FAQs and Policies For Suzuki Early Childhood Education

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How do I sign up?
You can register online via PayPal or e-transfer and a confirmation package will be sent to you shortly thereafter. Meanwhile please sign up for Little Music’s newsletter,  to be the first to know about registration for seasonal terms throughout the school year. (PLEASE NOTE: during COVID-19, please contact us to find out how to sign up for our enriching and joyful online classes!)

So will my child be a musical genius if we take these classes?
“Character first, ability second”, said Shinichi Suzuki. Your little one will build an advanced foundation of music learning, social development, and preparation for eventual instrument classes typically at a younger age than most traditional music education methods.

Why such small class sizes?
Our uniquely small classes promote a calm environment essential for learning.  Teachers and parents observe, assess and discuss children’s positive progress together after each class.

What if my child is crying or disruptive during class?
If your little one is showing normal toddler behaviour during learning: having a tough time or running around, remain punitive-free and calmly take them out of the room until they (or you!) feel ready to join back in. There is no judgement of toddlers acting like toddlers, even if it can feel tough or tiring for grown-ups. Your teacher gets it, is trained, and there to support you.

Why do we sing the same songs every two weeks?
Mastery is a key element of the Suzuki Method. Little children LOVE repetition; familiarity with “what is coming next” has been proven through research to be a deeply positive feeling for babies and toddlers, and is an essential element of Little Music’s learning environment.

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

Is this a franchise?
Nope. Little Music is a uniquely independent program in Toronto, run by qualified Suzuki Method teachers. Pedagogy, students and their families are our main focus – not “merch” and marketing.

My child is an older toddler. May I just drop him off for class?
All Little Music students must be accompanied by a grown-up: a family member (grandparents LOVE this class), or assigned caregiver. Little Music is not a drop-off program.

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.

Credits and Refunds.
*After one year of zoom classes through the pandemic, the Little Music Early Childhood program is on hiatus until further notice*
Little Music classes are currently offered weekly via zoom at a discount from our regular tuition. If you have an existing credit from a previous payment, you can use it to pay for a new term or save it for future classes (to be claimed within one year of purchase date – see below) – either for your own family or gifted to someone else.
Refunds are available before the start-date of your registered session, or within five calendar days after its start-date. Requesting a refund within the window of the policy period is solely the responsibility of the registrant. This policy is not waived nor extended for any reason. Missing the refund policy period will result in credit. Unclaimed credit after one year is donated to Little Music’s scholarship fund – we support several Toronto organizations that assist young families by offering pro bono spots in our classes via scholarship.

I’m considering signing up, but first:  can I do a demo or a free “intro” class?
Ours is a purposefully small and focused Suzuki program, that features a learning repertoire based on weekly repetition – the benefits of which cannot be gauged after only one class.  Instead of demos, we have made several videos of our classes for you to enjoy.  Please click here to watch a short info-video about the exclusive educational experience Little Music offers, and feel free to browse through the other joyful videos on our channel.