Policies and FAQ

We are excited to have you join us for classes!  More information about our classes is below, including:
  • General Guidelines
  • Arriving at Class
  • Parking and Entrance
  • In-Class Guidelines
  • Make-Up Class/Absence Policy
  • Teacher Absence Policy
  • Illness Policy
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Toddler/Child Behavior 
  • Snow Day Policy
General Guidelines
  • Yelling and loud play in the Gathering Space/waiting area can be heard inside the classrooms, and can be very distracting!  Please keep play to a moderate level and voices to inside voices.
  • Due to space constraints, we request no more than two caregivers per family in all caregiver/child classes.  Please inquire about special visitors or circumstances, as we can usually accommodate.
  • Be mindful that we share space in a wonderful facility that have their own requirements.  Please do not enter any area of the church that is blocked off, including upstairs areas. 
  • An infant feeding/nursing chair and screen is available at the end of the hallway by Room C.  Please prioritize this space for those needing to nurse, pump, or feed an infant. (You are welcome to do these in any of our spaces; this comfortable chair and optional screen is provided for those preferring either or both.)
Arriving at Class
  • Classrooms will be open up  10-15 minutes before your class start time to allow families to settle in. 
  •  For an optimal educational experience, we ask that children not arrive rushed and be given time to settle themselves in the classroom ahead of class. Parents of younger children may read to their child using books provided. For older children, we ask that you give your child time to get to class, take off outerwear, and make a bathroom stop. Your teacher will open the classroom door when ready for the children. 
  • Food, toys, and other items often cause problems rather than provide comfort when brought into music class. Since another child might want your child’s drink or stuffed animal, please leave those things at home or in the car.  (Also, singing and moving with food and drink can be a choking hazard.)
Parking and Entrance
  • Parking and entrance to UCCMA will be by the North East parking lot and doors, across from NCMC. (Please don't use the Google Maps entrance). There are two doors: one at street level right off of the parking lot (look for our sign), and one down the ramp next to that door. 
Make-Up Class/Absence Policy
  • Attendance: We encourage regular attendance to allow your child the best musical experience.  Excitement towards music and music activities is built through repetition and expectations set over weeks of regular class.
  • Tuition takes into account the fact that children get sick and may have to miss a class or two from time to time.  We do offer opportunities to makeup classes missed; please visit our website for makeup class sign ups. 
Teacher Absence Policy
  • If UCCMA cancels classes, we will schedule a makeup class for the missed class.  If possible, we will schedule the make-up class during the same weekday and time as the missed class, but may schedule during the same weekday at a similar time or the same time on a similar day (MWF, or TTh). 
Illness Policy
  • If you or your student have a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, severe congestion or runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other illnessmsymptoms, please stay at home and schedule a make-up class.
Cancellation and Enrollment Policy
  • Students are enrolled continuously through the school year or summer, to allow parents a dependable schedule.  Please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance of withdrawing from future 4 week sessions.
  • We regret that no refunds will be given during a 4 week session.
Toddler/Child Behavior
Understand that all children learn at different rates and in different ways.  Some children will be quiet in class, others will be active.  Some children will do everything perfectly at home, but not in class.  As a parent, you know that every child is unique, so check your comparisons at the door and let the music work its magic!

What if my kids are Running around the circle and exploring the room OR doing nothing during music class?  Ask yourself a few questions.
  • Are they safe?  Our rooms are generally safe for supervised toddlers and babies, however, there are a few things that are unsafe.  Please keep your children from climbing onto or under any table, and from using drawers, drums, or stools to reach higher.   Also, be mindful that drawers are not child-locked, and could pop open suddenly if pulled on.
  • Are they distracting other children?  Generally, a child who is exploring the room or wandering around the outside of the circle is not a distraction to the class or to other children.  Many children learn best absorbing from observation and from moving.  Occasionally, however, it’s necessary to pull them back into the circle for a little lap sitting!   If your child is touching other children, other parents’ things, or is drawing excessive attention to themselves, please bring them back to your lap for a little cuddle and music play time to reset.
  • Are they learning?   Observe the child - toddlers often just watch, absorbing and thinking.  You may see bits of music class in independent play, in requests for the home CD,  in dancing or moving, but only see a wandering child during class.   It’s okay! As with language, music can be understood long before the child is ready to produce it independently, and music class is one of the great ways to create that aural and musical immersion so critical for developing musicality.
Closures of class will be posted on our website homepage, on Facebook and Instagram, on our phone line's answering service.   All students affected by the closure will be emailed.  You can also email or message us anytime for an update.

Our students come from across Northern Colorado, and conditions can vary widely, even between neighborhoods.  If you ever feel conditions are unsafe despite classes remaining open, please stay home, and do a makeup class.

UCCMA reserves the right to amend these guidelines at anytime and will notify families of any changes via personal email and our website. Please check your email regularly for any changes that may need to be made.



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