Youth Classes

SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION  |  AGES 0-4

Parent and child (age 0-3) 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, and nursery rhymes. Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home, and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.

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.

Benefits of long-term participation in SECE:
  • Ability to listen
  • Rhythmic and melodic awareness
  • Memory skills
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Sensitive group participation
  • Social skills
  • Preparation for instrument study
How SECE is different from other music classes:
  • The learning environment is calm.
  • Parents are actively involved and participate in music making.
  • Activities are repeated often, which leads to mastery of skills and confidence.
  • The class is structured to build a child’s ability to focus and increase concentration.
  • Frequent encouragement creates a positive environment for learning for parents and children.
  • Team Teaching (two teachers per class) allows for quick transitions between activities.
  • SECE teachers have taken long-term training and are committed to on-going education.
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2018-2019
Class Information

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am
Begins September 12, 2018

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am
Begins September 15, 2018

This class meets eight times per term. New students can start any time.

Instructors: Katie Ekberg, Meredith Vaughan, Michaela Sandness

Tuition and fees

$165 each quarter of 8 classes or $610 for full year (32 classes)

Annual registration fee: $25*
CD and booklet: $25, paid the first time you enroll

Music Discovery  |  AGES 4-5

Students build foundation skills while having fun! Through music activities, students discover instinctual rhythm and melody skills, and the joy of music-making. Students sing, move, dance, and play, learning about the instruments, their voices, enjoying creative movement, games, and rhythm instrument experimentation.

Music Discovery

Saturdays, 11-11:45 am
Begins September 15, 2018

Meets eight times per nine-week term. New students can begin at the start of any term.

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

$150 per term
Annual registration fee: $25*

First steps  |  Kindergarten and first grade

The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm reading skills. Children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments. Through aural, visual, and kinesthetic activities the elements of rhythm are experienced and internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn beat, rhythm, note names, and values through 16th notes, duple, and triple meter. Elements of ear training, melody, and melodic movement are internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn pentatonic and diatonic scales, solfege, moveable “DO”, the five line staff, and melodic movement in steps and skips.

First Steps

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Begins October 8, 2018

Meets for 25 weeks, October – May. New students can start until early November.

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

$450 for full 25-week class
Annual registration fee: $25*
Payment plans: Inquire in the office

Voice Class  |  Ages 7-9

This class is perfect for children who love to sing or who have not chosen an instrument yet. It can also serve as a continuation of the First Steps. The class covers basic technique, sight-singing, ear-training, and singing of vocal literature appropriate to the age. Both unison and part singing are included and students perform in a recital.

Voice Class

Mondays, 6:30-7:15 pm
Begins September 10, 2018

Meets eight times per nine-week term. New students can begin at the start of any term.

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

$145 per term
Annual registration fee: $25*

Songwriting workshoP for Beginners and Beyond

RECOMMENDED FOR AGE 7TH GRADE AND OLDER

In this weekly class, students will work on writing songs regardless of experience. By combining original composition with the study and performance of cover songs, we will work to understand the craft of songwriting. Subjects covered will be popular song forms, chord progressions, melodic construction, lyric writing and more. Class will culminate in a concert at the end of the term.

Prerequisites: 2 years of piano or guitar, a basic understanding of chords (how to play major and minor chords on the student’s preferred instrument)

Required Materials: A notebook specifically designated for songwriting; A notebook or loose-leaf paper specifically designated for note-taking in class; Access to a keyboard or guitar at home

Weekly Expectations: Listen to a new album; learn a new cover; and write a new song or part of a new song.

Course will cover:
  • Chord progressions
  • Keys, identifying your key and what that means
  • Chord choices, roman numeral system, major/minor
  • Song structure and terminology, tempi, genre
  • Laying out your songs clearly and neatly
  • Point of view (Are you writing from your own perspective? From a character's? Third person?
  • Sharing songs

Songwriting workshop

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Begins September 13, 2018

Meets eight times per nine-week term. New students can begin at the start of any term.

Instructor: Tim Kraack

Tuition and fees

$170 per term
Annual registration fee: $25*

RHYTHM WORKSHOP  |  TWO AGE GROUPS: 9-12 AND 13-18

A fun rhythm course designed to meet students of all abilities  at their level with the goal of deepening students’ understanding and control of rhythm.

Students will participate in a weekly ensemble classes playing bucket drums, shakers, and other percussive rhythmic instruments to focus on rhythmic accuracy and steady tempos, while also making creative music and learning how to improvise. Two sections, divided by age. Instruments are provided.

The course for ages 9-12 focuses on:
  • Steady beats and fun grooves
  • Ensemble playing experience
  • Playing rhythms by ear
  • Physical connection with rhythms as complex as 16th notes and triplets
The course for ages 13-18 focuses on:
  • Keeping a steady beat beyond the metronome
  • Groove creation on buckets and students' main instruments
  • Call and response pieces, playing intricate rhythms by ear
  • A physical connection with rhythms as complex as quarter-note triplets, swung 16th notes and 32nd notes
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Rhythm Workshop

Ages 9-12: Saturdays, 10-10:45 am
Ages 13-17: Saturdays, 11-11:45 am
Begins September 15, 2018

Meets eight times per nine-week term. New students can begin at the start of any term.

Instructor: Andy Myers

Tuition and fees

$150 per term
Annual registration fee: $25*

*Students enrolled in multiple classes or lessons are charged just one annual registration fee.

450 North Syndicate St.
Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364

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