Looking for articles or ideas? Here are some things we’ve found that relate to our Suzuki Early Childhood Education class.

Interested in hearing more about the background and development of Suzuki ECE classes? Give a listen to this SAA Podcast interview with the creator of the Suzuki ECE curriculum, Dororthy Jones – “Skills I Didn’t Know My Child Had”

Have you ever wondered why there’s so much repetition in our curriculum? Children love and learn from repetition, and this Parents Magazine article is a great explanation!

Why Toddlers Love Repetition

Research was done on the Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes: “After completing the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk. They found that one-year-old babies who participate in interactive music classes with their parents smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music.

Babies’ brains benefit from music lessons, even before they can walk and talk

“How Music May Make Babies Team Players”  from the New York Times

From Time Magazine:

“…the actively-trained infants also had better early communication development, as seen in activities like pointing and waving “bye-bye.” These indicators of shared attention between the infant and other people are important precursors to the development of speech. Shared attention is also critical to the development of what researchers call “theory of mind,” which is the thinking required to understand that other people have their own distinct thoughts, intentions and feelings.  Theory of mind is the cognitive part of empathy…Because playing music with others requires shared attention and the ability to read their cues about rhythmic and melodic direction, learning these skills seems likely to enhance the ability to empathize.”

Want a Less Fussy, Easier-to-Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music!

From The Atlantic:

“Music lessons for babies as young as six months of age improves their understanding of tonality and accelerates their social and communication development.”

Study: Want Your Baby to Smile More? Make Music Together

Babies benefit when they make melodies with mom and dad

“A new study out of McMaster University has found that babies who engage in active music lessons with their parents show a higher level of musical development than babies who simply listen to music with their parents.”

Moving Together Builds Bonds From the Time We Learn to Walk

“Whether they march in unison, row in the same boat or dance to the same song, people who move in time with one another are more likely to bond and work together afterward.”