FAQ

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What will my child learn in a JamAlong Music class?

Basic Music Competence is emphasized – singing in tune and playing in rhythm – as well as fundamentals of music theory, implementation, and appreciation. The recorder is introduced in the 1st grade class. Please see the Curriculum page for more detailed information.

When are the classes held?

Pre K             4.5 – 5 years       W 2:15 – 3:15
K                     5 – 6 years           W  3:30 – 4:30
1st                  6 – 7 years           TH 3:30 – 4:30

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

Classes begin the week of September 7, 2013.
Classes end the week  of May 20, 2014.

There are 30 classes total.

Holiday Breaks 2014 – 2015:

Fall Break: 10/15-and 10/16
Thanksgiving: 11/26  and 11/27
Christmas: 12/17 – 1/6 (classes resume 1/7)
Spring Break: 4/1 and 4/2

Why does it take place over the period of a school year?

The program is carefully designed to encompass an academic year. This encourages the opportunity to delve deeply into the material as well as build a bonded group of musical peers.

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 8 students so there is plenty of individual instruction and attention, as well as the group experience.

How many classes are there?

There are 30 classes in the 2014-2015 school year.

How do I know if my child is ready to start JamAlong classes?

The readiness needed for the JamAlong class includes having some independence from parent and desiring more of that. Parents can drop off or watch through the window but it’s a peer experience. Children also need to have some experience listening to a teacher’s voice and following expected behavior, being respectful of other kids, and having the body control to sit in a circle and follow directions. We work on this in class as well but it is helpful for them to have had some introduction already. Then we can dive more readily into the musical games and activities.

How do I know which class is right for my child?

It can be difficult to discern which class might be best for your child, especially those with fall birthdays. It can be helpful to answer the following questions:

• Musically, has your child participated in a group music experience like Music Together?

• Physically, has your child taken any type of movement classes?

• Developmentally, consider your child’s attention span for an hour. Consider his or her ability to follow group directions.

• Socially, does your child tend to have more interest in being with children who are a bit younger or older than they are?

Recommended Age Groupings:

Pre-K:          4.5 – 5yr olds
K:                   5 – 6 yr olds
1st                 6 – 7 yr olds

How much do the JamAlong Music classes cost?

Class Tuition covers the academic school year. There are 30 classes total.

There are two payment options available:

Full Pay

  • Paid in Full by Sept 8 = $600
  • Covers the school year, Sept 17, 2014 – May 21, 2015

Payment Plan:

  •  3 payments of $220
  • Three Payments are due Sept 8, 2014, Dec 2, 2014, and March 3, 2015.

Registering holds a spot for your child on the wait list. Payment confirms registration.

Class size is limited to 8.

Are there any other costs?

1st grade –  Materials and Instrument fees are extra.

How do I sign up my child for class?

Please visit the Register page.

Where are the classes held?

In Nevada City. 138 New Mohawk on the first floor. Check out the Locations page for map and directions.

What is Orff Schulwerk?

The Orff Approach is a “child-centered way of learning” music education that treats music as a basic system like language and believes that just as every child can learn language without formal instruction so can every child learn music by a gentle and friendly approach.[1] It is often called “Elemental Music making” because the materials needed to teach students are “simple, basic, natural, and close to a child’s world of thought and fantasy” See this page to find out more.

When will my child learn an instrument?

During the Pre K and K experience, children build their Basic Music Competence. Recorders are introduced half way through the 1st grade year. If students continue through 2nd grade, they are well prepared to enjoy the study of instruments such as piano or a stringed instrument by the age of seven or eight.

Do you teach any family music programs?

I am a certified Music Together teacher and teach several class in Nevada County. Please contact Teacher Beth at Sierra Foothills Music Together for more information.

Do you conduct any local workshops or school events?

Yes. I provide music workshops for grades K – 8.  This can be a grouping of ages (for example, K -2) or a single grade level.