Welcome to HalfSteps!
Any family wishing to withdraw from a class may do so without penalty up to 3 days prior to the first day of class. If a family withdraws less than 72 hours prior to the start of class, a $20.00 cancellation fee will be incurred for the first child. The fee increases to $35.00 if more than one paying child is enrolled. (Free siblings do not incur a penalty fee.) For those who cancel on or after the first day of class, a credit towards a future session for unattended classes, minus a $15 registration fee, will be given. If materials have been received there will also be a $50 reduction of the credit. No Refunds will be given.
Families are allowed unlimited make-up classes per session to be used within the CURRENT session only. To schedule a make-up, please visit our Online Make-up Scheduler.
If any class is not full 24 hours before it is to be held, any currently enrolled families may take an open spot, for no additional charge! Please use the Online Make-up Scheduler to sign up no more than 24 hours before class.
If there is an instance when you need to bring a child guest or sibling to class, you must contact us through email or text to check on availability first. A $15 guest fee will be charged for any additional child guests or siblings for a registered family, if they are between 9 months and 6 years of age. All guests must be scheduled to ensure that there is room in the class, and that your guest will not create overcrowding in the classroom. Overcrowding is unpleasant and can be unsafe for the children. Grownup guests are always welcome, and do not need to be scheduled in advance.
Cell Phone Policy
Since ringing cellphones and texting during class is distracting, we respectfully ask that you put your phone away for the duration of class so that you can fully engage in the class activities with your child. If you are awaiting an important call (which we understand), please put your phone on vibrate, and step out of the class area if you need to take a call. Thanks!!
Food and Snack Policy
Children sometimes have food allergies, and as you know, will find any crumb that is dropped, so please don’t bring snacks. Providing a bottle, sippy cup or breastfeeding in class is fine. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so that we can take extra precautions in class.
It is important for us to maintain a healthy environment. If you or your child is not feeling well, has a fever, or has a runny nose (no matter the color), please stay home. We will be happy to help you schedule a make-up class for a later date. If you or your child displays symptoms of illness while in class, such as excessive coughing or runny nose that hinders your child's participation in class, you may be asked to leave the class for the day. Please do not be upset, but understand that this is for the good of all our children, including your own. If in doubt, schedule a make-up or email us. The best defense against catching an illness is to wash both your hands and your child’s hands immediately after class. It really works! We also expect that your child is up to date on their vaccinations.
To check on class cancellations due to inclement weather, please check your e-mail/text or call us. We will follow the Manatee County School Board Policy: If classes in the Public Schools are cancelled, OUR classes are cancelled. Classes that must be cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled.
Infants Attending for Free
Infants 8 months or under may attend FREE with a paid, registered sibling. Please Note: Infants must be 8 months of age or younger at the start of the session.
*New* ALL infants younger than 4 months can attend for free with no obligation to continue. Of course our hope is that you will see firsthand the benefits of music class with even the tiniest humans and decide to join us for the full semester. If you do, we will prorate the tuition based on your child's 16-week birthday. You will receive the materials (songbook and CD) once you officially enroll. If you would like the materials at the start of your time with us, you can enroll upfront and still pay the same prorated amount.
We often do activities that bring us into very close proximity to all the children, including those that are not our own. Also, the children in our class are very curious and often explore the purses and bags that are in the room—either because it looks like their own or because they see something interesting. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we keep any type of weapon out of the classroom. Please contact Tanya if you have any questions about this.
Helpful Tips for Enjoying Your Music Together Experience
Wear comfy clothes. In our classes you and your child will be sitting on the floor, dancing around the room, jumping up and down, banging on a drum, and participating in many other fun and energetic activities. Please dress comfortably. Also, please be aware that for the safety of our little ones crawling around on the floor, we ask that everyone remove their shoes before entering the classroom.
Hello everybody, so glad to see you! The "Hello Song" is a beloved ritual that welcomes the children at the beginning of each class. Children delight in hearing their own name in the Hello Song, so please try your best to arrive on time for class.
Shhhh! Keep non-music related chatter to a minimum. Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing! Your active participation (regardless of what you think your musical ability is) is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music-only environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to tune out adult conversation, please wait to socialize until after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
Refrain from taking photos and videos during class. Parents occasionally want to film their children in class. Please limit this activity so you can model music making. This includes visiting guests, such as grandparents. If you absolutely must capture the moment, the best time to snap a quick photo is during the play-along, or before or after class. Your teacher will be happy to get out a few instruments before or after class in order to help create a musical moment for your photo. Don't hesitate to ask! Before posting on social media, ask the other parents whose children are in the picture if it is ok with them. On rare occasions, we may videotape or take photos for educational or publicity purposes. Let your teacher know if you do not want you or your child to be photographed.
Allow your child to participate at their own comfort level. Some days that might mean that your little one is "just" sitting and absorbing the musical atmosphere around them. Other days it might be wearing a tambourine as a hat, singing parts of the songs, or dancing along to the music in a corner of the classroom. As long as your child is safe to himself and others, we encourage every child to experience the class in the way that is most meaningful and developmentally appropriate to them!