FAQs and Policies 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.  Familiarity with what is coming next in our class is a wonderful feeling for students, and is an essential element of Little Music’s learning environment.

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.

Why such small class sizes?
Our uniquely small classes promote a calm environment so essential for learning.  Teachers and parents observe, assess and discuss children’s progress together. Further, one of Little Music’s focuses is on prosocial behaviour development, in which case a small number of students is very important. Even children with a propensity for distracted behaviour (toddlers, normal!) are able to build skills to participate effectively in a group, with the support of parent and your Little Music teacher.

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. You and your little one will build an advanced foundation of music learning and preparation for eventual instrument classes. Alongside this, 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. Little Music is a unique program run and taught by independent Suzuki teachers, and students 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.

May I please get a refund?
Refunds are available either before the start-date of a session, or within five calendar days after the first class of a session. The first class amount is deducted along with a $10 admin fee and payment is returned to you via your original payment method. These refund policies are not waived nor extended for any reason. Requesting a refund within the window of the policy period is solely the responsibility of the registrant.
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.
Please note that all of policies, including refunds, are strictly adhered to out of fairness to all families in the Little Music program.

I’m considering signing up, but first:  can I do a demo or a free “intro” class?
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, the Suzuki Method overall focuses on community-building between student families, 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.