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Information regarding classroom courses (2G courses):

Please find below our offer and important information regarding our classroom courses:

• 10 week course with 10 lessons in the classroom

• Songbook and CD of the current music collection (as CD and/or digital download)

• Course fee for one child: 160 Euro incl. course materials

• Fee for sibllings of 80 Euro i.e. 240 Euro for two children

• Siblings under the age of 10 months (at the start date of the course) can participate for free

Due to the Corona regulations we currently have to adhere to the following restrictions:

• Our classes are 2G classes: Adults must be verifiably fully vaccinated or recovered from a Corona infection.

• Participation of only one adult as accompanying person

• In times of the Coronavirus it is not possible to bring guest children to the classroom courses.

• Make-ups: Make up lessons (replacement for missed lessons) for classroom courses can currently not be offered.

• Frequent ventilation during the classes

• Compliance with the distancing rules and mandatory mask rules for for adults (until they take their place in the class).

• During the Corona crisis we reserve the right to change our courses from classroom courses to online courses or other alternative models (such as 1G, 2G, 3G or similar class models) during the current semester - if such a measure should be necessary due to the current Corona situation or due to imposed requirements of the Berlin Senate. Thank you for your understanding!

We would like to take a demo class. Is that possible?

Little Music Makers offers demo classes before starting the new semester as well as during the semester to enable parents to get to know our program without any obligation.

In order to participate adults must be verifiably fully vaccinated or recovered.

You can register online for a demo class with our demo class scheduler.

How can we sign up for a course?

To register for one of our classes, please use our online form (menu item "Registration"), so that we have all the necessary information available.

We will then send a written confirmation of registration and ask you to transfer the course fee. Once both has been done, your spot is firmly reserved.

Protective measures in our classroom courses / Coronavirus

The health of all has the highest priority for us. Our classes are 2G classes: Adults must be verifiably fully vaccinated or recovered from a Corona infection.

We have therefore created a hygiene concept for our classroom courses:

1. Arrival and departure: Please pay attention to keeping your distance. On arrival please go directly to your seat in the classroom. After the end of the course please leave the room quickly, do not form groups and please do not linger.

2. Entering and moving around in the classroom: You do not have to wear a mask when you are seated at your spot in the classroom. Everywhere else (e.g. entrance, hall, toilet) adults must wear a mask. Also you must wear a mask when moving around in the classroom and when you leave your spot.

3. Hand hygiene: Please disinfect your hands on arrival with the disinfectant dispensers provided or by washing your hands for 20-30 seconds with soap in the bathroom.

4. Social distancing: Please avoid physical contact with other families and always keep a distance of 1.5 m. Please take the children on your lap or let them sit in front of you.

5. Activities: During the lesson we always stay in our spot (sitting and standin)g.

6. Coughing and sneezing: Please cough or sneeze only into your elbow.

7. Number of participants: Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring guests (guest children or additional adults) along at the moment. Each classroom has a maximum number of participants, which we are not allowed to exceed. Therefore please come to the course with only one adult per family.

8. Fixed groups: As it is difficult for small children to keep their distance, each course has a fixed group. For this reason, make-up lessons are only offered online. Course changes are not possible.

9. Eating: Please refrain from eating in the class room.

10. Ventilation: We ventilate the room regularly and extensively before, after and during the course. Please bring warm clothing.

11. Instruments: Please only use the instruments that we provided to you directly as we cannot share instruments with each other.

12. Cleaning: We disinfect door handles, mats and instruments after the courses.

13. Use of toilets: The bathroom facilities may only be used by one person at a time.

14. Illness: Participation in the course with symptoms of illness is not allowed. In such cases please stay at home and take advantage of our offer to book make-up lessons.

15. Contact with people with Covid-19: Families who have had contact with a Covid-19 infected person in the last 14 days are asked to stay at home and take advantage of our offer to book make-up lessons.

16. Notices and information: Please pay attention to the notices on Corona precautions and the instructions of the teacher in class.

17. Contact details: Through your course registration we have your data at our disposal. We keep attendance lists in class, so that contact tracing can be guaranteed without any problems.

Is it possible to transfer a booked course reservation onto another family?

Unfortunately it is not possible to transfer a course spot to another family or into another semester.

A registration can be withdrawn until 3 days before the start of the 1st lesson. We will then refund the course fee minus a handling fee of 25 Euro.

What shall I do if my child is sick?

Please do not attend the course if your child is sick.

When do new classes start?

New classes start every January, April and September.

If free spots are available it is possible to join a current course after it has already started.

What happens if we need to cancel our registration before the class ends?

A registration can be withdrawn until 3 days before the start of the class.

We will then refund the course fee minus a handling fee of 25 Euro. Cancellations made less than 3 whole days before the first lesson are not eligible for a refund of the course fee.

How large are the classes?

The number of participants ranges from 6 – 12 families.

During the times of Corona each class room has a maximum number of participants. Depending on the classroom there is a reduced maximum number of 7-10 families per class.

At what age can my child participate?

We offer courses for 1 to 4 years of age. If your child is younger than 4 months or older than 4 years please do not hesitate to contact us. Siblings can be brought along from birth on.

What should we bring to class?

Comfortable clothes and for some locations “stopper socks”.

Where do Little Music Makers classes take place?

We currently offer our classroom classes in Berlin-Dahlem, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Schöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Zehlendorf as well as Hamburg.

Our online courses currently take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Is it possible to join a current course that has already started?

Yes - provided the course still has spaces available.

How much does the course cost? (Classroom courses and Online courses)

The price for a live class for one child is 160 Euros per semester. It also includes a songbook and a CD. The participation of a sibling aged 10 months or older costs 80 Euros. Therefore, the cost for a family with 2 children is 240 Euros. Siblings under the age of 10 months (at the start of the class) can participate for free.

Online courses cost 140 € per semester (including book and CD and videos). Siblings can participate for free.

Is it possible to attend the course without the course material (songbook and CD)?

Our CD and songbook are not optional, rather they form the basis of our concept. Using the course material at home contributes to deepening the class experience of your child.

Can siblings also participate?

You are welcome to bring siblings to the class. Children younger than 10 months (at the start of the class) can participate for free. The fee for siblings 10 months or older (at the start of the class) is 80 Euros.

Can grown-ups other than the parents come to class with the child?

Your child does not necessarily have to come with a parent. Other grown-ups may come along. Additional accompanying adults such as a babysitter, aunt, uncle or grandparents may also come along every once in a while. However, due to Corona regulations only one accompanying adult is currently allowed. As our courses are 2G courses the accompnaying adult has to be fully vaccinated or recovered.

What happens if we already have the CD and songbook from an earlier course?

In this case it is not necessary to purchase the CD and songbook again. The course can be booked at the reduced price of 135 Euros for one child and 215 Euros for two children for a classroom course. The reduced price for an Online/Zoom course is 115 Euro.

It is, however, required that the family already participated earlier in the respective course.

Is knowledge in English required for the courses?

No, knowledge in English is not required.

How many music collections are there?

Little Music Makers has 6 different music collections that we named after colours. This means 2 consecutive years of musical education without repetition. Our collections are called: Blue, Orange, Green, Pink, Yellow and Red.

How many make-ups are possible?

Due to the current Corona restrictions we cannot offer any make-ups in our classroom courses at the moment. Families who are registered in an online class may make-up up to two classes per session during the running semester. The offer to make-up classes is a courtesy and therefore not binding.

Make-up lessons will be offered online via Zoom/online.

Please note that make-ups cannot be transferred to following semesters or other families.

We cannot come to the make-up lesson we booked, what shall we do?

If you cannot attend a make-up please also remember to cancel it online to make the spot available for somebody else.

Make-ups which have not been cancelled with 24 hours notice are forfeited.

Can we bring guests to the make-up lesson?

Please do not bring additional guests along to the make-up lesson (other children, families). We just do not have enough space to accommodate them.

Do lessons also take place during holidays?

During summer holidays we do not offer any lessons. Courses take place during autumn and winter holidays. During Easter holidays we usually do not hold any lessons either.

Is it possible to bring a guest child?

During the times of Corona it is unfortunately not possible to bring guest children along to the classroom course.

Why aren't there classes with different age groups?

Our courses are all age mixed, i.e. we have different age groups in one class - from babies to children aged 4. All children benefit from mixed age classes - older children as well as younger ones. Our approach is based on scientific research from music education and early childhood development as well as well as our own teaching experience over the past 10 years. Mixed-age clases provide a rich learning environment: Babies are often fascinated by older children and imitate them. Older children enjoy helping and sharing with younger ones. Shy older children benefit from being a role model to little ones. Another advantage of mixed age groups is that the parents compare their children less with others - therefore there will be less expectations and pressure on how the children should behave in class. For families with more than one child another advantage is obvious: They can all participate together.

How can we sign up for a Little Music Makers class in Hamburg?

For more information and registration to a class in Hamburg please refer to: Tabea Schinkel-Griemens / Tel.: 040 - 68 28 35 04 / Email: /