Class Guidelines

As a parent, what is my role in class?
Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music immersion experience while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation, please wait till after class to socialize.

What about directing my child to participate?
We live in a very verbal culture, but while in Music Together®, try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond really well by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself!  Your child is free to move around the room – they are still absorbing everything going on around them! Of course, you should watch out for their safety and the safety of others, but mostly, your job is to relax and have fun!

How should we use the Music Together Materials?
Play your music as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. You can download or stream the music from the app by following the attached instructions and using the download code in the CD inside cover.

Make the music available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs, learn new ideas, and to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school-aged.

What is The Family Music Zone (FMZ)?
It’s a private website for enrolled Music Together classes from all over the world. This is one place where you can download the semester’s music, stream the music from any device you have, wherever you are. There are also activity ideas, videos and parent education information on this website. You will use the code inside your CD cover to access the FMZ on musictogether.com.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Yes! Both or either parent, grandparents, caregivers… Great Auntie Millie… all are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.

May I bring an un-registered sibling?
Usually, yes. If you have an older child and you wish to bring him/her along to class, please ask to teacher ahead of time to ensure that there is space. The school-age kids are always a pleasure to have and such good role-models for the little ones. We often have room in classes for you to bring a friend. A family can try a class with no obligation. Invite a friend to class early in the semester before make-ups get busy. Ask the teacher ahead of time to make sure there is room in the class.

Food/drink
Please do not bring snacks, as children sometimes have food allergies and will find any crumb that is dropped! Bottles and breastfeeding are welcome.

Cell Phones
Ringing cellphones and parents/caregivers texting during class is distracting, so we respectfully ask that you put your phone away for the duration of class so that you can fully engage in the class activities with your child.

May I take pictures during class?
Yes, but please only take pictures during the play-along so that you can model and sing throughout the rest of the class. Out of respect for privacy, please do not post pictures on social media that have other children in them, unless you have permission from the other parent. If a teacher plans to take pictures or video for promotional purposes, release forms will be provided.

What should I do if my children are sick?
It is important for us to maintain a healthy environment. Please do not attend class if your child is ill. Take advantage of our make-up policy. Minimize germs. The best defense against catching an illness is to wash both your hands and your child’s hands immediately after class. It really works! The teachers will provide hand sanitizer as well.

Make-up Classes
Make-up classes are offered on a space available basis and must be taken within the current ten-week session. Make-ups may not be carried over to the next semester. Families are permitted two make-up classes per semester. To check availability and schedule a make-up class, please go to our Make-Up Scheduler .

Safety
Music Together Fresno-Clovis is unique in the fact that the children in our classes do not have to do anything! They can fall asleep or crawl or move around. As long as it is safe behavior, it is perfectly acceptable. We don’t have many rules at Music Together Fresno-Clovis, but we do have just a few that we ask you to help us enforce. With your cooperation we will create together a most safe and harmonious classroom environment.

  • Do not run in the classroom - It is perfectly fine if your child decides to move around during class, and in fact it is a natural part of their learning process to do so. However, we ask that children use their “walking feet” and not run.
  • Do not throw things - Children have many opportunities to explore instruments in our classes. We ask you to help us see that the instruments are treated gently and never thrown in the air or at other children.
  • Do not rough-house.

Please be on time!
We hope that everyone will be on time for our classes, and in fact we hope you'll come a little early to settle in and enjoy listening to a little before-class music! It certainly will help your child to have the most relaxed and comfortable class experience!