Friday, October 12, 2012

"Suzuki" Early Childhood Education

I find it interesting that the SSA (Suzuki Violin etc.) has
adopted Montessori philosophy and practice as the core
of their new Suzuki ECE program. There is a bit
of Reggio and other methods thrown in as well as other
early childhood music methods, like Orff and Dalcroze.
For more info see the SAA site here:
Another excellent post on the connection between Montessori and Suzuki
can be found here:
Suzuki ECE

Dorothy Jones

Dorothy Jones is a specialist in Suzuki Early Childhood Education. At the request of Dr. Suzuki, she founded a Suzuki School in London, ON, that included Suzuki baby/toddler, preschool and elementary classes. In 1993, the ISA approved her program in Early Childhood Education and designated her school as a world teacher training center. Past president of the SAA and past board member of the ISA, she was a founding member of the board of the Suzuki Association of Ontario and was president of that organization. She has been a Suzuki parent, Piano and ECE Teacher Trainer and keynote speaker at conferences and workshops around the world for more than 38 years. For the past 10 years, she has traveled extensively to train teachers in Suzuki ECE: prenatal and baby years.

Sharon Jones is a Teacher Trainer in Suzuki Early Childhood Education and an experienced Suzuki Violin Teacher. With Dorothy Jones, she developed the curriculum used world wide in Suzuki Early Childhood Classes. Sharon has been a clinician at conferences and workshops in Canada, USA, Ireland and Japan. She has taught at numerous Institutes in the United States and Canada. A singer, Sharon was the artist for the recording, Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes, the core material for the Suzuki Baby Program. Sharon will lead the baby and toddler classes and demonstrate the various technical and artistic approaches to babies and their parents.


  1. I run an Infant Toddler Program with a Suzuki ECE teacher (I am a Montessori guide) and our program integrates both philosophies with great results. The two are very compatible have many similarities.

  2. That is awesome that you combine them.
    I'd be interested to know how it work in
    practicality. I did visit your site and it
    looks interesting.