In this weekly 60-minute 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, and nursery rhymes.

The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior, and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.

Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home, and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.

Benefits of long-term participation in SECE:
  • Ability to listen
  • Rhythmic and melodic awareness
  • Memory skills
  • Increased vocabulary and development of social skills
  • Sensitive group participation: understanding of the concepts of sharing, taking turns.
  • Preparation for instrument study
How SECE is different from other music classes:
  • The learning environment is calm, allowing children to build skills in listening and focus.
  • Parents are actively involved in music making.
  • Activities are repeated with the goal of mastery of skills and increased confidence.
  • Gentle, encouraging, and supportive feedback creates a positive environment for learning for parents and children.
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Class Information

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

2022-2023 Fall semester class will be offered in person.

class on hold - pending start date

Instructors: Katie Ekberg and Laurie Dehmlow

New students can join the class at any time, and we will prorate tuition.

Tuition and fees

12 classes in the semester: $260

Annual registration fee: $35*

CD and booklet: $25, paid the first time you enroll

Music Discovery  |  AGES 4 and 5

Kids build foundation skills while having fun. Instructor leads students through music activities, helping children discover the joy of music-making.
Kids will sing, move, dance, and play, learning about the instruments, their singing voice, and famous classical pieces.

Music Discovery

New students can start at any time.

Spring Semester 2023:

Tuesdays 5:30-6:15pm,
14 weeks: Feb. 7-May 23

Tuesdays 6:15-7pm
accepting new students
start date pending
call or register to reserve your spot!

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

First steps  |  Kindergarten and first grade

Building a strong foundation, learning the language of music.
Highly recommended before children begin private lessons on their instrument of choice.

This class prepares students to begin private lessons in a wide array of instruments with a strong foundation in the language of music. The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm and melody reading skills.

In the full 25 week class, children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments; learning:
beat and rhythm, note names and values through 16th notes, duple and triple meter, ear training and solfege, melody and melodic movement, pentatonic and diatonic scales, moveable “DO", and the five-line staff.

First Steps

enroll for the full year program

23 weeks: Mondays, 5:30-6:30
begins Nov. 7th, finishes before Memorial Day

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

group piano |  more details coming soon

to be announced

group piano class


Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

honors chamber music

Prerequisites: Nomination from your private lesson teacher.

  • more information coming soon!

honors chamber music

more information coming soon

Coach: varies

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

*Students enrolled in multiple classes or lessons are charged just one annual registration fee. Additional family members are charged $10.


Learn patterns and explore rhythm through songs from different styles of music such as jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Peruvian, and more! Examples used will be from multiple genres, both old and new.


Thursdays, 6-7pm

Instructor: Brad Draper

Adult Group Voice Class

offered in partnership with St. Paul Community Education

Deepen your singing practice with other adult singers. Utilizing college curriculum for a structured, goal-oriented, and fun approach.

adult group voice class

this class is on hold in 2021-2022

Instructor: Krista Palmquist

1619 Dayton Ave.
Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364

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