Our Suzuki Early Childhood Education music class is a mixed-age weekly class for a parent (or grandparent, nanny, guardian) and baby or toddler ages ZERO to 48 months!
Each class is taught by a team of two registered Suzuki Early Childhood Education instructors.
This is a pedagogically based year-long curriculum in a weekly hour-long class which includes music, interaction, language, counting, and social skills.
Suzuki Early Childhood Education is not a franchise; our music class for babies and toddlers is a true educational environment.
As instructors get to know your baby or toddler, they include appropriate activities for that specific child’s developmental level.
The instructors share with the parent their observations of everything the child accomplished that day. Therefore the parent and teacher form a close working relationship where they both share the joy of seeing the child’s growth.
“And don’t forget the babies” – Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
The Suzuki Early Childhood Education Curriculum
Authentic musical instruments — Such as the xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, drum, and wood block.
Carefully developed Curriculum — Musicians and pedagogues Dorothy and Sharon Jones spent many years to arrive at the current curriculum which remains purposefully consistent.
Character development — We’re different from other baby and toddler music classes. This music class emphasizes a calm, consistent, positive, and nurturing experience. Character is a basic goal in Suzuki philosophy, and our children learn patience, turn taking, respect for others, respect for instruments, and leadership.
Child directed — Children develop at their own unique pace; there is a natural time-table for each child. Class should be a non-stressful experience for both parent and child. We actually create activities just perfect for each baby’s developmental level.
Cognitive and language development — We use counting, memorization, good listening, ability to follow directions, and lots of vocabulary, both music and other.
Environment — Our baby and toddler music class is specially designed to be calm, nurturing, and respectful where children can be themselves with no one judging and no pressure. The atmosphere in class is calm; as Sharon Jones says, “Without calm there is no learning.”
Mastery — A key part of the program (as it is with any Suzuki music program). The curriculum is based on consistency and repetition which leads to mastery through a lot of joyful songs, rhymes, movements, and music. Appropriate instructional “layers” are added as children become more confident and skillful.
Mixed ages — A very deliberate decision to include infants and toddlers together; infants teach toddlers how to be compassionate and patient, and toddlers act as role models for the babies. Your older child will learn many things from babies: Just how skillful s/he is—Empathy and patience—Sharing.
Motor skill development — We see development of fine and gross motor skills through keeping beat with hands and arms, marching to the beat, finger play, hand and arm movements, finger counting, anticipating a beat, and free dancing.
Musical skills — These are developed using concepts and language woven into the activities such as timing, dynamics, diatonic and chromatic, pattern recognition, ascending and descending, pianissimo, fortissimo, retardando, composition, melody, harmony, and singing in tune. Learning the rudiments of music prepare the young child for eventual instrument classes. It’s a baby music class with advanced music skills embedded.
Overall Skill development — Many interactive opportunities using songs, rhymes, circles.
Parent (caretaker) participation — Celebrate! First and foremost parents should experience joy with what is going on with their child. Parents will act as guides and models, enacting no pressure on child— only encouragement with loving words, smiles, and lots of hugs. The parent has many opportunities in class for interactive activities, key to baby developing the skills to interact with the world. We show parents positive redirection, not correction. The parent (and teacher) will always look for what the child did right, not what he didn’t do in class.
Parent (caretaker) & Teacher partnership — A strong parent-teacher relationship is key, collaborating to try strategies to help the child learn.
Structured class — Based on the circle where activities begin and end.
Two teachers — Each baby & toddler music class is directed by 2 teachers, trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas as Suzuki ECE teachers. Our teachers trained at the American Suzuki Institute with Sharon Jones, one of the developers of the program. Eric Davenport has completed Stage 1 and 2, for 60 hours of training. Jeanne Davenporthas completed Stage 1 and 2 for 60 hours of training.
Parent – Child Bonding
Pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton says that “the opportunity for bonding at birth may be compared to falling in love—staying in love takes a long time and demands hard work…Strong long-term attachment is the goal.”
We believe our baby and toddler music class provides that opportunity to increase bonding and is a springboard for doing the same at home.
Our baby and toddler music classes provide you with the opportunity to get to know your child as an individual — strengths, vulnerabilities, temperament, and even coping style.
Read more about Suzuki Early Childhood Education here.