Baby Music Class Ages 0-3

Build focus and concentration in your child in the context of beautiful music.  Suzuki Early Childhood Education fosters neurological advantages during early childhood.

Classes Start January 8th, 2017 at 9:30 AM. SIGN UP ASAP! 


Weekly Group Class (1 hour long).  The class is calm, structured, and nurturing, with songs and games which are precisely designed to develop cognitive, musical and social skills. Child and caregiver participate together.  

Certified Teachers.  Our nurturing and bilingual instructors have graduate degrees in instrumental music as well as Suzuki Certification in early childhood and instrument.  Katty Anna Mayorga is certified in Suzuki Early Childhood and Suzuki Guitar, and is fluent in Spanish.  Ti Chung is certified in Suzuki Early Childhood and Suzuki Flute, and is fluent in Mandarin.

Home Learning.  Parents and children learn songs and games together, and share them at home, fostering family connections and child development.


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Early Childhood Music Education Helps Your Child Develop  

Scientific research proves that early music education supports the development of motor, language and intellectual skills.   Suzuki Early Childhood Education enhances neurological growth in a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment.

Suzuki Is Comprehensive Skill Building  

Suzuki Music Education is oriented towards the whole child.  Children learn to listen, follow directions, act independently, take turns and build memory number skills and motor skills as and because they are developing musically.

Parent Involvement

The Suzuki Triangle, formed by the student, the parent and the teacher, is key to the Suzuki philosophy. There is no hierarchy, which creates an openness in communication and both teacher and parent learn how to teach the individual child at the rate he or she absorbs information. The class includes a journaling section in which the parent writes down observations and records the progress of the child over time. Parents learn to create a positive learning environment at home, building a love of learning which carries over from music into all other aspects of the child’s life.

“I am mentally preparing myself for the five-year-old mind. I want to come down to their physical limitations and up to their sense of wonder and awe.”

                 -Shinichi Suzuki

Certified and Nurturing Teachers.

Katty Mayorga and Ti Chung, certified SECE instructors, co-teach our classes. They each posses advanced degrees in musical performance, over 10 years of experience teaching young children, and certification from the Suzuki Association of the Americas in both Instrumental Suzuki Instruction for young children, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education for very young children.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose.  I want to make good citizens.  If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance.  They get a beautiful heart.”

-Shinichi Suzuki

For more information about the history and practice of Suzuki Music Education, visit The Suzuki Association 



What makes Suzuki Music Education different?  

Unlike other programs, Suzuki requires the teacher, parent and student to work as equals to create an environment that nurtures learning. Children learn life skills by watching the adults and other kids in their surroundings.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education is not a traditional or typical Mommy and Me music class.  It is not a series of one-off events which divert the child and during which the caregiver pays attention to other things.  Instead, it is a process which takes place over many months, and which requires the full attention and involvement of the caregiver with the child.  The program expects more of the teachers, parents and students...and it also delivers more--lasting positive effects on the parent-child bond, the family dynamic, and the social and cognitive abilities of the child.

Shinichi Suzuki realized that all kids know how to speak Japanese, so all kids can play music. The Mother tongue approach, learning by sound and by repetition is enforced from the Suzuki Early Childhood courses up to the various instrumental Suzuki programs that have been created.

 The program follows 7 concepts:

1- Every Child Can

2- Ability Develops Early

3-Environment Nurtures Growth

4-Success Breeds Success

5-Parental Involvement is Critical

6-Children Learn from One Another

7- Encouragement is Essential


Where are classes located?  

Classes are located at NYC Guitar School 1st Floor 315 E 91st, New York, NY, 10128


How old should my son or daughter be to start Suzuki Early Childhood music classes?  

We accept students ages 0 - 3 years old.


Why do we sing some of the same songs every week? Don't kids get bored? 

Mastery is a key element of the Suzuki Method and repetition is an essential component in skill development. Little children love and learn best through listening and repetition - not only music but also other skills such as languages. They add the song to their vocabulary and start using it more and more. It gives them confidence to know a favorite song is coming next, which also makes them feel safe and, therefore, willing to try something new.


What kind of instruments do kids get to explore? Is it just a guitar?  

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) is not a guitar class. Children get to explore all kind of instruments during the session. The primary goal of SECE is not only to teach young people to play musical instruments, but also to contribute to the total learning process of a child through music - increase their potential to learn and become a good and happy person.


How can you have babies and three year olds together?

Children learn from each other. In order for the program to be successful, it is important to have different age and ability levels. They learn both social skills and learning music skills as the children begin to gain confidence and show signs of mastery.


How long are the classes?

Lessons are 1 hour long.


We need to miss a class. Now what?

You can make up the class on another day that we have classes and availability. Simply email your teacher as much in advance as possible, so she can make arrangements.


What class times are available?

Please visit our Get Started page for more information on class schedule and availability.

CLASSES START January 8th! Sign up ASAP!!

Sundays 9:30-10:30 am and 11:00 am to 12:00pm and Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am


Tuition for the Winter semester (18 weeks) is $432 per child.  Tuition includes a copy of the SECE "Handbook for Parents and Teachers" by Dorothy Jones and the CD "Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes."


What training have the teachers completed?

Teachers have completed the Suzuki Early Childhood training along with their respective instrumental Suzuki training. They have completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Instrumental Performance from renowned music schools.


How does this program prepare children musically?

The SECE follows the same principles as the instrumental Suzuki program, which facilitates a seamless transition into instrumental lessons after children master the course. SECE children learn socialization skills that blend in with musicianship and a wide range of musical terminology and skills that provide an excellent foundation for further music study. Behavioral conditions are learnt to be able to take part of ensembles. Memorization is slowly developed with the nursery rhyme lyrics. Solfege syllables are incorporated for ear training purposes and note intervals are ingrained in the repertoire of the class.

  Children learn to:

   -Listen carefully

   -Recognize common sounds

   -Repeats of sequences and sounds

   -High, low

   -Up, down

   -Fast, slow


Why start early?

A wide array of studies made by neurologists show that the brain is capable of learning while in utero. Because of the early exposure both in utero and in early childhood, SECE children develop more robust neurological pathways and demonstrate learning advantages in early life.

Further readings: Ability Development from Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki


How are parents involved?

Parents are a vital part of the “Suzuki Triangle” of teacher, child and parent.  Parents encourage listening to the music and repertoire, practicing the skills learned in class and ensuring that children attend classes. They observe the children in class and take notes of their development throughout. Journaling time is embedded in the class, so parents can see the development of the child through their own writings. Further readings: Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger


Are we the right music school for you?

If you are invested in creating a stronger bond with your child and cultivate a love of learning in a fun, effective and nurturing way, we are the school for you.



NYC Guitar School rents out the facility that Suzuki Connections uses for the Suzuki Early Childhood Program.


Do the parents need a musical background?

No. Parents become educated along with the children. Listening to the repertoire is key and will help both parent and child in the program.


More About Suzuki Education:

Suzuki Association of the Americas:  https://suzukiassociation.org



Katty Anna Mayorga began her guitar studies in Guatemala at the age of 6, concentrating in Latin American pop music on acoustic guitar. She also studied electric bass, mandolin, ukulele and banjo, but fell in love with the classical guitar. At the age of 18 she decided to concentrate solely on classical guitar and in New York, she began her studies with Peter Press (accomplished classical guitarist and mandolin player), Frederic Hand (Grammy nominated guitarist and composer, Mannes School of Music) and João Luiz Rezende Lopes (Brasil Guitar Duo and faculty at SUNY Purchase). She completed her Performance in Classical Guitar undergraduate degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, under Frederic Hand at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and shortly after her Master’s degree under the same tutelage. She has taken master classes with various world renowned guitarist such as Sharon Isbin, Ana Vidovic, Dale Kavanagh, and Susana Prieto. She actively performs as a soloist and with her duos: Duo Metropolitano (two guitars) and Duo JKLM (flute and guitar) and taught for over 10 years in Westchester County, Ny, and Fairfield County, Ct before joining NYC Guitar school.

Katty is convinced of the importance of Early Childhood music education and the developmental advantage that it creates. She believes deeply in the structural aspects of Suzuki Music Education and the potential of Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) to nurture a child to have a strong bond with music and with the parent. Through SECE, children learn dexterity, music appreciation, sharing and a gentle character. Katty's SECE mentor and trainer is Lynn McCall, the Director of Ayla Suzuki Music and the first American permitted to train SECE teachers.

Katty also became Suzuki Guitar book 1-3 certified under the mentoring of Andrea Cannon, founder of Guitar Arts Studio which serves as a National Model Program for Suzuki Guitar.Katty believes the most important part of being a musician is to pass your knowledge to the next generation so they are inspired to make the world a better place through music. We are happy that her love and skill for music and small children have brought her to NYC Guitar School.


Ti Chung started her piano study in her native Taiwan at the age of four and flute study at the age of eleven. Her early musical recognition included winning the United News Flute Competition. Ti moved to the U.S. when she was sixteen to pursue further music education. She received her B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook University, where she was the winner of concerto competition and featured as a soloist with Stony Brook University Orchestra. After the study with Dr. Tara O’Connor in SUNY Purchase College for her M.M. Degree, Ti completed her Doctor of Musical Art in the flute performance at Texas Tech University, where she studied with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa.

Ti is a certified Suzuki Flute teacher as well as a certified Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher.  She resides in NYC where she teaches flute, piano and music theory to students from beginner to advanced and from early childhood to adult. Ti’s years of teaching experiences and music study have taught her that a positive early childhood education is important. She highly respects and admires the concepts of Suzuki Early Childhood Education, which bonds the relationship between children and parents via music.  She is excited and proud to be part of a program which systematically develops children’s intelligence and nurtures each child as a whole human being in the context of music.

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