Early Childhood Music
Early Childhood Music (ECM) 2016-17
Come sing, dance, laugh and learn with your little one! The OSA's Early Childhood Music offers multi-age classes (0-4) that use percussive instruments, movement, songs and rhymes to give your child a solid musical foundation. Watch your child develop a love of music and an understanding of musical language.
Please register early to ensure enrollment since registration is on the first-come first-serve basis. There is a maximum of 7-9 children per class. Late registrations may be considered if space remains.
Q: At what age can my child start?
A: As early as you wish!
Q: What if my child is close to 4 year old or has taken ECM class before but not ready for an instrument?
A: If your child is 3-4 years old AND he/she has already taken ECM before, you have the following options: 1) register him/her again in one of the above ECM classes of your choice; or 2) if you would like to enroll him/her a pre-instrument ECM group class because you feel your child is not ready for a more intense instrument training schedule (private lesson AND group classes for each week), please contact the registrar. We are exploring group classes for this cohort. Times, class length, and numbers will be determined by interest.
Q: When and where will the ECM classes be offered?
A: There are several classes offered at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) Community and Cultural Centre, on Bridge Road and one class at 216 Third Line in Oakville. See the detailed list below.
Q: How long is the program?
A: There are 25 weeks of classes in the 2016-17 year, with breaks corresponding to the school calendar and the OSA violin group class calendar. Classes will start in mid September and end in approximately May 2017.
Q: What are the expectations for parental involvement in the ECM classes?
A: Parents are expected to join in! Yes, that means singing along, dancing along and playing the instruments too! Not to worry, most of the nursery rhymes used are very familiar. With regular listening of the home listening recording CD you will quickly learn all of the words and melodies.
Q: Is there any practice/preparation required at home?
A: There is no home practice required, but we recommend listening to the recording as often as possible. Singing along with the recording in the car is a great place to start!
Q: What makes the OSA's ECM different from other music classes offered for infants and toddlers?
A: There are three primary differences between the OSA's ECM and other infant/preschool music activities:
- The OSA's ECM curriculum uses the same songs and rhymes throughout the entire course. Children of this age love repetition and we've found that by layering new types of musical activities into familiar tunes and rhymes, children progress effortlessly.
- All our ECM classes are usually of mixed ages. This is based on the Suzuki principle that children learn best from other children. Young infants learn not just from the teacher, but from imitating the older children. Older children and toddlers practice fine motor control and focus because they need to control themselves and move carefully around infants.
- Parental participation in our classes encourages both parent and child to be comfortable with making music together, and to enjoy sharing in musical experiences. These early experiences provide a strong foundation for formal instrumental study later on.
Q: What is the cost for registering?
A: The cost of registration for the 25 week 2016-17 year is:
- $320 (including CD value $25) + $30 ECM Family membership (payable for the first child, subsequent children from the same household pay only the Tuition fee of $320/year for ECM classes).
- If there are available space in March, the pro-rated fee would be $180 (including $25-value CD and $30 ECM Family membership).
Q: What is the ECM Family membership and what does the fee cover?
A: The fee covers membership for all ECM students in a family. The membership fee helps to pay for our insurance, administration, and teacher pay for concerts. Membership will ensure that families coming to the Oakville Suzuki Association will receive information about our events and happenings, and will be able to attend and participate in them.
Q: Where can I read more?
A: The Suzuki Early Childhood Education program was created by a world-renowned Ontario educator, Dorothy Jones. She developed the ECE program at the request of Dr. Suzuki himself, and it is now delivered worldwide. You can read more at http://www.suzukiece.com/Pages/prenatal_and_baby.htm. Scientific research about the benefits of Suzuki method early childhood instruction has recently received a great deal of media attention from sources including the Wall Street Journal and Science Daily. Our Early Childhood Music classes require a parent or guardian to attend and participate in small groups with their child. Activities include singing, musical games, use of rhythm instruments, and the exploration of several orchestral instruments. Children who have taken these courses are much better able to listen and concentrate. Their sense of rhythm and pitch is better than those who start at a later age.
The yearly calendar and the class schedule (subject to change based on enrollment) will be available for download:
Calendars & Class Schedules can be seen here
The following ECM classes are available for registration:
- Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, QEPCCC, Teacher: Morna Snair
- Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, QEPCCC, Teacher: Morna Snair
- Saturdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am, QEPCCC, Teacher: Kate Einarson - FULL
- Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, QEPCCC, Teacher: Gunilla Westerholm - FULL
If your child is 3-4 years old and he/she has already taken ECM before, but are not quite ready for the full private and group lessons with an instrument, please contact the registrar. We are exploring group classes for this cohort. Times, class length, and numbers will be determined by interest.
How to Register in an ECM class if you do not currently have an account on our website:
- Create an account on our web site
Create a new account to begin the registration process.
- Create a Family Profile
From the Family Profile you can add each student's information--we ask for birthdate, instrument, teacher name, and level (book level and last polished piece) so that we can properly place each child. For a new ECM student please just enter their birthdate.
- Register for your ECM class
From the Family Profile, individual links next to each student's name will be available to register for Membership and some Group Classes. ECM fees include the membership fee, so click on "Group" and then click on the "Register" button associated with the "2016-17 Early Childhood Music" class.