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Early Childhood Education

Registration FormECE14-15The ECE programme consists of a weekly class in which the parent and child participate together with the teachers in a group situation. There are generally 8-10 children and parents per class and 2 teachers. The classes are one hour in length. Currently, class choices are: Tuesday 10-11 am and Saturday 10-11 am.

Parents are encouraged to contact the administrator if interested in this programme. You will then be invited to attend a class with your child to observe/participate and ask any questions.

The Suzuki ECE programme was developed by Dorothy Jones, a Suzuki piano teacher in London, Ontario, who worked closely with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki to achieve Dr. Suzuki’s goals of laying a solid  foundation for life long learning. The following principles are the basic philosophies that Dr. Suzuki formed the instrumental method from and what the ECE programme is built on:

  1. Every Child Can Learn – There are no limits to a child’s potential.
  2. Ability Develops Early – This is shown by much present day scientific research on the brain.
  3. Environment Nurtures Growth – Hearing and observing other children play instruments and sing, listening to music and receiving or hearing others receive positive comments can all affect a child’s learning.
  4. Children Learn From One Another – All students can serve as models for others, regardless of age or level.
  5. Success Breeds Success – Children do not tire of repetition.  Old skills are always being polished in new ways.
  6. Parental Involvement is Critical – You are your child’s most important teacher.
  7. Encouragement is Essential – Each small step in the learning process should be celebrated. There is nothing more rewarding than honest praise for a job well done.

HSSM Early Childhood Programme

These are pre-instrumental classes offered to very young children aged newborn until entry into an instrumental programme, usually around 3 years of age.

This programme prepares both the parent and child for lessons in the studio by teaching the parent how to work with their child in an unstressed environment, developing a sense of pulse/beat, rhythm and melodies through class activities and exposing both parent and child to a variety of instruments to aid choice of instrument.  Ages and level of competency are mixed in the classes in order to expose children to the natural roles of leading, following and learning from one another.

For more information, please e-mail administration@hssm.ca or telephone 905-577-6477.

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