Pre-Twinklers Handbook

About the Music

The music on the recording includes music from the Suzuki repertoire. Some have been written for pedagogical reasons by Dr Suzuki, and others are traditional folk songs. The songs are sung, played on Violin, Cello and Piano. There will be the full Violin, Cello and Piano Suzuki CD’s available to loan and take home as well as a variety of other music.

What to Do at Home

Play the recording at home at different times of the day. Repeat the activities done in class including singing, actions and dancing.

It is important that your child hears you sing the songs many times. They will eventually repeat them too. This experience will help lay the foundation for the basis of pitch and rhythm. Repetition of the familiar is very important for the young child’s emotional and cognitive development.

How to Create a Stimulating Home Environment

Children learn more than you can guess in their first few years. The musical opportunities which you expose them to will provide a solid foundation from which to build.

Surround your child with a musical environment by playing other music too. Choose a variety of music , anything by Vivaldi, Bach or Mozart  is a great start. 

What to Expect at your Pre-Twinklers Class 

In the Pre-Twinklers class, “taking turns” develops independence and allows the child to learn patience, confidence and sharing. The many opportunities for observation of other children “doing” reinforces skill development. Cajoling, coercion, forcing and begging do not often produce good and lasting results.

The skills they acquire include basic musical skills and the classes will also help their emotional and social development,

Careful observation of the child is very important. Dr Suzuki reminds parents “to enjoy the moment”. Each week, parents note their child’s newest accomplishment in a book. These brief anecdotal reports can be as simple as “Sarah willingly played the wood clock today with the teacher’s help”. It is important that the adult in ‘Sarah’s’ life celebrate this small step - a step toward independence and increased confidence. Careful observation will mean many opportunities to celebrate even the smallest steps in learning.

The Suzuki Philosophy

If you haven’t already, please read “Nurtured by Love” by Dr Sinichi Suzuki. Dr Suzuki (1898-1998) was a Japanese violinist and accomplished teacher whose career spanned over 50 years. He studied children and the way in which they learn. Encouraged by their ability to assimilate their “mother tongue”, he saw great opportunity to enrich children’s lives through music, but he also recognised the unique contribution music can make in the total learning process. The purpose of Suzuki training is not to produce great artists, but to help every child find the joy that comes from music-making.

In “Ability from Age Zero” (another book by Dr Suzuki and worth reading), Dr Suzuki made a plea to all parents, “please, prepare the best environment for your child. Parent and child should grow together looking forward to the future.” The CD and handbook will help you create that good environment.

How to Apply the Suzuki Philosophy to Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Suzuki Early Childhood Education seeks to build on the child’s natural delight in learning and lays the foundation for life long learning that meets Dr Suzuki’s goals for all children.

The following concepts provide the basis for a Suzuki ECE class:

Every Child can
Ability develops early
Environment nurtures growth
Children learn from one another
Success breeds success
Parental involvement in education is crucial
Encouragement is essential

Pre-Twinklers Studio Guidelines

Please arrive at least 5mins before class start time and enter the room calmly with your child. If you have had to rush, feel free to take a moment to breathe before coming in! If you do come late and the class has begun, please wait to enter between activities to not distract the other children. Also, please remove shoes at the door.

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