FAQ For Suzuki Early Childhood Education

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What if my child is crying or disruptive during class?
We’ve all been there!  If your little one is having a tough time or running around, the protocol is to calmly take your child out of the Little Music studio room until she or he (or you!) feels ready to join back in. If you need support, your teacher is there to help – just say the word.

Why do we sing the same songs every two weeks?
Mastery is a key element of the Suzuki Method, with its foundation in the Early Childhood program. Little children LOVE repetition, it gives them confidence and joy to know a favourite song.  Feeling familiar with what is coming next makes them feel safe when it comes to turn-taking, and thus willing to try something new.

How do I sign up?
Please sign up for Little Music’s newsletter,  to be the first to know about registration. The website is updated seasonally in correspondence with the newsletter, to reflect the upcoming term with an opportunity to secure your place in the studio.  You can register online via PayPal or e-transfer. Our small classes sell out very quickly; if the class is full when you go to register, please send a note via the Contact form to be informed of additional classes and get priority on the wait list.

Why such small class sizes?
Everyone’s names are known at Little Music, weekly progress noted, assessed and discussed with parents. Parents keep a journal of their child’s progress and chat with the teacher openly about what they are noticing themselves. This individual attention helps parents and your teacher assess where energy can be focused for the child, what they are drawn to and like the best. Finally, our small classes allow the children to develop connections with each other, due to Little Music’s focus on prosocial behaviour development. Small classes also promote a calm environment so important for learning.

Eek – what if I (the grown up) don’t know all the songs?
Don’t worry, just follow the teacher! This is a special learning experience for you to share with your child.  The accompanying class recording should be played at home every day for both you and your child to get familiar with the songs together.

So will my child be a musical genius if we take these classes?
“Character first, ability second”, said Shinichi Suzuki. While your little one will be undeniably building an advanced foundation of music learning and preparing for eventual Suzuki instrument classes, Little Music’s goal is to support the development of thoughtful, intelligent, tuned-in, delighted people who view a group dynamic as inspiring and supportive, and love good music.

Is this a franchise?
Nope. Although we at Little Music applaud any program that gets children singing and rhythm-making, Suzuki Early Childhood Education sets the bar in terms of actual interactive instrument playing (for even the tiniest of new babies), learning musical concepts in infancy, personal attention to progress and detail, the highest standard of Suzuki-trained and qualified teachers, and evidence-based pedagogy. This is the elite early music education program that sets your child up for Suzuki instrument classes by the age of three.

We need to miss a class. Now what?
Due to our small class size and in fairness to all students and families, Little Music is unable to offer make-ups, refunds for missed classes or prorated sessions at this time.

We love our Little Music classes but are moving away/nap times shifted/going on a last-minute African safari for the next 8 months. Can I please get a refund?
Refunds for the remainder of a session are possible only up to the second class of that session, with your attended classes deducted from the total refund amount.  Unfortunately it is not possible to roll-over into the next session or use a payment from a previous discontinued session for a future one to “hold” a spot.  If you do decide to discontinue after 2 classes, please let us know as a courtesy.

I’m considering signing up, but first:  can I do a demo or a free “intro” class?
Little Music does not offer demo/intro classes and here is why:  ours are very small and focused classes that feature a learning repertoire based on weekly repetition – the benefits of which cannot be gauged after only one class.  Also, Suzuki focuses on community-building and a commitment by parents.  Since demo classes do not support the Suzuki Method principles and pedagogy, they are not on offer.  Please click here to watch a short info-video about the exclusive educational experience Little Music offers.