As a parent, what is my role in class?
Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now---and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modleing they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead, help us creat a music-only environment.
What's expected of my child in class?
At Music Together®, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.
Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and tempermant as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have any questions!
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Play your songs at home and in the car frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create you Family Music Zone account and download the Hello Everybody app for the digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try!
Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical ideas to use at home. The music notation is int he book if you play an instrument and want to play along. (Always wanted to learn an instrument? Check out our Guitar for Grownups class!) Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book and sing through the songs as you go along.
What is the size of the class?
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
What if I miss a class during the semester?
We offer unlimited makeup classes during each session. Please visit our Make Up Scheduler to learn more.
Can I switch to a different class?
Depending on class availability, change are made at the discretion of the center director, teachers involved, and the office manager.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
Prelude Music Classes welcomes families at any point during the session!
Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?
We adhere with HISD in regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, classes at Prelude will be cancelled as well. Please check our website homepage or Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.
Can I bring guests or an unregistered older sibling to class?
Music Together classes may be in a session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. All guests must be prearranged with the teacher to ensure adequate space in the class.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time---no need to ask!
Why aren't there classes for specific age groups?
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and ganing self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plues, it allows everyone---siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers---to share in the musical experience together!
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift Certificates toward classes can be purchased at any time. They make fabulous baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts. Please contact the office if you're interested in purchasing one!