Frequently Asked Questions
All Aboard – Parent Paid Tuition Program
A: On your school campus! Classes meet for 30 minutes, once per week. Each class meets for 30 sessions per school year. This allows some flexibility in scheduling for holidays and days off. Each month may have a different number of lessons based on your school calendar.
A. Parent-paid tuition is based on a 9-month year with a total of 30 lessons. The total annual cost includes a $19.95 non-refundable registration fee plus the tuition. Tuition varies by school. Please contact your school for tuition details.
A: The optimal class size is 10 students. The size may vary slightly, but All Aboard recommends small classes.
A: Your child will take substantial steps in building musical intuition – the basic understanding of rhythm and pitch differences, as well as differences in tempo, timbre and volume. However, they will not “learn to play the piano” or another instrument in the first year. In the second year of the All Aboard program children will have many musical exercises that teach them to play appropriate parts on an individual xylophone or tone bell array. The notes on these little instruments are arranged in the same order and configuration as a piano. Many studies indicate that children beginning with this concept acclimate themselves well to a musical keyboard as they grow older.
A: All Aboard provides children with a chance to learn the fun of math through the power of music. Your child will experience imagination-inspiring movement, music and stories as they take a journey on an imaginary train ride. They will meet new friends such as Connor the Conductor, Betty Beat, Patti Pattern, Grayson Graphing, and Teddy Tempo along the way. From the child’s perspective it will be a fun “train class”, but in reality the children will be learning the foundational components of both math and music at the same time. These lessons will provide a window to the world – not just music, but an exploration of how the world works, feels and sounds.
A: Based on the National Standards for both subjects, All Aboard incorporates three basic categories of activities to guide children in their exploration of math and music concepts:
- Number Sense through musical counting
- Pattern Recognition by learning variation and repetition through character cards, movement and song
- Graphing by representing temporal musical events spatially on a floor graph
A: Go to www.TheMusicandMathConnection.com and register online! Click on “Parents” and find your location.
A: The All Aboard program needs a room that is big enough to move around without bumping into each other. The program includes a specially designed floor graph which takes up approx. 5’x12’. Additional room around the graph is needed for movement activities.
Q: What kind of commitment must my school make to participate in the All Aboard program?
A: The All Aboard parent-paid tuition program requires special commitments from four entities:
- The school administration must recognize the benefits of having a unique and comprehensive music and math program. The administration must support the program by providing a space for the classes and an interested teacher. There is no financial cost to the school!
- A teacher or teachers must be willing to offer this special program and attend training sessions designed to help them succeed in implementing this unique curriculum. Teachers are paid for classes based on their enrollment.
- There must be a relevant interest from parents of children who recognize the importance of providing this crucial music and math experience for their child and who are able to pay monthly tuition of about $35.
- If these three commitments are in place, All Aboard will provide all curriculum, materials, teacher training, and all financial services of collecting money for paying teachers, collecting delinquent accounts, as well as many other resources to support the success of the program in your school.
Q: Why should my school have an All Aboard program when we already have a music program?
A: All Aboard is very compatible with your current music program. Please keep in mind that it is based on the National Standards for music (as your current program undoubtedly is). However,All Aboard is also based on the National Standards for Math and combines experience with important basics of mathematics as well as music in a fun way for children. One of our goals is to help a child develop a positive attitude toward learning math. All Aboard takes this positive attitude further by providing experiences to discover how the world works, feels and sounds.
A: The first step to qualifying for an All Aboard program is to contact us. From there you will be contacted by an All Aboard staff member for an interview to discuss the details of how the program could work in your particular school. If there is a good fit, we will set the school up for parent interest polling. All Aboard provides all the materials for the polling process including an online voting system to collect the interest information. The response to this polling determines if the school can qualify for the All Aboard program.