Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

suzuki early childhood education

Kelly Williamson with Suzuki ECE students

The Suzuki String School of Guelph is now offering the Suzuki Early Childhood Education (Suzuki ECE) program for babies and toddlers with SECE teachers Kelly Williamson and Carmen Evans.

Developed over thirty years, the Suzuki ECE curriculum centres around a carefully-structured sequence of songs and activities. Children aged 0-3 years participate in weekly group classes with their parents, learning a wide range of musical skills. The program also focuses on the development of key social skills and physical and cognitive abilities, all in a fun and nurturing environment.
Following the Suzuki philosophy of education - often referred to as the “mother tongue” method - children listen daily to the CD of folk songs and rhymes. Parents and children naturally enjoy singing the songs and saying the rhymes together at home, as well as in the class. Through repetition and with the encouragement of parents and teachers, small children develop the ability to maintain a steady beat, play simple rhythms, match pitch with their singing voices, and steadily build their vocabulary. They also develop inner confidence and learn how to share with other children.
The Suzuki ECE program is suitable for all children. The class environment intentionally offers a mixed-age group so that children will observe and learn from each other. The interaction builds bonds between parents and children that enhance their learning in later years.

Demonstration classes were held at the June 10 Canada 150 celebration at the Guelph Youth Music Centre and we got lots of positive feedback. Registration will start in August. Info is available on our FAQ handout and on the Suzuki Association of the Americas website.

2020 sessions

Class time options:
Friday 10:45 am classes

Session 2: Begins Friday January 24 at 10:45 am (8 week session)
Session 3: Week of March 31-April 3 to week of June 9-12
April 13: Good Friday Cancelled (Friday classes are only 9 weeks for Session 3, adjust fee accordingly)
(May 19-22 mid-term break, no classes)

If space allows, families may join in partly through the course of a session. Fees will be pro-rated as of registration date.
After over 30 wonderful years of Guelph Orff Studio and Orff-Suzuki Music Moves, our beloved teacher, Karen Haack has retired. Thank you, Karen for planting the seed of the love of music in so many generations of Guelph children. You have been an incredible driving force in early childhood music education in our community! Your gentle, kind, whimsical and fun personality will be missed and fondly remembered by everyone you touched. Karen will continue to teach piano in her home studio.
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Suzuki String School of Guelph (located in the Guelph Youth Music Centre)
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7

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