Frequently asked questions
Can I try a class for free?
Every student may attend a trial class free of charge. We are hosting an Open House Week from October 19th - 23rd, 2020 in which all our sample classes are available free of charge. To register for one of these classes simply contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is payment transacted?
Canadian customers may pay via e-transfer using the online banking system. Customers living outside Canada may pay in USD using Paypal according to the conversion fee on the day of purchase. This information is readily available online. Please contact us via email if you have questions or problems with this process.
How international is the curriculum?
As an educator who is currently working in an international school abroad, I am reminded daily of the need to create curriculum which is honoring to people of all cultures and ethnicities. I do my best to include songs, rhymes, stories and instrumental styles which are represent a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
Where can I buy the music you use?
The Jungle Beat family class is based upon curriculum of the same name by American music educator Lynne Kleiner. It was chosen both because of the quality content and because a digital download of the music may be purchased online through her website, musicrhapsody.com. While this is an optional $14.00 purchase, experience has shown me that families who have access to the music explored in class are more likely to engage in musical activities throughout the week. Children who sing, dance and create on their own arrive to class with a rich background of personal musical experiences on which to build new learning. I would highly recommend that you consider this form of learning support.
What, if any, supplies are required for these programs?
We have designed our courses to be completed at home using an online platform. We make use of found objects from around the home to create a simple but effective rhythm band: pots and pans for ringing sounds; an upturned wastepaper bin or laundry basket for a low drum sound; doweling or chopsticks for a Rhythm Dojo drumstick. Be creative, raiding your kitchen for empty plastic tubs, beans and rice that can be repurposed as a set of maracas.
What kind of child protection is in place?
As a practicing educator, I have a yearly security police check completed in both Canada and the foreign country in which I am working. 2020 is the only exception to this policy as it is currently unsafe to have police checks facilitated in the country where I am currently stationed. Digital evidence of past police checks are available to any parents who ask.
You have advertised this as an arts school. Where are the visual arts classes?
Noisy Cricket Online is a growing idea. As late as last August we could not have predicted the spike in Covid numbers nor the extended need for online arts training, and this is a learning curve for everyone. Not all arts training works well within a distance learning format. Music taught as we are presenting it in our online classes has proven successful in my current teaching practice. As a pilot project we have decided to begin with three music sessions and one visual arts class. Additional classes will be added to meet the demand.