Tips for Success in Class
What should we expect?
At Alabanza Music, all children are welcome no matter what age or stage or unique needs they may have.
We pride ourselves on providing a calm, nurturing environment, free from distractions in an otherwise hectic world.
We sing, play and move to a diverse repertoire of music with folk and classical music from all around the world.
For Family Music classes, parents participate alongside their children throughout the session.
In Music Maker Pre-Piano and At the Piano classes, parents are encouraged to sit in to observe or come in at the last 15 mins for an important review.
Children and adults should dress comfortably as we are up and down from the floor quite a bit. We are barefoot in sessions so that we remove shoes and socks prior to entering the classroom. (Avoid tight/short pants/skirts/sleeveless clothing)
Want to bring another relative/friend to class with your child? Ask us first before inviting them. Space permitting they are welcome to join us to view the session - once in the space they will have to parctipate! Any individuals with injuries or disabilities can be provided with a chair in class if needed
Music Education is no longer considered extra-curricular but a core activity in the early years. Research proves and endorses that music training is not just for children who show interest in music, but beneficial to all.
Therefore we do not accept statements like:
“I want to see how my child responds to the class" or "I'll wait and see if he/she shows an interest in music” approach.
Just as children who are frequently spoken to have improved language ability,
similarly children's innate musicality can be developed once parents understand the pivotal role they play,
then provide the environment in which their children can be successful.
Tips for success in Music Class
Most of our music making is a capella singing (voices without audio music in the background) to which children respond more readily. As such, adults should be ready to particpate as fully as possible with their child in Family music classes and at the end of Piano Prep Classes. The songs and movements are not difficult. You are encouraged to sing and perform movements as modeled by the facilitator to be a musical companion and example to your child.
Be patient. Allow your child time to observe and become comfortable participating. Observation is key to learning.
In Family Music classes children are not forced to do any singing or movements. They are allowed to explore the classroom and get comfortable. Sometimes your child may just watch in wonder. Do not be disappointed if your child has trouble sitting or participating fully for every activity. This is not an appropriate expectation for infants, toddlers and even preschoolers. If the child is present in the environment, he/she is learning. Don't pressure them! The more classes the child takes, the more actively he/she will begin to particpate.
In Music Maker Piano Prep classes children are encouraged to develop their singing voice and learn how to regulate their movements to be mindful of their posture, positioning on their own and making music together as a group.
In Family Music Classes, always be within arms reach of your child. Also, try to avoid harsh public rebuke, critical, negative stares or comments directed towards your child or any other children within the group. If you see your child doing something inappropriate, call their attention to it immediately with a quick gesture or action. Do not shout out their name!
If your child becomes upset or disruptive, your child may be tired, hungry or uncomfortable for another reason. It is a good idea to take a short walk (but do try to return when he/she is ready) or get a drink of water/light snack to refresh. If you need to leave the session, be sure to notify us when leaving directly or via message.
When it's time to "be my echo" or take a turn on an instrument, we will always respond "Thank you / Gracias" no matter what your child does or doesn't do, in order to show appreciation. It may take some effort but try to avoid terms like "good job""very good" as we're not evaluating children's performance but encouraging the process of learning. Not sure what to do then? One of the best ways to appreciate is with hugs and kisses of affirmation.
Please keep food, toys, pacifiers and other possible distractions in your bag/ or leave them in car.
Try to make bathroom stops and diaper checks before class begins or before leaving home.
We recommend your child be fed before class and not during class to ensure they are energized for activities. If you feel the need to feed while class is in session, carry your child to the adjacent area away from the view of the group and return when feeding is completed.
Silence mobile phones before class and keep them in designated area with your bags. If expecting an emergency call, do keep your phone on vibrate on your person and you can step out of the class to take the call
Please keep conversation to a minimum during class. Usually it's just the facilitator doing the talking as a verbal coach with instructions directed more so to the adults. The adults should be able to follow directions and allow the children to be guided accordingly so that the children could focus on what the music is telling them to do.
Arrive to session on time and avoid sleepy children. If they fall as sleep on the way, be sure to spend sufficient time outside getting them prepared to participate before entering the class space. It is counter-productive for the child and entire group to try to coerce them to jump out of slumber into doing activities.
Understanding the Neuroscience of Music Education through play
Thank you for choosing Alabanza Music for your family. We are committed to sharing a fun and productive musical experience with you and your children.