FAQS for Dimple Deedles
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I'm excited about our new class, what should we bring?
Please bring a sippy cup or water bottle in case your child gets thirsty.  In the Level 4 and Level 5 classes, students should bring their music bag to class each week.  Babies can be nursed or bottle-fed in class.
What items are best left at home?
Please refrain from bringing food items or flavored drinks to class. Please leave toys or stuffed animals at home or in the car unless the teacher specifically requests them (we have many activities, props and instruments that are part of our class time and personal toys become a distraction to the student and to other participants).
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. In the two youngest classes, we remove our shoes for class.
Where can I find detailed information about each class that you offer?
Class details are located on our Classes page.  Click on the "Show Details" icon located on the left side of each class row to see complete details for each regular Kindermusik class.
I'd like to sign-up for a class, but we cannot come at the time or day you currently offer.  Are there any other options?
We are very interested in providing classes at the times that are the most convenient for parents and children.  We will consider opening a new class if at least 5 children can attend.  If you know of a play group or other parents that would be interested in forming a class at a new time, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
What cities are your Kindermusik classes located in?
Dimple Deedles offers Kindermusik classes in Chico.  If you're looking for a Kindermusik class in Paradise, please visit the Strings in Schools website for details.
How long are your classes?
In the Foundations, Level 2 and Level 3 classes, we meet for 45 minutes. The Level 4 & 5 class meets for between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
What age groups are assigned to your classes?
Our classes are divided into four age groups that serve newborns, infants, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and 1st and 2nd graders.

 Foundations: Newborn - 18 months
 Level 2: 18 months - 3 years
 Level 3: 3 - 5 years
 Level 4 & 5: 5 - 7 years (starting age is 5 - 6 years)
Are parents required to stay in the class with their child?
Parents are required to stay in every class with their child.  Please do not leave your child in the sole care of one of our teachers. In the Foundations and Level 2 classes, parents sit in the circle of students and participate in the activities with the children. In the Level 3 and Level 4 & 5 classes, the parent sit off to the side and watch the class and then join the children for the last 10 minutes of the class.
Specifically, what will my child learn - is this all fun and games?
All of our classes are designed by music education professionals to always be fun and yet at the same time teach children age-appropriate music and behavioral skills.

Foundations - a baby music class:
Babies' brains are filled with billions of neurons just waiting to be connected through sensory stimulation. That's what we do when we're in a Kindermusik class: we offer a sensory rich environment, complete with music, movement and fun, to create and strengthen your baby's neural pathways. Each Kindermusik class also creates special bonding moments and begins to instill a lifelong love of music.

Level 2 Class - a toddler music class:
Each week, you can nurture your toddler's energy and creativity in a Kindermusik class designed for your child on the move! We allow plenty of room for busy toddlers to explore and discover, to initiate their own ideas, and to respond in their own ways, while your active participation provides the security your child needs. As you play instruments, sing, and dance, you'll uncover an engaging musical world while building your toddler's confidence, self-control, and early language skills. Very importantly, your child will learn behavioral concepts such as turn-taking, listening, sharing, patience and self-control.

Level 3 Class - just for preschoolers:
Have you noticed your child's explosion in vocabulary, storytelling, and imagination?  We know that preschoolers thrive on pretend play, so Kindermusik includes songs, stories, and instrument ensembles to nurture your child's budding creativity.  We have lots of fun in this class with an introduction to singing as well as social, emotional, early language, and motor skill development covered. Your child will be singing and moving to musical concepts such as high/low, loud/quiet, and smooth/bumpy.

Level 4 & 5 Class - laying the foundation for formal music instruction:
Your child will explore a wide variety of musical styles and the instruments of the orchestra through group ensemble play, music, games, and stories from many cultures. Your budding musician will be introduced to fundamental musical concepts, notation, and the basics of vocal development.  We then transfer those fundamental musical concepts to a musical staff and learn to sing and read rhythm and notes, play a glockenspiel, recorder and 2-string dulcimer. These fun classes set the stage for future school success and the transition into formal music lessons. 
How are your teachers trained and qualified?
Our teachers are trained and licensed Kindermusik Educators.  Some have formal education, but all are screened, interviewed and trained carefully by Kindermusik International and by our Program Director. They receive continuing training in the classroom and in regular teacher's meetings to ensure that you and your child will receive the very best in communication, instruction and delivery in our music classes.
Do you offer summer classes?
Yes, we offer two 4-week summer sessions in June and July.  The session in July is the same program that is offered in June.
What forms of payment do you accept and when are payments due?
Regular Kindermusik class payments are due by the fifth day of each month. We utilize a recurring subscription payment service that will automatically charge your credit/debit card for tuition on the 5th day of each month, or you can choose to pay for your class in full in September.

  If your child has a sibling enrolled in another Kindermusik class who is paying the standard tuition amount, then you will receive a $10.00/month sibling discount for your second child.

  Our eleven month regular classes that begin in September have an averaged tuition rate based on 40 classes divided by eleven months – each month does not necessarily contain the same number of classes. With our unique subscription model, you can join us at any time as long as there is space in the class. If you enroll in the middle of the month, we will prorate your tuition for the first month by taking into account the number of class sessions you have missed. 

  We do not offer refunds or credits for missed classes, but as long as your child is enrolled, missed classes can be made up in a different class - please fill out our Makeup Class Form to arrange for a makeup class. If you wish to discontinue a music class, please notify our Director prior to the beginning of a new month so that you will not be liable for the following month's tuition.
Do you have installment payment plans for your 11 month class?
Yes, most families choose to make a monthly recurring payment.  You can pay in full if that is more convenient for you. Please contact us if you need to make other payment arrangements.
My child is enrolled in a charter school.  Will the school funds pay for your program?
If your child is enrolled in our Level 4 or 5 class (age 5 - 6), then the funds allocated to your child can be used to pay for our program if your child is enrolled in one of the following local charter schools:

- CORE Butte Charter School

- South Sutter Charter School

Inspire North Charter School
Can I join your class after it starts?
Yes! We offer pro-rated tuition for students who enroll after the beginning of the class.  You are always welcome to start a class at any time or discontinue a class on a monthly basis - we just ask that you let us know your plans before the first day of the next month.
What is your policy on bullying?
Our Kindermusik classes are considered "safe zones." Children who are bullying will be asked to stop the first time. The second time they will be asked to sit out for that activity, and the third time, parental intervention is required. If the problem cannot be solved with parental intervention, then the student will be asked to discontinue the class.
Who do I contact to change class times?
Please contact our Program Director by clicking here.
Is it possible to make up a missed class due to illness or other unforeseen reasons?
Please fill out our Make Up Class form by clicking here.
I have a friend who would like to attend my class to see if they like it - how do I arrange that?
We would be happy to have your friend preview the class you attend.  Please contact our Program Direction by clicking here so that we can ensure we can provide enough instruments or props for our new visitor.
Will photographs or videos be taken during class?
Yes, sometimes we take photos and video clips of our class activities.  If you would prefer that photos or videos of you and your child not be published, you can opt out by contacting our Program Director.
How do I read details about a regular Kindermusik class and register?

Step 1: Click here to go to our Classes page.

Step 2: Click on the photo near the top of the page that represents the age of your child.

Step 3: Look at the video of your class if you'd like, then review the various classes underneath the video.  You can review the details of any class by clicking the "Show Details" icon on the left side of the class row.

Step 4: Click the "Register" icon on the right side of the class row you are interested in.  You will be taken to our Registration page.

Helpful Tip: If you've previously signed-up for one of our regular Kindermusik classes and your information has not changed, you can use our Quick Registration page.

Following your registration (if you're registering prior to September 1), you will be directed to set-up your recurring payment plan; otherwise, if you register later in the year, you can expect to receive payment instructions. If you have registered for a new class (one that is not currently open) we will also confirm that the class has enough students and will open, 1 week prior to the first day of class.
Do you offer childcare for siblings?
At this time, we do not offer childcare for siblings. Please make other childcare arrangements prior to attending class.  Please see the related question below.
Can I bring a sibling to class?
In a baby or toddler class (Foundations or Level 2), we prefer that older siblings do not attend. We also know that there are times when your child has a day off from school - as long as you feel that they will be safe in the classroom, you may bring them to class. Please send us an email and let us know that you are bringing your older child for this unique occasion.  If you are concerned that your older child will be disruptive in class, you may skip that class and make it up a different day when your child is in school.  
 
 In our toddler class (Level 2), younger siblings may attend and sit safely in a car seat free of charge.  Once the child is mobile, and we mutually determine that the baby will be safe in the toddler class, we charge half the normal tuition for the mobile baby.  All siblings are invited to participate in the last 10 minutes of a Level 3 or Level 4 or 5 class.
Are your music classes suitable for special needs children?
Absolutely! Many children with special needs are benefited by a Kindermusik class. Most often, it is the one thing that they really enjoy and excel in. It is helpful that they are accepted and can participate in a group activity. A key requirement is that the child with special needs has a loving and peaceable attitude towards other children.
What do I do if my child is not participating in the class very well?
Children have different learning styles.  Some jump right in and get involved, some need to explore the room and others are very observant; watching everything that is going on - sometimes for several weeks before they decide they will participate.

 The most important thing you can do for the young toddler is to model the activities in the classroom.  Your child is more likely to participate if you do. If your young toddler is running around the room in most every class, please don't be alarmed or embarrassed as this is very age-appropriate.  Instead, invite them to begin each activity with the class and then if they choose to run after they have participated a little, that is fine.
 
 In the older classes, the most important thing you can do is to play their CD, discuss what they learned in class each week, do the homework assignments, and explore the home materials with them. Most children begin to eagerly participate within 6-10 weeks.  The key is to attend class regularly.
What are the terms of your 30-day Money Back Guarantee?
The typical response to our music classes is very positive!  A Harris Interactive poll in November, 2005 found that 99% of Kindermusik parents would recommend a Kindermusik class to other parents. In the unique situation that you or your child feels that our music class is just not the right fit, we offer a 30-day Money Back Guarantee for any of our standard classes to ensure that you will feel completely comfortable trying out our music class (this offer does not apply to short-term special event classes, such as our Sweetheart class in February, our summer music classes, or our Jingle Jam class in December).  In the event that you request a refund of your first month's payment, you will still be able to keep and enjoy the home materials that you have received.
What are the guiding values of your music studio?

Valued - From the minute you make contact with Dimple Deedles, you will be warmly welcomed. Meeting the needs of you and your child is our main priority. We want to hear all about your child's unique personality, their favorite song, and are anxious to know what it is that you are looking for in a music class.

Nurtured - In each class, we provide the activities, tools and affirmation that your child needs to not only develop a strong music foundation, but to also learn life skills such as sharing, turn-taking and working as a team.

Connected - Music has a way of bonding families together by creating special memories. Additionally, we provide special events throughout the year such as a Soup Supper and Class Trips that help develop relationships outside of the classroom.

Confident - As your child attends class weekly and listens to their CD, they will become accustomed to the routine of picking up after each activity, holding hands in a circle and you will notice an increase in their level of participation.

Celebrate - We notice those "little firsts" in class like playing the tone bars without mom or dad's encouragement, holding hands in a circle for the first time or singing along. That gives us a reason to celebrate!