Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)

It is such a pleasure to celebrate the addition of Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) to ACSTE. The Suzuki ECE Class is unique and has been in existence for many years. We now have it in the Twin Cities! The following is a description of the class.

Parent and child (age 0-3) participate in a weekly interactive music class. Parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs and nursery rhymes. Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.

The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.

Benefits of long-term participation in Suzuki ECE:

  • Ability to listen
  • Rhythmic and melodic awareness
  • Memory skills
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Sensitive group participation
  • Social skills
  • Strengthening the bond between parent and child
  • Preparation for instrument study

Important Elements of Suzuki ECE:

  • Calm environment for learning.
  • Active parent involvement.
  • Active participation in music-making.
  • Repetition of activities leads to thorough mastery of skills, which leads to confidence.
  • Specific structure of the Suzuki ECE class builds child’s ability to focus and increase concentration span.
  • Encouragement of parent and child creates a positive environment for learning.
  • Team Teaching (two teachers per class) approach allows for quick transitions between activities.
  • Suzuki ECE Teachers have taken long-term training and are committed to on-going education.


Nurturing Environment

Students study using the Suzuki Method, which was created by a great Japanese pedagogue, Shinichi Suzuki. This method of teaching is based on the philosophy that every child can learn given a nurturing environment. Parents attend orientation sessions designed to give them a better understanding of the learning environment and to enhance their understanding of the Suzuki philosophy. The key element for success is the parent’s willingness to devote time to work closely with their child and teacher.

Community Relationships

The total enrollment in the Suzuki program is just under 100 students, which helps develop quality relationships and a strong feeling of community. Maintaining an environment of community and support between parents, students, and teachers allows each student to achieve their full potential. Each year, ACSTE also partners with area hospitals, nursing homes, and patient support facilities to provide students with a means of community engagement and sharing their talent with others.

Comprehensive Curriculum

A parent works closely with each child and attends all lessons. The students receive two lessons a week. In addition to the weekly private and group lessons, Augsburg Suzuki offers a music reading class, chamber music program, and orchestral training. To assure success, teachers and parents guarantee that children master one step at a time.

International Recognition

Students in Augsburg Suzuki have toured Spain, Mexico, Austria, Prague and England, and the program is recognized internationally. Festival concerts, international music tours, and other special events provide students with unique opportunities to experience music in a wide variety of settings and locations. This experience helps the students broaden their perspective and deepen their appreciation for music.