Mom and Tot class starting January 2015

September 9, 2014

“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...

“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.”

 -Dr. Suzuki

Dr. Suzuki was not only a musician and teacher, but also a master observer of the effects of music on the overall life of a child.  His care towards the long-term benefits of exposing a young mind to music inspired him to establish Early Childhood Education.

At the heart of his teaching, Dr. Suzuki had a vision for all children to have the opportunity to develop into a “whole child”, unveiling the natural potential to learn and grow into a thriving, happy person.  The foundation for later learning is laid by early childhood experiences and by practicing social skills that will set them up for success later in life.

A primary goal of the Suzuki Method is for children to thrive in an environment of consistent support.  The hope is that these students will develop confidence, self-esteem, endurance, self-discipline and concentration.

Program Goals:

  • We strive to maintain a pressure-free environment where children can develop skills, a sense of self and purpose, as well as an appreciation of discipline and beauty.
  • As we care for our children, we pursue every opportunity of joy and fullness of life, laying a foundation of confidence and endurance in their later years.
  • Based on the Suzuki concept of the Mother Tongue Approach, Suzuki Early Childhood instructors help parents understand that just as their children learn to speak their native language fluently, other abilities such as music can be instilled in these precious younger years.

What to Expect:

  • Music is an extremely effective way to create attachment and strong relational ties between parent and child.  This bond is further strengthened as parent and child (age 0-3 years) participate together in a weekly interactive music group class.
  • Parents will have the opportunity to watch their babies develop rhythmic ability, melodic sense, as well as memory and social skills.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to use the Curriculum CD (Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes) at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes throughout each day.
  • Parents will recognize that they are the expert observers of their own children.  As their child begins to develop musical memory and skills through watching their own parent, parents will have the joy of watching their own baby progress through many milestones.  The process is one to be savored and enjoyed!
  • Specific results from this process include increased vocabulary, strengthened social skills, and sensitivity towards others and their environments.  One of the key skills for young children is to develop the ability to listen.

The Curriculum:

  • Connective pathways in the brain are created by repeated early experiences.  This is the premise of Suzuki Early Childhood Education as opposed to that of traditional methods of learning. In traditional teaching, curriculum moves quickly from one thing to the next, while Mother Tongue ability is the result of training based on incremental practice.
  • Classes include children of mixed ages between ages 0-36 months allowing students to move through the curriculum in stages and according to their level of development.  Their ability is firmly and gradually developed at one level before advancing to the next.
  • The mixed ages in the class allow older children to learn sensitivity and give the opportunity for them to model for those younger than them, while younger children develop skills more quickly and securely with the older children as models.

Specific Skills Developed:

  • Listening and Sequencing
  • Understanding Size
  • Pitch Skills
  • Number Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Vocabulary
  • Growth

Parents as Models and Observers:

  • Parental involvement and active observation of the stages of development and successes of the child are an incremental component of the Early Childhood Program. Parents are encouraged to participate fully in the singing, actions and movement to serve as a model for their child.  The youngest babies will be unable to participate physically but will be learning the excitement and joy of participation from the parent and will soon want to participate fully.
  • Parents will also become active observers and develop their observation skills by noting their child’s progress at the end of each class.  Careful observation will afford many opportunities to celebrate even the smallest steps in learning, and will give parents a chance to celebrate each step towards independence and increased confidence!

The Learning Environment:

  • Suzuki Early Education is a system of instruction that recognizes that success in one small step can and will lead to success in the next step.
  • Parents are the role models
  • We must learn how to guide – not to push or pull
  • Love and acceptance are critically important
  • Avoid competition among young students and siblings

Transition to Instrumental Studio Lessons:

 

  • A solid foundation of listening skills, rhythmic and melodic awareness creates a smooth and logical transition to learning an instrument.
  • With increased knowledge of what is needed to create a positive learning environment for their child, combined with developed skills as observers, Parents are given a solid foundation for what is required in home practice for young students receiving private instrumental training.

 What is different about Suzuki Early Childhood Programs at Pardalis Music Studio :

  • The Programs are not franchised
  • Classes recognize the importance of parent education and devote much time developing a partnership with parents to help them to create a natural enriched learning environment in the home
  • Teacher are trained to foster ability while most traditional teachers use the “teach and move on” approach (following a curriculum that is calendar driven)
  • Teacher understand the potential for assisting parents in creating a rich musical environment before a baby is born and are convinced that the spirit of the child is formed as a result of his/her early environment
  • The baby/toddler class uses a constant curriculum over a three-year period to ensure thorough mastery

 

Be sure to sign up early as space is limited 🙂

 

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