Mainly Music


What is mainly music?

mainly music is a fun program for parents/caregivers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) to enjoy music and movement together. mainly music also provides opportunities to nurture the relationship between parent/caregiver and child(ren), to celebrate the important role of being a parent/caregiver, and to develop friendships with other adults in the same life stage. mainly music was founded in 1990 in Australia, spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, became popular in Europe, has come to America and is now in Corte Madera, California! We are very proud to be the first mainly music site in California.

At mainly music, we promise to have a nurturing and fun atmosphere for both you and your child. Together we will create a place where you both will thrive and want to invite others to join in the fun! mainly music is a ministry of Hillside Church of Marin and as such you will have access to information about the other ministries of Hillside. There will never be any pressure but we do hope that you will find Hillside irresistible over time.

mainly music Mondays at Hillside meets on most Mondays during the school year at 10:30am. See schedule for exact dates.  We do take off most major holidays and take extended breaks over Christmas and Easter.

What mainly music is not…

mainly music is not a program to teach your children a specific instrument or dance. mainly music is not performance based for you or your child. mainly music is not out to make money. Cost of the sessions cover the cost of our license with mainly music, refreshments, and little extras that go in to making our program fun! Everyone on the team is serving as a volunteer.  mainly music is not a substitute for Christian education or formation classes. While we unashamedly sing a few “God Songs” the program is intended to be friendly and respectful to all. We sing songs about all kinds of things that interest your children and often use familiar tunes to make it easy for you to sing them at home.

What will happen?

mainly music runs it’s music sets in 4-6 week blocks. Each block is called a Session. Each session has 4-6 class meetings.  Each class includes 30 minutes of music, rhyme, movement, listening and more…finger puppets, balls, parachutes, instruments, etc. After the music portion of the program children are given a snack and adults are treated to their own coffee/tea break while the children play at our feet. Snack time is followed by a short toy time, where the children are free to play in the same room, allowing the adults to continue to visit with one another. The entire mainly music session lasts approximately one hour.

When you arrive you will be asked to complete a short registration form.  That form will ask for your contact info including email address. Our primary form of contact will be email for special classes, session dates and for last minute cancellations.  The form is also shared with our snack preparation team to make sure that we have foods that you and your child can enjoy each week.  We usually try to provide a nut free and gluten free options among the snacks.



What are the session dates?

There are 4-6 classes in a session, but newcomers can join at anytime.

Spring 2018 - Session 7
Monday, May 14, 10:30-11:30AM
No classes on 5/14 - New Carpet being installed at Hillside this week! 

Monday, May 21, 10:30-11:30AM
May Birthdays celebrated!

No classes on 5/28 due to the Memorial Holiday

Monday, June 4, 10:30-11:30AM
Monday, June 11, 10:30-11:30AM
June Birthdays celebrated!

Returning on September 10, 2018 

How much does it cost?

You can pay at the front door, week to week, at $5/family.
or you can by an entire session on the first day of a session and get a $5/discount. 

No reimbursement/no carry-over for missed classes.

Is this a one-time event?

No, mainly music at Hillside is an on-going experience to help young families grow close and to help build friendships among those who participate regularly. So there will be 3-5 Sessions scheduled throughout the school year. Sessions contain 3-6 classes within the same theme. There are periodic breaks in the program schedule between sessions while new music is chosen and learned by the team, as well as holiday and summer breaks.

Email is our primary form of contact and sharing information about upcoming session dates and any Mondays where we might be off due to a holiday or a cancellation.

This program is run by volunteers from Hillside Church as well as Class Participants so occasionally we need to cancel due to illness or logistical difficulties. Please make sure to share your email with us so we can stay in touch.

If you have any questions or need more information, or if you would like information regarding volunteer opportunities (most do not require you to be musical!) as a part of our team, please feel free to contact:

Terri Woodard, Pastor-Kids & Families
415-924-2297 x104