Classroom Policies

Parent Participation

One of the reasons this program is so effective is because of its approach to nurturing each child’s musical development through the powerful connection they have to their most important role-models – YOU! When you demonstrate that you are engaged in classroom activities, your child will follow your lead. However, when you disengage with the activity and chat with friends during class, the connection between you and your child is disrupted and he/she no longer has the gift of your attention and important role-modeling. Help us to preserve this precious 45 minutes of class time each week and the quality of the experience for each and every family.


Coming to Class on Time 

In order to provide a smooth transition between classes, every effort will be made to begin and end classes on time. We encourage you to arrive a few minutes before your class time. It will make your child’s adjustment easier and give you both a chance to catch up with friends before class begins. This is a good time to visit the bathroom, wash hands, get comfortable and into the musical mood before your class begins!

Make-Ups

If you need to miss a class, please don't forget to send an email or text! Each family is allowed a maximum of 3 make-ups per session.  I will provide at least three extra classes on a Saturday or Monday afternoon to accommodate those who need to make up a class. In addition, I usually add a class after the end of the semester for a demo/make-up. 

Food/Drinks

Please refrain from eating and drinking during class. Please enjoy snacks before or after class, or if you absolutely must, please step outside the room with your child for a quick sip or bite and return to class as promptly as you can so you don’t miss out on anything!

Nursing and bottle-feeding are welcome in the classroom whenever needed. Please keep bottles stored away when not in use.

Safety

Our classroom is childproofed to the best of our abilities, and although children are allowed and encouraged to move freely during class, we depend on each parent/caregiver to supervise their child’s activity so that accidents do not occur. It is completely natural for a child to respond to music by running or spinning; we ask you to re-direct your child’s running to another safer form of movement. We also ask that you do not allow your child to hang on door handles or other room furnishings. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment for everyone during class!

Cleanliness in Class

It is normal and developmentally appropriate for young children to put things in their mouths. Younger children, especially, gather information about their world through oral exploration. If your child has mouthed an item, just set it aside and place it in the “Wet Box” on the teacher’s table for cleaning after class. Please note that a bottle of hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes are always on the teacher's table if you need them! 

Health

Please do not come to class if there is any chance that you or your child could spread contagious illness. Thank you!

Weather-Related Class Cancellations

In the event classes are canceled due to inclement weather, every effort will be made to arrange a make-up class. If not, you will receive a refund for that week. 

Guests

Please feel free to bring along spouses, grandparents, and any other adults close to you and your child! No advance permission is necessary. If you wish to bring another child to class as a visitor (such as a sibling who has no school for the day) advance permission must be given. Please email imaginemusictogether@yahoo.com. 

Cell Phones, Keys, Personal Belongings

Please silence your cell phones before class begins and keep them, along with keys and other personal belongings, including toys, stored away during class. We ask that you try to limit the items you bring into the room to the absolute necessities. Limiting the number of personal items we bring into the classroom and containing them as much as possible, is very helpful. If you find that an item presents a persistent distraction during class (keys and cell phones, for example!), please feel free to set them up on the teacher’s table until it’s time to leave.