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
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
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:
-Recognize common sounds
-Repeats of sequences and sounds
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.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION TO NYC GUITAR SCHOOL?
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
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