App Store

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 storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Color in the illustrations while you listen to the songs! 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 introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.

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What is the Family Music Zone?

We've introduced some changes to our take-home materials. Each semester you enroll in a Music Together class, you will receive a color, illustrated songbook, one CD, and a code giving you access to Music Together's brand-new Family Music Zone. There, you can download music, 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 visitwww.musictogether.com/account and create an account using the code found on the inside back cover of your CD booklet.

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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.