Terms and Conditions

Welcome to our Music Together® with Music and Me Family.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wendy DeAngelis, Director, by phone at 718-229-0033 and leave us a voice mail if we are unable to pick up.  Your call will be returned within 24 hours our sooner or by email.

 

 

Refunds and Credits

Every class session we offer has a registration deadline that is 10 days before the start date of the first class offered of that entire session. If the session starts on a Saturday, the registration deadline is 10 days before that session start date of that Saturday regardless of what day of the week your specific class day starts. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS GIVEN AFTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES. Friends and family are always welcome to register for our classes after our registration deadlines.

If you are pregnant, we will ALWAYS work with you to customize a flexible schedule that will work for you and your family.

Credits are discussed on a case by case basis with Wendy DeAngelis, Center Director.



What can I expect from class?

Music Together is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents / caregivers. At Music Together we believe that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.

Please wear comfortable clothes for moving and sitting.  Socks are required for Grown-ups and children in class, Grippy Socks are ideal. 

Yes, we strive to have our classes feel like home and families are responsible for their own personal belongings. Neither Music Together® with Music and Me nor any of our locations are liable for any personal belongings.

 


 

Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?

This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 25 years experience in the field. "Tried and True" is long lasting, "New and Cool Fads" come and go.

Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones.

In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. We do offer baby music classes for birth through 9 months of age at specific locations.


 

What is the class size?

Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).

Why Do We Require a Second Class Choice?

Availability in a class upon registration is based on the availability of the location, teacher, space in the class, and a minimum of 6 families registered in a class. The only part of this component that is 100% true at the time of registration is that there is room in the class for you to register. The location, teacher, and minimum registration of 6 families are typically 99% true. 


 

Can I bring my un-registered older sibling to class?

Throughout the semester, Music Together classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday. Older siblings of registered students may occasionally visit provided the older sibling is HEALTHY and that the visit is prearranged with us. Visitation spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. An older sibling is welcome to attend one time per session as our guest. After that there is a $25.00 guest fee.


 

Can I switch to a different class?

Changes can be made depending on class availability. There is a $25.00 class switching fee if you choose to change your class after the registration deadline.


 

What if I need to withdraw from class?

Families wishing to withdrawal from class must do so before the registration deadline for each semester which is 10 days before the start date of a given session. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and all tuition fees are forfeited if the center office is not informed of your withdrawal before the registration deadline. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please call us at 718-229-0033 and we will return your call within 24 hours.


 

What if I start classes after the semester begins?

We understand that families may learn about our classes after our class session begins. We provide "catch -up classes" for late registrants to attend so that you have the opportunity to get in all of your classes for that session. Note that you still have your 2 additional "make-up' classes for each session. Late registration will be customized on a case by case basis.


 

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. This is due to cleanliness and the fact that we do not know what allergies children in the class may or may not have. You may always step outside the circle for water.


 

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. Two grown-ups are always welcome to attend class with a child. Please let us know if you have out of town family visiting that wants to attend with you on a given class.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.


 

As a parent, what is my role in class?

 Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation 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 mask 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.

Try not to give verbal directions. 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! Wandering toddlers is fine, but If you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle.

You must always be in the same room as your child. Of course watch out for your child’s safety.  This is a Grown-up child class and it is the responsibility of the Grown-up attending class with the child to ensure the child's safety at all times.

 

How should we use the Music Together Materials?

Play your CD 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 to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using 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.
New Music Together parents receive our introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.


 

Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?

Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from MusicTogether.com

 


May I bring a camera to class?

Occasionally classes at Music Together are professionally photographed and/or videotaped. These photographs/videos are sometimes used for publicity purposes. By attending our classes you give us permission to use photos and videos for these purposes. We will NEVER identify you or your child by name in any photo or videos. Our classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time,however we welcome pictures before or after class.


 

Do you offer gift certificates?

Gift certificates for $25, $50, $75, $100, $190, $200, $295  can be purchased at any time from our online store. It makes a very thoughtful and long lasting baby shower, birthday, or holiday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. 


 

Make-up Classes?

 If you miss your regularly scheduled Music Together class for any reason, you may schedule a make-up class. Two make-up classes are allowed each semester for each registered child, on a space-available basis. They must be taken during the current semester and cannot be "carried over." You may schedule your make-up as soon as you know you are going to miss a class. We often see an end-of-semester rush, so try to schedule your make-ups as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

To schedule a make-up class, use our online Make-Up Scheduler. If a given class is not displayed as an option for a make-up, it means all make-up spots for that class have been assigned; please schedule your make-up for a different class or check back later to see if a spot becomes available. If you know you will not be attending a previously scheduled make-up class, please cancel it so the spot becomes available for another family.

 


Holiday Closings?

All Holiday closings are built into our class schedules.  Please DO NOT schedule a make-up for any holiday closings.  Semesters are extended according to holiday closings. 

 


Siblings and Other Guests

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time. Two grown-ups are always welcome to attend class with each child.—no need to ask. Whole family music-making at home is extremely valuable to your child's music development, and attending class occasionally helps family members feel more comfortable joining in. If you would like to bring more than one other adult or un-registered sibling, please call the office at 718-229-0033. Visitation spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Every family is welcome to bring an older sibling one time per semester as our guest. After that here is a $25.00 guest fee.


 

 Health Policy

The health of all classroom participants is important to us, so we take measures to ensure the cleanliness of our classroom and limit exposure to germs. We take time to sanitize our classroom space, instruments, and materials after each class with a child-safe cleaning solution. Sanitizing wipes are available in class, and we ask caregivers to clean instruments after they have been mouthed. If you or your child is sick, please stay home from class and schedule a make-up.


 

Class Cancellations

Holiday closures are listed on our website. Although it is rare,classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather, teacher illness, and for other extraordinary circumstances.   If your class in cancelled. The class cancellation will be left on our office voice-mail and posted on our website and Facebook accounts. If  any class is cancelled we will do our best to schedule a specific additional meeting time for that cancelled class, otherwise we will provide an additional makeup for you to schedule at any of our locations during the current session in which you are enrolled.


 Thank you and we look forward to making Music Together®!