What to wear and bring
Please wear clothing that is comfortable for movement.
We’ll be sitting on the floor, but ask your teacher for a chair if you need one.
We’ll be asking you to take off your shoes – please wear or bring socks.
Please don’t bring food or toys into the circle. Nursing or bottles are always fine for infants. If your child has a strong need for a security object or toy, please let the teacher know.
We’ll be asking you to participate
Young children learn by playfully imitating their grown-ups. You are the role model for your child, so in class it is important for you to participate – sing, dance, drum, wiggle -- have FUN! If your child sees you having fun making music, they’ll want to try too! Do you feel that you’re not a good singer? Don’t worry -- your child thinks you’re a superstar!
Your child probably WON’T participate, pay attention, or make music at first
All your child needs to do is show up. We ask the adults in class to participate actively -- but your child’s job is done when he or she enters the room.
Most children take a few weeks before they get used to this new experience – new sights, sounds, smells, people, lots of new energy. Please be patient as your child settles in over a few weeks. Your child might even do some crying or fussing the first week or two. That is normal. If they seem very overwhelmed, it often helps to step out of the circle, and actively observe the class with them from a little distance away. If they seem curious to come back in to the circle, follow their lead. If they want to come back out, follow their lead again.
Your child will probably not sit still, look at the teacher, pick up an instrument, or do what the teacher is doing today. Each child has his or her own learning style, personality, and temperament. Young children are “sponges” and absorb the rich musical experience of the class whether they are staring at the ceiling, clinging to your lap, checking out their socks, practicing walking or running skills, interacting with other kids, or off exploring on the other side of the room. They don’t look like they’re paying attention, but they are soaking it all in!
Repetition is key for young children. You’ll be amazed at what they show you after a few weeks of coming to class, and listening to the music at home, with the songs you will receive if you enroll. For most children, most of their musical behavior will be expressed at home, not in the classroom, where they are busy soaking up the experience.