Class Description:

Parent and child (age 0-3) 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 and nursery rhymes. Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.

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.

The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.

Benefits of long-term participation in Suzuki ECE:

--Ability to listen

--Rhythmic and melodic awareness

--Memory skills

--Increased vocabulary

--Sensitive group participation

--Social skills

--Preparation for instrument study

How is Suzuki ECE different from other music classes?

--Calm environment for learning

--Active parent involvement

--Active participation in music-making

--Repetition of activities leads to mastery of skills which leads to confidence

--Specific structure of the Suzuki ECE class builds child's ability to focus and increase concentration span

--Encouragement of parent and child creates a positive environment for learning

--Team Teaching (two teachers per class) approach allows for quick transitions between activities

--Suzuki ECE Teachers have taken long-term training and are committed to on-going education


An Interactive Music Class for Babies, Toddlers, and Parents

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am, St. Joseph’s School of Music

Saturdays, 8:30-9:30am, St. Joseph’s School of Music

Enrollment is Ongoing

Click here to register for one free class.

"What I really loved about this class was that my child really learned how to ‘do’ music not just watch it, which I felt was the case in many early childhood music classes.  By the end of our time in the class, he was singing all the songs, he could use the songs to learn when to add special instrument sounds and hear pitch differences, all of which could be tried out and experimented with at home. We were given the tools to actively engage in musical learning at a really young age both in the class and at home."

-- Heather (mom to Ben)

“My daughter has been in Adrianna's Suzuki ECE class since she was 4 months old and it is the highlight of her week. She is turning 3 this fall and it is so much fun to watch all of the things she can do now - all of the layers that have gradually happened for her with all of the activities - and the joy with which she does them!  Adrianna really cultivates a safe and welcoming space in which to learn and the children respond to her with eager attention.  We are so lucky to have this class in the Twin Cities!”

-- Phala (mom to Larcom)