Hello Dear Families!
Thank you so much for your patience and support during this challenging time. I know you’ve been waiting for information about your spring classes and I have good news: While we are sheltering in place, quarantined, and social distancing, for the safety of our most vulnerable community members, and in line with CDC and governmental recommendations to avoid gatherings, Harmonic Kids/FamJam will be going online :)
A 10-week session: Featuring a mix of prerecorded videos, interactive virtual classes on Zoom and livestreamed videos on Facebook, hosted by our three registered Music Together teachers. All videos will be archived on the Harmonic Kids website, and available to watch for three weeks after posting. Videos will be available directly on the portal on the Harmonic Kids website, so if you prefer this way of viewing over using a Facebook account, this will be available to all enrolled families.
Maracas Song Collection:The hard copy of the Maracas materials, including the beautifully illustrated songbook, CD, and access code to the "Hello Everybody app" will be mailed to all families enrolled before April 30th, who click the option "with materials" when registering. All others will receive the materials in a digital format, and the cost will be less; please click "digital only" at the time of registration.
One interactive virtual class a week on Zoom: We need our musical community more than ever in these times! Zoom is a great way to see the other families, and make new friends :) Choose a class: Mondays at 3:30; Mondays at 4:30; Fridays at 10:30 or Sundays at noon. Don't worry if you can't always make it to your chosen class, we have an easy way for you to make up classes!
Our new private Facebook group “Harmonic Kids / Fam Jam”: We truly hope you’ll join! This will be a moderated group, and access will only be given to people who join us for the spring Maracas online semester. In this private group you'll have access to one 20-25 minute livestreamed class weekly, also available for three weeks for repeat viewing or if you miss the original broadcast. We’ll also post short videos of instrument-making activities for home, "parent education moments", lullabies, and more! Anyone in the group will be able to post and comment, so we’d love to see your videos and pictures too, and hear your music-making stories from home! All the live Facebook group content will also be available live to all enrolled families on the Harmonic Kids website! Don't worry, we won't make anybody join Facebook if you don't want to. :)
Uncle Gerry!: Access to videos from our very own Uncle Gerry, exclusively for enrolled families. If you don’t know him, he’s one of the beloved voices on our Music Together CDs.
Downloadable family resources: (coloring pages, musical games, etc...)
The session will run from Monday, April 6 to Sunday, June 15. (two weeks of Monday and Friday classes added: not too late to register for the Spring semster :)
Wait, screen time?
We know screen time isn’t generally recommended for this age group, but here’s the difference: YOU! When children stare at a screen and passively receive information, they don’t take it in the same way nor do they learn in the same way as when they have the active participation of a caregiver or parent. SO, just like in our classes, you’re still the most important part. Your teacher will be on the screen, but it is truly the interaction of the parent/caregiver with the child that is going to continue their music development! We will give you lots of fun activities and ideas to do at home! Also, please remember, children do not generally sit still! We don’t expect them to do so in class, so please don’t expect them to at home! You just keep making music with the teacher on the screen, follow along, and have faith your child is getting the usual ton of info and education from your involvement, even if they move about the room!
We'll resume in-person classes as soon as we are able! At this point it looks like Spring semester will be mainly online, however I may add in-person classes if circumstances permit.
Spring Semester Online prices:
Online with storybook, CD, and digital downloads
Online with digital downloads only
1st Child: $185 + tax
Siblings (age 10 mos- 5 yrs): $60 + tax
Siblings (age 0-9 mos or 6 yrs+): FREE
1st Child: $150+ tax
Siblings (age 10 mos- 5 yrs): $60+ tax
Siblings (age 0-9 mos or 6 yrs+): FREE
Please send them to: Harmonickids.com
I encourage you to think of this time as a way to connect musically with your child, your teacher and with others. We need each and we need music. We need something on the schedule! And even though we can’t be together in person, we can still be silly, interactive and playful “together” online. We hope to be making music together online with all of you!!
Please reach out to me with any questions or ideas.
Director, Harmonic Kids