Classroom Policies and FAQ

What is the tardy and attendance policy?

In order to provide a smooth transition between classes and to give you the ultimate Music Together® experience, every effort will be made to begin and end classes on time. Please be on time! It will make your child's adjustment easier. The "Hello Song" ritual is especially important for the children so that they begin to develop a sense of familiarity in class. The studio doors open 10-15 minutes before classes starts so your child can have a chance to acclimate himself/herself to the space. Your seat matters! Please let us know if you will be absent so another family can use your open seat as a make-up class.

As a parent, what is my role in class?

Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead help us create a music-only environment.

What's expected of my child in class?

At Music Together, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.

Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Play your songs frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Music Together account and download the "Hello Everybody" app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! 

Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical activities to use at home. If you play an instrument and want to play along, the music notation is available in the Family Music Zone® Try using the songbook at storytime!

What is the class size?*

Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).

What if I miss a class during the semester?*

We offer two makeup classes during each semester. Please visit our Make-Up Classes page to learn more.

Can I switch to a different class?*

Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first two weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability, changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the second week of the semester.

What if I start classes after the semester begins?*

Music Together of Fayetteville welcomes families at any point during the semester! However, we do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. Instead, families may makeup class(es) during the semester.

Can we eat in class?*

Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. Bottled water with a lid is the only exception. If you or your child must eat, please step outside the classroom to do so.

Will classes be canceled in inclement weather?*

We adhere to the Cumberland County Schools system in regards to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, classes at Music Together of Fayetteville will be canceled as well. Please check the news on the home page, our Instagram page, or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.

What if my child is sick?*

If you or your child are sick, please stay home & plan to attend a make-up class. Small children are very susceptible to illness, so please do us all a favor by staying home to recover. Although we will miss you in class, we will be happy that you took the precautions to prevent spreading germs. We will do our part to keep the spread of germs at a minimum by frequently disinfecting all instruments and class materials.

Can I bring a guest or an unregistered older sibling to class?*

Music Together® classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. All guests must be prearranged with the teacher to ensure adequate space in the class.

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

Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!

Why aren't there classes for specific age groups?

Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!

Do you offer gift certificates?

Gift Certificates toward classes can be purchased at any time. They make fabulous baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts.

Do you offer gift certificates?

I already have a set of materials from a previous semester. Do I have to get a new set?

This question is asked from time to time when a family has taken the program for all three years and comes upon a song collection again. As a Music Together licensed center we are required to provide each participating family with our beautiful take-home materials. As of Fall 2018, we have introduced brand new take-home materials – and in some semesters, new songs have been introduced into the curriculum so you wouldn't want to miss out.

Our license agreement with Music Together LLC requires that we pay them a fee per family each semester, but contrary to what some folks believe, this is not a materials fee. We pay Music Together a fee (which we typically refer to as a ''service fee'') calculated based on how many families are enrolled. So, even if we did not give you the set of materials, we still need to meet our responsibility and pay the fee. Our service fee covers royalties, licensing fees, and a wide range of services from Music Together, including curriculum materials for both families and teachers, continuing education opportunities, use of the trademarks and logos, program research, and mentoring and support for our teachers, which all help further our mission: to bring the joy of music to young children and their parents and caregivers. Enrolled families (like you!) benefit indirectly from these services, as well as from the tangible items such as our beautiful new songbooks and recordings, Parent Guide, deeper learning articles, and educational support tools available online in the Family Music Zone and Hello, Everybody phone app.

We hope you and your family will enjoy your new songbook for years to come. Our new, richly illustrated books will inspire your family to play with music all week long. You'll find it helpful to learn the lyrics, as a jumping-off point for creative storytelling, and to learn more about the songs you're singing in class. Plus the new set of materials contain a special, unique access code to online resources and recordings for families, and when accessed through the Hello Everybody! App, you can turn down the vocals and sing (and even record!) karaoke to every song.

 

* This does not apply to our Music Together Online classes.