Last week’s article was all about skills that young children learn in Suzuki ECE classes (Read it here). It created lots of discussion about what parents also learn over the course of attending classes with their children. So, today we’re talking all about the benefit of SECE classes for parents!
When parents ask what the best thing for them to do to get their young child ready for lessons is, I always recommend these classes to them – they really are the best way to prepare for the instrumental studio.
And that’s not only true for the students.
SECE is also the best way to prepare as a parent for your child to begin music lessons.
It can’t go without being said that SECE classes develop so much more than music readiness skills, as you’ll see from the points below.
As Suzuki taught us “Charactor first, ability second” and that is reflected in all we do in classes each week.
We are developing musical skills, language skills, and small motor skills (to name a few) but even more so, we are developing wonderful people with empathy, sensitivity, and the ability to treat people and instruments in class with care.
That parents in class develop the concepts below, is both a natural consequence of the class, and also something we quite deliberately work to help develop as teachers. Parents start to discover these concepts through the things we say as teachers, careful observation of their child through our example, and through the journaling process at the end of each class.
SECE really is an amazing source of development for children and for us, as their parents.