Jumping right in - or tiptoeing…
Children often take many weeks to warm up to a new activity or new environment, and every child will approach this experience in his or her own style. No worries if your child isn’t actively joining in, or does something different from the rest of the group. Class is the setting where children absorb new ideas, and they often practice these ideas at home. The best way to help your child with absorbing these new musical skills is to participate and have fun in class yourself. You don’t have to be musically skilled! Just join in class activities at your own comfort level and you will help your child develop the disposition to be musical. This is a gift your child will enjoy for a lifetime. You may have fun noticing how your child’s response to music changes over the course of the class, not just in the classroom but at home as well.
You don’t have to be a musician!
Our class isn't about performance; this is a “having-fun-with-music” class! The gift we’re giving our children is simply the confidence that they too can make music. When we make mistakes, laugh, and go on, we give our children permission and confidence to try it themselves. If you’re a shy singer, experiment with singing out, and don’t worry - nobody will put you on the spot :) This is a great environment for building your own musical self-confidence as well as your child’s!
Wear comfy clothes. In our classes you and your child will be sitting on the floor, dancing around the room, jumping up and down, banging on a drum, and participating in many other fun and energetic activities. Please dress comfortably. Also, please be aware that for the safety of our little ones crawling around on the floor, we ask that everyone remove their shoes before entering the classroom.
Hello everybody, so glad to see you! The "Hello Song" is a beloved ritual that welcomes the children at the beginning of each class. Children delight in hearing their own name in the Hello Song, so please arrive on time for class.
Shhhh! Keep non-music related chatter to a minimum. Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing! Your active participation (regardless of what you think your musical ability is) 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 tune out adult conversation, please wait to socialize till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
You’re already an expert.
There is no wrong way to do the music or the activities, and we have lots of fun playing with different ideas in class. Don’t worry about doing things “wrong” if your style is different from your teacher’s. When you find the way that works for you, you teach your child how to be creative too.
Your child is unique.
We’ll offer a variety of activities, sometimes with the same song over a period of weeks. Your child
will modify these ideas to fit his or her needs - which may mean sitting while everyone else is standing, or jumping while everyone else is sitting. Often a child who appears to show no interest in class activities is really quietly absorbing them, and will repeat them perfectly once back home. Feel free to encourage your child to participate, but let your child have the choice about how to do it.
Children learn best when their learning experiences are joyful.
When you’re having fun, your joy is contagious. This is your own weekly chance to let go and liberate your own sense of play. Let yourself get loose and be silly! Your child will love this chance to play with you on his or her own level.
Enjoy the music at home.
This class is only a jumping off point. The songbook is full of suggestions for enjoying the music with your child at home, and you may think of many other ways. Even if you don’t read music, you might look at the pictures together, or follow along with the CD. Play with changing the words to suit meal times, bath times, etc. It’s your music... have fun with it and make it yours :)
Happy music-making, and we look forward to seeing you in class!