What is MOM & Me?
In an effort to bring the benefits of music to children less than 3 years old, Minds On Music developed a program that incorporates our musical philosophy. This 45 minute class is structured in a way that introduces a child to musical and rhythmic experiences and provides opportunity to experience songs and fingerplays. The music is much more than enjoyment though; children will grow in language development, muscular coordination, body awareness, rhythmic proficiency, auditory discrimination and self confidence.
These fun classes combine music and movement in a way that is invaluable to the overall development of a child. We use songs that get kids up and moving, exercising their bodies and enhancing coordination. Circle games and moving in a line help a child's visual and spatial development; singing the lyrics to a melody gives a sense of pitch and aids in language development. We use songs that have the children move left and right, up and down and in and out teaching the concepts of direction.
What Does Class Look Like?
- FIRST CLASS:
Your first class is always free! At your first class, you’ll meet the teacher and other families in the class during Gathering Time. For most, it can be an overwhelming experience and we are respectful of overly shy, or overly exuberant students. We tell families that it usually takes 4-5 weeks for a child to feel comfortable in class.
- ONGOING CLASSES:
Our MOM & Me classes are themed by the month. The first week is delightfully awkward as the class is learning all-new songs, dances and activities. But no worries, by the fourth week, all of the activities are second nature to the class!
The most important person in your child’s early musical life is YOU. Parents can encourage musical development by creating an environment full of singing, movement and support. Regardless of how you feel about your own musical abilities, you can offer your child a strong start to a musical life and have fun together while doing it! Three big ways to contribute to their success— 1) Play the songs used in class during the week all the time...in the car, at home or with friends and family, 2) Sing often! You can make up songs or sing favorites and play along with your child, and 3) Model comfortable, free musical expression so your child learns that music making is fun, easy and especially nice when shared.
Sick Policy & Cleaning Procedures
In consideration for both our teachers' and other students' health, STUDENTS WHO ARE ILL SHOULD NOT ATTEND CLASS. We reserve the right to send a student home if they are exhibiting signs of a contagious illness (fever, cough, vomiting, etc.). Upon arrival to the studio, each adult is asked to wash their hands and hand sanitizer is provided in each teaching studio. Our whole studio is professionally cleaned weekly and our teachers clean and disinfect the MOM & Me room (toys, instruments and equipment) at the beginning and end of each class.
If a class is cancelled due to teacher illness or a family emergency, every option will be exhausted to find a substitute for your class. If a sub is not available, families will be notified by 8am that their class is cancelled, and you will be entitled to a makeup option or refund. In the event of severe weather, MOM & Me Live! class will be live- streamed on the Minds On Music facebook page.
Leaving the Studio
Music is a lifelong pursuit, and we believe in the concept of Process Learning over Event Learning. If you are unsatisfied with your classes for any reason or if you are contemplating quitting, please speak freely to Thomas and Kelly about your concerns. Discontinuation of classes requires a 2 week notice. If you are moving, this gives us a chance to find a similar class in your new locale or set up MOM & Me Live! to keep the learning process going.