The mission of the forum is threefold:
- First, To be a place to discuss music education for children, from tips and techniques and styles, to music products in general.
- Second, to aid in answering questions about our own website, help us connect with our users, and create an atmosphere that will help you get the most out of our growing library.
- Third, to help you connect with each other. There is a special category where music creators can promote their/your products, categories for general music topics, places to share pictures and files you have made with other parents and teachers, and social networking where you can make friends and form your own groups.
Joining is easy. If you are already a customer (pre-February 7th, 2021) or have been in the past, your login information is the same and you only need to visit the forum while logged in to become a member.
This forum aims to encourage vibrant discussion amongst parents and educators interested in music education, especially for children. The forum is intended to be a fun and safe platform to interact with others across the globe – of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Remember that you are responsible for how you express yourself. We ask that everybody keeps the conversation constructive and civilized.
Our forum staff currently monitors all posts and reserves the right to remove any comment that is in breach any of our Forum Rules expressed below, as well as determine appropriate disciplinary action if necessary. The staff has the final decision on all matters. Rules can be added, removed or changed at any time, and a notification will be given when such changes occur in the News and Updates. This is a private forum, operated and owned by Teaching Children Music.
We encourage respectful dialogue and ask you to abide by the following rules:
1. Treat other members with the respect they deserve. This should go without saying, but treat others like you would like to be treated!
2. The forum language is English only. We do not officially support any other languages on this forum and apologize for any inconvenience.
3. Read the categories and announcements through before posting anything. Any duplicate threads may be merged or deleted at our discretion. Organized posts help the right people find your comments. Please keep things relevant.
4. Spamming is strictly forbidden. Advertisements, offers, and promotions for music products for children have a dedicated forum (“Music Products outside TCM”), and are not allowed in any other forums. Any advertisements for unrelated products is not allowed. Do not spread misguided information about anyone’s products/materials. The definition of spam here is an irrelevant or ill-placed advertising post. Any post considered spam will be removed.
5. Please do not post threads text in all CAPITALS since this is considered to be shouting and is not necessary.
6. Please refrain from posting images larger than 800×600. This is considerate to members with slow internet speeds, and keeps the forum looking tidy.
7. Insulting and flaming or personal attacks against forum staff or members will be not tolerated. Any kind of harassment, or offensive language towards others is not tolerated. No hate speech! Anyone that insults people based on their race, gender, sex, sexual preference, religion, culture, or country of origin, or threatens them explicitly or implicitly is not allowed in these forums.
8. No discussion of politics. There are other places for that. Religious and/or political discussions and other hot topics are often divisive and can encourage trolling and we generally discourage them. However, we recognize that music education for children is often an important part of religious training, and we welcome religious leaders who teach children music from all cultures and backgrounds. Music history is interwoven between religious and secular music and is impossible to avoid when pursuing a balanced musical education. In this context, religious discussion is allowed. No proselyting.
9. Respect privacy. Posting your own or any other person’s personal information is absolutely prohibited.
10. Please be considerate in language you use on the forum, some of our members are younger than others. Swearing is not allowed. Family friendly please!
10. Do not post any sexually explicit, racist, abusive or disrespectful material.
11. No illegal activity, including sharing pirated materials. This is strictly prohibited, and if appropriate, may be reported to authorities.
12. By participating in the forum, you are acknowledging your acceptance of our terms and conditions.
I hope these rules are clear, and easy to follow. These rules are only in place to ensure our community is a fun place to be, and a comfortable atmosphere for all. If you have any questions regarding the rules feel free to PM any member of site staff, and we’ll do our best to clear things up for you.
We encourage you to do these things:
1. Help others. You are an important member of the community, and sharing your knowledge with others is encouraged. Shared knowledge helps us all learn more, which is our primary purpose for hosting this forum.
2. Share as much appropriate music-education related content, text, images, videos, as you want! The community appreciates it.
3. Ask questions. Feel free to ask questions and strike up conversations with others.
4. Answer questions. If you see a question you know the answer to, feel free to reply & help out.
5. Please post your questions in the forum rather than in email if appropriate. Many will benefit from the answers as well as the discussion.
6. Encourage others. If you see another member struggling, cheer them up!
7. Be respectful. Think before you write, ask yourself how would you feel if someone wrote this to you. Welcome new community members.
8. Give constructive feedback and discuss openly any music education related subjects, as well as community related improvement ideas. Give examples on how you would improve things.
9. Please hold to a single topic for each thread. Be sure to list your topic in the message header/subject box before sending. This will aid the reader(s) in identifying the topic.
10. Please ‘Spell check’ all posts prior to posting.
Finally – have fun & enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
(Actually, nobody asked me these questions, but I’m answering them anyway. #keepingitreal)
How did I become a member of this forum if I didn’t sign up?
The forum itself is visible to the public. If you see yourself as a user, it is because this website has a user database which you have signed up for in the past AND you were logged in AND you visited the forum. The forum is new, but it uses the same database. As a user, you have a profile page, but no one else will be able to see you until you engage with the forum.
Is my login information the same for the forum as the members area?
What if I accidentally logged in to this forum and I don’t want to be part of it, but still want my membership access?
Please let us know and we will manually make this happen for you. However, be advised that it would involve blocking your account from the forum, which we can later reverse. Remember no one will be able to see you until you have engaged with the forum.
Why can’t I delete my forum account?
We have manually deactivated that ability for our users as a safeguard because that same account is linked to our membership portal. To delete that account is to delete anything a user has purchased, if applicable! Please contact us if you would like your account deleted and we will be happy to help.
What if I want a forum account, but I want a different username?
You can change your name yourself. This tutorial can help.
Am I allowed to be anonymous on the forum?
Yes. You do need an account to comment and participate, but your username doesn’t have to identify you.
While I hope I addressed concerns many of the “old” website users may have had, I am really excited to have this social platform on the site. It will make it much easier to communicate with users and tailor new content to the needs of our community, to answer questions more efficiently and completely than email allows, to share the newest materials more directly, and most importantly, to help you connect with each other if you wish. Certainly the forum is optional, but we warmly welcome and invite all who are interested to participate.
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