SAPling FAQ

**COVID-19 FAQs**

How many families will be allowed per class?

    The courtyard space has enough room for 10 families safely distanced. Families are encouraged to bring a towel or blanket to designate their Family Zone. 

 

Will masks be required?

    Yes, we will be heeding CDC and local health guidelines and everyone over the age of 2 years old, (24 months and older) will be required to wear a face covering.

 

How will the instruments and props be cleaned and sanitized? 

    There are two options we have for instruments and props. Families can either bring their own instruments and props from home, or families can choose to purchase a set of instruments from City Sing And Play. Regardless of which option is chosen, families will be responsible for their own props and thus their own cleaning and sanitizing.

 

What if I can’t get my child to stay in our designated area?

    One of the main tenets of Music Together® is that children learn by doing and should be free to explore their surroundings and experience music in any way that feels right for them, which sometimes means walking or running around. With everyone’s health and safety in mind, I will ask that the parents and caregivers resist the urge to keep the children seated or forced to stay still, but at the same time monitor them and strive to keep them in their designated zone. If kids want to jump, great! Want to run around? Sure! Just do your best to make sure it’s either in your designated Family Space or at least 6 feet away from others at all times. 

 

What if the weather is less than desirable? 

    If the temperature is below 40ºF or there is any kind of significant precipitation we will cancel and move the class online. 

 

What if someone in my family needs to use the restroom? 

    Inside access to the church is still restricted so I urge everyone to please use the restroom at home before or after class, or bring a travel potty for your kiddos. 

 

Will we get a book and CD?

   If you are registered for a full semester of the Triangle collection, YES, you will absolutely still get your book and CD! If are registered for the  one-off MTOutdoors sessions on alternate Wednesdays, (the "greatest hits" style classes, essentially like demo classes, with songs and chants from various collections, and not specifically the Triangle Collection) no, you will NOT receive a book and CD. 

 

What if I can't make it in the afternoon, are there morning classes?

     Seeing as how I’m still the only teacher, and I work most mornings, the afternoons are the only available time for me to hold a full semester of classes right now. If you're still interested in classes but can't make it in the afternoons, morning classes are available every other Wednesday morning!

 

Where exactly are classes held?

 

The classes will be held in the St. Matthew’s courtyard, the entrance to which is on Delaware Avenue SW, around the corner from the main entrance to the church (222 M St SW). The ground is cement so I encourage you to bring a blanket or mat or towel to sit on. This will also help designate your Family Zone!

As a caregiver, what is my role in class?

Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead help us create a music-only environment.

What's expected of my child in class?

At Music Together, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.

Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Play your songs frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Music Together account and download the "Hello Everybody" app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! 

Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical activities to use at home. If you play an instrument and want to play along, the music notation is available in the Family Music Zone®   Try using the songbook at storytime!

What is the class size?

Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).

What if I miss a class during the semester?

We offer unlimited makeup classes during each semester. Please visit our Make Up Classes page to learn more.

Can I switch to a different class?

Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability, changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.

What if I start classes after the semester begins?

City Sing And Play welcomes families at any point during the semester! However, we do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. Instead, families may makeup class(es) during the semester.

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. 

Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?

We adhere with DCPS decisions in regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, classes at City Sing And Play will be cancelled as well. Please check our website or our Facebook page page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.

Can I bring a guest or an unregistered older sibling to class?

Music Together® classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. If DCPS has the day off, older siblings are welcome to join at no additional cost. Other guests, such as visiting friends and/or family, are welcome to join as well as a Drop-In guest for a fee of $20 per child. All guests must be registered however to keep class sizes manageable. If you plan to bring a guest, please schedule that guest as if you were scheduling a make-up and just put in the notes that you are bringing a guest so that seat can be accounted for.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!

Why aren't there classes for specific age groups?

Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!

How do I get there?

Our classes are offered at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at 222 M St, SW. We encourage our SAPling families to avoid driving as there is limited street parking available (and it's better for the environment!) but the street parking is 2 hour parking. The church is conveniently located just 1 block east of the Waterfront--SEU metro stop and 4 blocks west of the Navy Yard--Ballpark metro stop, both on the Green Line, as well as a little under a mile south of the Federal Center SW metro stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines. The church is also conveniently located right on the Eastern Market - L’Enfant Plaza DC Circulator route. There is ample secure stroller parking in the gated courtyard behind the church, as well as multiple bike racks outside the building. 

Do you offer gift certificates?

City Sing And Play does not offer gift certificates at this time, but we hope to offer them very soon in the future!