We limit / don’t allow screen time for our kids
We are very concerned about this as well! Making sure that we do not provide passive screen time for children was one of our motivating factors in figuring out how to do interactive virtual classes. The World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics make a clear distinction between passive screen time and active screen time. (Click here to check it out.) For example, video chatting with grandparents does not fall under the category of passive screen time; instead it is considered quality time interacting with others. The Music Class’s virtual classes are an interactive time for you and your child, together with your regular teacher and classmates. Your teacher will still lead stand up songs, ask for substitutions ideas, and do individual tonal and rhythm patterns. Just like a regular class we expect grownups at home to fully participate! The Music Class’s virtual classes do not fall under the category of passive screen time. We definitely understand this is new for everyone and encourage you to try out your first virtual class to see what it’s like!
My infant is too young to focus on a virtual class - how is this educational?
Our goal is to facilitate the same learning experience for infants as we do in live classes, by leading parents on how and why to do the activities with their children. Virtual classes can work really well for infants with a little grown-up enthusiasm! Just like in live 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!
My child is too active to focus on a virtual class
We understand your concern. Virtual classes will be 30 minutes instead of 45, because 30 minutes is a more reasonable time frame to expect children to stay engaged using this platform. The lesson plans will include a variety of activities and instruments, including moments where children can be highlighted so their classmates can view them on the “big screen!” There will be music and dancing and crawling and jumping to try and encourage active kids to be active with the music! We recommend viewing the class in an area without too many other toys or distractions, and of course most importantly for parents to be doing the activities enthusiastically with their kids!
What about siblings?
Siblings are FREE! Virtual classes will be charged per family, instead of per child. We will be issuing class credits for all siblings currently enrolled that can be applied towards any future Music Class session either virtual or in-person. This also means that older siblings who are out of school are absolutely welcome and encouraged to join in at no extra cost! Because it will take some time to credit everyone, please expect to receive an email with your credit information within the next 30 days.
I need help using Zoom!
We are here to help! Click the link below for our guide on using the Zoom video conferencing platform!
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?
Staying away from grandparents and adult family members keeps them safe, but it isn't very fun. Feel free to share the link for your child's Music Class At Home with them! 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!
How should we dress for online classes?
Remember that everyone can see each other, so even though you might have a relaxed dress code at home and/or you might be potty-training, please make sure your family is dressed appropriately as if you were coming to the studio for class!
How is TMC addressing the security concerns associated with Zoom?
- The screen sharing option is turned off for all TMC Events and Classes, which eliminates the potential for Zoombombing.
- Families are cautioned not to use the chat feature other than to read chats that come directly from The Music Class.
- The Music Class rarely records Zoom meetings, and when we do we require prior approval of all participants.
- When downloading Zoom, be sure to only trust downloads provided by Zoom directly. (This link takes you to Zoom's website)