Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) is a program in which a mixed age group of children meet weekly, building on concepts and skills laid out in the SECE repertoire while interacting with one another, their parents, and the teachers. The parent plays a central role in all activities in the belief that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher. Through parent participation in prenatal, baby, and preschool classes, parents become partners in providing an enriched natural environment for the growth of their children.

Suzuki ECE seeks to build on the child’s natural delight in learning and lays the foundation for life-long learning that meets Dr. Suzuki’s goals for all children—to create an environment for children, free from pressure, in which they can gain skills, a sense of purpose in life, an understanding of discipline, and an appreciation of beauty.

 

Course Details

We are offering two sections of Suzuki Early Childhood Education in Spring 2021. Please note the curriculum is identical for both classes—just let us know which day you prefer! Please note, if one of the two classes does not meet minimum enrollment requirements, you may be asked to the other section

 

Thursday Mornings
Instructor(s): 
Kristina Turner
Cost: $275/student (parent attendance required)
Fee: $25 materials fee for new families
Meets: Thursdays at 10am (Spring 2021 — 16 weeks)
Duration: 60 minutes
Participants: Ages 0 to 3
Location: Online (Zoom)

 

Friday Mornings
Instructor(s): 
Jeanne Lancaster
Cost: $275/student (parent attendance required)
Fee: $25 materials fee for new families
Meets: Fridays at 9am (Spring 2021 — 16 weeks)
Duration: 60 minutes
Participants: Ages 0 to 3
Location: Online (Zoom)

 

 

More Information

While the benefits of preschool are widely known and appreciated, recent scientific findings indicate that, even prior to typical preschool ages (2-5 years), infants are capable of acquiring skills that lay a solid foundation for future learning and development. Interactive activities are far superior in establishing important neural pathways compared to simply listening to music. While an infant’s lack of motor skills and physical strength might seem to limit their capabilities, early childhood educators have witnessed very young children readily and eagerly gaining a sense of empathy and community through musical play. In addition, increases in a child’s self-confidence and self-restraint occurred. 

In an environment optimized to allow a young mind to focus and absorb information, SECE classes foster much more than a child’s behavioral development and social awareness. Enhanced learning skills, that will prove beneficial throughout life, can be gained from early experiences involving math and language.

Due to the repetitive nature of SECE activities, a child’s vocabulary grows at an accelerated rate and mathematical and musical concepts are internalized. Great care has been taken to design a collection of listening activities paired with singing, dancing and/or hand-play that allow these important, early advances to occur. 

Paramount to SECE classes is the accompanying parent (or caregiver), who is the child’s most important role model and educator during this critical, early-learning period. Children, supported and encouraged by others, are best able to engage in SECE musical play, and reap the many benefits. While student ages will likely vary widely, this is an important aspect to every class.

 

Here are some recent parent testimonials:

"My 2 year old and 7 month old are both enrolled in the Suzuki Early Childhood Education class. It has been wonderful to watch them gain an appreciation of music and confidence in their abilities."

"My daughter now calms herself down when we turn on the CD music or sing along with her."

"This class has been very valuable. My little girl has been more responsive to music since we started. She recognizes the songs we sing and she loves classical music. The class is also fun for me; the peaceful atmosphere is relaxing and I get to spend quality time with my daughter with no other distractions. She also loves when we do the songs at home."

 

Want to know more? Check out these videos about SECE.

Thank you to Lynn McCall, SECE Teacher Trainer, Suzuki Association of the Americas.

 

How To Participate

Once you have completed the registration process and set up your account in our online portal (My Music Staff), we will send you more detailed instructions for how to access the class, including the Zoom link and Meeting ID.

Download Zoom: Download the application on your computer, tablet, or mobile device by visiting zoom.us/download. You'll need a computer, web-camera and microphone (built-in or external), and a reliable internet connection.

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