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.