What if I need to get in touch with my
teacher? You may call or email Jen. Here is her contact info:
480 Morris Ave
Providence, RI 02906
Is my child allowed to roam about the room? Your
child is allowed roam about the room except when holding sticks. This is for your child’s and other children’s
safety. He/she will soon get the idea as long
as you remain consistent in telling him/her firmly, “Sit with sticks”. Many parents blame it on the teacher, this is
perfectly fine J. Please use common sense parenting and help
your child and those around her to be safe.
May my child or I eat and drink in the
class? There are no food or drinks (especially
coffee and Raisins!) allowed in the classrooms or just outside of the classrooms
on the carpeted area. However, sippy
cups and water bottles are permissible and if your baby is nursing, please feel
free to nurse in class. If you or your
child cannot wait until after class for a snack you may go onto the stone area
to eat. PLEASE help
us to respect the space which has so graciously been rented to East Side Music
What if my child is sick? Please do not bring your child to class if he or she has any
of the following symptoms: (a) visible
yellow or greenish-brown nasal or eye discharge (b) fever (c) vomiting (d) seal
– like cough.
What if I miss a class? Am I allowed to make up and missed classes? You are entitled to
a maximum of 2 make-up classes per session. You may use your make-ups within the current semester or within the next consecutive semester. There is limited
space in each class for make-ups. To schedule a makeup click here. You will see a
menu bar on the left hand side. You can
then choose how you would like to search for available classes. If you need to cancel a scheduled make up
select that option on the menu bar. We
can only allow in class those families who are scheduled and those who have
signed up. This is to insure a manageable
class size and an adequate number of instruments for each child in class. If you miss a scheduled makeup without first
canceling it through the make up scheduler, you forfeit that makeup class.
Are guests allowed? Adult
guests are allowed any time and there is no need to let the teacher know in
advance, unless you are bringing a whole family reunion of course. If you are bringing a child guest, including
unregistered siblings, please sign him/her up on the make up scheduler to reserve
space. The first time is free and every time after that there is $15 fee. If you intend on bringing an unregistered child to several classes, please check with me first as space is sometimes limited. See question above about make up
classes on how to go about scheduling the guest for a make up spot.
My child puts everything in his or her
mouth. Is this okay? This
is a very age appropriate way of exploration. Just keep watch and when your child “tastes” the instruments, and put the
tasted instrument aside for the “Taster’s Choice” box collection. The instruments are cleaned with alcohol in
It seems like my child isn’t very interested.
What do I do? Each child,
as does each adult, has his or her own learning style. Your child may be learn on the go type. It may seem like she are more interested in
the door than the class, but then you suddenly see her singing and dancing at
home and imitating what she has seen in class. Or your child may be an observer. He may sit in your lap class after class and seem disinterested, but
then he too comes home and imitates everything we do in class. It’s important to embrace your child in his/her
own learning style and meet him/her where he/she is at in their own journey. Your acceptance will help your child to feel
comfortable in class and in who he/she is and how he/she learns. Most of all do not compare your child to
Johnny or Suzy who may sing and dance to everything in class. Johnny and Suzy are different kids than
Do I have to sing and get up and move
around? Nobody has
to do anything they are not comfortable with. However, the more you take your own personal
risks, the more likely your child will do so as well. Also, research shows that role modeling and
caregiver participation is essential to musical development. You may even find yourself relaxed and having
fun. That alone is a great gift to your
child. So we challenge you to relax and
enjoy this time with your child. Please do avoid chatting with a friend in class and/or texting or phone calls during our time together, so that we may continue to offer a community music making experience to everyone, including your child.
My child is going through biting, pushing
and or hitting stage. What do I do? Be your child’s shadow during this stage so
you can be proactive, not reactive. Have
a plan of action. Remove your child from
the room when this happens, explaining in a calm, but firm voice that it is not
okay to hit, push or bite. Don’t be
embarrassed but do take action.
What if a class is canceled by the teacher?
How will I know and will it be rescheduled?
If a class is
canceled either due to personal illness or inclement weather, it will be posted
on the home page of the website and the Facebook page. An email will be sent to everyone as well. The class would then be rescheduled for
the week after the last scheduled class.
What if I need to cancel my
registration? Can I get a refund or
the discretion of the director, partial credit or refund for up to six missed
classes may be provided towards future classes in cases of prolonged absence
due to severe illness, unsolvable adjustment difficulty, or other unusual
circumstances. This does not include the change in nap schedules. The computation of this tuition credit does
not include the registration fee, or a $55 minimum attendance fee covering
materials, licensing fees and two classes.