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Frequently Asked Questions

Imagine a joyful gathering of family and friends, from the tiniest infants to the oldest great grandparents. Add singing, dancing, jamming and musical play for 45 minutes each week and you’ll get an idea of what Rhythm Tree family classes are like.

At The Rhythm Tree, we believe that learning music is our children’s birthright and that they learn best in a rich, pressure free, playful musical environment. Each week in our Rhythm Tree Family classes, you’ll find young children (babies, toddlers and kinder aged kids) parents, carers and grandparents singing, dancing, playing with instruments and props and connecting through a wide and varied range of styles of music from different parts of the world. Most importantly, you will be equipped with the tools and given the inspiration to continue with music making at home.

We recognise that – in many musical cultures around the world – children do not attend music classes but instead are immersed in an environment where their older siblings, their parents, their grandparents and the whole community around them are singing, dancing and making music whilst having fun. The children learn to make music as easily as they learn to walk and talk; by watching the people they love, by playing, by experimenting, and having a go without any pressure to perform.

You are your child’s most important music teacher right now! Your young child learns about their world and what’s important by watching and listening to the grownups they love. Setting an example as an enthusiastic participator in music activities is the best thing you can do to help set your child on the road to a lifelong love of music. Believe it or not, you don’t need to have music skills—you just need a desire to play and have fun with your child! Our teachers are specially trained to create a relaxed and safe atmosphere so you can happily join in, experiment, or even get silly—and feel closer to your child while doing so.

So… we invite you to sing like no one’s listening and dance like no one’s watching! It’s the best gift that you can give your child.

We encourage you to keep the 45 minutes musical. Children find it difficult to block out adult conversation – especially if it’s coming from their main caregiver. They hear so much talk during the day and work so hard on language development – let’s immerse them in a rich, musical environment and nurture their musical growth.

If you need to say something to your child – see if you can sing it to them.

Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it’s the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviours earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behaviour of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!

Yes! Babies 9 months and younger can attend a class for free with a registered sibling in a FAMILY class.

Please note that our Rhythm Kids classes are not suitable for younger siblings.

We also offer a Babies only class at CERES (for babies aged 0 – 8 months).

At The Rhythm Tree, our music goes home with you in both digital and CD form. Recreate all of your favourite class moments at home by downloding the Music Together app – it’s free – and the easiest way to access all of your music on your mobile device. 
There are several Music Together songs already included on the app to give you a taste before you receive your access code after attending your first class.
We also highly encourage you to fully engage with your illustrated songbook and the songs at home throughout the week. The more you immerse yourselves in these songs at home, the more you will get out of your time in class!
For help setting up your Music Together family account, click here.

There may be times during the term when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. Older siblings of registered students may visit 2 classes per term; please notify us of this in advance.

We try to keep each class to 10-12 registered families and no more than 15 children.

We currently run all of our in-person classes at CERES in Brunswick East.

Most of our music classes take place in The Lower Merri classroom, apart from Rhian’s Wednesday morning classes, which take place in the Learning Centre.

The Lower Merri is located under the Merri cafe at the top of CERES. If you enter through the mosaic gates on the corner of Stewart and Roberts streets, the Lower Merri is located at the bottom of the car park.

 

 

 

 

 


Above: The Lower Merri

The Learning Centre is located behind the meditation garden and Eco House, close to the entrance on Lee Street. Please see directions here.

 

 

 

 

Above: The Learning Centre

Registrations at any stage of the term can be made through our website.

We offer a pro-rata fee structure and welcome new enrolments in our open classes at any point during a 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.

Did you know you can reduce the cost of your classes and share the joy of music and connection with your friends and community at the same time?

Welcome to The Rhythm Tree’s ‘Growing a musical world’ mutual referral program. Invite your friends to help grow a musical world and reduce the cost of your music classes by gifting them $20 towards their fees and receiving $20 credit.

The more families who enrol and use your full name as referral, the more $$$ credit you will receive towards your The Rhythm Tree classes.

Please refer to your welcome email for your coupon code.

Yes, you are welcome to bring an extra grown up along with you to class.

However, please bear in mind that we do not encourage spectators… All attendees are expected to participate in our Family classes!

If you are able, we ask that you notify us of any absences via your family portal, where you will be prompted to schedule a future makeup class.
Makeup classes are available both in-person at CERES and online.

All CERES make up classes can be booked via the family portal. No need to book into online classes – simply join us using the class Zoom link (available in the portal).

Please note: makeups are to be used during the current term.

We understand that work and nap schedules can change throughout a term.

Transfers can be made depending on class availability. Please contact hello@therhythmtree.com.au or call 03 7023 0844 if you need to transfer classes.

If you are driving, enter through the mosaic gates at CERES and find a parking space in the car park on your left. If you park as far down as you can you will almost be at the front door of the Lower Merri.

During busy periods the CERES car park may be full. You can park in The Cretan Brotherhood car park on Stewart street and there are a number of additional on street parking spots on Stewart and Roberts Streets.

The closest tram line to CERES is the 96 East Brunswick to St Kilda Beach, which stops on the corner of Nicholson and Blyth Streets.

We know that families love our music classes as much as us, which means that new families usually wish to continue with their enrolment.

If you decide that our classes are not the right fit for your family, please let us know immediately after your first class and we will cancel your enrolment. You will just be charged for the class/es you have attended.

Please note: if the termly resources have been taken home, a $75 resources fee will apply.

Enrolment at The Rhythm Tree is ongoing, meaning that when you register, you are enrolled for the entire term. We do not offer casual enrolments.

You may opt out at the end of a term by letting us know at least one week before the end of term.

We do not accept cancellations mid-term or near the end of a term as we will struggle to find a new family to take your spot in class.

Families wishing to withdraw from a class must do so before the registration deadline for each term (typically the first day of classes).  Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal from class. Families are responsible for informing The Rhythm Tree if they’d like to cancel their enrolment. Please us at hello@therhythmtree.com.au or call on 03 7023 0844.

It is important to stay hydrated so we encourage the use of water bottles, breastfeeding and baby milk bottles in class. Due to allergies, cross contamination and choking hazards, we prefer any solid foods to be consumed outside our class space either before or after class. Should food be required during class, we request that you please step outside. 

We like to keep our 45 minutes musical. Please note that classes are MOBILE FREE zones unless you have cleared with the teacher beforehand e.g. if waiting on a very important call. If you would like to take photos, please let your teacher know and she will be more than happy to pull out the instruments after class. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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 you 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.

We ask that families do not attend class if you or your child are unwell or showing any cold/flu-like symptoms. The safety of our teachers and community is of the utmost importance to us. 
You can alert us to your absence through your parent portal and are welcome to attend a make-up class either in-person or via Zoom.

Gift vouchers can be purchased via our website. 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. 

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