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 a great singer or dancer. Young children learn 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 modeling 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 create a music-focused 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. Children 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.
Some children 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 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 it available to the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Family Music Zone® account and download the Hello Everybody app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try!
What is the class size?
Each class has between 5 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Check in with your Music Together teacher to see if a makeup opportunity is possible in the schedule.
Can I switch to a different class?
Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first two weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability, changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
Music Together Eugene will pro-rate tuition through the first 2 classes of the term. After that, joining the class is up to the discretion of the teacher. Contact us for more info!
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Prior to the first class of any term, you may cancel at any time and receive a full refund. Tuition is non-refundable once the first class of the term has taken place and course materials have been distributed.
Can we eat in class?
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.
Can I bring a guest or an unregistered older sibling to class?
Music Together classes may be in 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.
Can I bring an infant sibling to an older child's class?
Infants who are 6 months or younger at the time of sign-up may attend an older sibling's class at no extra charge. Siblings who are older than 6 months at the time of sign-up may register for a reduced fee of $75. Contact us if you have more questions!
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
We love to welcome parents, grandparents, or caregivers to join in the fun of Music Together!
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 gaining 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. Plus, 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 us if you’re interested in purchasing one.
Where do I park?
Music Together Eugene is hosted by Central Lutheran Church, and we meet in their buildings at 18th and Potter. The church has two parking lots: one at 18th and Potter, and one behind the main church building on 18th St, closer to University Street. Park in this rear parking lot and use the double glass-doored entrance. Our class will take place in a large classroom just down the hallway from the glass doors.