WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT?
At Alabanza Music, we pride ourselves on providing a calm, nurturing environment, free from mobile distractions in an otherwise hectic world. Songs are folk and classical based from our country and all around the world.
Most of our music making is a cappella singing (voices without audio music in the background) so that parents/caretakers are encouraged to be a musical companion to the young child.
Arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of classes. Adults and children should dress comfortably and be ready to participate as fully as possible with their child.
We remove shoes and socks prior to entering the classroom.
Adults are expected to participate as much as possible. We are up and down from the floor quite a bit. The songs and movements are not difficult. You are encouraged to sing and perform movements as modelled by the teacher.
Children are not forced to sing and/or do any movements since they are allowed to explore the classroom and get comfortable. Sometimes your child may just watch in wonder. Do not be concerned if your child has trouble sitting or participating fully for every activity. This is normal. The more classes the child takes, the more actively he/she will begin to participate.
Classes are child-centred and process oriented and not performance based so no assessment terms like "very good, excellent" are used. No laughing or harsh rebuke at the children's actions.
When it's time to "be my echo" or take a turn on an instrument, we will always respond "Thank you" no matter what your child does or doesn't do, in order to show appreciation. We encourage you to do the same even with hugs and kisses of affirmation.
AFTER YOUR FIRST VISIT
We hope that you enjoy your first visit and decide to register your child for classes. Payment of tuition and required materials is expected upon registration.
There is a CD and digital link in the take-home materials to help you and your child continue to enjoy the music-making throughout the week until the next class. Home and family are key to any child's lifelong love of music and music-making.
Listening to the music and doing activities every day ensures that your child will get the most from the weekly class. Research has shown that the brain will be particularly alert when exposed to familiar music!
Keep in mind that you are welcome to visit once per Semester. Should you decide to enrol, the first class visit will be rolled into the normal tuition. We'll simply update your existing order with your new class.
We look forward to seeing you!