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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How can we book a make-up lesson?

Make-ups can be reserved online in advance by participating families using our make-up scheduler. Make-ups cannot be reserved by phone or email. Make-ups are not guaranteed but can almost always be accommodated according to our experience.

Please reserve your make-up class online through our Make-up scheduler as soon as you know you will need it. If you wait till very late in the semester to sign up for a make-up, there may not be an available spot at a convenient time. If the required class is not displayed, the make-up has already been assigned. The password for the make-up scheduler has been sent to you in our registration confirmation as well as our welcome email.


How many make-ups are possible?

Each family may make-up up to two classes per session during the running semester. The offer to make-up classes is a courtesy and therefore not binding.

Please note that make-ups cannot be transferred to following semesters or other families.


Can we bring guests to the make-up lesson?

Please do not bring additional guests along to the make-up lesson (other children, families). We just do not have enough space to accommodate them.


We cannot come to the make-up lesson we booked, what shall we do?

If you cannot attend a make-up please also remember to cancel it online to make the spot available for somebody else.

Make-ups which have not been cancelled with 24 hours notice are forfeited.


Is it possible to transfer a booked course reservation onto another family?

Unfortunately it is not possible to transfer a course spot to another family or into another semester.

A registration can be withdrawn before the start of the class. We will then refund the course fee minus a handling fee of 15 Euro.


We would like to take a demo class. Is that possible?

Little Music Makers offers demo classes before starting the new semester as well as during the semester to enable parents to get to know our program without any obligation. You can register online for a demo class with our demo class scheduler.


What do we need to consider when participating in a demo class?

Arrival: Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the class starts and plan enough time to find our location and a spot for your stroller. Arriving late unfortunately disturbs the ongoing class.

Slipper socks: Please bring slipper socks to class. In most class rooms wearing shoes is not possible.

No running: Running during the lesson unfortunately disturbs the class and bears the risk of someone getting hurt.

Food and drinks: Please refrain from eating or drinking in class.

Mobile phones: Please turn off your mobile phone while in a class. We would also like to ask you to refrain from filming or taking pictures in order not to disturb the lesson as well as for data protection reasons.


How can we sign up for a course?

To register for one of our classes, please use our online form (menu item "Registration"), so that we have all the necessary information available.

We will then send a written confirmation of registration and ask you to transfer the course fee. Once both has been done, your spot is firmly reserved.


What happens if we need to cancel our registration before the class ends?

A registration can be withdrawn before the start of the class.

We will then refund the course fee minus a handling fee of 15 Euro. Cancellations after the 1st lesson are not eligible for a refund of the course fee.


Is it possible to make a reservation for a specific course?

We can add you to our mailing list to inform you in time before our registration period and demo lessons start. Please just send us an email indicating that you wish to receive our newsletter. Courses always start in January, April and September.


When do new classes start?

New classes start every January, April and September.


How large are the classes?

The number of participants ranges from 6 – 12 families.


How long does the course run? How long are the lessons?

Our courses run over a period of 10 weeks. One lesson lasts 45 minutes.


In which districts does Little Music Makers offer courses?

We currently offer our classes Berlin-Dahlem, Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Hermsdorf, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg and Zehlendorf as well as Hamburg and Potsdam.


How much does the course cost?

The price for one child per semester is 150 Euros. It also includes a songbook and a CD. The participation of a sibling aged 10 months or older costs 80 Euros. Therefore, the cost for a family with 2 children is 230 Euros. Siblings under the age of 10 months (at the start of the class) can participate for free.


Is it possible to attend the course without the course material (songbook and CD)?

Our CD and songbook are not optional, rather they form the basis of our concept. Using the course material at home contributes to deepening the class experience of your child.


What happens if we already have the CD and songbook from an earlier course?

In this case it is not necessary to purchase the CD and songbook again. The course can be booked at the reduced price of 125 Euros for one child and 205 Euros for two children. It is, however, required that the family already participated earlier in the respective course.


Can siblings also participate?

You are welcome to bring siblings to the class. Children younger than 10 months (at the start of the class) can participate for free. The fee for siblings 10 months or older (at the start of the class) is 80 Euros.


Is knowledge in English required for the courses?

No, knowledge in English is not required.


Do lessons also take place during holidays?

During summer holidays we do not offer any lessons. Courses take place during autumn and winter holidays. During Easter holidays we usually do not hold any lessons either.


Is it possible to join a running course?

Yes - provided the course still has spaces available.


How many music collections are there?

Little Music Makers has 6 different music collections that we named after colours. This means 2 consecutive years of musical education without repetition. Our collections are called Blue, Orange, Green, Pink, Yellow and Red.


Do you also offer courses during summer holidays?

No, we currently do not offer courses during the summer holidays.


What shall I do if my child is sick?

Please do not attend the course if your child is sick. We offer two make-ups per semester for these cases.


Can grown-ups other than the parents come to class with the child?

Your child does not necessarily have to come with a parent. Other grown-ups may come along. Additional accompanying adults such as a babysitter, aunt, uncle or grandparents may also come along every once in a while.


What should we bring to class?

Comfortable clothes and for some locations “stopper socks”.


Is it possible to bring a guest child?

You are welcome to bring a guest child. We would appreciate it if you could let us know by email in advance - if possible. The cost is 8 Euro per lesson/child. Please pay the fee (please bring correct change) directly to the teacher.

However, please do not bring additional guests along to the make-up lessons. We just do not have enough space to accommodate them.


Can the children eat and drink in class?

Please make sure that your child has eaten and drunk before the lesson. However, if your child needs some food or something to drink please go outside in order to not disturb the lesson. In many of our classrooms eating and drinking is not allowed.


Why aren't there classes with different age groups?

Our courses are all age mixed, i.e. we have different age groups in one class - from babies to children aged 4. All children benefit from mixed age classes - older children as well as younger ones. Our approach is based on scientific research from music education and early childhood development as well as well as our own teaching experience over the past 10 years. Mixed-age clases provide a rich learning environment: Babies are often fascinated by older children and imitate them. Older children enjoy helping and sharing with younger ones. Shy older children benefit from being a role model to little ones. Another advantage of mixed age groups is that the parents compare their children less with others - therefore there will be less expectations and pressure on how the children should behave in class. For families with more than one child another advantage is obvious: They can all participate together.


At what age can my child participate?

We offer courses for 1 to 4 years of age. If your child is younger than 4 months or older than 4 years please do not hesitate to contact us. Siblings can be brought along from birth on.


How can I register for a class in Potsdam?

For more information and registration on courses in Potsdam please contact: Amy Van Looy / Phone: 030 - 68 00 73 11 / Email: info@littlemusicmakers-potsdam.de / www.littlemusicmakers-potsdam.de


How can we sign up for a Little Music Makers class in Hamburg?

For more information and registration to a class in Hamburg please refer to: Tabea Schinkel-Griemens / Tel.: 040 - 68 28 35 04 / Email: info@littlemusicmakers-hh.de / www.littlemusicmakers-hh.de