Unlimited make-ups are allowed on a space-available basis. Make-ups must be taken within the current semester. If you have missed your regularly scheduled Music Together® class, please email Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Makeups cannot be carried-over into future semesters.
We maintain a google calendar to keep track of class dates and cancellations and holidays. Please check it out!
Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together of Traverse City 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 what you need a few days in advance.
Taking Pictures in Class
Parents occasionally bring cameras or video cameras to film their children in class. We also may videotape or take photos for educational or publicity purposes. Let me know if you do not want you or your child to be photographed. The best time to take photos is during the playalong so that you can model and sing throughout the rest of the class. Please also ask the other parents before you post a picture of them on social media.
Tuition payment is due with registration. Payment plans may be worked out on case by case basis. No tuition refunds given after start of semester. Credit towards future semester issued if you withdraw before your first class. Partial credit may be given if you withdraw after the first class only in exceptional circumstances.
Please do your best to arrive to class on time – it will make your child's adjustment easier, and we do plan to start classes promptly.
Maintaining a Healthy Environment
Please do not attend class if your child is ill. Take advantage of our liberal make-up policy. Help minimize germs. The best defense against catching an illness is to wash both your hands and your child’s hands immediately after class.
Snacks and Toys
Please avoid bringing snacks into the classroom. We sometimes enroll children with allergies who will react to “dust” from cookies or other snacks that have a minimal amount of a nut product in it. Bottles, cups and breastfeeding in class is fine when necessary.
Please avoid wearing perfume to class due to allergies
What do we do if a class is cancelled?
If we have to postpone for some unexpected reason (power outage, weather) , we will email the class participants and call everyone who doesn't respond to our email within a short amount of time. When a postponement occurs, we normally tack the missed class on to the end of the semester.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers 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.
May I Bring an Un-registered Sibling or Friend?
If you have an older child who is off school and you wish to bring him/her along to class, you should notify Christy, the director, by email in advance so the class is not too crowded. The school-age kids are always a pleasure to have and such good role-models for the little ones. Siblings under 5 who are coming regularly need to be registered.
Often we have room in classes for you to bring a friend. A family can try a class with no obligation. Invite a friend to class early in the semester before make-ups get busy. Either use the make-up scheduler or call and leave a message to make sure there is room in the class.
Modeling for the Children
All children have the natural ability to learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence and pleasure in music and movement, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Your active participation, in class and at home, is the key to your children learning and growing musically. At Music Together® we introduce parents and their young children to the joys of actively making music rather than passively consuming it. Young children learn through play and experimentation, and by watching and listening to the grownups they love enjoying making music. Parents don't need to have musical skills, just a desire to play and have fun with their children!
Avoiding Verbal Directives
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! We allow toddlers to wander throughout the room, but If you want your child to come back to you, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle instead of calling to him. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
Using Music Together Materials
Play your music 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 at storytime 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. You can download the full notation online when you sign in to your account on musictogether.com using the code in your songbook.
Parent Education Resources
New Music Together parents receive a Parent Education Guide. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of music development. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class.
The Family Music Zone, and the new Music Together App, "Hello Everybody" gives you ways to get the music wherever you are. Sign up for your Music Together Account , enter your unique code from inside your songbook and you will be able to access all your music, videos, educational resources for parents, and more! Any trouble with this process, email email@example.com
Instruments and Storybooks
Instruments like what we use in class, and Singalong Storybooks of Music Together songs are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from Music Together LLC's Store http://musictogether.com/Store