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Teacher Training: Suzuki Early Childhod Education (SECE)

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) is based on the premise that the potential for every child is unlimited. Suzuki Early Childhood Educators work in partnership with parents to create a stimulating learning environment.

ASI plans to offer Stage 2 SECE training in 2021

There are 5 stages of SECE teacher training.  Each stage focuses on the common curriculum found on the “Lullabies, Action Songs, and Rhymes”, SECE curriculum recording, in a five day, 30 hour course, including daily observation and participation in Suzuki Early Childhood classes and pedagogy sessions.

SECE Intro Video from Little Music, Canada

Prerequisites for Trainees:

1. Complete Every Child Can! and SECE Stage 1 training

2. Be active members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas

3. Be able to sing in tune, keep a steady beat

4. Study the songs and rhymes of the SECE curriculum “Lullabies, Action Songs, and Rhymes” CD and be prepared to perform the songs and rhymes during the SECE training classes

5. Stages should be taken in order

Recommended, but not required: two years of Suzuki training on an instrument, or college training in early childhood education, with a minimum of two years teaching experience

Prerequisite Reading for Trainees:

Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki

Ability Development from Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki

Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes Handbook by Dorothy Jones

• Any class literature provided by trainer prior to the start of the course.


SECE Stage Two

Postponed to June 2021

Location to be determined

Stage 2 delves more deeply into specific topics than Stage 1 training and includes:

  • Study of the baby/toddler class curriculum and goals

  • The importance of the baby class sequence and key teaching strategies

  • Discussions of the skill level of babies and toddlers

  • An emphasis on parent education

  • An outline of a four week prenatal music stimulation program

  • Guides to prenatal resources

There is a minimum of one written assignment required during this week. Each trainee has an opportunity to lead an activity in the daily baby/toddler class during the training week.

Registration Fee (non-refundable): $75 (through March 1)

SECE Course Fee: $515

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