How do I choose a class?
The age recommendations outlined for Musikgarten classes have been carefully constructed to group children in an age and developmentally appropriate way. Therefore, it is important that your child be at least the minimum age by the start of the semester for the class in which you are enrolling. If you have concerns about your child's success in a particular age range, I am happy to discuss your child's needs and to work with you to place him/her in the best class.
When do I register?
Register early! Although you may join our classes at any time, please register early since class sizes are limited and many fill quickly. Registering at least two weeks before the semester begins also ensures that I will have your child's materials for you at your first class. If you enroll after the semester begins, tuition can be pro-rated accordingly.
You will receive a phone call and e-mail within 1 week to confirm your registration. A registration form and payment must be received before enrolllment can be confirmed.
How do I make-up classes?
We will follow the LISD's decision on closings. I do not refund for missed classes, but I do allow families open make-ups by attending one of the other classes for that age group in the current semester. Make-ups are not carried over to the next semester, so please plan accordingly. If you know you have to miss, please let me know ahead of time so I can arrange a make-up class.
Can I come for a free visit?
I am always happy to schedule a free visit in one of my classes, just give me a call.
I love my Musikgarten experience, can I bring a friend?
Bring a friend and earn a $25 credit to your Musikgarten account when they register! My Musikgarten families are my best PR. My way of saying thank you is to give you something in return. Please notify me prior to the visit so that I can prepare any additional materials or procure enough instruments.
What about non-enrolled siblings? Can I bring them along?
Siblings not enrolled in classes or enrolled in a different class are welcome in my Musikgarten classroom, as long as they are not disruptive to the learning process for others. As a general rule, this works best if the sibling is under 6 months and contented in a car seat or old enough to read in the corner. Just keep in mind that the child who is registered in a Musikgarten class requires your full attention and participation. Unattended children may not be left in the waiting area. If there is a special circumstance or emergency and you need to bring a sibling to class, please call me. We may be able to work something out. Siblings are always invited and encouraged to be a part of "Sharing Time" in my Music Makers classes.
How do I make the most of Musikgarten classes?
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Arriving a little before class begins provides time for your child to settle into the musical environment as they prepare to enjoy exploring instruments, reading books, or listening to music.
I do request that toys, food and drink be kept out of sight, and that snacks be finished before arriving in class. This avoids jealousy, accidental breakage, and loss of personal belongings. Also, I do request that parents either turn off cell phones, or step outside to accept cell phone calls.
Be sure to dress comfortably. Musikgarten classes are full of active fun, and you'll have an easier time participating with your child if you feel free to move. Barefoot/socks is best! You and your child will be encouraged to remove your shoes before class. This allows the many nerve endings on the bottoms of the feet to be stimulated, adding to your child's learning potential! During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model. By the way, I love for parents to visit before or after class, but not during class please. When you are an active, focused, enthusiastic participant in the class activities, your child will focus more fully too.
It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable. Don't be discouraged. What a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. You and your child will enormously benefit from the Musikgarten experience, especially if you enjoy your At Home Materials throughout the week. This makes ALL the difference in a child's comfort and participation in the classroom. Many parents tell me that they see a completely different child at home than they experience in class. Some children are naturally hesitant and others are over-stimulated by a group environment. Don't worry, but just try to help them refocus or quietly engage them in participating in their own way. They may be interested in trying again later at home.
Why do I have to purchase At Home Materials and what do I do with them?
Musikgarten has pulled together the best musicians, writers and artists to compile age-appropriate materials and instruments for you and your child. At Home Materials help continue the learning at home and must be used consistently to be effective. Every child enrolled in a Musikgarten class is required to have a set of At Home Materials for each unit of enrollment. Besides--they're a lot of fun and will grow with your child as they grow! The At Home Materials are for playing, singing, and filling in the hours of a long rainy day. Enjoying the home activities, listening to your CD, reading your Parent Guide, and playing your instruments adds tremendously to the benefits of the class experience. In fact, families frequently tell me that their Musikgarten CD's are family favorites. Part of the Musikgarten magic is making music a part of your everyday life; that is why you receive At Home Materials.
Can my child's caregiver bring her to class?
Musikgarten believes that the parent is the most important teacher for the child. However, we understand that your schedule does not always match ours. We welcome caregivers to attend class, whether they be a sitter, nanny, grandparent, aunt/uncle or neighbor, provided they have your permission. Find out what happened in class so you can continue the learning throughout the week.
Can my spouse, grandmother, etc. come watch the class?
Absolutely! They are always welcome to attend and participate! :-)
What if I have more questions?
Just call me! I'll be happy to talk with you and try to answer them.