First Music FAQ
Unfortunately we cannot allow parents to observe classes because our first priority is our students’ experience, and having visitors may distract them. However we do offer glimpses of classes on our web site to help you and your little one get acquainted with our program. The First Music office is always available and eager to help you decide which class is most suitable. At least twice a year we host demo classes where students and parents can try out a class.
Can my child bring a friend to music class?
Yes! We encourage our students to share their musical experiences and bring a friend of the same age to class. If your child’s friend decides to join the class, both you and the friend will receive a small credit for the next session’s enrollment. Please notify the teacher or the First Music office if you plan to bring a guest.
What is the “Last Five Minutes” of class? Is it a performance?
The “Last Five Minutes” is a sharing time for families to see a sample of what the children have learned in class. This glimpse of the lesson is a valuable part of the classes that children attend without their parents or caregivers.
May I leave while my child is in the classroom?
It is best that you stay nearby in case your child needs you.
What if my child is a little timid and wants me to stay on the first day of class?
Our teachers are experts at dealing with this, but parents are welcome to help with the transition. All classes for children 3 and older are taught without parents or caregivers in the room because we know that the students learn best with other children of the same age and independently of adults.
What is the make-up policy?
We have specific dates scheduled on the calendar to make up classes canceled because of inclement weather or a teacher’s illness. If your child misses a class because of illness or vacation, we cannot offer additional make-up classes. With so many students in our program, this would become unmanageable. We provide families with the First Music schedule at the first class. In extenuating circumstances, we will work with families directly to find a solution.
What is your age cut-off?
We look at the student’s age in the beginning of the school year. For an example, if your child is 2 years old at the time we begin our fall semester, the child will be in the Round We Go (2-3 years old) class. If your child turns 2 after the fall semester, the child will be in the Music Time for Toddlers (1-2 years old) class.