The longer I teach Suzuki ECE classes the more amazed I am by all that children ages 0-3 (and their parents) are learning from week to week.
There are so many amazing moments of seeing a children grasp a new concepts during each class! Below are some of the most striking examples of skills children are developing in SECE classes. You can read them below and also I’ve made a word art printable of them that you can get by email HERE.
The ability to keep a steady beat
Ability to focus & concentrate
Awareness of the musical scale
Interacting and cooperating with a teacher
Bonding with parent/Caregiver through working together in class
Sharing with classmates
Beginning Group/ensemble skills
Vocabulary & language skills
Singing on pitch
Crossing the mid-line of the body
Fine motor control
Sometimes people think that all ECE classes are the same. After teaching others I disagree . . . you can read my article about what makes Suzuki ECE unique HERE.
I think that others have the perception that SECE classes are just a lot of singing and tapping a steady beat, and wonder if teacher training is needed to really teach the class well.
As Suzuki instrumental teachers we tend to bristle when people say they are Suzuki teachers and also: “I use the books but have never taken any training.” If this is you, please don’t be offended, but it’s just that Suzuki teacher training is about so so much more than the music in the books.
In the same way, SECE is so much more than a list of activities done in class each week. Trained SECE teachers use these activities in a complex way that weaves together their in-depth knowledge of: child development, musical development, parent education strategies, and activities to develop social-linguistic skills.
To watch a class in action is wonderful and as someone who had a degree in Early Childhood Education, and years of teaching experience (both instrumental and in other ECE music programs) when I watched my first SECE class, I knew right away that this class had something way beyond what I had seen or experienced before in classes like it.
I can’t recommend getting training enough. And, if you’re a parent I can’t recommend finding and joining a Suzuki ECE class enough if there is one in your area.
I’d love to hear in the comments what you would add to my list of skills above and if you’d like to download a printable PDF of the word art used in this post you can do so here: