+ What about cost, age, and number of children in my family?
How much does CCS cost?
Classes are $25 for 10 Lessons. One Lesson is delivered each week to your computer for 10 weeks. You have access to the class for 14 weeks.
If I have more than one child, do I have to pay for each?
NO. Enrolling your child brings the class into your home. Like a sturdy rocking horse, Come Children, Sing! will serve all of your children.
Isn’t a newborn too young for a music class?
NO. The earliest years are the most important time in a child’s life for music development, just as they are for language development. You talk to your newborn daily, saturating the baby with the sounds of language—a necessary part of the process of language development. Come Children, Sing! provides a “sound environment” for music development.
Can my 3 or 4 year old learn from Come Children, Sing! Online Music Classes?
YES. Come Children, Sing! has always provided for children from birth through five years old. The online classes have been developed first for infants and toddlers. You may enroll your 3 or 4 year old and adapt the materials for the age.
Can I do the class with my 4 year old and my 1 year old together?
YES. Come Children, Sing! is a welcomed family activity, but give the little ones a chance to make Come Children, Sing! their own. One year old’s are apt to imitate four year olds, rather than responding in their own way. The more your 4 year old gets into the tonal and rhythm activities, the more the music will dominate the activities rather than your 4 year old.
+ How can I fit one more thing into my busy schedule?
What if I can only find time in my schedule to sit at the computer with my child just once a week?
THAT’S OK. Come Children, Sing! provides for you to make music classes portable by downloading the songs onto your iPod or CD. Further, you will learn many new songs and chants to sing with your child that you can use on a day-to-day basis away from the computer.
What if we are on vacation or my child gets sick? What happens to the online schedule?
Come Children, Sing! is designed to deliver 10 Lessons over fourteen weeks, allowing additional time to accommodate travel, illness, and holidays.
Can I access Come Children, Sing! from locations other than my home?
YES. You can log in from any computer connected to the Internet.
Can my child’s Grandma or Nanny enroll my child?
Security laws require that the parent enroll the child online. Once that is done, your child’s caretaker can become the musical nanny. It is advisable that you become informed, so that you can provide the portable Come Children, Sing! through your iPod or CD and enjoy the wonderful bonding with your child that Come Children, Sing! can provide.
Do I have to enroll in successive classes immediately, or can I wait a few weeks to start the next class?
Learning music is like learning a language. Breaking for several weeks could slow your child’s development. Continuing classes are most recommended for your child’s music learning. Successive classes, however, can be started at any time.
+ What if I'm not musical? What if I am musical?
Do I have to be musical to do Come Children, Sing! with my child?
NO. Your child will not care whether you are tuneful, rhythmic, or have two left feet. What is important is that you participate and encourage your child to do the same. Come Children, Sing! provides an audio model for you and for your child. You may find that your own music skills improve through Come Children, Sing!
Nobody in my family is musical. Can my child possibly be musical?
ABSOLUTELY. Musicality is not inherited. The key is to develop whatever music potential your child has, at the earliest age possible. If your family members could have grown up with Come Children, Sing!, they would be far more musical today.
If my child loves playing with musical toys, does this mean he is musical?
NOT NECESSARILY. Most “musical toys” have nothing to do with music development. They simply provide sounds to explore.
I always sing and dance with my child. Isn’t that enough?
It is wonderful that you sing and dance with your child, but your child will grow more as a musician with the addition of the musical content that most develops the young child’s musical mind.
Don’t parents know how to foster their child’s music development? I’ve had a lot of music in my life.
Parents intuitively know how to develop language in their children. Most do not, however, know how to develop music in the young child. It is only in the past 30 years that professionals have gained greater understanding of the process of music acquisition in the young child and can lead parents to maximize their child’s music development.
If my preschooler is already tuneful, will Come Children, Sing! help him?
YES. Come Children, Sing! will provide for your child to develop greater tonal and rhythm skills, whatever your child’s current level.
I plan to pursue a particular music methodology with my baby when he is older. Will Come Children, Sing! help?
ABSOLUTELY. Come Children, Sing! provides the foundation for all music learning and is compatible with any methodology. Further, it provides the most “nutritious” program for your child’s music development throughout early childhood.
+ Can my child benefit from CCS classes online?
What more can there be to music for the young child besides just finger plays and cute songs?
Limiting music activity to finger plays and cute songs would be like limiting language activity to finger plays and cute rhymes. Such activities provide delight, support learning, and carry the culture, but in themselves, do not teach a child language or music. Further, it is usually the words more than the music that compel both adult and child. Come Children, Sing! provides equal delight with musical richness that develops the young child’s musicality.
Why do you use “new songs” rather than the tried and true?
The “tried and true” songs are not necessarily the richest for music development. Most children’s songs are very limited in rhythm and melody. It is usually the words more than the music that are most endearing and enduring in the “tried and true.” Songs of Come Children, Sing! were written to meet the musical needs of the young child. The “tried and true” provide fine supplementary material.
Is a group music class more important for music development than one-on-one at home?
NO. One-on-one is best for music learning, just as it is for learning language. Young children do not learn to sing by singing with a group any more than they would learn to speak by speaking just with a group.
Are CCS Online Music Classes as effective as the live classes that had been available at the Come Children Sing Institute?
Children are thriving on CCS Online Music Classes! "Laptop activities" have become as much a part of day-to-day life as reading a book to a child in a rocking chair.