Classroom Rules, Etiquette and FAQs
Kindermusik Semester Dates
Our school semester begins on Monday September 9, and ends Thursday December 19, 2019. Our semester includes a total of 15 classes over a four month period. Enrollments are accepted any time during the school year. This semester will run straight with no closings due to holidays.
Making the Most of Your Kindermusik Experience
This is the overriding theme at every Kindermusik class.
ARRIVE ON TIME
We kindly ask that you make it a priority to arrive on time. In fact, plan on arriving a few minutes early if you’d like. This gives you time to remove coats and shoes and settle into our musical environment. We know that life happens and occasionally you may be running late. If you arrive after class has started please slip in as unobtrusively and quietly as possible.
SHOES & SUCH
Plan on bare feet or socks for both you and your child. Please leave shoes, coats, diaper bags in our reception area. No food, drink or bottles allowed in the studio as we do our best to keep the floor clean for our little ones.
During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an engaged and patient parent. Although our purpose is to build a warm Kindermusik community, we do ask that you please keep grown-up chat to a minimum. For optimum joy and growth your child needs and deserves your undivided attention.
What a child is learning in Kindermusik is often evidenced at home rather than to a certain level of participation during class. Often, a child attends for several weeks before feeling comfortable in a classroom setting. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver both in class and at home are key in creating confidence and growth. Remember, children come in all ages, stages, and personality types. At Kindermusik with Ms. Susy, we are understanding, accepting and supportive of ALL children and parents. Parents often tell us that they see a completely different child at home than in class. This is normal and to be expected. Some children are reticent and others become quite stimulated in a group setting. You may find that your child would prefer to sit quietly and watch or may want to be up and moving. Both are perfectly acceptable. If your child becomes distracted, upset, excited, or cannot focus on the activity, please don’t worry or feel pressured to push your child toward what you believe is a more acceptable way to participate. There is not a “certain way” to participate in our classes (for example – sitting still, sitting on your lap, and listening, singing, etc.) for him or her to show terrific growth. So please – relax, sing, and PLAY with your child both in the classroom and at home. Together you’ll find the best way for your family to connect and share the joy of Kindermusik while nurturing your beautiful family bond.
KINDERMUSIK AT HOME MATERIALS
Your family and child will benefit enormously from the use of our enriching at home materials, which allow you to bring the music with you wherever you go. Listen to the music, follow the activities, and read the books. You’ll find that frequent use during the week will make a positive difference in your child’s comfort and participation in class and you’ll enjoy knowing the lyrics, too!
Good to Know
MAKE UP CLASSES
As a courtesy, we allow make-ups for illness, travel and emergencies. Make-up classes for your level may be available but aren’t guaranteed. Please notify Ms Susy when you will not be able to attend or when you are planning to come in for a makeup. We do not pro-rate or refund for student absences.
Any classes cancelled due to educator illness, emergency or extreme weather will be re-scheduled. We usually follow the BISD school calendar, if they are open so are we. We will text/whatsapp our families and post any closures on our Facebook and Instagram pages and or Kindermusik Brownsville Facebook group.
Kindermusik is a warm, welcoming, judgement-free zone where your child can learn and practice his or her blossoming social skills. We do ask that you be cognizant of your child’s safety as well as the safety and enjoyment of other families. If your child exhibits a behavior such as running, screaming, or throwing an instrument please take a deep breath and then help your child to redirect his or her attention. If you need to step out of the classroom for a few minutes (we’ve all been there!) for a sweet hug and a quiet moment please do so and return when your little one is ready to re-join class. Please feel free to speak with your educator at anytime to request any support you may need.
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.
TOYS, FOOD, BOTTLES
No food, drink, or bottles allowed in our classroom. Please keep toys, pacifiers, drink cups, bottles, etc. out of sight.
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.
Adult guests such as grandparents and your partner are welcomed at any time. If you would like to bring along a friend for an introductory class we are happy to accommodate them as long as the class is not to crowded. Please text/whatsapp Ms Susy to let her know a guest will be joining.
Our Kindermusik fall semester includes 15 classes September through December. Our monthly tuition (regardless of number of classes per month) is an average of those 15 classes including at home materials. Our Kindermusik semester, some instances, will begin and end during the middle of any given month, this is why your monthly tuition will always be the same whether there is only a week or two of classes in those given months, but do keep in mind that we are simply taking the total cost of those 15 classes and dividing them into four payments to make it simpler for everyone. Families are invited to enroll at any time during the school year and tuition will be pro-rated depending on the start date. Payments more than two weeks late will be assessed a 20.00 late fee. Monthly tuition is due by the 10th of every month.
When you join our studio your semester enrollment is on-going until you let us know us otherwise. If you need to withdraw before the end of our semester you may do so at the end of a month. Kindly give us two weeks notice if you need to end your enrollment. If notice is not given two weeks prior to the first of the month, the following month’s tuition will apply. Missed classes are neither prorated nor refundable. If there is an extenuating circumstance, please notify us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. All make-ups must be completed while currently enrolled in class.
CLASS SCHEDULE & EDUCATOR ASSIGNMENTS are subject to change. A minimum of 5 children is required for a class to run. If a class is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be given.