Suzuki ECE Information Meeting

Violinist Kirsten Browning and cellist Marla Majett are pleased to announce the first Suzuki Early Childhood Education Course in the Atlanta Area. This is a course designed for children from 0-4 years old. 


Classes are on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at 

Intown Community Christian Church located on La Vista Road in Atlanta, Georgia. 

About Our Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class

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What is SECE?

Studies show that the brain develops at its highest rate during the ages of 0-3 and the nervous system is organizing itself for all later learning. The optimal environment for that learning and development is one that is quiet and calm. Working in partnership with parents we maintain that calm environment. The triangle of teacher, parent, and child working in cooperation.


Suzuki Early Childhood Education (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 plays a central role in all activities in the belief that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher. Through parent participation in prenatal, baby, and preschool classes, parents become partners in providing an enriched natural environment for the growth of their children.


Suzuki ECE 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—to create an environment for children, free from pressure, in which they can gain skills, a sense of purpose in life, an understanding of discipline, and an appreciation of beauty. 


Key Concepts

SECE is built on 7 key concepts:

  1. Every child can learn. “Every child is born with outstanding potential.” - Where Love Is Deep, Shinichi Suzuki. The thorough mastery of one skill will ensure success as the next skill is introduced. Parents must not hurry the child but allow for confidence before proceeding. Parents and teachers must not “give up”. Just as every parent knows that their child will learn and speak their native language fluently, other abilities can be developed.
  2. Ability develops early. “If a particular piece of music is played daily for the baby, musical sense gradually grows. For example, if a 5-min masterpiece by Mozart is played for the baby from birth, the baby learns it by 5 months for so.” - Ability Development From Age 0, Shinichi Suzuki. Success in one task will lead to more success. The earlier a child learns the satisfaction that comes with success, the earlier that child can move on to new skill development in any of the domains (cognitive, affective kinesthetic).
  3. Environment nurtures growth. “Through their ability to adapt to their environment, they can pick up something better than themselves with sensitivity and joy.” - Ability Development From Age 0, Shinichi Suzuki. When parents, teachers, and adults around the child are supportive and helpful, when they reward the child with positive feedback for efforts they make and when they show acceptance of the small successes that children have, the environment is nurturing and helpful for growth.
  4. Success breeds success. “Develop ability from what a child can already do and that ability will promote the happiness of doing things better and better. An unlimited amount of ability can be developed when the parent and child are having fun together. This is simple but often overlooked.” - Ability Development From Age 0, Shinichi Suzuki. Success in any task has some implicit rewards but when the environment provides some social or physical rewards like approval or a hug, the child quickly learns to repeat the effort.
  5. Parental involvement is critical. “Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.” - Where Love Is Deep, Shinichi Suzuki. When parents are supportive and actively help children, their accurate feedback helps the process of learning to focus and learning becomes thoroughly mastered. Although a child learns by experience to avoid a hot stove after touching it, the feedback for much learning is more often muted and needs to be supported by an adult.
  6. Children learn from each other. “… a strong desire to join the other children. Think of babies born into families where big brothers and sisters play the violin. These little brothers and sisters develop well and fast when the time comes for them to start violin.” - Where Love Is Deep, Shinichi Suzuki. Children who play with other children learn from them. All children use their senses for learning and their senses will motivate them to imitate their peers (especially if it looks like fun). They identify readily with children who are a little older and represent a “working” model. They often look to children just a little younger to practice the social skills that they have learned from older children.
  7. Encouragement is essential. “It must be evident to the child that the adults around him care, understand him, accept him, and have faith in him.” How To Give Your Child a Priceless Educational Advantage At Home, Dr. Helen Billings. The social reward of a supportive parent or adult (or other child) will speed the learning and remove doubt about what constitutes success in a child’s learning experience. No encouragement negates the fundamental reward of success in any learning experience. It is possible for the physical environment to provide the reward necessary but if there is no encouragement from any aspect, the learning is not complete.

Class details

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
  •  Intown Community Church by Toco Hills on LaVista Road
  • Classes begin on February 26th, 2019
  • The last class is May 14, 2019
  • It is open enrollment, so you may join anytime!


Who are we?

Kirsten Browning, lead teacher

Marla Majett, assistant teacher

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Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class

Intown Community Church, 2059 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, United States

Kirsten Browning knadean@gmail.com 404-314-3080 Marla Majett marlamajett@gmail.com (404) 694-0661