faqs

faqs

Why do we sing some of the same songs every week?

Children gain confidence from familiarity, which is why repetition is so important, (and why children enjoy reading the same book and watching the same move again and again.) This is why a lot of the repertoire is repeated each class and why some songs may be sung more than once in a class (perhaps once while playing maracas and again accompanied by the drums, for example). Children that attend our classes for many terms start to make requests for their favourite songs!

Why enrol in Einsteinz Music and not another music activity?

Instead of using early childhood teachers with music training as teachers, Einsteinz Music uses only professional musicians who have a great rapport with children – they have a totally different skill set. This makes our classes a lot more informal, which is more age-appropriate. Also, as our business is not franchised, there is no set curriculum that has to be followed for every age group, every class, regardless of where the classes are held. As our teachers are not restricted in this way, they are free to follow the mood of the room on the day (very important on windy or rainy days when the children have excess energy!). The teachers can draw on their extensive repertoire and sheer talent to change their lesson plan as needed. This makes our classes “organic,” not “pre-packaged.”

Can I enrol on a casual basis?

We prefer you enrol for the term rather than as a casual enrolment as the children need regular attendance to be familiar with the repertoire and class routine. This is very important for your child’s education and confidence. It is also important that they are comfortable with the other class participants, which is not possible if your attendance is casual. However, in some cases, a full term commitment is not possible and casual attendance is the only option. Please call 0431 338 143 to register for casual classes. The are $25 a class and need to be booked the day before. Casuals are only offered in classes that are not full.

What if my child does not react the same as the other children in class?

All children are individuals. Some children may focus on the teacher and not interact at all during the class, some may get up and dance at every opportunity, and some children may never sit down on the mat at all! The children are free to respond any way they feel in our classes. Time and experience has proven that all children are absorbing what goes on in their own way. A child who never sings at class will know all the words when they sing the songs at home. Sometimes it is a bit too stimulating in class to take in all the sights, sounds and interaction between the class participants, so children need to process it all in their own way.

Can I trial a class before committing to a term?

If there are places available in a class, you can trial a class, for the same cost as a normal class ($22). Trialing does not guarantee that the spot will be saved for you. It is not always advisable to trial first as when you commit to the whole term you make sure that it works for you. Whilst our classes are wonderful, fun and high-energy, not all children respond the way their parents expect the first time (we are all individuals). Trials are good for parents to see our philosophy at work. If we are unable to offer you a trial class, we may be able to offer you the opportunity to observe a class from the sidelines.

I have a younger child too – can they come along?

A lot of our classes have sibling pairs enrolled. It makes it much easier for the carer to not have to come to classes more than once a week and it is one of the few activities that is accessible and safe for younger and older children to attend together. We will always enrol you in the older child’s age group class so that he/she is stimulated. Your younger child will still benefit from all the musical activities. Younger siblings under the age of one are enrolled at no charge and siblings over one are given a 50% discount on their fees. The exception is twins enrolled in a Babes on Laps class as they are usually both under 1 year of age. The 50% sibling discount rate applies here to the second twin. For insurance purposes, we need to know of every child who will be in our classes, regardless of their age. You are welcome to bring a pram into the class (except in Bondi where the room is too small), or bring younger siblings in a capsule or pouch/sling.

Can I join in even if term has started?

Yes, we take enrolments right throughout the term. You are charged only for the lessons left in the term.

What do you do in classes?

Classes are ‘mat based’ with carer (parents, grandparent or nanny) on the mat together. We teach children the fundamentals of music (beat, pitch, rhythm and tempo) through a repertoire chosen specifically for that purpose, and through hands-on experience with the instruments.

How long are classes?

Classes are 45 minutes and terms are 10 weeks, (shorter if there are public holidays)