Join The Music Class At Home!
Question: Who are virtual Music Classes for?
Answer: EVERYONE, of course! In particular, online classes may be especially helpful for your family if you fall into one of these categories:
- Siblings: Pay for one child and all siblings join for free!
- Family members in different locations: Family and friends in different places can all enjoy class together! We also love inviting grandparents to watch :)
- Children with big age gaps: Older siblings can entertain themselves in the other room or join in whenever they like!
- Growing families: Got another little one on the way mid-session? Attend from the comfort of your home!
- Children (or adults) undergoing medical procedures or who are immunocompromised: Virtual classes are a wonderful way to experience the joy and educational benefits of early childhood music education while honoring any safety or health boundaries your family may have.
Try an At Home class for free with our founder, Mr. Rob! Free virtual demo classes are currently being held once a month. Everyone is invited, whether you are new to TMC or have been attending classes for years!!
The Music Class At Home offers families an authentic Music Class experience with weekly 30-minute classes led by a TMC instructor and a small group of other Music Class families. With our online classes, families are able to communicate with their instructor and the other members of their class for a truly interactive and engaging virtual class option! Classes meet at the same time each week to foster the same strong sense of community that you get from an in-person class.
Fall 2023 (10-Week Session)
- Classes start the week of August 12 - 18
- No classes September 2 - 4 (Labor Day), 16 - 17 (Rosh Hashanah), 25 (Yom Kippur), 26 - 29 (TMC Fall Break)
- Classes end the week of October 24 - 30
Winter 2023 - 2024 (10-Week Session)
- Classes start the week of November 11 - 17
- No classes November 21 - 26* (Thanksgiving); December 16 - January 2 (TMC Winter Break) January 15 (MLK)
Classes end the week of February 7 - 13
*Monday classes will meet on November 20 during the week of Thanksgiving.
Click here to view all upcoming session calendars.
Tuition and Refunds:
Fall Session Tuition
Families can join up through week 7 of the session and tuition is always pro-rated!
$190 for the 10-week session per family. Siblings are free! Classes are 30 minutes. Tuition includes access to The Giraffe Collection on The Music Class app and a songbook. If you have registered for a full session of The Giraffe Collection in the past, a $25 Repeat Collection Discount will automatically be applied.
Winter Session Tuition
$190 for the full 10-week session per family. Siblings are free! Classes are 30 minutes. Tuition includes access to The Bear Collection on The Music Class app and a songbook. If you have registered for a full session of The Bear Collection in the past, a $25 Repeat Collection Discount will automatically be applied.
Click here to view TMC Atlanta's Refund Policy.
For all At Home Music Classes, there is no fee for additional siblings. Families register one child and all children in the household can attend class together!
Songbooks - The printed songbook for the current session will be provided for all At Home families enrolled in the full session and taking the collection for the first time.
Repeat Collection Discount - If you have registered for a full session of the current collection before, a $25 repeat collection discount will automatically be applied, and you will not receive a new songbook in the mail.
CDs - CDs are available to purchase for $13 and will be shipped with your book. To order a CD, email email@example.com or call 770-645-5578.
How to make At Home classes work for you!
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Creating Transitions At Home
Many children have a hard time transitioning from one activity to the next. With in-person classes, transitioning involves a car ride or a walk. This time helps to get your child prepared and excited about class. With At Home classes starting with a click of a mouse, we shouldn’t be surprised if a child who was happily engaged in one activity gets frustrated when suddenly told it’s time to stop what they’re doing and attend Music Class. There was no transition time!
To solve this, we strongly suggest parents build in a transition routine before class starts. Take 10 minutes before class to ask your child to help you gather up instruments and a to pick out a favorite stuffed animal or two for class. Sing a song together from the collection as a warm-up and sign in a few minutes early to class so that you can chat with your teacher and classmates before class starts. Creating a simple routine like this can be huge help for kids who need transition time!
My infant is too young to focus on a virtual class - how is this educational?
Virtual classes can work really well for infants with a little grown-up enthusiasm! Just like in-person classes, the educational value (and fun!) for babies comes from their interaction with their caregiver. For example, your teacher will lead you to bounce your child to the beat because young children learn rhythm by being bounced. In addition, using your own instruments at home is definitely a safety advantage, so parents won’t have to worry about any germ sharing when their child tastes an instrument.
We don’t have any instruments at home
Even if you don't think you have music instruments at home - you do! Grab some wooden spoons (or even pencils) and you've got sticks! Put some rice in an old easter egg or a small Tupperware container, and you've got a shaker! A wooden spoon and a plastic bowl can be a drum!
If you'd like to purchase some Music Class instruments, check out our TMC Essentials Kit!
My child is too active to focus on a virtual class
Virtual classes can sometimes be great for an active child! Being at home can actually provide a more open, less pressured space for a child who loves music and also loves to run around. That's just fine! As long as you, the parent, are singing and dancing with your child both during class and as often as you can throughout the week, then we know your child is learning!
What about siblings?
Siblings are FREE! Virtual classes are charged per family, not per child.
Where is my class link?
Your Zoom virtual class link will be in your parent dashboard! Simply login to your dashboard, and you'll find the green Zoom link listed under your class date. When it's time for class, click and link and let the fun begin! For additional help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-645-5578
Can I invite Grandma/Grandpa?
Feel free to share the link for your child's Music Class At Home with grandparents! We just ask that you make this available to adult family members only, and you ask them to join without video so they won't be distracting to your classmates. It's an easy way for family in different places to feel connected!
Immersing Your Child in Music
At The Music Class, our education model has always focused on a mix of classroom learning and home learning in order to create musical immersion. Classes are fun for everyone and provide an opportunity for teachers to model the musical activities families should do throughout the week. The recordings make engaging with the songs and activities easy for families to do at home or wherever they are. By working together with parents, we are immersing the children in the sounds and movements that develop into their musical vocabulary.
Families that listen to the music together three or more times per week are usually easy to spot. Their kids are the ones having a great time in class doing the songs and activities. They are focused and excited to be doing the music they love. Children who are not visibly engaged in class are either shy (no worries there!) or have not had enough repetition to be able to understand and enjoy the music. Children that haven’t been immersed in the music can’t be expected to focus in class, be it in-person or At Home on Zoom.
Our kids blossom musically when musical immersion takes place. If your child isn’t as focused as you would like during a Zoom class, try singing the songs together every day for the next week. See if that makes a difference. Remember it doesn’t matter if your child focuses on the screen during class time. As long as you are both singing and doing the activities together, you can expect to see a growing love and engagement with music!