Authentic musical instruments — What is distinctive about our early childhood education class is we use real musical instruments. Babies will be guided to play the xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, drum, and wood block.
Carefully developed Curriculum — Musicians and teachers Dorothy and Sharon Jones spent many years creating the current curriculum.
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 early childhood education music class is specially designed to be calm, nurturing, and respectful. 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. Some concepts are timing, dynamics, diatonic and chromatic, pattern recognition, ascending and descending, pianissimo, fortissimo, retardando, composition, melody, harmony, and singing in tune.
Learning the basics of music prepares the young child for taking music lessons. 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 model each activity. There will be no pressure on a 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. We collaborate to try strategies to help the child learn.
Structured class — Based on the circle where activities begin and end.
Two teachers — Each Suzuki Early Childhood Education class is directed by 2 teachers, trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas as Suzuki ECE teachers.