Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at The Suzuki Schools

General Music Classes are a fun and creative way to introduce your child to music. If your child is younger than five years old, we recommend you enroll in a general music class for at least a year before taking an instrument. We also suggest that you enroll for at least a semester in a course run at SMSW since our courses are designed to help the transition into private instrumental lessons and are part of the Suzuki curriculum. Please read our terms of service for this class before enrolling.

“Learn with Love!” ….. Dr. Suzuki believed that in a loving environment, a child can learn anything. Parent and child participate in a weekly interactive music class. Parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs, nursery rhymes and Suzuki repertoire. Parents become expert observers of their own children. Children watch the actions of the parent and gradually begin to imitate them. This process is one to be enjoyed and celebrated as each new development is observed — just as you do when your baby utters those first few words. With each semester, the child’s mastery level increases, leading to higher skill levels in every area of development. The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior, sensitive group participation, and the most important skill for children at an early age – the ability to listen.

Would you like a class with your friends? Private classes can be scheduled for groups of four to six.

COVID-19 Update

Until further notice, all individuals ages 2 and up are required to wear a face covering in the Suzuki Music Schools. Social distancing will be practiced.

Early Start (infants birth – 12 mos)

40 minutes

Wednesdays 11:30 WESTPORT

Saturdays 11:00 WESTPORT

Jump Start (mixed ages 1-5 yrs)

40 minutes

Wednesdays 10:30 WESTPORT

Thursdays 3:30 WESTPORT

Saturdays 9:00 WESTPORT

Ready Start (grades pre-K4 – 1st)

40 minutes

Tuesdays 3:30 ORANGE

Thursdays 4:30 WESTPORT

Saturdays 10:00 WESTPORT

FALL 2021 Semester

16 weeks: 9/14 – 1/23/22

For more information please contact Sarah Smale at 203-227-9474 or sarah.s@suzukischools.org

A Community Music School

With locations in Westport and Orange, Connecticut, Suzuki Music Schools is a 501(c)3 community music school dedicated to inspiring young minds to experience the joy of music. We provide a high standard of musical education using the Suzuki method, a method that promotes respect, discipline, personal confidence, teamwork and a strong work ethic, all within a nurturing environment that enriches family bonds.

Welcome to Suzuki Music Schools

An introduction to the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport & Orange

Our Mission

Our mission is to guide students to acquire a lifelong love of music and develop excellent musical skills. We provide a high standard of musical education using the Suzuki method, a method that promotes the values of respect, discipline, personal confidence, teamwork and a strong work ethic, within a nurturing environment that enriches family bonds and contributes to the community.

Early Start: Ages birth-12mos

“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" ~Dr. Shinichi Suzuki  

Designed specifically for lap babies and crawlers, and their parents, our Early Start class uses music to nurture and strengthen the baby/parent bond. Musical, social, cognitive, physical and emotional development is supported through lullabies, rhymes, intentional touch, action songs, and multi-sensory play. The learning, connection and communication continues at home with multiple styles of music for listening as well as educator-shared resources and suggestion in our private Early Start online group, open only to members of the class. 40 minutes; Ongoing classes throughout the year.

Jump Start: Ages 1-5

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

The Jump Start class celebrates the quality and potential offered in a mixed age environment. Learning not only skills, but also experiencing the joy and community of family and friends, toddlers and pre-schoolers continue to lay the foundation for a happy love of music. Through movement, play, instruments, sign language, focused listening and group dances, you and your child will experience music as a foundation for language, empathy, community, learning, self-awareness, and physical development. The learning, connection and communication continues at home with multiple styles of music for listening as well as educator-shared resources and suggestion in our private Early Start online group, open only to members of the class. 40 minutes; Ongoing classes throughout the year.

(Summer Only) Meet the Instruments: Ages 4-6

This parent-child class is ideal as an introduction to any Suzuki instrumental lessons, as well as an excellent opportunity to help determine which instrument your child would like to pursue in the fall. Summer session.

Ready Start: Grades Pre-K4 - 1st

This parent-child class is ideal as an introduction to any Suzuki instrumental lessons, as well as an excellent opportunity to help determine which instrument your child would like to pursue; also to get professional advice as to which instrument your child may be best suited. Using the Suzuki repertoire, the children will learn and continue to review basic musical concepts such as steady beat and pitch, as well as be introduced to the actual Suzuki rhythms, shared by all the instruments. Over the course of a semester, each instrument offered here at SMSW will be presented for a live, hands-on demonstration. 40 minutes; 17-week semester offered fall and spring.

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Student News

Suzuki Music Schools is proud to recognize our students as they perform in the community. Do you know a Suzuki Music Schools student who should be featured here? Get in touch!

March 2020

Angela Kapikian, a student of Dr. Rafael Videira in the the Orange campus, was selected to participate in the 2020 edition of Connecticut’s All-State Festival Orchestra. Congratulations, Angela!

Spring 2019

Lina Elwood received 2nd place at the Chopin International Competition, Hartford, CT.

Spring 2019

Samuel Rossoni received first place at Crescendo International Competition, and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall.