Policies & Etiquette
It is important that the children are present for the “Hello Song” in order to feel included, and to help them transition to class time. Families arriving late to class draw attention away from the circle and make it difficult for the teacher to regain focus.
Try and arrive 10 minutes early. Take the time to greet other families, nurse your child or give them one last snack or drink before class begins, and settle into the room.
Safety is our #1 concern. We understand that for some toddlers, running is one way they use their body while they are processing stimulation. Running, however, is only ONE way, there are many other ways they can use their bodies, too! It is suggested that if your child likes to run, please consistently discuss with them (especially right before class) other ways they can use their body during class- spinning, stomping, hopping, dancing, etc.- and we will continue to help remind them, too. Also, feel free to get up during class and model alternative behaviors for them! Our classroom communities will work together to make sure our classrooms are fun and musical, but also safe.
One of the beauties of Music Together® Mixed Age classes are that children of different ages attend together—from babies to kindergarteners. This gives young children the opportunity to watch and learn from older children, as well as help older children learn empathy and budding leadership skills from interacting with the younger group. This also means there are babies to consider, and running can be a hazard. It is very important for all families to feel comfortable enough to allow their children to roam freely but safely throughout the classroom. Allow your child roaming freedom, but always BE ALERT. If you need to follow your child closely, pick them up, or temporarily remove them from the room, please do so, and help them join us again when they are ready! One of the best things you can do if your child is running, is to simply get up and dance with them!
Nursing and bottles for our youngest kiddos are always welcome in class, but if possible, please try to take care of these activities before or after class.
If your child “tastes” an instrument or prop during class, please be sure to place them in the wet bucket to be sanitized.
Toys, stuffed animals, and electronic devices create a big distraction in our class. Please keep these items out of the classroom or tucked away in your bag until class is over. If your child is having a difficult time feeling comfortable in the classroom, please speak with your teacher so we can find an acceptable solution. For example, security blankets have been allowed before on a case-by-case basis, but also have caused tug-of-wars between children. It is important we communicate our solutions and work together for the good of your child and of our entire class. Before bringing any extra “comfort items” to class, try gently rocking your child off to the side of the classroom and holding them close. Feel free to step out of the room at any time and return when your child is feeling more comfortable. Please communicate your concerns with your teacher so we can work together at making our class meaningful for you and your child.
If you are awaiting an important call that simply cannot wait until after class, please quietly step out of the room. No texting during class please.
At this time, we DO allow you to take photos of your child during class, but please make this the exception and not the rule. Our class is called Music Together, and using your phone removes the “together” from the experience. We understand that you want to share this beautiful experience with family and friends, so if you simply must snap that quick picture, do it discreetly and KEEP SINGING! If phone use does become a distraction from the class, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time.
Also, we respect the privacy of all our families. We ask that you not share any photos on social media that contain another family’s child, unless you have their permission. Music Together Tri-Cities will always obtain written permission from each family before taking and using any photographs of their children for any purpose.
Music Together is only 45 minutes of your entire week! Children tend to vocalize in between the songs. If you’re socializing, you may miss important developmental achievements with your child. Chatting can also become an unnecessary distraction during class for the children and teacher. We invite you to play outside before or after class and to know the other families then, but please use class time to make musical memories with your child and our group.
Each family is allowed two make-up classes each semester. If you know in advance that you will miss a class, or your child is sick, please schedule a make-up. Each family is allowed two makeups each semester, but depending upon availability, more can be arranged—talk with your teacher directly if you need more than two and we will try to accommodate you. Make-up classes should be scheduled on our website’s Make-Up Scheduler. Make-ups cannot be carried over to a new semester.
If your child has had a fever or has been vomiting, please do not allow them to return to class until they have been clear of symptoms for 24 hours without medication. We serve children and want to keep this vulnerable population as healthy and happy as possible. We are happy to be flexible with make-ups when necessary.