Frequently asked questions by parents of mini musicians
Frequently asked questions
How long are your sessions?
We are open year-round and do not require session minimums. Every student in our program is here on a month-to-month basis. There are no long term contracts, and you can join us / cancel at any time.
Should you decide to discontinue classes, simply contact us via phone (708) 704-1716 or email Info@BFMinis.com by the 15th of your final month and we will discontinue the automatic charges to your credit card.
Do you have classes for working parents?
Yes, we have morning, afternoon, early evening, and weekend classes. Our full schedule is available online.
Can we start any time?
We offer year-round rolling enrollment, so new students can join a class at any time. Payments are processed on the 1st of each month, and your first tuition payment will be automatically prorated based on your registration date.
Do you offer free trial classes?
If I know I’m going to miss 2-3 classes, should I still sign up?
Yes! With over 20 classes offered / week, you have plenty of opportunities to make-up your missed classes. And if make-up classes aren’t available, you can also gift your classes to a friend.
Do you have any drop-in or “punch card” classes?
We are currently not offering drop-in or punch card classes. Particularly in our younger classes, class cohesion is a necessary component in the success of our program. We have found that drop-in classes feel “unsettled,” and children and parents do not receive the full benefits of our program in this setting. Furthermore, it is important that we stay within our class size range of 4 - 7 students, and this is very difficult with drop-in classes.
What happens if we miss a class? Can we make up missed classes?
Students can make-up classes during any other regularly scheduled classes during the session by filling out our make-up class request form online.
Which class should I choose if my child is right on the cusp?
Often times, we find that the parent can make the best decision in this regard. All children learn and grow differently, and some thrive as being leaders while others highly benefit from watching older kids in class. As your child nears the age of the next class level, your teacher is happy to consult with you to decide when the best time will be to move to another class.
Do you have sibling classes?
While our classes are age-specific, families are welcome to bring siblings to class together. We help you determine which class level is best for 2+ children to attend together, and we offer up to 50% discounts for sibling(s) to attend a class that is out of their age range.
Can more than one parent or family member attend class?
Not yet, but we hope you can soon! Given the current situation with COVID-19, we are asking that only one caregiver attends class with her/his child. You’re welcome to rotate which caregiver comes to class each week, however!
What instruments do you teach?
What can you possibly teach an infant?
Do you have any child-only classes?
How long are your classes?
Our classes range from 30 to 45 minutes, based on class level.
How much do your classes cost?
Do you offer financial assistance?
We do not have an official financial aid program, but please contact Clara D’Onofrio directly to ask specific questions regarding your family’s financial situation. We never want money to be the only reason your child is not benefitting from our enriching classes.
What are your COVID safety protocols?
We are very dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for your family. Please click here to view our COVID safety protocols.
What do I do when my child ages up to the next level?
Two months prior to your child's aging up to the next level, you will receive an email and a text congratulating you that your child is ready to advance to the next level soon. You will be given the options to:
My child is over 2 but won't wear a mask yet. Can we still register?
Per the CDC and local mandates, our policy is that kids 2 years and older wear masks as much as possible while in the studio. However, we understand that this is a tricky time for very young children. If there are times during class in which your child needs a mask break, we ask that the caregiver ensures that their little one stays in their designated area of the classroom while unmasked.
All spots are at least 6’ apart and kids don’t tend to have as strong an aerosol, so we can be a little more lenient. We just ask that at no time, unmasked kiddos are wandering around the room and into other families’ “bubbles.”
No mask exceptions will be made for adults.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.