How does SECE differ from other early childhood music classes?
Classes are both active and interactive, rather than passive exposure. Scientific studies have been conducted on 1-year old babies, that consistently participated over 6 months in Suzuki ECE classes with their parents (vs. inactive, experiential music classes led by professional musicians).
Studies have shown that babies in the active (SECE) classes:
- Classes aim to be calm, focused, playful environment, which is free from pressure.
- Dual teachers allows for smooth transitions between activities.
- Our primary goal is to develop character, good citizenship, and a noble heart-- using music, and the connection between parent and child, as the medium.
- Due to the consistent curriculum, children over time develop true mastery of the concepts. Through this consistency, students are eventually able to anticipate the next activity-- and display confidence when they know how to do the next activity.
- Our language rich activities and rhymes assist with vocabulary acquisition and reading readiness.
- Children develop good character and citizenship through taking turns: by learning we know a turn is coming our way, we are able to develop patience.
- We recognize the importance of parent education, and dedicate time to create a partnership with parents.
- Parents play an equal role in class. Through journaling, you will learn to become an observer of your child, and discover how they learn best.
- We emphasize how to be physically relaxed in our bodies, as well as making a beautiful tone on our instruments, and how to care for musical instruments, which prepares us for instrumental lessons.
- In our mixed aged classes, it is common to see very young infants learn from the older children in class, but also the older children learn from the very young: how to share, to model, and to empathize with one another.
- Lastly, SECE is not franchised.