Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is ‘Kindermusik’ and why do we teach this program?

Kindermusik is a musically intergrated early childhood learning program in which children are provided with many opportunities to develop literacy, mathematical, social and emotiional, behavioural and musical skills. The educator assists the parent by providing the once a week class along with family resources that can be used at home during the week. Our Educators are early childhood educators first and foremost, who believe that music will help a child reach their full potential.

How is our class year structured?

At JimJam Studios our year runs from February to November (9 months/32 lessons). We run within NSW school terms in 9 week sessions. We recommend children enrol for the year to get the most from our program and guarantee their place is held in a class. A registration fee of $25 per year is applied to all students to cover insurance and administration costs. We assume children will stay enrolled in a class once booked in unless a parent advises us in writing.

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

Age recommendations for each Kindermusik class are made to ensure that children are grouped in a developmentally appropriate way. Your child needs to be at least the minimum age for the chosen class by the start of a semester. If you are concerned at all, this can be discussed with the teacher to see if your child would be better suited to a different age group.

When can I register for a class?

Anytime! We have new units/themes starting every 4 weeks but get in early as we do have limited numbers to classes and often have a waiting list for certain days or times. Either fill in an online enrolment form or call Nicola on 0419 809 055 to discuss the best class for your child.

How do I pay for classes?

Once you have enrolled online we will invoice you for classes each term. Payments can be made by direct debit, credit card or cheque. Once enrolled we also allow you to split your payments into 2 payments per term if required.

Payments by Direct Deposit can be made to;
Commonweatlth Bank
JimJam Studios
BSB: 062-181
Acc:10753961

Please put you or child’s name as reference.

What are the Kindermusik @Home Materials?

The @Home Materials are an important element of the Kindermusik experience. These ‘materials’ become part of your child’s life and they learn the songs we sing and dance to in class, enjoy reading their story books and doing the activities in their activity book as well as playing with their percussion instrument! Children who frequently reinforce and enjoy activities in their home environment will feel more secure in class and will participate more.

All Kindermusik students receive 2 cds’, 2 books and an instrument each term to go with the themes we are teaching that term. Other classes like art and drama will receive resources and materials through the term where is appropriate.

I have twins/two children who will be in the same class. Do I get a discount?

Yes, the price for the 1st child is the regular fee and there is a discount for the 2nd child. There is also a discount if you have 2 or more children enrolled in different programs eg. baby in a Babies class + preschooler in Movers and Groovers class. Please enquire at time of enrolment.

What happens if I miss a class?

We understand that sometimes you can’t attend class due to illness or holidays. If you give us appropriate notice, we are happy to offer you an alternate class to attend another week. Refunds are not given for missed classes. In some circumstances if something prevents you coming to class for a large portion of the term or semester a credit can be arranged for the following term. If the class is cancelled due to teacher illness or other circumstances it is rescheduled for another time.

What do we do in JimJam’s Kindermusik classes?

We have loads of fun! And all while being a fantastic educational, brain stimulating experience for your child. We teach children the fundamentals of music including rhythm, tempo, steady beat skills and pitch. We explore fast and slow, high and low, loud and quiet, smooth and bumpy (or legato and staccato in musical terms) as we dance, sing, play percussion instruments, do finger plays, play with puppets, hoops, balls, parachute, ribbon sticks – there is never a dull moment! The exception is during rocking time at the end of class where parents or caregivers get to share some relaxing, snuggle time with their child – a favourite time of all our classes.

My child is very shy and introverted, I’m not sure if they will join in with the class activities…

That’s the great thing about Kindermusik. It’s not performance based, so there is no pressure and all children are encouraged to participate in their own way. Children are all different little beings and our classes cater for all energy levels, moods and personalities. Some children like to sit back and observe what’s going on around them and that’s how they learn, others ‘dig in’ and want to experience everything! Children who are shy often find it’s a great environment to build their social skills by doing circle dances, interacting during instrument exploration time with other children and on the flipside a very busy child can benefit from rocking time, learning to relax and just ‘be’.

I have a younger child, can they come too?

We do have some multi-age classes where younger siblings can join in (check with Nicola in our office). The class content will be the same as in our other Mini Maestros classes however there will be age appropriate instruments and the teacher will give guidance as to how to adapt different activities to the younger child. If your child is attending Movers and Groovers, younger siblings can join in the last 10 minutes with parents/caregivers. Babies 9 months and under are free to attend any classes with older siblings.

Can I attend an introductory class?

You can attend an introductory class if we have availability, however we do recommend you book into a term of classes so that your child can get a true experience of what we classes offer. Often the first class children are observing, some children are very shy and don’t know our class routine. You may not believe it, but 95% of children are involved, sharing in the experience and having fun by the second lesson!
Just call Nicola on 0419 809 055 or email admin@jimjammusic.com.au to organise.