Why No In Person Classes

Why no in-person classes this Fall? 

You may have seen other children's programs, including camps, gymnastics, and others opening up this Fall. So, why isn’t Tiny Voices Little Songs offering in-person classes? 

After lots of consideration and reviewing research done by me and my colleagues looking at the CDC guidelines and considering the logistics of our regular classes, I have determined that in-person classes of any type would not be right for my center at this time.  Outdoor and Indoor in-person classes present many challenges which I'm unable to accomodate at this time.

Here are the reasons why:

  •  In-person classes would require at least 50% reduced class size, which would necessitate an increase in tuition to cover our costs. 
  • All people over 2, including Miss Lisa and any other teachers, would have to wear face coverings that would prevent the visual observation of facial expression and mouth shapes that are important to modeling singing to young children. Wearing masks may create an added layer of anxiety for children and parents.
  • Group singing may be a super-spreader activity, and dancing would also increase the aerosolization of moisture droplets from the breath. (ie. droplets get smaller and may travel farther.) 
  • Safe indoor locations require doors that shut (preventing a toddler from leaving the room as they naturally are seen to do!), reducing the amount of ventilation necessary to limit the possible amount of virus in the surrounding air. 
  • Social distancing requirements would require wandering children to be physically held in place throughout the class. That would be in opposition to our "learn through play" philosophy, and children cannot learn while they are struggling against restraint. 
  • Certain props, like stretchy bands, balls, the parachute, would not be usable. Free choice of instruments for the play-along would not be possible. 
  • Temperature checks would be required, which while possible, feels a bit intrusive to me, and which would frankly prove to be a futile precautionary measure for folks who may be asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19. 
  • Outdoor classes are subject to problems of space availability, bathroom accessibility, weather (heat/rain), competing noise, and again, the inability to allow children freedom of movement without fencing to keep them safe. 
  • Music Together® class, while spirit-sustaining, is not life-sustaining. The restrictions and precautions necessary to run class, I believe, should be reserved for essential services. 

For all of these reasons, as well as my own personal concern for the safety and health of all of our families and my own, I would prefer to take a wait-and-see approach to restarting in-person classes. I believe that the Music Together Online format and all the things we are offering in our online package which I developed at my center is a worthy -temporary - replacement for our traditional classes. Considering the glowing reviews and overwhelmingly positive feedback I can tell you that our families agree.

We’ve learned a lot from pivoting to the online format over these past two semesters. Why not give our Music Together® Online package a try to see if what we are offering is right for you and your family? It’s better than many could have imagined. It’s a short format so you can still get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun, and it’s still the best brain activity for your child while being fun, enriching, and providing some structure and something to do for the little ones!

ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE:

The class schedule will be posted on our home page in the News Section shortly. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday this Fall. To see the Fall Online class schedule click here.

 

WAIT, MORE 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 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, they might see their classmates 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 also give you lots of fun activities and ideas to do at home while we’re all looking for more activities to do this Fall when the weather does not cooperate with your outdoor activities!

Lastly, please let me encourage you to think of this offering as a way to connect with your child, your teacher and with others.

We need music and we need each other during this time - even as things are beginning to open up. Yes, parks beaches and backyards are open, but there are still rainy days, and still limits to how much fun in the sun one should have! ; )  Because the classes are online, because they're short (twenty minutes each) happening twice per week - there's lots of flexibility.  Take us with you and participate (grownups) in your backyard on in the park on a picnic blanket using a tablet with built-in wifi, or on a phone. Even though we can’t be together in person, we can still be silly, interactive and playful “together” online. We hope you’ll choose to join us! We can't wait to see your faces!

Please reach out to me or Kelli with any questions or ideas.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. We love you!

Lisa Hearns, Center Director
Tiny Voices Little Songs
(917) 756-3273 (call or text)