Classroom FAQ/Policies

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—regardless of your musical ability. 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?

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, marching, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment, but for the safety of others please discourage disruptive and unsafe behaviorsThis includes screaming, running, hitting, throwing instruments, and any other behavior that poses a safety issue. Also, children should respect the personal space of others so that we can all feel comfortable in the class. Feel free to ask if you have questions!

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Play your songs at home and in the car 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 Family Music Zone® account and download the Hello Everybody app for digital versions of the songs including full notation for each song and more activity ideas to try! 

Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new ideas for musical ideas to use at home. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book and sing through the songs as you go along.

 

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 a bonus make-up class on the week following the last class of the semester. Please visit our Our Schedule to learn more.

Can I switch to a different class?

Families may choose to switch to another available class time during the semester with no penalty.

What if I start classes after the semester begins?

Syke'd Music welcomes families at any point during the semester! Late registrations will be prorated as needed. Materials and licensing fees still apply. 

Do you offer refunds?

Families may withdraw registration for a full refund prior to the start of the semester. If a family needs to withdraw prior to the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances, a partial refund may be given. 

Classes need a minimum of 6 registered children to run. Registered families will be notified if a class has insufficient enrollment a week prior to the start date. Registered families may then opt to select another class time or receive a full refund. 

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. 

Can we still come if my child has a cold?

Colds are unavoidable, but please refrain from coming if your child has had a fever or vomited within the last 24 hours. If your child has a persistent cough or very severe cold please keep them home to avoid passing germs to others. Hand sanitizer will be provider. All instruments and props will be disinfected to the best of Ms. Katie's ability to keep everyone as healthy as possible. 

Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?

I will consider Carroll County Schools closings/delays in regards to weather cancellations. Please check our website homepage or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.

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. 

Sibling drop-ins (ages 1-9): $5 per class (2 classes per semseter)

**Additional siblings over the age of 10 are always welcome to accompany you for free!**

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. Click here if you’re interested in purchasing one.

You will be asked to agree to the following during checkout: 

MEDIA RELEASE: From time to time photos or videos may be taken during class and/or at birthday party jam sessions for the purpose of promoting the services offered by Syke'd Music. By agreeing to these terms you and your guests agree to have you and/or your child's photo taken and used for such purposes. You may opt out of this at any time by notifying Ms. Katie

LIABILITY RELEASE: By attending class, you agree to release Syke'd Music and its associates and facilities of liability relating to injuries or damages that may occur inside class or outside class when using class activities.