Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Our program is run out of Music as a Verb Music School, located at Shop 4, 200 Kerry Street, Sanctuary Point (behind the Bendigo Bank). 

How much does it cost?

Our Rhythm & Rhymes early years program for children and parents are charged in 8-week terms.  Fees are to be paid in advance. 

Clever Crochets, Cuddly Quavers and Mighty Minims:  $100.00 inc GST ($15 per week) 

Casual attendance costs $25.00 (inc GST) per child per session, dependent on spaces being available.

Trial sessions are available per child if there are places available. One trial session per family.

You can join a group at any time during the term and you will only be charged for the remaining number of sessions of the term. Your fee will be automatically calculated for you when you register.

Please note there are no refunds or a credit for the following term if you miss a class.  Credits will be considered if a child/parent comes down with a significant illness and cannot attend the group for several weeks. A doctors certificate will be required.

How do I register my child?

Go to our registration page, complete the details and we will send you an invoice. You can pay your invoice by direct debit and in cash.

Do parents/carers participate in the session?

Clever Crochets and Cuddly Quavers 

One caregiver per child participates in our sessions. This includes singing songs, playing instruments and joining with your child in musical games and activities. Please try to ensure that the same adult attends each week for the sake of continuity and familiarity.

Mighty Minims

We are encouraging caregivers to drop off their child to the studio and leave them with us to give them some independence and to practise separating from family in preparation for going to school.  Both Megan and Christine are firm believers in gentle parenting and won’t make a child stay without a caregiver if they are distressed. There is a covered area outside the studio for caregivers to sit and observe their children: we ask that caregivers don’t engage in loud conversations as this will distract the children.

I’m not musical! Will you make me sing?

We won’t make you sing – but we hope you will! Research shows that your child prefers your voice over all others: they don’t care what it sounds like. In addition to providing your child with music education we aim to give you the confidence to sing with your child, but there is no pressure on you to sing or perform if it is too confronting in a group situation.

Due to COVID there are some restrictions relating to singing in groups that may change throughout the term. We will always endeavour to follow best practice in keeping our families safe so will adapt as required while still achieving the desired educational outcomes.

I have an active kid who won’t sit still for long. Can we attend?

Yes. Our programs are designed to have a mix of sitting and moving activities. Both Megan and Christine are experienced teachers as well as parents of children with various temperaments. We also have the flexibility to change up the program to meet the children’s needs that day.

Music skills support children learning how to attend, focus, and regulate at their own pace, so the session should be very beneficial for your child.

My child is timid, can we attend?

Yes. By its very nature music is sociable, so this program will support your child to participate at their own level and in their own time without them having to actively engage with other children straight away. They can participate by listening, watching, or playing instruments with you.

Your tot’s unique characteristics will shine through without too many restrictions placed on them. Music is all about creativity after all, and there are many ways to play the drum that aren’t necessarily conventional! It is all good learning.

Can the children eat in class?

While we understand children want to snack throughout the day, we ask that you do not feed your child during class time. If your baby/toddler is still breastfeeding, however, you will be encouraged and supported to do so should the need arise.

What should I do if my child or I are sick?

Please do not attend if you or your child are unwell, and especially if you exhibit any indicators of a potential COVID infection.

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on the skin or discolouration of fingers

Please note there are no refunds or credits for the following term if you miss a class. Credits will only be considered if a child/parent comes down with a significant illness and cannot attend the group for a considerable time. In this instance a doctor’s certificate will be required.

If your child was seemingly well at the session but later develops symptoms such as a rash or high fever, please contact us ASAP.  

Staff will disinfect all instruments and the room between sessions to minimise the risk of germs spreading. 

What do I need to bring with me?

You don’t need to bring along anything but yourselves.  A water bottle might be handy and a cushion for the floor.  Our floor is polished concrete, we have carpet circles to sit upon but you might like some more padding.  Parents and children will be encouraged to sit on the floor.

We ask that toys from home are not brought to class and that prams are parked outside (will be visible from the room) as they tend to take up a lot of space. 

Clothing and Shoes

Please avoid dressing your child with popular characters.  This can be distracting for other children and can distress the wearer.

Children should wear fitted, supportive shoes or no shoes at all. Shoes such as gumboots or thongs can cause accidents or make it difficult to engage in activities.

Please wear clothing and accessories that aren’t too long, such as dresses as they can cause your child to trip.