suzuki early childhood education
learn more about why music is so important for very young children
General Music Classes are a fun and creative way to introduce your child to music. If your child is younger than five years old, we recommend you enroll in a general music class for at least a year before taking an instrument. We also suggest that you enroll for at least a semester in a course run at SMSW since our courses are designed to help the transition into private instrumental lessons and are part of the Suzuki curriculum. Please read our terms of service for this class before enrolling.
“Learn with Love!” ….. Dr. Suzuki believed that in a loving environment, a child can learn anything. Parent and child participate in a weekly interactive music class. Parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs, nursery rhymes and Suzuki repertoire. Parents become expert observers of their own children. Children watch the actions of the parent and gradually begin to imitate them. This process is one to be enjoyed and celebrated as each new development is observed -- just as you do when your baby utters those first few words. With each semester, the child's mastery level increases, leading to higher skill levels in every area of development. The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior, sensitive group participation, and the most important skill for children at an early age - the ability to listen.
Westport Summer 2021
Orange Families are invited to join us this
summer in Westport.
Thursdays, July 1st - August 12th
Saturdays, July 3-August 21st
NO CLASSES SATURDAY, JULY 24th
Minimum: 4 Maximum: 6
Early Start (infants birth - 12 mos)
Jump Start (mixed ages 1-5 yrs)
Meet the Instruments (ages 4-6)
New students may sign up for a free trial class by contacting Sarah Smale at 203-227-9474 or
TRIAL CLASS DATES/TIMES
Thursday, June 24th
3:30 Jump Start
4:30 Meet the Instruments
5:30 Early Start
Saturday, June 26th
9:30 Jump Start
10:30 Meet the Instruments
11:30 Early Start
Early Start: ages 0-3
“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. Shinichi Suzuki
Designed specifically for infants and their parents, our Early Start class uses music to nurture and strengthen the baby/parent bond. Musical, social, cognitive, physical and emotional development is supported through lullabies, rhymes, intentional touch, action songs, and multi-sensory play. The learning, connection and communication continues at home with multiple styles of music for listening as well as educator-shared resources and suggestion in our private Early Start online group, open only to members of the class. 40 minutes; Ongoing classes throughout the year.
Jump Start: ages 1-5
“It is in our power to educate all the children of the world to become a little better as people, a little happier.” ~Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
The Jump Start class celebrates the quality and potential offered in a mixed age environment. Learning not only skills, but also experiencing the joy and community of family and friends, toddlers and pre-schoolers continue to lay the foundation for a happy love of music. Through movement, play, instruments, sign language, focused listening and group dances, you and your child will experience music as a foundation for language, empathy, community, learning, self-awareness, and physical development. The learning, connection and communication continues at home with multiple styles of music for listening as well as educator-shared resources and suggestion in our private Early Start online group, open only to members of the class. 40 minutes; Ongoing classes throughout the year.
Meet the Instruments--Summer only: ages 4-6
This parent-child class is ideal as an introduction to any Suzuki instrumental lessons, as well as an excellent opportunity to help determine which instrument your child would like to pursue in the fall. Summer session.
Ready Start: ages 3.5-5
This parent-child class is ideal as an introduction to any Suzuki instrumental lessons, as well as an excellent opportunity to help determine which instrument your child would like to pursue; also to get professional advice as to which instrument your child may be best suited. Using the Suzuki repertoire, the children will learn and continue to review basic musical concepts such as steady beat and pitch, as well as be introduced to the actual Suzuki rhythms, shared by all the instruments. Over the course of a semester, each instrument offered here at SMSW will be presented for a live, hands-on demonstration.
40 minutes;17-week semester offered fall and spring
All Suzuki Music Schools ECE classes are taught by Leslie Waddell.
Health Guidelines--Summer 2021
All persons ages 2 and up are required to wear a face covering in the Suzuki Music Schools. Social distancing will be practiced.
Would you like a class with your friends?
Private classes can be scheduled for groups of four or more.