Making the Most of Kindermusik Classes
1) Plan to arrive about five to ten minutes early for class. Arriving a little before class provides time for your child to settle into the musical environment as they prepare to enjoy exploring instruments, reading books, or listening to music. You are welcome to come early and play in the play room or play in the classroom as we always have things out for your child to explore before class begins.
2) Be sure to dress comfortably and remove shoes before sitting down to join the class.
3) The most important thing you can do for your child during class is to be an active and patient role model. While we certainly encourage socialization as part of the whole Kindermusik experience, Kindermusik teachers rely heavily on adult participation during class time, especially for the Foundations and Level 1 and 2 classes. It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling fully comfortable. Don’t be discouraged—what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are keys to facilitating musical learning and growth.
4) You and your child will benefit enormously from the Kindermusik experience, especially if you make active use of your At Home Materials. Frequent reinforcement at home throughout the week makes all the difference in a child’s comfort and participation in the classroom.
Our goal for all of our Kindermusik families is for you to have the best possible experience in class. Here are a few class policies that were developed to help in this endeavor. We are here to serve you and your family and we hope that these policies will help make class enjoyable for all involved.
1) Due to limited class sizes and the delicacy of the younger class settings, Foundations, Level 1, and Level 2 classes cannot accommodate non-enrolled siblings (except for children 6 months and younger—those young enough to stay contented in a carrier during class) on a regular basis. If at all possible, they should attend their own age-appropriate class. Of course, the Mixed Age class is the exception to this, where newborns through children 7 years of age are welcome as long as all are enrolled. Siblings of students enrolled in Level 3, 4, and 5 classes are welcome to join us for Parent Sharing Time during the last 10-15 minutes of class. Of course there are always exceptions, so please see us with questions or concerns.
2) In the case of the Foundations, Level 1, and Level 2 classes, one parent or caregiver must be in attendance with the child for the entire duration of the class. With Level 3 classes, we ask that parents/caregivers wait in the waiting room or play room while the class is going on until the last 10-15 minutes of class when parents come into class for the Parent Sharing Time. This way you are not too far away if needed.
3) As far as food is concerned, you are welcome to bring a snack and hang out in the play room and visit after class. But please hold off on bringing out food during class. For special occasions like birthdays or holidays, some families like to bring in treats to share with the class and that is fine. However, please check in with your teacher first in case there are allergy issues with other children or in case there are additional families doing a make-up class that day so that we make sure there are enough treats for all children.
4) If your child’s behavior is disrupting the flow of the lesson, please respect the right of others to enjoy the activities and quietly remove your child from the room until they are calm and settled enough to rejoin the class. A few, but not exhaustive list of examples would be screaming and/or throwing a temper tantrum, running uncontrollably, spitting, pushing, hitting or behaving in ways that are preventing other children and caregivers from enjoying class.
5) Please do not bring your child to class if they are ill.
Here are some good guidelines for when to keep your child home:
1) A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher indicates that a child’s body is battling an infection.
2) A child who is vomiting, who has diarrhea or who is nauseated.
3) Upper respiratory symptoms such as heavy coughing and a green or yellow nasal discharge may indicate the flu as well as the common cold.
4) A sudden severe sore throat accompanied by a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils and white or yellow spots in the throat are symptoms of a strep infection.
5) Red and irritated eyes with a yellowish discharge may indicate pink eye, or conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious.
6) An undiagnosed rash may be a symptom of an infectious disease such as measles, chicken pox or impetigo.
1) The preferred way to enroll is online and payment is by credit or debit card. If this is impossible, please contact us for other options. Kindermusik is on monthly subscription format for payments. Every month, a set amount is automatically debited from your account on the same date of every month. You usually receive 4 classes within a pay period but not necessarily. It is all dependent on how many weeks are in that month and holidays that month. Some months you may have 3 classes in that pay period depending on holidays, and some months you may have 4 or 5 classes. It is a set, monthly fee no matter how many classes you have that month.
2) For Level 4 and 5 classes, the only amount that is automatically charged from your account up front is a materials fee which applies directly towards the purchase of the At Home Materials for your class. The Materials fee comes out immediately at enrollment. The rest of your monthly payments are automatically debited from your credit/debit card each month. *This does not apply to our summer Level 4 and 5 classes.
3) For Foundations, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 classes, you are not charged a materials fee and you are not charged anything until the first day of your first class. Then your set, monthly payments will be automatically debited from your credit/debit card on that same date every month thereafter. Because these classes use the digital Kindermusik@Home materials, the fee for these materials are figured into your monthly payment.
4) Families with multiple children enrolled in Kindermusik with Emilie classes during the same semester will receive a 20% discount off the entire family’s tuition. This applies to families with individual children enrolled in varying classes as well as families enrolled in a Mixed Age class.
5) Our classes are ongoing year-round and once you are enrolled, you continue to stay enrolled. If you do find it necessary to stop classes, all you have to do is notify us in writing at least one week before the end of the next 4-week themed unit that you will not be continuing in the next unit and you will be un-enrolled from the class and will not be charged for the following unit. Families who do not give at least a one-week notice of un-enrolling will be charged for the following month.
6) Students are welcome to enroll anytime during the year except for Level 4 and 5 classes. Tuition prices will be prorated. We do not refund for missed classes but we offer unlimited makeup classes. Of course it is to be expected that you may need to miss a class or two due to illness or vacation so we encourage you to attend another class of the same age in order to make-up your missed class. See your teacher for class make-up options. Families are welcome to make up missed classes anytime throughout the year as long as you are enrolled, but cannot make up classes after un-enrolling. Families are responsible for keeping track of missed classes.
7) Because each curriculum is developmentally specific, in most cases, your child should be at least the minimum age for the class in which you are enrolling. However, we realize there are exceptions to every rule. If you have concerns about your child's success in a class, we will gladly discuss your child's needs and work with you to place your child in the class best suited for him or her.
8) At our discretion, classes may need to be rescheduled or combined with similar age groups/classes if the minimum enrollment is not met. (Minimum enrollment is usually four children per class.) In this situation, we will certainly strive to give adequate notice and will give parents the option of choosing another class.
1) In the event of a teacher illness where another teacher could not fill in, that class will be made up. We will notify you of cancellation and the scheduled make-up date. Although no refunds will be given if you miss a class because of illness or being out of town, we are happy to allow students who miss a class to try to make it up. Simply call or email in advance to attend another already-scheduled class.
2) In inclement weather, an effort will be made to reschedule canceled classes. However, we cannot promise that we will be able to make up a cancelled class because of weather, nor will we refund for a class that was unable to be made up because of weather . Kindermusik with Emilie typically follows KUSD schools when it comes to weather cancellations. For Saturday classes, Emilie will make the call on classes cancelled for weather. Please make sure you have signed up for the Remind texting app in case a class gets cancelled last minute because of teacher illness and a last minute announcement needs to be made. The texting app is how we will alert families of cancelled classes.
3) Visiting grandparents or other adult family members as well as moms, dads, nannies, etc., are always welcome to attend classes at any time. Involvement by other adult family members enhances the Kindermusik experience for everyone. We just ask that not more than 2 adults come to a class because of space issues. Exceptions can be made so please talk to your teacher if you have visiting family members who would like to attend.
4) We do take photos regularly in our classes and we sometimes share those photos on our Facebook Page. No names are ever used. If you would rather not have photos of you posted on our Facebook Page, please let your teacher know and we will make sure to not include you in the photos.
5) Please understand that by enrolling in a class at Kindermusik with Emilie, you are making a commitment. We realize that there will be unexpected things that come up that prohibit you from coming to class on a particular day. However, missing 3, 4 and 5 classes in a row is not really beneficial to your child’s learning and they are not receiving the full Kindermusik experience. Consistency and Repetition are important keys to learning. Please know that we are making a commitment to provide you and your family with a high quality and enjoyable musical experience. We look forward to partnering with you! Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions—we are always available!