Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for the answers to some frequently asked questions about Makin’ Music. Still have questions? Please feel free to email us or give us a call at 610-361-0730 and we’d be happy to answer any questions.

Why is Makin’ Music different from other music programs?
What types of music will we be doing in class?
What will my child learn with Makin’ Music?
How do children participate in class?
How do parents participate in class?
Where can I take Makin’ Music classes?
Can siblings attend the same class?
Are babies welcome in class?
Can special needs children attend class?
My child is sick; may I bring him to class?
As a parent, how can I help my child get the most out of class?
Where can I buy the instruments we use in class?
I’m a preschool teacher, how can I use Makin’ Music in my classroom?

 

Q: Why is Makin’ Music different from other music programs?

A: We’ve won 11 national awards, including Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Award for Best Music Classes, plus we won Main Line Today’s “Best of the Main Line” and Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” awards for our Children’s Music Classes. Our music is fresh, original and loved by parents and children alike. Our audios are recorded and produced at the highest quality using only the best musicians. Folk, rock, jazz, blues, country, original, traditional and ethnic music…you’ll hear all these styles and more in our music. See some of the great things people have had to say about our classes!
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Q: What types of music will we be doing in class?

A: Our material includes traditional American folk songs, multi-cultural songs, rhythm chants, echoes, finger plays and our own original songs. The CDs are recorded with a full complement of musicians and our own teachers. Children and parents enjoy listening to the music over and over again!
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Q: What will my child learn with Makin’ Music?

A: Research confirms that music shapes growing minds. When children sing and play music they become better readers, thinkers, and learners. Music at a young age can help with the development of verbal skills, pitch, rhythm and timing, imagination and imitation, large and small motor coordination, motor skills, memorization, math readiness and spatial skills. Makin’ Music classes will also help children develop important preschool concepts such as high and low, fast and slow, finger dexterity, ball bouncing and rolling, color recognition, and social skills.

For more information on the educational value of Makin’ Music, check out this article.
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Q: How do children participate in class?

A: Allow your child to participate in the way he feels most comfortable. Some children participate actively, while others choose to observe from the safety of their mom’s lap. Both are quite normal and whatever they choose is right for them. If you have an active child, allow her to move about freely (we discourage outright running). The room is relatively safe; you don’t have to chase her unless you sense trouble. If your child stays in your lap and listens, he is “taking it all in.” When the music is played at home, he will most likely sing, dance, and mimic class activities. Most children become accustomed to the class routine after a few weeks. At this point, their participation is likely to increase. However, don’t become discouraged if it takes a little longer. Your teacher will be happy to talk to you about any concerns you might have.
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Q: How do parents participate in class?

A: The teachers are only the catalysts. As a parent, the more you participate in class, the more involved your child will be. Your musical talent and ability do not matter. The most important things you can model for your children are simply pleasure, interest and the desire to participate in the musical activities. If you are not participating or are socializing with your neighbor, your child will lose interest. So, clap your hands, wave your arms, and sing out loud! This is great fun! Relax and enjoy yourself.
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Q: Where can I take Makin’ Music classes?

A: We’ve got many locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and throughout the country. Check out the entire list here!
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Q: Can siblings attend the same class?

A: Siblings can participate together in our Family Classes and Pajama Jam Classes. We have designed our classes so that children ages infant to five years old learn by playing with you and interacting with the other children and teachers. The teachers individualize each class to meet the needs and abilities of the children present. We change activities frequently to respect the children’s attention spans and provide plenty of repetition for creativity and learning.
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Q: Are babies welcome in class?

A: Yes, babies are a welcome and wonderful addition to our classes. The earlier children enjoy music with their families, the easier it is for them to express themselves musically as they grow older. Many of our infants come as siblings and are part of the circle in their infant seats. They love to watch and listen at first and then participate when able. And, we offer sibling and infant discounts!
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Q: Can special needs children attend class?

A: All children are welcome to join the Makin’ Music community, regardless of their individual needs. We have long recognized the therapeutic value of music for all children, and we encourage you and your child to participate in any way you feel most comfortable.
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Q: My child is sick; may I bring him to class?

A: For everyone’s health, please do not bring a sick child or sibling to class. You can find the make-up class schedule online or at your location.
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Q: As a parent, how can I help my child get the most out of class?

A: It is very difficult to keep lots of toddlers from being distracted. The teachers work very hard to engage your child in the activities. You can help us by doing the following:

  • Do not bring toys, food, or drinks into the classroom. It only takes one child to have a cup or a special toy and they all want one! Please save the drinks and food for after class. They can be kept in the car or outside hallway.
  • Please make sure your child is sitting when using rhythm sticks. If your child needs to dance, put the sticks down, or we have soft sticks that your child may hold and dance away!
  • Please do not bring an ill sibling to class who is home sick from school. If they are too sick to attend school, they are too sick to come to class.
  • Too much chatter between adults during class is distracting to the children and teachers. We welcome families and friends that join the classes together; however, our purpose is to allow you and your child to have some musical fun together. If you are talking to other adults instead of participating, your child will feel left out. Believe it or not, we get more complaints from other parents about this problem than about anything else. If you’d like time to visit with friends, we suggest you plan after-class activities with other families.

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Q: Where can I buy the instruments we use in class?

A: You can find a great assortment of quality musical instruments for sale on our website. All of the instruments offered through Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms have been tested for years by parents, teachers and children in our weekly classes. They are very durable in construction so that you can be assured of a long lasting product. Even the tiniest hands can handle these instruments with ease and confidence.
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Q: I’m a preschool teacher, how can I use Makin’ Music in my classroom?

A: Makin’ Music is fun to learn and fun to teach! We offer excellent preschool music curriculum packages. Click here for more information.
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