Frequently Asked Questions

One of my strongest impressions of Kindermusik’s work is the variety of musical selections that are there for children. The selections are of high quality and of considerable diversity, such that children can listen and respond to the music of Bach, Mozart, contemporary composers and cultural traditions around the globe. Kindermusik understands that children deserve opportunities to know a palette of musical colors, and thus through the program provide windows to the world of people and their artistic expressions. This rainbow of musical colors is the stuff that surrounds children through their Kindermusik training, so that their listening, movement, singing and playing possibilities are grounded in history and across cultures. These musical beginnings set children straight for a lifetime of well-considered choices in their musical and cultural valuing.
— Patricia Campbell, Ph.D. Professor of music at University of Washington and author of Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children’s Lives, Lessons from the World

Why should I choose Kindermusik?

KINDERMUSIK: FOR A CHILD'S BRAIN, BODY, HEART, AND SOUL

Music is powerful. It can excite, energize, calm, and comfort. It can thrill you with its beauty or reduce you to tears. It can lift your mood after a bad day; invoke a memory from long ago; and get you tapping, swaying, and dancing when you least expect it. But music’s ability to conjure emotions is only part of why it’s so incredible. Music is a wonderful conduit for learning, especially in young children. When paired with movement and instrument play, it creates neurological magic, lighting up a child’s brain and positively impacting all areas of development. The benefits of music education are truly transformational.

In Kindermusik’s music-and-movement classes, children experience music of varying styles, genres, and cultures. They interact with other children and engage in movement, rhythm, and vocal activities that develop far more than just music skills. Our approach to early childhood education and award-winning, research-based, and developmentally appropriate curricula prime children for success in school and in life.

Can I join you now or do I need to wait until the beginning of the session or month?

Join us anythime!

Our classes are structured so that your child feels comfortable joining in at any time during the year. We will prorate your tuition if entering after the start of a session. 

Do we get to take the music home?

YES!

Your online at home materials include all the award winning music we use in class, the book, developmental information, signing, and activities for you to use with your child that enhance what we are learning in class.  The @home materials will take your child's once a week class and turn it into hours of fun, singing, playing and cuddling together with you, your child's first and most important teacher. 

I'm a working parent.  Do you have classes for me?

ABSOLUTELY!

We have weekday morning,  afternoon and early evening, and Saturday classes available.  We have also found success creating a workable schedule for those with non traditional schedules.  If you feel that you might need some help figuring out how to make class work in your unique schedule, use the contact us form to get in touch with us so we can work together to figure out a solution. 

Is my baby too young to come to class?

NOT AT ALL!  

Babies are learning and processing information before they are even born, so why stop?  Whether your baby is 5 weeks, 5 months or almost a year our youngest class Cuddle & Bounce class is specifically designed to stimulate the youngest minds with infant massage, motor planning exercises, tummy time (or crawling time) circle dances, and nursery rhymes.  The best part?  The quality time you get to spend bonding with your baby and other new moms while learning all of these important skills!

What if I need to change my enrollment?

NO PROBLEM. 

It is easy to change your enrollment. If your child needs to change classes, just email us or speak to your teacher before or after class.. If you would need to take a break from classes, just give written notice before  the first day of the month so as not to be charged on the 1st of that month.

I love watching my baby boy evolve in the class week after week and get something new and different from the exercises each time. The tips and info from Beth makes the class very interesting for parents too.
— Gwen, mom to 4 month old boy

 

What if my child is in between age groups?

IF YOUR CHILD IS RIGHT AT THE EDGE, PLEASE CONSULT US BY PHONE OR EMAIL BEFORE REGISTERING FOR A CLASS.  

It is very important that we place your child in the group that will best fit your child's physical, cognitive, and emotional needs.  With a short conversation over the phone/email, together we should be able to make the best decision for your child!.

Can I bring siblings along to class?

We're all about families at Pathways to Learning.

We are committed to the safety of everyone. attending our classes. As a result of our commitment to safety it is preferred that older siblings (5 and younger) do not attend baby and young toddler classes. We understand that once in a while you may need to bring an older sibling who does not have school that day. Please email us and let us know that you plan to bring your older child to play in this unique circumstance.  Use your best judgment, remember you always have the option to reschedule your younger child's class that week.  In toddler classes younger siblings (6 months and younger) may attend with sibling free of charge. Once the baby is mobile, you will pay 55% tuition for baby to attend with older sibling.  As always siblings of all ages are welcome during Sharing Time for Laugh & Learn, Move and Groove and Young Child. 

What if I have to miss a class due to illness or travel?

WE OFFER UNLIMITED MAKE UP CLASSES!

With our unlimited make up classes you can make up any class missed by attending another class in your child's age group as long as your enrollment is active.  Our online make up scheduler makes the process of scheduling make up classes simple for everyone.and alerts the teacher to expect you in class. You can see the make up scheduler here

My child has special needs.  Is there a Kindermusik class for us?

KINDERMUSIK CAN BE A WONDERFUL, FULFILLING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY CHILD. 

The flexible structure and pacing of each class makes it easy to adapt activities for the needs of every child.  With a Music Therapist as our Director, we can uniquely support you and your child.  If you would like to give us a call before enrolling, we would be happy to talk with you about what your expectations are and help you find the perfect class!

“Because Kindermusik includes parents in all of the activities for the younger children and a careful selection of the activities for older children, in a planned and developmentally appropriate manner, the support for the child with special needs is inherent. The flexibility and individualization in the curricula and each of the activities allow the educator and the parent to collaborate to provide the child with special needs with just the right support to be a successful part of the group.”
— — Melissa R. Johnson, PhD. Pediatric Psychologist