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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program for online classes work?

With our new interactive online concept we are able to offer music classes that enable us to still make music together, even if the classes cannot be held in our music locations as usual.

Here is what we are offering in our online courses:

• Online courses run for 10 weeks

• Weekly 35-40 minute interactive live sessions via Zoom with your teacher

• 10 interactive videos with your teacher of our favorite songs of the current collection to watch as often as you like during the semester

• Songbook and CD of the current music collection (will be send out by post and download of the music online)

• Maximun of 2 make-ups per semester

• Course fee: 140 Euro

• No fee for siblings (normally 80 Euros)


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


What do I have to consider regarding with my Zoom live classes?

• If you can, please use a big screen (ideally your TV). We advise against using a smartphone, tablet or laptop because the display is very small.

• Please sit in a room without too many toys, which could distract your kids. You could put a blanket on the floor with a few cushions and tell your child that this is the music room for now and that your Little Music Makers teacher will join you to make some music.

• If possible, please register a few hours prior to the first class to make sure it all works (video and sound) and that you don’t panic trying to join us just before the class starts.

• Please join the Zoom meetings approximately 5 minutes prior to your class so that you can solve minor technical issues and tht we can all start together with the "Welcome Song".

• Please fill in your name in Zoom, e.g. Martina Mustermann with Elena.

• You will first land in a "waiting area". The teacher will then let you in and greet you individually.

• At the beginning, you will all be able to see and hear each other. As soon as we start the class your teacher will put you on mute because otherwise we would have a big medley with a lot of background noises.

• Please don’t forget that just like in our normal classes it is very important that the parents participate. Therefore, please don’t just put your child in front of the screen but instead actively participate with your whole family! Sing along, dance along and have fun!

• Instruments: The most important instruments for our online classes are eggs, sticks, scarf, ball and small instruments for the playalong. If you do not have any instruments at home, you can make music with simple utensils from your household (e.g. eggs made from little tupperware boxes with rice/lentils, wooden spoons as sticks, scarf or kitchen towel, cooking pot and wooden spoon/whisk as drum etc.)

Here is a little video about how to make little instruments: Instrument making


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.


How long does the Zoom course run? How long are the lessons?

Our Zoom courses run over a period of 10 weeks. Each Zoom lesson lasts approx. 35-40 minutes. Additionally you will receive 10 interactive videos of our favorite songs of the current music collection.


Protective measures in our classroom courses / Coronavirus

We are monitoring the Corona situation very closely and follow the recommendations and hygiene regulations as well as the Corona regulations of the Berlin Senate. The health of all has the highest priority for us. 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. Since we are singing, we have to keep a distance of 2 m during the course. 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: We provide playalong instruments in small baskets for each family. Please remember the number of your basket and only use these instruments.

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 (name, email address and phone number) at our disposal. We keep attendance lists in class, so that contact tracing can be guaranteed without any problems.


How can we book a Zoom make-up lesson?

Make-ups can be reserved online in advance by participating families using our make-up scheduler. Make-ups cannot be reserved by phone or email. Make-ups are not guaranteed but can almost always be accommodated according to our experience.

If you cannot attend the booked make-up lesson, it has to be cancelled online 24 hours before the lesson starts. After that cancellation is no longer possible. Make-ups which have not been cancelled with 24 hours notice are forfeited.

Please reserve your make-up class online through our Make-up scheduler as soon as you know you will need it. If you wait till very late in the semester to sign up for a make-up, there may not be an available spot at a convenient time. If the required class is not displayed, the make-up has already been assigned.

The password for the make-up scheduler has been sent to you in our registration confirmation as well as our welcome email.


How many make-ups are possible?

Each family 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.

In times of Corona we are offering make-up lessons only 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.


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 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.


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.


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 6-8 families per class.


Where do Little Music Makers classes take place?

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

Our online courses currently take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


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

The price for a live class for one child is 150 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 230 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, videos and Lullaby CD). 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.


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 125 Euros for one child and 205 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.


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.


Is knowledge in English required for the courses?

No, knowledge in English is not required.


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 join a current course that has already started?

Yes - provided the course still has spaces available.


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.


Do you also offer courses during summer holidays?

No, we currently do not offer courses during the summer holidays.


What shall I do if my child is sick?

Please do not attend the course if your child is sick. We offer two make-ups per semester for these cases.


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.


What should we bring to class?

Comfortable clothes and for some locations “stopper socks”.


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.


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.


How can I register for a class in Potsdam?

For more information and registration on courses in Potsdam please contact: Amy Van Looy / Phone: 030 - 68 00 73 11 / Email: info@littlemusicmakers-potsdam.de / www.littlemusicmakers-potsdam.de


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: info@littlemusicmakers-hh.de / www.littlemusicmakers-hh.de