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FAQ

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?


We are happy to offer $5 demo classes for new students, and these can be scheduled during any of our regularly scheduled classes. We also offer demo class events throughout the school year. The best way to keep updated on these events is through our e-newsletter, so please click here if you are not yet subscribed. *Demo classes are subject to availability.




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. *Subject to availability.




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. And because we have no semester minimums, you are welcome to move to the next age level during the first week of any month.




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. Click here to learn more about our sibling classes!




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?


Because our student base is so young, we do not teach specific instruments such as violin or trumpet. However, in each class we play a wide variety of rhythm instruments including: a drum, rhythm sticks, shaker eggs, jingle bells, sand blocks, and the triangle. We also incorporate bouncing balls, a large parachute, beanbags, and more to enhance our musical education. We also begin to use xylophones in our Mighty Maestros class. Please see our videos on each class page to learn more.




What can you possibly teach an infant?


We love being asked this question because one of the most rewarding experiences we have as infant music teachers is watching parent’s absolute amazement at how many skills their infant picks up in music class every single week. Yes, it’s true that perhaps 4 – 12-month-olds may not be ready to shake a shaker egg to the beat or tap the triangle without assistance. In all likelihood, they may prefer to try to eat the rhythm sticks rather than tap them together. But don’t let that fool you! Neurons are firing like crazy, and infants are taking in every subtle nuance that will ultimately lead to an explosion of musical and non-musical skills. Check out our Benefits page to learn more about the research on the benefits of interactive music classes on infant brain development.




Do you have any child-only classes?


We offer the Mighty Maestros class for older 3s, 4s, and 5s as well as the Songs and Stories on Stage class for 5 - 7 year olds. These are both drop-off classes that culminate in fun and informal Parent Showcases. Students must be 3 1/2 and fully potty trained by the first class to attend any drop-off classes.




How long are your classes?


Our classes range from 30 to 45 minutes, based on class level.




How much do your classes cost?


Monthly tuition ranges from $73 - $77 / month and is based on a 44 week year as we are closed for eight weeks for various holidays. In the long months, you will get five classes, and in short months such as November and December, you will get three classes. Most months you will get four classes. The tuition is the same each month, and tuition includes a custom-illustrated lyric coloring booklet as well as access to our "Songs on the Go" (a professional recording of all songs from your child's class.) A one-time registration fee is $20 (due only at the time of registration)




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: a) remain in your current class for now, or b) move up to the next age level on a certain date. When you decide that it's time to level up, we will provide the list of class days and times, and you select what works best for you. You will move into that class on the 1st of the following month if your class is available. If not, we will add you to the waitlist and will move your child as soon as a spot is available (should not take more than 1-2 months). Our age ranges are recommendations and not requirements.




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.