Early Childhood Music Education Classes.

Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education

Want to take your kid to an Early Childhood Music class? You have a slew of choices. What makes Suzuki ECE classes any better?

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Music classes are good for your child. You already know that; that's why you're searching google to find the best class for your kid. Every parent knows that a music education helps kids develop language, fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and a bunch of other researchy-sounding stuff. It even improves test scores and literally changes the way the brain works. So I'm going to skip all that and cut right to the chase. You want the best for your child. You want a method with proven results (PDF). Preferably one that's used by tons of teachers and has almost 75 years of research, development, and experience behind it. I agree with you. And that is why I teach using the Suzuki Method.

An early childhood Music Education Class.
Parents and kids enjoying a Suzuki ECE class at Baby Word Play.

Kale clearly has a deep understanding of child psychology. He was able to get a very impulsive, easily distracted toddler to follow directions and have a great time doing it. He was kind, understanding, and very tolerant. I believe the benefits of his teaching can be infinite. Counting can become fun, patience a virtue, and for others, like my son, who struggle with speech, this can give them another method of communication and a confidence of self that is priceless.
Dru H.

About Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education Suzuki ECE

We need to get this out of the way. The program is officially called Suzuki Early Childhood Education, but that is way, way too much typing. So we're just going to call it Suzuki ECE, Ok? Fantastic.

The Suzuki ECE classes are designed around principles that will help your child learn in the most natural way possible. When Shin'ichi Suzuki was a young adult in a new country and trying to learn a new language he made the observation that Children learn with easeall children learn and speak their native language with relative ease. He spent the rest of his life observing what contributes to a child's ease of learning, applying these observations to his music lessons and refining them, and teaching others to do the same.

Want to hear it from the parent's perspective? Wan Tsai and The Suzuki Talent Education Society put together this excellent video with parent feedback. Thanks to them for letting me use this video!

While there are many components to Suzuki ECE classes, one of the most important is creating a caring, sensitive, and nurturing environment for your child to learn in. This is accomplished with what is commonly called the "Suzuki Triangle" of Parents, Teacher, and children working together to accomplish goals. Teacher and parents support all of the children with encouragement Parent, Teacher, Child(even in the face of repeated failure) and congratulations (even for the smallest success). Children are taught through the power of imitation; first, parents model the class activities for their child. In turn, the older children model activities for the younger ones. In this way, a virtuous cycle of motivation and leadership is created inside every child.

Kale is an excellent, patient and skilled teacher who really knows how to redirect an easily-distracted young learner. Our son loves Kale and playing music has had a great impact on him, we hope that this is the beginning of his life-long love for music.
Shannon C.

Another crucial element of the Suzuki ECE classes is repetition. Children learn by imitation; its part of why parental involvement is so crucial and group classes are so helpful. Every repetition, wither by observation or participation, brings your child one step closer to success. The Suzuki Early Childhood Music classes use many common lullabies and nursery rhymes to teach children the fundamentals of music. From the first class, you will be able to take many of the activities and do them at home as you bond with your child even more.

Unlike many other Childhood Music classes (actually, every other program I can think of), the Suzuki ECE curriculum is explicitly designed as the first step of a much larger musical journey. Once your child is comfortable with the material presented in the Suzuki ECE classes, they will be able to effortlessly glide into a Suzuki instrumental program.

The Suzuki Association of America's method go far beyond ECE classes; their curriculum of instrumental studies carries many students through Continuing the Pursuituntil they graduate high school. Suzuki certified teachers begin teaching children as young as 3 in guitar, violin, cello, flute, recorder, and just about any other instrument you can think of (even organ). There are over 30 Suzuki-certified instrumental teachers in the Philadelphia area, all of whom would love to have your child in their studio.

To hear the experience of students at the Suzuki Talent Education Society talk about their transition from ECE classes to instrumental classes, watch another great video from them. (Thanks again, Wan Tsai and STES!)

Classes with Kale

As a trained Suzuki Method teacher, I use all the elements of the Suzuki method in both my private lessons and the Suzuki Early Childhood Music classes and believe firmly every child has the ability to play beautiful music, just as they speak their native language with ease. Together, we'll create an awesome and powerful learning environment for your child!

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