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 showing normal toddler behaviour: having a tough time or running around, the protocol is to calmly take them out of the Little Music studio until they (or you!) are able to join back in. If you need support, your teacher is there to help.

Why do we sing the same songs every two weeks?
Mastery is a key element of the Suzuki Method. Little children LOVE repetition, it gives them confidence and joy to know a favourite song.  Familiarity with “what is coming next” has been proven through research to be a wonderfully positive feeling for babies and toddlers, 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. (PLEASE NOTE: during COVID-19, please contact us to find out how to sign up for our enriching and joyful online classes!)

Why such small class sizes?
Our uniquely small classes (maximum of seven students) promote a calm environment so essential for learning.  Teachers and parents observe, assess and discuss children’s progress together.

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.

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, usually by age 3.

Is this a franchise?
Nope. Little Music is a small, unique program in Toronto, run and taught by independent Suzuki teachers. Students are our main focus – not “merch”, numbers, 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?
Little Music classes are currently offered weekly via Zoom at a steep discount from our regular tuition. If you have an existing credit on your account from a previous payment, you can use this to pay for the term, or save it as payment for future classes – either for your own family or as a gift to someone else (psst: a session of Little Music is a beautiful gift to a new baby!).
Any refunds during COVID-19/online classes are subject to a $30 fee.

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.