FAQs

 

    • When does registration take place for specific classes?

      Registration runs with the following guidelines:

      • Regular School Year Classes & Lessons (Sept to May) – June 1st for the following year
      • Spring/Summer Term – March 11th

      The best advice is to check the website often for updates and to register early to avoid disappointment as classes fill quickly.

      You can also like us on Facebook to keep up to date with our schedule.

    • If classes have already started, is it too late to enroll my child?

      It is never too late to enroll your child. Depending on class availability, we will get your child started as soon as possible. With our simple and easy monthly payments, you can enroll at any time! However, classes do fill quickly, so it is always best to register early to avoid disappointment.

    • How do your payment plans work?

      We have a simple payment plan for all of our families, regardless of what class or lesson you are enrolled in. At the time of registration, we take the first month payment upfront. This runs from $67-85, depending on the curricula and length of class. After that, thre will be equal monthly payments. For Kindermusik classes, there are 9 payments from Sept to May with the exception of Young Child which runs Sept to April. For Private Lessons, there are 9 payments from Sept to May. It is best to refer to individual classes for exact pricing, but you will find that we have a simple plan, and one that is very affordable. We also offer siblings & multiples discounts. It is important to note that Kindermusik classes will have tax added to fees; Private and Group Music Lessons are exempt by Revenue Canada from taxes.

    • What is your refund/withdrawal policy?

      At Joyful Sounds Music Studio, Smiles & Satisfaction are key. If you are not completely happy with your Joyful Sounds experience after the first month, just let us know that you wish to discontinue. For Kindermusik Classes, the Home Materials will still be yours to keep and enjoy, and there will be no further obligation.

      If you need to withdrawal or discontinue for any reason, please provide written notice 2 weeks prior to the 1st of the month. If written notice is received after this time frame, the next month will be charged as per normal, and you will be able to attend all classes and lessons that month.

    • Where are you located?

      We now have one perfect location to serve you better! We are conveniently located at Fall River Place, Suite #204 in Fall River, where Highway 102 and Highway 118 intersect by Inn on the Lake. This is our main studio, and classes currently run seven days a week.

      If you click on Our Locations link at the top, you will find a map to guide you to our musical doorstep for both locations!

    • Is Kindermusik a franchise?

      Kindermusik is not a franchise. Our curricula and guidelines are set internationally, but each educator can run their own personal studio to their specified standards. Our studio is set to the highest standard, and we have been awarded the Maestro Award for the last 9 consecutive years, meaning we are ranked in the Top 1% of Kindermusik Studios Worldwide!

      Joyful Sounds Music Studio Incorporated is owned and operated by Louise MacDonald, a Maestro Kindermusik Educator & Piano Instructor. We offer Kindermusik classes, as well as private instruction in Piano, Guitar, Fiddle & Voice. We also offer a variety of group options, including concert band, chorale, and various adult group guitar, fiddle and step dancing options. Check our schedules for full details.

    • At what age should I enroll my child in private music lessons, such as piano/strings?

      Private music lessons such as piano and fiddle require the student to be at a specific physical and cognitive developmental stage, as well as be prepared to sit for a 30 to 45 minute lesson and be disciplined to practice at home approximately 5 times a week in the beginning stages. This is difficult for even the best of us!

      Kindermusik offers a School-Aged Young Child program for the 5-7 year-old child to introduce all the musical concepts covered in private music lessons, including reading and writing music on the staff, playing a pre-keyboard glockenspiel, a stringed dulcimer, and a wind recorder, all while having the enjoyment of a group music class that continues the creativity and “fun” from which the Kindermusik classroom is so well-known. This is a 75-minute class, which is an amazing opportunity.

      Time and time again, we Kindermusik Educators hear from piano teachers, dance teachers, and all private instructors how well the Kindermusik child does in private lessons after completing the Kindermusik program – it’s no surprise to us!
      Our studio policy is that a child may enroll in private lessons:

      • If they have completed the Young Child program, or
      • If they are a minimum of 7 years old
      • Voice Lessons are not available until a child is 10 years old
    • What can babies learn from music class?

      Babies are at their prime learning, and what better way to help them experience every aspect of life than through music? Parents are amazed again and again how much the babies respond to various activities we do in class – and how using the music and movements at home can stop a crying child in an instant! In the baby classes, we explore many concepts – high/low, fast/slow, stop/start, smooth/bumpy, and much more. We dance, we massage, we explore, we laugh! One visit to our classroom and you will understand. Try a preview today!

    • Why are there home materials for Kindermusik classes?

      At Kindermusik, we believe that the parent & home is the most important teacher in a child’s life. So when you leave our classroom, we want the learning to continue at home – that’s when a child truly develops to their fullest potential. That’s why it is so important that every child be able to sing and listen to the music at home, read the books, play the instruments, and in the older classes, participate in the homework process. The opportunities with these materials are endless and parents time and again say how much the whole family enjoys the music! Trust us – we know you’ll be singing the Kindermusik songs in the shower or as you are driving to work before you know it!

    • Can I experience a class before I enroll?

      Absolutely! If you need time to see if Kindermusik is really for you, please take us up on our offer of a free preview class that fits your schedule. However, please be aware that classes do fill quickly, so the class that you preview may not have room for full enrollment at the time of preview.

      As for private individual lessons, we are usually full for lessons, so this opportunity does not often present itself.

  • What sets Kindermusik apart from other early childhood music classes?

    That’s easy! Choose from any of these reasons:

    • Every Kindermusik class incorporates music, movement, instruments, books, and often sign language.
    • Every Kindermusik Educator is required to re-license every year, taking professional development courses each year and staying on top of the latest in childhood research and education.
    • Kindermusik’s curricula is second-to-none, with over 30 years of extensive work, and lessons that have been tested again and again, constantly being updated to give you and your child the best experience.
    • We always put the families in our programs first. Your satisfaction and enjoyment are our number one priority. Kindermusik gives you one-on-one time with your child each week that you will know and love to cherish.
    • And of course, the home materials are of the highest quality and complement the classroom experience.
    • Kindermusik is the international leader in music education for early childhood; from birth to seven years.
  • Do you accept credit card payment?

    At this time we are pleased to accept many forms of payment, including credit card (Visa & Mastercard only), cash, or cheque (made payable to Joyful Sounds Music Studio Inc). Our new On-line Registration allows for quick & easy registration, and we now offer simple and easy monthly payments for all classes and lessons. Private lessons must register by phone, e-mail or in person, but we do accept credit card, cash or cheque for these lessons as well. If you need to pay by e-mail money transfer, you will be charged an additional $3 fee per transfer as it requires additional admin and fees on our end.

  • What is your privacy policy?

    At Joyful Sounds Music Studio, we do not share information with any party with the exception of Kindermusik International for families registered in Kindermusik Classes. This is needed in order for the family to access any digital downloads from classes (music, e-books, etc). Our registration system is MainstreetSites and we process payments through Braintree. We do not allow these companies to solicit your business in any other way. When you register for classes or lessons, we will ask if you agree to students being filmed or photographed for social media and website purposes. If this is the case, you will be notified before anything is posted, and we use student first names only unless further permission from the family is provided.