At Tot Music, we want the time that you spend with your
child in our classes to be a learning experience that is safe and, above all,
fun! Please read the following information and suggestions – these will help you
get the most out of your class time.
- The most important piece of advice: PARTICIPATE!
Whether your singing voice is strong or not, whether you can keep a beat or
not, doesn’t matter. Children will pick up on your enthusiasm and your effort,
and they will enjoy the time they spend together with you. (And even if your
child may not be paying close attention to your participation, some of the
other children in class might be, so it benefits all the families in attendance
if everyone participates!)
- Please try to arrive on time! This allows you to
settle in before class begins, and it ensures that your child will hear his or
her name in the “Hello Song!”
- Please remove both your shoes and your child’s
shoes before entering the classroom. This helps us ensure that the floors of
our locations are kept clean and dry – especially when the weather outside is
messy and wet! (Soft-soled baby shoes and any toddler shoes that are not used
for outside wear may be worn inside.)
- We ask that strollers, diaper bags, and other
large items be left outside the classroom. If you must bring an item into the
classroom, please find a safe place to store it. Remember, we have a classroom
full of curious children, so somewhere out of reach would be best!
- Please do not bring food or drink into the
classrooms. This can create messes, may prove a distraction to the other
children, and could pose a danger if someone else in the room has a food
allergy. Nursing is allowed in the classroom, but we ask that all other feeding
take place outside the classroom, ideally before or after class.
- We request that the use of cell phones,
including taking photographs, be limited to before or after class. Cell phones
can prove to be a distraction to the children, and your family will gain the
most from class when everyone is focused on making music!
- We understand that most children go through an
“oral phase,” meaning that our instruments may look very tasty. If your child
has put any instrument into his or her mouth, please inform your instructor so
it can be placed into the “wet bin.” Instruments in this bin are disinfected
after class with a non-toxic, safe cleanser (similar to the disinfectants used
on musical instruments in schools), so we share music, not germs.
- Families are encouraged to listen to their CDs
outside of class. This helps all music makers, especially children, become
familiar with the songs and learn the words, which will allow them to get the
most out of their time in class. Your instructor will have suggestions and
ideas to help you bring the fun of Tot Music classes home.
We hope that this information will help you enjoy the time that you spend making music with your child. We can't wait to see you in class!