Frequently Asked Questions
Can I join mid-semester at a pro-rated fee?
Yes, depending upon availability. Please contact us prior to enrolling.
How long do the classes last each week?
Classes for babies are 30 minutes per week, toddlers are 40, 3-4 year old classes are 50 minutes and all classes for older children are 1 hour per week.
Should parents attend and participate in the classes?
Parents are an integral part of class in the younger years. As students get older they participate by themselves, but parents take part in the classes towards the end of each lesson. For all classes, parents are asked to include active music making in their child’s life. Sing along with the recording. Play echo games, making up patterns, as we do in class. Put the picture cards or notation games on your refrigerator and play identification games with them as you get ready for dinner. More structured practice is required when the children get to piano.
Why should I pursue early childhood music education for my child?
Music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics and science. Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Remember singing the ABC song to learn your ABC’s? Studying music helps children establish good listening habits, which are essential for achievement in school. Overall, music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical coordination – all in a group setting that builds community – a holistic experience.
Do early childhood music classes better prepare students for piano lessons?
Yes, in most cases. Classes develop students aural senses more than other pre-piano methods. The piano classes are taught in a group session, so that children learn from each other and grow in their comfort of playing with and in front of one another.
What if I can’t make it one week due to a vacation or other conflict?
Please let us know as soon as you know. That way we can work on a plan to accommodate your needs while keeping your child’s progress with music on track.
As my child gets older there seem to be more and more activities for him/her to do? Why should I continue with music and movement training?
After being in the program for a while, you can see the benefits your child is getting from class. It is our view that the singing, dancing and playing (in class and at home) is the best for your child’s wholistic development: language, movement, math skills, and physical coordination – all in a group setting that builds community. While other activities can be fun too, the primary building block of your child’s developmental time should be spent with Miss Jane’s Music Studio.