Frequently Asked Questions
How much singing are the parents/carers required to do? Is it OK of I don't join in?
Short answer: as much as you feel comfortable.
Long answer: I won’t twist your arm behind your back, but here are some of the reasons you should definitely consider singing in the sessions:
- You’re there to encourage your baby to sing and babies learn primarily through imitation.
- You’re there to develop that special bond that singing creates. Don’t deprive your baby of this amazing connection just because a teacher in Year 2 kicked you out of the choir.
- Fact: your baby will always prefer your voice over Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Adele, James Brown, or whoever else you might consider to be the pinnacle of vocal ability.
- You’re probably not as bad as you think. I’ve been looking into non-musicians’ vocal abilities for over a decade and it almost invariably boils down to somebody that made you feel horrible back in the day, so you stopped practising singing, causing you to just lose your touch. Just as if you chose to not walk for a period of time and then restarted, singing is just another skill that you can be retrained in. If you’re still in doubt and you still think you’re in that rare 4% of the population that have a disorder called congenital amusia (tone deafness), I have a 5-second test that will probably prove you wrong, come and see for yourself!
Can I drop in a session to see whether it’s the right activity for me and my little one?
Yes. We offer a free taster session, although we ask that you book your place using this form so that we can check you’re joining the right age group and that the session is not overbooked.
Is there a pay per session option?
There is not. The reason is that Mini Music is a structured programme, so you really need to come regularly to get the full benefit. You can choose to pay individually for the first two sessions, but after that you will be required to register for the remainder of the half term (block pay for 5/6 sessions). Overall, with the free taster and the option for two pay-per-session classes, you will have the chance to come three times before you commit, so by then you will hopefully be able to tell whether or not Mini Music is the right activity for you and your little one.
Will I get refunded for missed sessions?
If you miss your normal session for any reason, you are always welcome to attend another session of the same level at a different venue. If that's not an option for you, don't worry: you can carry over up to one session when you register for the next half-term. For planned holidays, we ask you to inform us before the start of each half term, so that we can adjust your due payment accordingly, deducting up to two sessions’ worth of fees. There will be a full refund in case the session is cancelled by the teacher.
What are the payment options?
You can pay either by bank transfer or cash. You are asked to pay the full fee for each half term you attend, before the starting date of the term; email or text reminders (your choice) will be sent out to help you keep track of term dates and payments due. The only additional fee is a one-off £4 registration fee when you first start Mini Music and you get a Mini Music cd with original recordings on it!
How much does it cost?
The cost per session is £4.50 for the 0-walking age group and £5 for the walking-4 years old group. The cost for the 0-4 merged session is £4.50. Twins/siblings discounts are avaiable, please ask for more details.
Are there any classes available for older children?
Not at the moment, but we are working towards it; sessions for older children require considerably more planning and resources but hopefully these sessions will also be up and running in 2019!
Are there any special offers for parents with more than one child?
Yes! But this includes so many different possibilities, so please do contact us for details.