The Suzuki Early Childhood Class (SECE) is a weekly program designed for birth to 3.5 with an attending adult partner. Using a revolving two-week curriculum of simple songs and nursery rhymes from a cd or mp3 for home listening, as well as orchestral quality instruments in class, families learn the basics of music: pitch, steady beat, dynamics, phrasing, solo and ensemble performance. More importantly, we learn the social basics: taking turns, sharing, teamwork, kindness, confidence, and empathy. Adults journal student's progress, learning more about their child and his or her learning style, celebrating every small success!
The Instrument Prepartory Class (IPC) is a weekly program designed for ages 3.75-5 with an attending adult partner (families who did not participate in the SECE program should anticipate a later entry age). We build on the basic musical skills acquired in SECE, and develop them to - hopefully - full mastery. We move from gross motor to fine motor, constant activity change to longer periods of sitting and listening, being assisted with every instrument to using each classroom instrument appropriately and independently. Along the course of this class, families will be introduced to the concept of private instrument instruction, primarily piano with the possibility of other instruments being presented as well, such as violin, viola, cello, and guitar.
The Private Lesson is designed for students ages 4 and up with an attending adult partner. We follow the Suzuki Piano Method, including at-home listening and weekly lessons with a private teacher. Our instruction begins with form and technique, with most learning occurring by rote and repetition. When form and technique are established, a separate music-reading curriculum will be used to introduce reading each clef independently and continuing until both hands can play simultaneously in either or both clefs. The monthly Group Lesson will include a variety of games and activities to introduce music theory concepts, and once the basics are confident, students will move on to a supplemental, graded workbook system, such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).