Montessori and Suzuki

Maria Montessori is one of the most famous educators to divine and validate the learning processes and extraordinary capabilities of young children.  Coincidentally, Dr. Montessori and Dr. Suzuki share many ideas around the optimal ways for children to learn if they are led by caring adults who observe and guide them in a positive environment.

The Montessori classroom supports and nurtures every child in their natural capacity to persevere, collaborate, overcome obstacles, become independent, problem solve, and achieve peace in their own environment.  Dr. Suzuki created a music method in which children learn to play their instruments the way they learn language:  in an immersive environment, with faith and encouragement from their parents and community, and via repetition.  Suzuki’s ultimate goal was for children to achieve artistry, beauty, self-expression and joy.  On the journey to this achievement, children ultimately work with perseverance, collaboration, independence – educational attributes that tie back to Montessori principles.  Both pedagogues approached early childhood education with a deep respect for the individual progress of each young learner.

“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” – Maria Montessori

“It is in our power to educate all the children of the world to become a little better as people, a little happier.”  – Shinichi Suzuki

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Click here to catch a glimpse of Little Music’s Suzuki Early Childhood baby and toddler music class in action, and learn why the Suzuki Method is such a beautiful and important way to begin a child’s musical education.

Want first-dibs on registration, early childhood music news, and updates about Suzuki Method learning in Toronto?   Get Little Music’s quarterly newsletter!

* Many inquiries come in re: Saturday classes, which are typically available in Winter only, due to teacher availability.  If something changes, newsletter recipients will be the first to know.

 

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summertime . . . and the living is easy

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Summer is the sweetest time…little bare feet in the wading pool at a downtown park, freckles under cute sun hats, tummies sticking out of bathing suits, afternoons reading stories under the leafy trees and munching watermelon from a farmer’s market…Little Music wishes you and your dear children the happiest of summers, and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Registration happens soon for Fall – please sign up for the newsletter to get first dibs on securing your spot in Little Music’s Suzuki Early Childhood Education group music classes.

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happy mother’s day.

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Parents are an utterly integral part of Suzuki Method learning.  In both my Early Childhood and piano lessons I see loving, devoted and dedicated parents every week.  It is uplifting, heartwarming and inspiring – Happy Mother’s Day from Little Music to all of you!

 

 

 

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register now for spring suzuki early childhood education classes!

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** PLEASE NOTE all classes for Spring have now sold out.  Please send a note if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.  Thank you! **

Little Music Suzuki Early Childhood group music classes for children age 0-3 currently run in two west-end locations:

Orchard Montessori (375 Dovercourt Rd) Thursdays 9AM
- sold out

Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St) Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30AM.*
– sold out

Spring session begins with weekly classes from April 24 to June 29 2017. With a maximum of 7 children per class, please do not hesitate to register if you wish for a spot for you and your child.  Please click here to choose your class time and location.

Click here to catch a glimpse of our class in action, and learn why the Suzuki Method is such a beautiful and important way to begin a child’s music education.

Want first-dibs on registration, early childhood music news, and updates about Suzuki Method learning in Toronto?   Get Little Music’s quarterly newsletter!

* Many inquiries come in re: Saturday classes, which are typically available in Winter only, due to teacher availability.  If something changes, newsletter recipients will be the first to know.

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Registration is coming up soon for Little Music’s Suzuki Early Childhood Education Spring session in Toronto.  If you want first dibs on registering for our small classes – as well as early childhood music news, research findings and learning more about the Suzuki Method – please sign up!  The newsletter only comes quarterly, we promise not to bombard your inbox.

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Joan Didion gives the best advice.

“I am not telling you to make the world better because I don’t think progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not to just pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you should ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”

Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana, 1968

Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana, 1968

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On Being a Suzuki Parent

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As well as a dedicated Suzuki teacher, I am also the parent of two young children.  My daughter is 7 and studies piano (both with myself and another Suzuki piano teacher) and my son, 4, is a Suzuki cello student.

Parent education in Suzuki is so essential.  It would be wildly unfair to welcome a parent into a Suzuki studio and not prepare them for the ups and downs of daily instrument practice with a young child.

The amazing teacher Teri Einfeldt wrote the quintessential tip sheet for Suzuki parents, and I wanted to share with you here – it’s so on point. Enjoy.

Important Ideas to Remember in Your Role as a Suzuki Parent

  1. Dr. Suzuki always said “character first, ability second.”
    The Suzuki experience is about your child first, playing the instrument second. Watch how your child learns, nurturing your child’s spirit and building her self confidence, yet instilling a sense of achieving excellence at every level.
  2. No one enjoys doing something they do not do well.
    It is important for the teacher and the parent to work together to provide the motivation for the child to reach a level where she is capable of appreciating her progress. It is normal for the motivation level to shift back and forth between the parent and the child.
  3. There are going to be good practices and there are going to be bad practices.
    If your child is not happy about practicing on a given day, it generally has nothing to do with the instrument. It may be the first thing they have been asked to do on a daily basis that involves “homework.” They may have had a bad day at school. They may be reacting to something you did earlier. My advice is always try to end the practice before it starts to deteriorate.
  4. Practice makes permanent, not perfect.
    Repetitions done incorrectly or without reaching the desired goal your teacher desires is counterproductive.
  5. Be consistent and try to practice only on the days you eat.
    Each day you skip makes the next time you practice more difficult. Shorter, focused, and consistent practices in which goals are well defined work best.
  6. The three most important components of this method are parent involvement, listening, and reviewing with a purpose.
    Remembering that the Suzuki Method is based on the concept of language learning, it is important for you to remember your involvement with your child while learning to talk. Ear training, repetitions, and cumulative vocabulary words were of the utmost importance.
  7. Our ultimate goal is for the child to experience intrinsic motivation as well as eventual independence.
    It is really important to involve the child as opposed to just tell or teach him. I would not recommend this from the very beginning, but soon after, try and gradually involve him in the assessment/learning process. Help to train his ear to recognize the differences between that which is good and that which is undesirable. Stickers and rewards are extrinsic motivators, which should be used sparingly.
  8. Learning the notes (and bowings) to the newest piece is not as important as strengthening the child’s technical foundation through review.
    If you learned an instrument as a child via the traditional method, more than likely you had many books you carried to your lesson that contained etudes. We use review pieces as etudes to reinforce technical and musical concepts much the same as the traditional methods use etudes.
  9. Music lessons and practices in general are filled with life lessons.
    Allowing your child to quit or change instruments during the early stages is sending the wrong message. There will be other difficult things in life and we need to learn how to cope with the challenges and embrace the concept of working step by step to achieve a goal. Here we are identifying a problem or a goal, breaking it down into small, achievable steps, repeating the tasks many times, and celebrating each small accomplishment.
  10. Never have your child play his newest piece at a solo concert or master class.
    High stress situations for the children need to be handled with playing a piece they are confident with playing. It is important to remember the entire world does not know the order of the pieces. This is not the time to have the children demonstrate how far along they are in the books.
  11. Allow your teacher to control the lesson unless your opinion is invited.
    Hearing more than one voice in the lesson is confusing to the child. As the home assistant, your job is to understand the assignment in three ways:

    1. How it is to be done
    2. How many times it is to be done with what outcome
    3. The results to look for that match your teacher’s concept of excellence.
  12. Communication with your teacher is imperative.
    If you feel uncomfortable or troubled by anything that is happening along your Suzuki journey please take the time to discuss it with your teacher. Often times discussing something when it first starts to bother you will bring a more satisfactory resolution to the problem. It is always better to discuss something about your child with the teacher when the child is not present.
  13. Never compare your child to someone else.
    We are working towards bringing out the best in each child, and having them work towards reaching their own fullest potential. This is one of the least motivating things you can do to your child and has a deep-seated lasting affect.
  14. Do only what the teacher asks. Do not go ahead.
    There is always a reason your teacher does not move ahead. We are more focused on teaching your child to play her chosen instrument well, than what piece she is playing. It is how well she plays the instrument that will be most fulfilling, as she becomes a member of a small and larger ensemble. This in turn will instill an even greater sense of self-confidence within each child.
  15. Enjoy each step of the journey. Do not focus on the destination.
    Small successes should be celebrated at every turn. All the small steps lead to accomplishment of the larger goal.Original article from American Suzuki Journal (issue 40.2)https://suzukiassociation.org

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Merry Holidays from Little Music !

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Classes will resume January 9, 2017.
Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

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Register Now for Little Music Winter 2017!

Winter red birdLittle Music Suzuki Early Childhood group music classes for children age 0-3 currently run in two wonderful, west-end locations:

The Orchard Montessori (375 Dovercourt Road) on Thursdays 9AM (sold out)
 
Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St) on Tuesdays 10:30AM (sold out), Saturdays 9AM or 10AM (sold out).
** NEW CLASS ADDED:  Mondays 10:30AM

Winter session begins with weekly classes from January to April 2017. With a maximum of 7 children per class, space is extremely limited; please do not hesitate to register if you wish for a spot for you and your child.  Please click here to choose your class time and location.

Click here to watch a recent 4-minute film made about Little Music Suzuki Method classes, and learn why the Suzuki Method is such a beautiful and important way to begin a child’s music education.

Want first-dibs on registration, early childhood music news, and updates about Suzuki Method learning in Toronto?   Get Little Music’s quarterly newsletter!

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shinichi suzuki quote of the day:

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

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Just a few spots left for Fall …

Fall leaves!Little Music Suzuki Early Childhood group music classes for children age 0-3 has two locations:  The Orchard Montessori (375 Dovercourt Road) and Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St).  There are only a few spots left for the upcoming 12-week Fall session!  If you’d like to register your child, please click here to choose your class and location.

Click here to watch the recent short film made about Little Music Suzuki Method classes, and see the amazing little students in action.

 

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Fall registration happening Now!  oh, also we made a short film.

Please do not wait if you wish to register for Little Music Suzuki Early Childhood group music classes for children age 0-3.  At just 7 students per class, availability is very limited for the 12-week Fall session, beginning September 21, 2016 at Artscape Youngplace on Wednesdays, and The Orchard Montessori on Thursdays.  Please click here to view class times, get more info, and complete the easy online registration.

Oh, also we worked with Scout Media to make a short film about Little Music’s Suzuki Early Childhood Education program.  It will probably be the nicest four minutes you will watch online today.  Enjoy!

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NEW IDEA : PRACTICE CHAINS!

Dr. Suzuki was always very fond of thinking of other ways to achieve desirable outcomes and would often exclaim “new idea!” to his students and their parents, inspiring them to always question how to make music more beautiful, or implement a strategy in a way that sounded fun and exciting.

A “new idea” in the Little Music Suzuki piano studio is our beautiful practice chains.  Made at home from paper scraps from the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, every time a student practices the piano they get to staple a new link on their chain (or a grown-up helps – children love to staple).  I do believe Little Music might be personally responsible for the sale of several bags of beautiful Japanese paper scraps over the past few months!

Behold my dear piano student Lady D., 6 years old, who has been steadily practicing with her wonderfully dedicated mom…and they have the practice chain to prove it!  Lady D’s goal is for her chain to go right around the perimeter of her room.  Look at the joy and pride in her face. Hooray!

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early bird fall registration for suzuki early childhood education!

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“hello, worm!”, said the early bird.

Since Little Music group music classes are purposefully kept very small, the spaces get snapped up quickly (please see worm in illustration).  Good for you for being the early bird!

Easily register online for Fall, by clicking here. 

For returning families:  please note new seasonal session format of 12 weeks, instead of 10.

Want first dibs on Little Music registration, and research findings on early music education in Canada and across the globe? Then please sign up for Little Music’s quarterly newsletter! 

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hooray!  Summer REGISTRATION IS ON FOR SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP MUSIC CLASSES, Age 0-3. *UPDATE:  sold out.

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Registration will begin soon for September music classes –
please sign up for Little Music’s newsletter to get first dibs on registration!  

BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD:
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

Suzuki Early Childhood Education has been a focus of neurocognitive study by the Music & The Mind research lab at McMaster University.  Research has shown that babies who take this class smile more, are more cooperative and calm, have stronger language development and social skills, and show a significantly advanced understanding of musical concepts, tone and dynamics.

ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, WEDNESDAYS JUNE 1 – JULY 20, 2016
180 Shaw Street, lower level, SKETCH Multi-Studio B – SOLD OUT

Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.
– Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

 

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ability develops at age zero.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed that ability develops at age…zero.  He even wrote a book of the same title.  What exactly did he mean,”age zero?”  How can actual ability develop at that age?

Research tells us that for the first few months of life, a baby assimilates the world in patterns, rhythm and cadence.  This applies to how a young baby recognizes its parents:  the pattern of mom and dad’s faces, the cadence and rhythm of their voices and language.  Babies instinctively measure how those faces and voices respond to fulfill needs, and to elicit joy.  Besides releasing the Oxytocin hormone and skin-to-skin contact, this is one of the ways babies connect to their families, and understand their place in the world.

Guess what else is created in patterns, rhythms and cadence?  Yup.  Music.

When early music education is introduced to a young baby, how can music not play an essential part in their understanding of the world around them as they grow into children, young adults, and finally grown-ups?

In our Suzuki Early Childhood classes, we emphasize among other things parent-child connection, an encouraging environment,  and very importantly the repetition of specific repertoire in order to gauge the progress – however incremental or exponential – of our tiny students.

Studies have proven that babies can differentiate rhythmic patterns as early as 24 hours old; that a piece of music played repeatedly for a baby in utero will elicit a physical response from that baby at its moment of birth when that same piece of music is played in the delivery room; that an 8 week old baby can tell the difference between a major and a minor chord sound.

If I were to leave it only to research studies and science journal findings that point to the proven neurological and early skill-building benefits of Suzuki Early Childhood Education, I would be utterly fascinated.  However, what I see evidenced in our classes each week as a teacher is what makes the principals of Suzuki Early Childhood music nothing short of astonishing.  Is it fair to say that the beginning of ability is how we as people recognize, differentiate, and decide?  If so, then I think Dr. Suzuki has made his point.

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Thursday March 24 2016 – Classes cancelled

Due to Environment Canada’s ice storm warning for Toronto and surrounding area, classes this morning at The Orchard Montessori are cancelled.  See you all next week.

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HooRAY!  SPRING REGISTRATION IS ON FOR SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP MUSIC CLASSES, Age 0-3!

Click here to register!

happySpringBENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD:
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

Suzuki Early Childhood Education has been a focus of neurocognitive study by the Music & The Mind research lab at McMaster University.  Research has shown that babies who take these classes smile more, are more cooperative and calm, have stronger language development and social skills, and show a significantly advanced understanding of musical concepts, tone and dynamics.

SPRING TERM STARTS MARCH 23, 2016 at the following locations and class times:

ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, WEDNESDAYS 9AM & 10AM
180 Shaw Street ste 202, in The Bellwoods Academy of Music

THE ORCHARD MONTESSORI SCHOOL, THURSDAYS 9AM & 10AM
375 Dovercourt Road

Click here to secure your spot in Little Music’s Spring session!  Space is highly limited.

Want to receive Little Music’s newsletter?  It’s a brief informative quarterly, with exclusive registration details, information on early music learning, the Suzuki piano studio, and more.

Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.
– Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

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Rain Rain, Go Away . . .

Behold, little Lady W. who is 20 mos old and has been a student at Little Music in the Suzuki Early Childhood program since 12 months of age, playing our class song “Rain Rain Go Away” on the xylophone.

There are a number of things happening here.  First, look at her hand position on the mallets, which is perfect.  Notice also that she is playing very delicately, attempting (and succeeding!) to “get the most beautiful sound”, which is a key element of learning in the Suzuki Method and is a focus in our classes at Little Music.  Lady W. is not banging on the xylophone.

Lady W. is also singing “Rain Rain” as tonally as possible (children her age cannot sing “in tune” as their vocal chords are not developed enough to do so), singing higher and lower tones in accordance with the song’s melody.  Notice that she is playing and singing at the same time, which is an enormous neurological accomplishment for someone her age.  At the 0:20 mark, Lady W. starts moving her hands in tandem up and down the xylophone, recalling and attempting to implement the physical movement of the major third and the sound of higher and lower, as we routinely practice in class.

Finally, notice Lady W.’s focus.  She plays the whole song.  She concentrates and is listening to herself the whole time, self-evaluating on the highest level that she is able to at this age – which is considerable.   Lady W. is already learning the value of practicing the songs she learns in class on her instrument at home: the beginning of discipline, the beginning of talent.

Thank you to Lady W.’s mother for allowing the sharing of this video, and for being responsible for creating such an amazing and encouraging environment for her wonderful child.

“Maybe it is music that will save the world, after all..” – Pablo Casals

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Merry Holidays!

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There will be no Little Music classes
from December 20, 2015 through to January 4, 2016.
See you all in 2016 for a most magical, musical new year!

“Anything you think of doing, however insignificant, should be done immediately. Spur yourself on and carry it through without becoming discouraged. If this becomes an ingrained habit, things you thought were impossible will become possible, and closed doors will open, as you will discover in many ways.”  – Shinichi Suzuki

 

 

 

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$10 from the Tempered Room if you sign up for Parkdale Prana Room Class by November 30…

Register your child for Little Music Suzuki Method group music classes (ages 0-3) 10-wk Winter session at Parkdale Prana Room by Monday November 30, and receive a $10 gift card to The Tempered Room which is right across the street…and has the best croissants according to Toronto Life.  Only three spaces left in the class!

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And Now…

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Two babies dressed as grannies.  Because babies. Dressed. As. Grannies.

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” – Shi’nichi Suzuki

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winter REGISTRATION IS ON FOR SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP MUSIC CLASSES, Age 0-3.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.48.27 AMBENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD:
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

Suzuki Early Childhood Education has been a focus of study by the Music & The Mind research lab at McMaster University.  Babies who take these classes smile more, are more cooperative and calm, have stronger language development and social skills, and an advanced grasp on musical tone and dynamics.

WINTER TERM STARTS DECEMBER 2, 2015 at various locations and class times:

THE PARKDALE PRANA ROOM, WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 1 spot left
1273 Queen Street West

THE ORCHARD MONTESSORI SCHOOL, THURSDAYS 9AM & 10AM – 1 spot left
375 Dovercourt Road

ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, SATURDAYS 9AM & 10AM  – Sold Out
180 Shaw Street ste 202, in The Bellwoods Academy of Music

Click here to secure your spot in Little Music’s Winter session.  Space is highly limited.

Character first, ability second.
– Shin-ichi Suzuki

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Whoa, newsletter!

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Want to be on the list to receive Little Music’s upcoming quarterly newsletter? You’ll be first-to-know about seasonal class registration (they sell out quickly), promos, and the latest on research findings on the benefits of early music learning.   Plus have access to Little Music’s new YouTube channel, featuring interviews with Early Childhood experts and readings of our favourite stories from class.  Please click here, and consider yourself signed up!

 

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FALL REGISTRATION IS ON FOR SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP MUSIC CLASSES, Age 0-3!

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BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD:
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

Suzuki Early Childhood Education has been a focus of study by the Music & The Mind research lab at McMaster University.  Babies who take these classes smile more, are more cooperative and calm, have stronger language development and social skills, and an advanced grasp on musical tone and dynamics.

FALL TERM STARTS SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 at various locations and class times:

THE PARKDALE PRANA ROOM
1273 Queen Street West
(sold out)

ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE
180 Shaw Street ste 202, in The Bellwoods Academy of Music
(sold out)

THE ORCHARD MONTESSORI SCHOOL
375 Dovercourt Road
(sold out)

Click here to secure your spot in the Fall 2015 session.  Space is highly limited.

“The education of a child should not start nine months before birth,
but nine months before the birth of the mother.

– Shin-ichi Suzuki

 

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Parent info session for suzuki piano lessons

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Wednesday June 17, 2015
6:30 – 7:30PM
Little Music Piano Studio (located in Parkdale).

If you would like to learn more about how the Suzuki Method will benefit your family and positively impact your child’s learning, character, self-esteem, confidence, and piano-playing ability then please send a message via the “Contact” form to RSVP and get location details.  This meeting is in preparation for students who will start piano lessons in September 2015.

Please note two things:  this is a meeting solely for parents, and is information only.  There is no pressure to sign up for lessons nor register a spot in the piano studio at the meeting.

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First-ever recital

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I invited one of my little Suzuki early childhood students do a special performance at my piano studio’s spring recital.  Here she is, about to showcase her glockenspiel chops and demonstrate our weekly song “Up & Down”!  Everyone in the audience put their hands in the air for ascending, and down into their laps for the descent.  It was so fun, and so wonderful to see all my piano students and their families clapping wildly for this little munchkin at her first-ever recital.   Everyone was beaming.

(photo by Marina Dempster)

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We were excited to be contacted by
luminato festival…

Community Playground

…and asked to hold a Little Music Suzuki Method Early Childhood class in the Community Playground, taking place during the festival!

When:  Saturday June 20, 2016,
Time:   3:00PM – 4:00PM
Where:  David Pecaut Square (King & University, at St Andrew subway)
Cost:  $10 per child aged 0 – 3 and their grown-up(s)

Sign up for this special event by sending an email to hello@littlemusic.ca with the subject line “I want to play at Luminato!”  Maximum 10 children…please don’t wait to sign up!

 

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Summer registration is on !

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SUZUKI METHOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Group Music Classes for Children Ages 0-3

BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

SUMMER TERM STARTS JUNE 3, 2015 at:
THE PARKDALE PRANA ROOM
1273 Queen Street West
Wednesdays at 9AM – just a few spaces left
Wednesdays at 10AM – SOLD OUT

Click here to secure your spot in the Summer 2015 session.  Space is limited so please do not wait if you are interested in getting your little one started on their musical journey.

And…A sweet little summer treat!

Register for your Little Music Early Childhood Summer Term by May 18, and receive
a $10 gift card to The Tempered Room (best croissants on Queen St. W)!

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A springtime deal … SUZUKI METHOD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION at artscape youngplace (Shaw).

Our Spring Session is underway!  With 8 classes left (wrapping up June 2), there are four available spaces at Little Music’s Artscape Youngplace Shaw’s location, on Tuesdays at 6:15PM (ideal for those with little ones in daycare!).

Little Music is offering a pro-rate of $160 for the remaining classes… plus an extra $10 off because the sun is shining and the crocuses popped out of the ground.  So there are eight Suzuki baby/toddler group music classes for $150. Please click here

Don’t forget … there are only four spaces available.

And, Happy Spring!

- – – SOLD OUT! Would you like to be put on the Waiting List? Click here to be placed in priority order. New classes are being added and it will not take too long for you to start your Suzuki journey with us!

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SUZUKI METHOD EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Lenni with 15-mos-old student C., doing the shaker dance

Lenni shakin’ it with 15-mos-old student C.

My little 15-mos old student C., rocking the shaker dance with me in my Suzuki Early Childhood group music class. An exercise in trust, confidence, self-expression and rhythm-keeping…and he nails it on all fronts. Spring registration on now, only a few spots left in my classes!  Please click here to register your little learner for one of my Suzuki group music classes (ages 0-3).  Classes are filling up, and Little Music’s Spring session starts next week…

“Lenni’s confidence & enthusiasm are utterly contagious—my toddler constantly surprised me in her classes. Highlight of our week!” – C.’s mom

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SPRING registration is happening now!

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SUZUKI METHOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION

Group Music Classes for Children Ages 0-3

BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

Registration is happening NOW, with new classes added for Spring at Artscape Youngplace.  Only 7 children per class…click here to make sure you and your little one get a spot.

“Mommy, are we going to Lenni’s music party today?!” – Frances, age 3

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WHEN A STUDENT COMPLETES THEIR RIGHT HAND STUDIES IN PIANO BOOK ONE…

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…They receive a “bouquet” made for them by all the other students (and their parents) in my studio.

“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. DO not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”
― Shi’nichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love

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NEW CLASS ADDED!

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SUZUKI METHOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION

Group Music Classes for Children Ages 0-3

BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

SECOND CLASS ADDED TO WINTER TERM!

SATURDAY JANUARY 17 to SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015 at:
LITTLE MUSIC STUDIO
Parkdale location

- – – SOLD OUT! Would you like to be put on the Waiting List? Click here to be placed in priority order. New classes are being added and it will not take too long for you to start your Suzuki journey with us!

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SUZUKI METHOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION

Group Music Classes for Children Ages 0-3

BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
increased social + motor skills, confidence + self-awareness • advanced memory development • heightened focus + memory skills • prepares child for future instrument learning • fun, familiar music that fosters bonding with grown-up • weekly individual attention to the progress of even the littlest of learners

WINTER TERM STARTS JANUARY 9, 2015 at:
THE PARKDALE PRANA ROOM
1273 Queen Street West

Registration happening online now! Click here to secure your spot in our Winter 2015 Term.

- – – SOLD OUT! Would you like to be put on the Waiting List? Click here to be placed in priority order. New classes are being added and it will not take too long for you to start your Suzuki journey with us!