Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Barcel Babies is a weekly interactive music experience for children ages 0 to 4 and their parents utilizing the Suzuki Early Childhood Education curriculum.
Discover Ability Development Through Music
Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes are an extension of the internationally known Suzuki Method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. SECE is a program in which a mixed age group of children meet weekly, building on concepts and skills laid out in the SECE repertoire while interacting with one another, their parents, and the teachers. The parent, who is the child's first and most important teacher, plays a central role in all activities. Simply put, the aim of our program is to build on the child's natural delight in learning and lay the foundation for future learning.
A Typical Class
During our weekly one-hour class, your child will enjoy singing, movement, instrument playing and listening. School readiness skills - like sharing, taking turns, following directions, and pre-literacy activities - are part of every class. Each child is paired with an adult, usually a parent, who participates in the music activities with their child. Classes end with a story and time for parent journaling.
Ideal Learning Environment
Working in partnership with parents, our goal is to offer a stimulating, rich and unpressured environment. In this environment, children learn from one another and each child is encouraged to participate at his or her own level. Through repetition and various activities, we'll help your child gain mastery, add songs and activities to their repertoire and gradually participate in more sophisticated ways.
Dedicated Lead Teachers
Our lead teachers are dedicated to your child's success. All are musicians with undergraduate degrees in music and extensive backgrounds in performance, education and child development. In addition, each have completed more than 80 hours of specialized training in the Suzuki Early Childhood Education method and continue to pursue additional education.
Taking It Home
Suzuki Early Childhood Education extends beyond the weekly class to your home. A CD and booklet containing most of the songs and rhymes used in class is a required purchase the first day. As a parent, you will be asked to play the CD at home. Through regular listening, your child's familiarity with the music used in class will increase their joy and deepen their learning.
We have designed our Barcel Babies curriculum to make it easy for newcomers to join at any time. Nine-week sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Classes meet one hour each week on SATURDAY mornings in Wauwatosa.
Tuition & Fees
Classes offered on Saturday mornings in Wauwatosa.
Fees for 9 Week Session:
Birth through 5 months - $25
includes CD and Journal
Children 6 months to 3 years - $108
CD and Journal - $25 (one time charge)
Discounts for multiple children in the same family
"As the weeks go by, I see signs that my six-month old is tuned into what is going on and is actually anticipating what comes next. She loves it and so do we!" -Chris L.
"My two-year-old cannot wait to come to class each week. He loves playing the instruments - especially the drums." -Thomas G.