Developed by Canadian pedagogues Dorothy and Sharon Jones with Shinichi Suzuki, SECE is a weekly group class designed for children age 0 to 3, and up to age 4. SECE classes offer each child the opportunity to play instruments, sing, learn rhythm and experience the elementary rudiments of music. These classes are firmly routed in the Suzuki philosophy of music education. Emphasis is on creating a calm environment to facilitate skill mastery and foster the bond between parent and child. Classes have a maximum of 8 children per group (and their grown-up!). SECE is a fantastic way to prepare each child (and their grown-up) for instrument specific lessons.
Each week, classes allow for individual focus on progress, careful attention to skill-building, purposeful repetition, and lots of fun too! The class uses repetitive repertoire to encourage mastery of skills, exploration of new skills and a comfortable environment for everyone. Classes are structured with a variety of layered activities to allow each child to experience and learn at their own pace.
June 2019: SECE training with Sharon Jones (left) and Dorothy Jones (right). London, Ontario.
Check out this video from the Suzuki Association of the Americas discussing the SECE experience, from a parent's perspective. Check out this video!
We can do small! Pre-natal listening, the connection between mother and child right from the start. There are so many ways music is a powerful shared experience for you and your baby. Check out this video!
Experience the Suzuki difference! Check out the limitless possibilities of the Suzuki Early Childhood Education movement.
Thank you to our friends Little Music (Toronto) for sharing your smiles with us!
Classes are available on Tuesday & Saturday mornings at Bells Corners United Church. Each class has a maximum of 8 students and their grown-up. All families are required to purchase the companion recordings in either digital or CD form.
Although enrolment in the SECE program is sessional, the program is really the first step in the Suzuki journey. The skills developed in the SECE curriculum are directly applicable to the Suzuki Violin Studio.
Because Ottawa weather can be unpredictable, each session includes one extra calendar week. This week will only be needed in case of a severe weather event. You will receive confirmation of your class dates upon registration.
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Session fees vary depending on the length of the session from $171-190. Payments are accepted via online e-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the e-transfer requires a password, please use "Suzuki". Payment can also be processed through PayPal. Please use the button below to be redirected to PayPal.
Our class companion recordings are available through digital options (Apple Music & Spotify) or in CD form. All families are required to purchase these recordings for home listening. The digital materials are available in two collections- Week 1 & Week 2. You will need both collections. If you have requested a CD copy in your registration form, a materials fee of $25 will be due at the first class. The materials fee may be submitted by e-transfer, cash or cheque.