Classroom Etiquette

 

We are excited to have new families join our Kindermusik community! Kindermusik is just as much a wonderful opportunity for parents as it is for children! We encourage all parents to be active (and a little patient!) during class, as you are their most important role model!

Please note that it takes some children several classes to gain confidence in this new setting and feel at ease in class. This is very common, however can be discouraging for parents. Don’t be! Children are still absorbing information from class but may not show it immediately. You might see it at home in a more comfortable environment as opposed to the excitement of class. It is important for parents/caregivers to be consistent and understanding participants both in class at home to really guide learning & growth through music!

As you become more actively involved with the activities in class your child will take notice and want to imitate your actions and focus better as well!

The benefits of the Kindermusik classroom can be extended at home for both you and your child with the help of the digital home materials. They are a wonderful way to reinforce the learning from the week, and to create familiarity with the music/activities, which helps your child’s comfort and participation in class.

 

Recommended Classroom Guidelines for Kindermusik

Entering Class

Plan to arrive about 5 minutes early for class. Arriving a little before class provides time for your child to settle in to the musical environment as they prepare to enjoy exploring instruments, reading books, or listening to music. Please though do not arrive much earlier than that as your educator may be wrapping up another class, or warming up her voice for your class. All classes begin on time; please try to be prompt. Occasionally, being late is difficult to avoid – please enter the classroom as quietly as possible. If you find yourself more than 15 minutes late, please contact us to schedule a makeup class so class is not disrupted. Thank you.

Participation

Remember that parent/caregiver participation is a key ingredient to success in any Kindermusik program. Your commitment to regular attendance and ongoing participation with your child during class will lead to more satisfaction, sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for your child and you! Please refrain from adult conversation during class time. Your child is sensitive to the adults around him/her. As a side benefit, your teacher’s voice will remain in good shape if she is not having to sing or speak above the group.

Cell Phones

Please turn off or silence your cell phone before entering into the classroom. If you should need to talk on your cell phone, please take your child with you, and step outside.

Drinks and Snacks

Please leave juice and snacks in the car with the exception of those babies nursing or bottle feeding.

What to wear and bring

Kids (and parents) should wear comfortable clothes; we do a lot of movin’ and shakin’… We have a NO SHOES policy for parents and children, so please come prepared to go barefoot or wear socks. For the babies only, please bring a blanket for your baby to lay on during floor activities. Here’s a great article on “why no shoes?”

Sickness

A good guideline to follow is to be fever free for 24 hours, and for a nose not to be running with anything other than clear. It is VERY common for babies and toddlers to have runny noses due to teething. It is VERY hard to distinguish that from being sick. If you at all feel that your baby is under the weather, remain home and schedule a makeup class. In class we have a “sanitation station” so after instruments and props have been used, they are immediately sprayed. Your teacher will guide all class members to follow our sanitation station policy.

Makeup Classes

You can make up as many classes as you miss, but they must be made up within the same session you are enrolled in. Makeups do not carry over to future sessions. To attend a makeup or secondary class, please speaking with Emily directly in class, by phone, or reach out via email. A make up class time will be arranged.

There is a built in week for make up classes on the schedule to assist with scheduling make up classes. All families can attend this week, even if they have attended all of the other weeks.

There are no credits or refunds given for any unattended classes or for an unfinished semester. You are financially responsible for the entire class tuition amount and any home materials that you requested or ordered. A family must notify the studio by the end of the month if they do not wish to continue for the rest of the session.

WEATHER Cancellation Policy

Kindermusik with Emily serves families from more than one school district and will still make every effort to hold class during inclement weather if safety is not at risk. It will not be the same closure policy as the schools. In the rare case that weather interferes with classes, we will make a note on our webpage, our social media, and will email all enrolled families. Families can makeup that class in any other age appropriate class that runs through the school year, OR, you can use that as a bonus playdate or crafty party. Be assured we will work it out and you’ll get in your missed class. We always want you to do what is best for you and your family, so even if schools remain open and you feel unsafe to drive, please stay home and we welcome you do a makeup class anytime throughout our school year all the way into May. If you opt to do this, and schools remain open, your makeup class must be done in a regular weekly class, not playdate or crafty party. We do not offer or process refunds that occur which affects our programming caused by hurricane, fire, flood, government requirement, civil or military authority, act of God, or other similar causes beyond our control as this is not the fault or negligence of Kindermusik with Emily, LLC.

Non-enrolled siblings

Due to limited class sizes and the delicacy of the younger class settings, we can only accommodate non-enrolled siblings when the sibling is young enough to stay contented in a sling, car carrier or stroller. Please note, all non-registered children attending class will not be able to participate. Emergency exceptions are considered.

Disruptive behavior

Children make all kinds of sounds during the class. We call it vocalizing. However, if your child is really upset and is distracting the class, your teacher may ask you to take him/her outside for a hug and some reassurance and come back in as soon as s/he is ready. Should your child become curious about our music source or instruments, please re-direct him/her if your teacher is unable to.

Children also are curious of new surroundings and when they are learning to walk, they make moving their most important task! We want to encourage their movements, however give some boundaries. Giving options to them whether to stand behind the group or sit in your lap will help teach them self regulation, and keep them participating in class.

Children with special needs

Music is a help in neurological, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. We ask that parents talk with their teacher so that we may learn more about your child, and together we can make a decision about how to proceed or adapt in class.

Visitors

Kindermusik is meant to be shared with family and friends and we welcome visitors to join us for class. We only ask that advance notice is given prior to attending so we can make the best accommodations for the space size.