Starting notes for Families Registered for the Upcoming session: - A list of general program & class policies for all to read, especially for the new folks, - A page of music education guidelines that are helpful reminders for all, to enable us to all offer the greatest musical and learning experience for our children and families.
Music Together® of Newport County- 401 846-9014 Some Policies & Procedures...
Parking notes for Newport Location: Please park in the BACK lot for Music Together - If you are new please See NEWPORT PARKING NOTES Please do not park in the front parking lot on Marlborough street - Our lot is the rear lot around the back, on the corner of Charles St. and Coddington St.
Timing? Please aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts, to allow for parking, taking off coats, shoes, etc. This helps your child(ren)’s transition, and helps all of us to settle more comfortably into our “groove,” for a fun, stimulating musical experience. And coming early also gives people a chance to talk and socialize BEFORE class begins, getting to meet and know other amazing people.
Shoes? Please leave street shoes in the waiting area. Bare feet or non-skid slippers or non-skid socks are strongly recommended to avoid slipping while moving and dancing around, especially in Portsmouth's Studios’ rooms with wooden floors.
Toys & Cuddlies? Please leave toys and animals that have any kid appeal at home to make it easy on yourself, your child and especially other families whose child becomes fixated on your child’s toy.
Make-ups? For your convenience, make-up classes are allowed each semester. We offer special Makeup Days at the end of the semester. In addition, As a make-up class during the semester, you may come to any of the classes at other times or locations. Please be considerate of other families (and your teacher) by following a few guidelines. 1. Please let your teacher know in advance if possible (or afterwards is also helpful) if you are going to miss your regular class. This helps us keep in touch & helps us to know for others seeking spaces for make-ups. 2. If you'd like, you may SIGN UP FOR A MAKE-UP CLASS with Christopher in person, OR CALL CHRISTOPHER 846-9014 or email. Please contact us (at least two days in advance if possible) with the day and time that you would like to come to a make-up. When you call/ / email about makeups, consider the class confirmed unless you hear back with other news from Christopher. Here's a sample phone message you can leave that keeps things clear and efficient for all: "Hi, Christopher, We'd like to come to do a makeup next week , on (Thursday at 11:30 for example)... Let us know if that is a problem, otherwise we'll see you then!" (Feel free to ad lib, but I think you get the idea!)
3. Please be aware that two make-ups per semester are considered reasonable. (Special circumstances, please talk to me... we can be flexible about that)
Sick? Our families have been very considerate about this. Let’s continue it! Please be respectful of other families and if your child is not well or contagious, keep yourselves home and plan to come in when you feel better. In particular this season, use extra caution to not spread things around: most obviously: any fevers, greenish mucous or persistent sneezing/coughing are a sign that your child may need to stay home and wait til more healthy.
And for Prevention: "handwashing is a great helper." It's a healthy habit to plan on washing or cleaning hands after any group activities. Remember, we always have hand sanitizer and/or wipes in the classroom available for your use.
Weather Closings? Classes are GENERALLY cancelled during inclement weather if the town where you take your class has cancelled schools because of weather. We also will EMAIL the entire list to let everyone know. Call us / email if you are unsure. If a class gets officially cancelled due to snow, etc., we will schedule a special make-up day for that class.
Videos? Photos? Cell phones? Updated as of WINTER2015 - No Video-recording in class please. No Photos please during class. No cell phone use (unless emergency) in class. Photos? As of Fall2015, we ask that no photos be taken during class. You may take photos of your child in the space before or after classtime. Also, We have a Class Photo day the 7th week of class, where we will be doing a group photo for everyone, where everyone will get a copy of your group photo.
Eating & Drinking? Please observe that there is no eating or drinking during class, with the exceptions of babies and children who need nourishment or comfort from nursing or bottle. Otherwise, Please offer drinks before or after class and please limit food crumbs in reception areas. Thanks!
Children tasting instruments? If your child is putting the instruments in their mouth, (which will be natural for many, especially at first), or if for any other reason, please make sure to leave the instruments/objects in the designated bucket or tray for “taster’s choice”, to receive extra cleaning after class.
Any Questions...call Christopher 401 846-9014
----------------------------------------------------------- (Some music education guidelines for Class)
Hello, Everybody, We’re so Glad to see you! & Welcome to a New Semester of Music Together! We are here for a wonderful journey together... Here are a few notes to get ourselves off to a fresh start:
•You are your child’s most important teacher! Show them how valuable music is by actively singing, moving, and listening. The children learn from you: the values you teach through your actions and ways of being stay with them for years to come.
• Don't worry about the "performance quality" of your singing or dancing-- just have fun and your child will too! Even let yourself be silly sometimes! It's not so much about "performance" as it is about "participation." Enjoy!
• Parents are role models not only for their own child, but for all the other children (and parents) in the room. In other words, remember that this is not so much a "performance" by the teacher (as much as we may like to perform :) ), but a group Musical Adventure. What a powerful message we send our children when a room full of adults form a musical community, giving our children a rich musical experience by modeling music making - together!
• Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts, to allow for parking, taking off coats, shoes, etc. This helps your children’s transition and helps all of us to settle more comfortably into our “groove,” for a fun, stimulating musical experience. And coming early also gives people a chance to talk and socialize BEFORE class begins, getting to meet and know other amazing people in that way too, if you like.
•And DURING class time, once we start our Hello Song, it's a MUSICAL TIME we create.... So... Please resist the urge to talk, chat or to have conversations with other parents or your child during class time. Especially during songs, but even in-between songs, alking to each other can be distracting to the teacher and to the other members of the class. You may notice that if you are chatting or talking, it tends to dissipate the musical feeling in the class; instead, aim to tune in, connect and communicate in other ways during class. We teachers may gently remind the group from time to time, to help us remember how important this is for the experience and for the musical learning of the children. The less that you talk, and the more that you make music, play, move and sing, the less that WE will need to remind the group, and the more musical fun we all have.
Singing with each other, moving and playing musically with each other, is a great choice instead! Use gestures, facial expressions, movements, and musical ways of communicating with your child and others as much as possible. While the teacher may serve as “facilitator”, we all are co-creators of the atmosphere of the room. Our experience is that classes with participatory and attentive parents are the classes with the most involved and attentive children, and consequently everything flows much more easily and joyfully in class. We even see the most musical progress in these classes. Have fun making music and the whole class benefits! (In learning a language or culture, immersion is a deep way of attuning to that language: in this class for 45 minutes we are immersing ourselves in the "language" of music and movement, and there is great magic for the children in being immersed in that culture.)
• Allow the music to take over, even between songs. Join in the musical transitions, sound patterns and moments of listening. You may hear children singing/sounding if we allow some pauses and/or musical moments. During those moments, children may begin to “audiate” songs, that's "listening to the song inside themselves" - a major step in musical development.
•Remember that every child learns, absorbs and expresses this learning differently: with their own unique ways of being and learning in a group setting. Some children may be sitting and watching, absorbing by observation or through listening, others may be moving & exploring the space, some may be making sounds in response, some may be fascinated by the props and instruments. Let go of "performance" expectations on your child, and find ways to appreciate and support their own learning style at this point in their development. Remember that we often see how much they are learning AFTER the experience happens, when they go home and continue trying what they've experienced on their own.
• Encourage your child (if possible) to sit or be with you during the first song (Hello, Everybody) and last two songs (Resting and Goodbye song). Even then, we try to keep them with our attention, presence, and focus, rather than by forcing them to stay still.
•At other times some children may be moving around the space: in that case, your child should be free to sit, stand or walk around. You can keep participating with the group, or follow your child's lead while still maintaining contact with the group. A good time to re-focus him/her is during some of your child’s favorite songs or instrument playing. As long as moving children are safe and non-disruptive, they’re fine. But, please do stay attentive to your own child for the safety and comfort of everyone. We’re looking to achieve a balance between freedom of expression and gentle boundaries, so that the best experience can be had by all.
•At home: To help with your child’s learning and experience in class, play the recording frequently (even if it’s in the background) and do some musical activities at home and around town! Also be sure to sing the songs together on your own, so that your child can experience the power and sound of one's "live"voice. Let the music become part of your daily life and play with it. Have fun! (and stay tuned to email throughout the season for more "take-home" suggestions, too. )