Classroom FAQ

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 as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, 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-only 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. We know that children learn differently from adults. They 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.

Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some 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 frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Music Together account and download the "Hello Everybody" app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! Share the the app and your download code with any other caregivers who might enjoy making music with your child - get the whole family involved in the fun. Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical activities to use at home. If you play an instrument and want to play along, the music notation is available in the Family Music Zone®   Try using the songbook at storytime!

What is the class size?

Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).

What if I miss a class during the semester?

We offer unlimited makeup classes during each semester. Please visit our Make-Up Classes page to learn more.

Can I switch to a different class?

Requests for class switches must be initiated within the first three 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?

Ring-a-Ding Sing! welcomes families at any point during the semester! However, we do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. Instead, families may makeup class(es) during the semester to ensure they attend 10 sessions. Makeup classes do not roll over at the end of the semester.

Can we eat in class?

Please feel welcome to nurse your child in class, and water bottles may be kept on a shelf in the room for a quick sip. To minimize distratcions, we ask that you not bring baby bottles, food, or drink into classrooms. We also provide an area to nurse semi-privately in the waiting area outside the classroom if desired. You are welcome to step outside the classroom for a quick snack or sip and jump back in as soon as you are ready.

Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?

We adhere with Upper Dublin School District in regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, classes at Ring-a-Ding Sing! will be cancelled as well. Please check our website or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.

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. Older siblings of a registered child may visit class once for free, after which there will be a $15 charge for each visit, subject to the teacher's pre-approval and payable either in advance or at the start of class. If you have a friend who is interested in visiting a class, please refer them to our webpage to sign up for a free demonstration class.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask! We do request that all guests participate to the best of their ability and join in the community of the class.

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!

Am I allowed to take photos or video with my cell phone during class?

In order to ensure that class time is focused entirely on your child, we ask that cell phones remain out of sight and are not used by you or your guests to take any photos or video during class time. We understand that there will be some magical and adorable moments you will want to preserve, so we will offer a "photo shoot" day at the end of the semester where we will take photos of your child and give them to you. If you should need to take a call or text during class, we ask that you and your child step outside until you are ready to jump back in.

What if my child is sick?

We ask that families stick to the 24 hour rule. You and your child must not have had an incidence of fever or vomiting for 24 hours before attending class. In the interest of immune-compromised students, and children who may not yet be old enough to be fully vaccinated, we ask that if you have been exposed to flu or any other infectious disease that you adhere to standard medical guidelines for how long you should wait before returning to class. Visit our make-up scheduler to arrange for a time to visit class once you are well.

Do you offer a discount for referrals?

If you refer a new family, and they enroll for the first time and mention that you referred them, you will receive $20 off of your next semester. There is no limit on referral discounts, so tell your friends!

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.