Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ




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Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. At The Rhythm Tree we believe that musical ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Rhythm Tree classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.


In the 1980s, Music Together® pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 20 years experience in the field.

At The Rhythm Tree we do get a lot of young babies in our mixed aged class, particularly when they come along with siblings. While their participation may seem passive at first, they are actively absorbing what they are seeing, feeling and hearing. 
By reading the parent guide to musical development (and the baby supplement) and through parent education in class you will learn to recognise your baby's musical responses and observe them reaching musical milestones.  As they grow, they will begin to show more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. You will also learn how to enhance that musical bond with your child because you are the baby's most important teacher!
Most importantly, it's a lovely fun time together!!!
You are very welcome to come along for a FREE trial class to see how you go.
Click here to book in.

 



At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers who are actively making music.

Looking around a Music Together class however you’ll notice different behavioral “personalities.”

Some children sit still and stare at their parent or teacher singing “Obwisana.” Others gaze out the window or look at their toes while the class marches and sings “Lukey’s Boat.” And some are constantly in motion, jumping or toddling around exuberantly, even when everyone else is in a close circle quietly singing “Who’s That?”

Do you recognize your child in any of these examples?

Music Together's Devi Borton, M.A. discusses learning styles and The Music Together method.

(READ MORE HERE)

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We try to keep each class to 6- 12 registered families and no more than 15 children.




The Rhythm Tree Money 'Back Guarantee' is the opportunity to enrol and to attend the first class before deciding whether to continue for the whole term. It means guaranteeing a place in class by enroling.

If after the first class the decision is made NOT to continue, simply let us know at admin@therhthmtree.com.au or 039878 9341 and we will cancel your enrolment and fully refund your fees without question.

Our Free Trial Classes can be scheduled from Week Two of term and do not guarantee a place in class.

Payment: In the case of The Money Back Guarantee two payment options are available.
Payment can be made through your portal on receiving an emailed confirmation of enrolment, or can remain unpaid until after the first class.

Please note:
In the first option payment may only be made by credit card or PayPal account through our online PayPal payments portal, not over the phone.

The 'Early Bird Discount' finishes before term begins.
Choosing the second option therefore means that full fees will be applied to your enrolment.

If the decision is made NOT to continue, after the first class, then families receive a full refund without any questions.

You MUST let us know that you are not continuing with your enrolment as failure to do so, will make you liable for a full term's fees.




Unregistered siblings are permitted to attend up to 2 classes per term. Throughout the term, The Rhythm Tree classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday. Older siblings of registered students may occasionally visit provided the older sibling is HEALTHY and that the visit is prearranged. 

Grandparents are most welcome to participate in class any time.

Please note we do not encourage spectators, nor that parents "occupy" siblings during class. All attendees are expected to participate.


 

For whatever reason you miss a class, we provide a set number of opportunities for our families to make up missed classes.
These spaces for Make up Classes fill towards the end of term so you are best scheduling one as early as possible in term.
Make up classes are not transferable between terms nor are they transferable for class credit. Two opportunities to make up classes are available by logging in to your Family Portal.
Make up classes are complimentary and are not an entitlement.

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Changes can be made depending on class availability.

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Families wishing to withdraw from class must do so before the registration deadline for each term (typically the first day of classes). Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and all tuition fees are forfeited if the school office is not informed of your withdrawal before the registration deadline. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please either email Cam at admin@therhythmtree.com.au or call on 9878-9341.

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We care about the health of our families & our teachers & therefore we encourage families with sick children to stay home & take advantage of our family-friendly make up system. We provide up to two makeup classes each term (four in winter months) with which to replace missed classes.
For contagious conditions we use the Royal Children's Hospital Website (follow the "infections link) as a guide and we urge you to make sure your child is not contagious when they attend class.
Due to existing medical conditions, for some of our families even the common cold is a major concern.
You can alert us to your absence through your online ACCOUNT "Mark an absence" link.


Registrations at any stage of the term can be done through our 'Class Schedule and Registration' page under the 'Class Information' drop menu of our website. We offer a pro rata fee structure and welcome new enrolments in our open classes at any stage of term. If there are no convenient 'open' classes, please place yourself on as many suitable classes as a "waitlist" entry as you wish, this way we will have more of an idea of which days and times suit you best.

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Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.

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Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.

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Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music only environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialise till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.

Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers are fine, but If you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!

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Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged.

New Rhythm Tree parents receive our introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.

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Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from our shop.
The families of The Rhythm Tree receive a discount. Please ask.

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Occasionally classes at The Rhythm Tree are professionally photographed and/or videotaped. These photographs/videos are sometimes used for publicity purposes. Parents will, in instances where these images are intended for publicity purposes, be asked to sign the appropriate release forms.
As our classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time, however we welcome pictures before or after class.
In the interests all families, it is a courtesy to ask before taking photos and posting other people's images to social media. We therefore ask that you focus only on your own child.


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Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.
Our shop can be found HERE.

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