SUMMER SESSION/MARACAS PT. II: JUNE 23 - JULY 26
Please use primarily this page for information regarding online classes for spring/summer 2020. If you have any questions, please email the director.
Visit Classes page for schedule, but filter everything that refers to in-person classes as if it referred to being at home with multiple family members allowed to attend for one price.
Visit Registration page and scroll to bottom to register or pay via Venmo or PayPal if you're an existing Valley Cat family. See full instructions on this page below.
TUITION for SumMaracas session, ALL children living in household included:
• Continuing Spring Families: $93 for five weeks; $75 for four (please pay directly via Venmo or PayPal)
• Returning Valley Cat Families: $130 for five weeks/classes; $110 for four weeks
• NEW Families: $155 for five weeks/classes (includes a one-time $25 admin fee)
To attend twice/week:
First, each additional class is only $10. Please put additional class as your second choice and add a note in your online registration (or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Pay for your first class through the website to secure your spot and then add on your second class payment via Venmo or PayPal (or credit card by phone/email). You may add on as many classes as you'd like.
NOTE: I have added a package of pre-recorded classes to the Store to provide a full Maracas experience (no other children shown).
A four- or five-week session of
• one 35-minute live Zoom class per week (visit Zoom.us to download latest version or get the app for on-the-go classtime); you can create a session of as many classes per week as works for you (min 5 total), space permitting (contact director)
• unlimited makeups, space permitting (in video form if available/preferred)
• weekly Fridays @ Five family-oriented Facebook livestreams (via public Valley Cat Music Facebook page) or private Zoom parties:
6/19: Fathers @ Five
6/26: Dance Party Pride @ Five via Zoom
7/3: Freedom @ Five
7/10: Friendship @ Five (invite a friend!)
7/17: Family Jam @ Noon via Zoom
7/24: Family Faves @ Five
[all events may be switched to noon if L.A. weather is too hot; will confirm on Wed.]
Maracas songbook, CD, download code, notation book, new-family booklets: We will deliver your materials to everyone living within a 20-minute drive of Valley Village,* and if you're home, we will greet you from the sidewalk. Please allow time for delivery; I will email codes ASAP. You will be able to access the digital songbook and download the notation book from the app or MT Family Music Zone.
* If you are joining us for the summer from outside of SoCal, I can use media mail to send you your materials for $6 (or First Class mail for local but longer drives; not sure of price).
Private Facebook Group. All registered spring & summer families will be invited to join a unique and completely private Facebook group, where we can post class info, our lullaby videos, and any Maracas-only livestreams. This is also where you can share photos and videos of your kiddos making music with us and with you!
Caregiver participation, modeling, and interaction. Just like in class, I don't expect your kids to participate; I expect you to. If I can't see you on-screen, then your child may be too close (or off exploring, which is great). The beauty of the at-home class experience is that your kinaesthetic or reticent learner can move to the beat of their own drummer in their home safe space and still absorb the music coming from your computer, tablet, or phone (I do recommend connecting computers to Bluetooth speakers since often computer volume isn't very loud, especially when we're playing instruments, too). Don't be surprised if you hear even non-participating family members humming a song from class that they heard from the next room...
You remain their most important teacher, and I am your guide. You are why MTO is not a passive experience. Your teachers will mute all for most of the class, opening audio before & after class for hellos and goodbyes and during class for tonal patterns or animal noises, and we'll ask for suggestions via the Chat window before class begins so you can sit back and just do your thing.
What's Not Included?
Hearing each other sing at the same time. While the Zoom platform is great at allowing us to feel connected with our classmates, it can't sync our Internet connections to keep us in time with each other. As mentioned, you'll be muted, giving you control of the volume in your house (maybe you need to share earbuds with your older child while a baby naps, maybe your child likes to play instruments on every song), and allowing you to relax and listen to your teacher, your child, and yourself without worrying that either you or someone else is making too much sound in your home.
My instruments in your hands. You will get to pull together a set of instruments for use in online classes, including: shakers (eggs, maracas, rattles, homemade containers with rice/pasta), sticks (papertowel rolls, wooden spoons, unsharpened pencils for older kids or delivery chopsticks that are still connected), scarves (any cloth object, pillowcase, bandanas), drum (tupperware, bowl, box), maybe bells (keys work), ball, and for sure stuffed animals/loveys/dolls. Remember: each participant needs their own.
Traffic or parking issues! You're at class right now! :-)
Registering for Online Classes (use Registration page but ignore everything except the link to log in at the bottom)
Please register your free siblings if you have time, especially if I haven't met them, yet! I created a $0 fee sibling registration option or choose one of your children as your registered child and then tell me who else will be attending in the notes. You will receive a link to attend your weekly Zoom class, and then if you miss one, you may receive a link to watch that class as a video (only the teacher will be visible) OR you may receive a link to a different live class.
Note: No children/parents/homes will be recorded (no screen recordings allowed, either), and no class videos will be posted outside of the private Facebook group (most video links are emailed directly to those needing them). You have the freedom to show up as you are, wherever you are!
Demos? Please visit Facebook.com/valleycatmusic/videos to check out class-length livestreams (the ones over 30m), three-song videos (around 15m), or single-song offerings as a sample of what to expect from a class (without the faces of your classmates in Zoom).
Drop in to a Zoom class for $20 if you have either already taken a "Maracas" session or at least two full Music Together session with us before -- or create a summer session that fits your schedule by contacting Deborah!