Enrolled Families

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  • Families may make up two classes each semester. Go here to schedule a make-up class.

  • Please be sure that you have read and understand the Center Policies below!

  • Remember that if you refer a new family for the Fall Semester, you will get 10% off your own tuition! Just tell them to tell us about your referrel when they are registering for class.

Shar-La-La Music Together Center Policies
& FAQ

ABSENCES
If you have to miss a class during the semeseter, no worries. Families may make up two classes each semester, either by registering to attend another classtime during that semester, or by coming to our regular 2nd-Saturday make-up classes. You can learn more here.
INVITING FRIENDS TO CLASS
We appreciate your referrals, thank you, and we still have openings available in our Tues afternoon class in Red Bank and our Wed. evening class in Midtown. However, enrolled families come first.  Please use the make-up scheduler if you would like to bring a friend, so we can make sure there is adequate space and the teacher can give attention to each family. 
CELL PHONES
Ringing cellphones and parents/caregivers texting during class are distracting so we respectfully ask that you put your phone away for the duration of class so that you can fully engage in the class activities with your child.  If you are awaiting an important call (which we understand), please put your phone on vibrate, and step out of the class area if you need to take a call.     
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT ATTENDING CLASS?
We do not offer refunds after the first class. We also charge a $50 cancellation fee that covers my costs if you cancel your registration within the two weeks before your enrolled semester starts. If an emergency forces you to cancel after the first class, we may offer you a tuition waiver for future semesters.
    
WHAT DO WE DO IF CLASS IS CANCELLED?
If I have to postpone for some unexpected reason (power outage, weather, illness), I will email/text 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 or you may choose to attend an additional make-up class during the semester.
       
WHAT IF MY CHILDREN ARE SICK?
It is important for us to maintain a healthy environment. Please do not attend class if your child is ill. Take advantage of our liberal make-up policy! The best defense against catching an illness is to wash both your hands and your child’s hands immediately after class. It really works!  
WHAT IS THE MAKE-UP POLICY AND HOW DO I SIGN UP?
If you have missed your regularly scheduled Music Together® class, use our online Make-up Scheduler  to find a make up class that fits your schedule. You can also use the Make-up Scheduler if you know in advance that 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. If you know you will not be attending the make-up class, please let us know so another family can take the spot.
 
We also offer a monthly make-up class on the second Saturday of every month at 10:15 AM. Again, space is limited, so please use the scheduler to let us know if you plan to attend.   
MAY I BRING SNACKS TO CLASS?
Please do not bring snacks into the classroom. We have had children with severe nut allergies who 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 are fine.
  
CAN MORE THAN ONE ADULT COME TO CLASS?
Yes! 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 UNREGISTERED SIBLING?
If you have an older child who is off school and you wish to bring him/her along to class, you should schedule it on the make-up scheduler 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. 
MAY I BRING A CAMERA TO CLASS?
We may videotape or take photos during class for educational or publicity purposes. Let me know if you do not want you or your child to be photographed. We discourage adults from taking out their phones/cameras during class and encourage you instead to focus on your own music making. If you simply must take a photo, please do it during the play-along so that you can model and sing throughout the rest of the class.        
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 after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
 
We live in a very verbal culture, but while in Music Together, 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 really well by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself!  For instance, wandering toddlers are 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 or just let him wander and see what everyone is doing!  Of course we ask you to watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
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. You can download the music by following the instructions in the CD booklet, back page or by using the Hello Everybody app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Make a playlist of just the current collection rather than mixing it with other music. 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, learn new ideas, and to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at story time 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. Familiarity with notation will help them when they are ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged. More about how to use the songbook can be found on the Family Music Zone and in the Hello Everybody app.
  • The Family Music Zone is a private website for enrolled Music Together classes from all over the world. This is where you can download the semester’s music, stream the music from any device you have, wherever you are. There are also activity ideas, videos and parent education information on this website. To get to the site, you use the code in your CD packaging to create your account and each semester you add the new code to unlock the new collection. 
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT SUPPORTING MY CHILD'S MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT?   
Besides the Family Music Zone, new Music Together parents also receive a Parent Education Guide and a growth chart. 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. If you want more information, just ask. We have a lot of resources!  
 
If you are the parent of a baby, be sure that you received a blue booklet about Babies in Mixed Age Classes. If you didn't get a copy, email us and we will get it to you!
 
Each semester you will also get an e-newsletter from Music Together LLC, which is full of great information and ideas. Expect it around week 5 or 6.
 
I also invite you to look up Shar-La-La Music Together on Facebook and "like" our page. I often will share interesting articles about children and music and fun stuff too! 
    
WHERE CAN I BUY SOME OF THE INSTRUMENTS WE USE IN CLASS?
Instruments and singalong storybooks that match songs from the curriculum are available for purchase directly from Music Together Store. SingAlong Storybooks are available for the Hello Song, Ridin in the Car, One Little Owl, Sandpiper, May All Children, Hey Diddle Diddle, All Around the Kitchen and Two Little Blackbirds and more are being developed each semester. They come in hard back and board books. You can also read the Hello Everybody book via the Hello Everybody app.
    
DO YOU OFFER GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Gift certificates for any amount towards Shar-La-La Music Together classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts.