Musical Beginnings

Musical Beginnings

Frequently Asked Questions

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What about picking up my child?

Parents/Guardians must be on time to pick up their children.

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Each parent/guardian must download and complete both forms and hand them to the teacher on the first day of class. They are found in "How to Apply" in the left menu.

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Parking is available at First Presbyterian Church free of charge.

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Attendance and Arrival Time

Good attendance and being timely for class is an important factor in each student’s progress. Students must be present and on time for all classes, lessons, and or rehearsals. Students should try to arrive at least 10 minutes before their scheduled time to allow for proper preparation.

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Refund Policy

All refunds are subject to a $35.00 processing & handling fee.

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Class Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Why do we just sing kids songs?

All of the music selected for our class is carefully selected to:

·         Balance movement and stationary activities

·         Share songs and games we know kids love

·         Partake in the aural tradition of “folk musicking.”

·         Present a variety of musical meters and keys (without your children knowing this!)

·         Explore developmentally necessary skills: fine motor, gross motor, inter/intra personal skills

·         Warm up our voices with kid-composed, kid-tested, kid-approved music

 

Should we set aside “30 minutes of music making time” every day?

Not necessarily. Music making should be woven throughout daily activities as naturally as possible. Music making can occur in the car while listening to the CD, speaking “This Little Piggy” while changing your child’s diaper, teaching songs to a younger sibling, playing circle games outside (“Ring Around the Rosie”), or singing a lullaby to sleep. Most importantly, if any music is initiated by your child, embrace this! If they ask to play a singing game with you, join them, have them share songs with relatives and sing for special occasions. Teach your child songs that you remember from your childhood.

I can’t sing. What should I do?

Sing, sing, and sing! If you aren’t confident with your singing, start with speaking chants and poetry with your child. The more you sing, the better you will get. Use class time, when you’re surrounded by other singing adults, to quietly explore your singing voice or practice singing in the car, in the shower, anywhere!  Regardless, numerous studies suggest that singing parents, regardless of their ability to match pitch, raise tuneful children.

My child is exceptionally musical and I’m concerned class material is too easy.

Children are never too talented to play. I would encourage you to look at our music from class more “vertically.” How can you gain more depth from the lessons? Can your child sing the words all by him/herself? Can they change words around and create new songs? Do they incorporate songs into dramatic play? Can they add movement? Can they change their voices? For children that pick out melodies on the piano, can they pick out any of the tunes? Most importantly, I would ask, "Is your child happy making music?" That is the biggest testament that the child is stimulated! Some of you may be aware of the recent story featured on NPR, “Nice Kids Finish First:”

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/16/423605191/nice-kids-finish-first-study-finds-social-skills-can-predict-future-success

I include this because "prosocial" skills work hand and hand with early childhood music: singing together, playing games, taking turns, getting instruments out and putting instruments back (yes, this is a BIG deal!). 

If you are hoping for a tuneful, artful and beatful child, use the first years of life to expose your child’s ears to quality music, provide enjoyable opportunities for him/her to engage in music making, explore form and rhythm through play, participate in socialmusical environments, and engage fine and gross motor skills. Then, if your child chooses to play an instrument or join a choir between the ages of 5 and 10, they will have a solid foundation and love of music. 

 

There are other kids that participate in class and my kid doesn’t. Should I be worried? OR... Other kids sing [play, follow directions, etc.] better than mine. Should I be worried?

No! Kids develop extremely differently. Some tend to be verbal while others are climbers. Some sit quietly while others hug complete strangers. Also, more common than not, our quieter students will often go home and perform musically for family members, perhaps never showing their skills in class. This is equally as wonderful! Most importantly, they learn from each other.

 

My child walks laps around the other kids during class. Is that OK?

As long as your child is not distracting other children, putting anyone in harm’s way, and is respectful to the items in the room, this is completely fine and normal. Often young children need to take music in while traveling, especially early walkers. You can redirect them by continuing to stay with the group and inviting them in to join you. If your child starts to play with items in the room, we can help put items out of reach.

Why don’t you teach piano, guitar, or string instruments?

IU Musical Beginnings lays the musical foundation during ages 0-5 through play, simple instrument playing, singing and movement. Exploring musical form, singing, dancing and learning how to use simple instruments (rhythm sticks, shakers and drums) will prepare them should your family decide to continue onto the IU Pre-College Program: IU Children’s Choir, Piano Academy, String Academy or The Guitar Academy. Also of note, the IU JSOM's Pre-College instrumental and choral programs start with folk songs before they introduce classical repertoire.