The Crescendo Kids program is Morin Music Studio’s Early Childhood Music program for students ages 0-5 years. Rooted in the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, students gain confidence by experiencing the natural joy and fun of music-making while also gaining knowledge and develop skills in their musical education.
A primary goal of the Suzuki Method is for children to thrive in an environment of consistent support. Students in the Crescendo Kids program sing, move and have fun while developing confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline and concentration.
Skills in each class are age-appropriate and developed through a combination of singing, instrument playing, creative movement, and musical games and activities.
Learn more about our 3-tiered program below:
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” -Dr. Suzuki
Dr. Suzuki was not only a musician and teacher, but also a master observer of the effects of music on the overall life of a child. His care towards the long-term benefits of exposing a young mind to music inspired him to establish Early Childhood Education.
At the heart of his teaching, Dr. Suzuki had a vision for all children to have the opportunity to develop into a “whole child”, unveiling the natural potential to learn and grow into a thriving, happy person. The foundation for later learning is laid by early childhood experiences and by practicing social skills that will set them up for success later in life.
A primary goal of the Suzuki Method is for children to thrive in an environment of consistent support. The hope is that these students will develop confidence, self-esteem, endurance, self-discipline and concentration.
- We strive to maintain a pressure-free environment where children can develop skills, a sense of self and purpose, as well as an appreciation of discipline and beauty.
- As we care for our children, we pursue every opportunity of joy and fullness of life, laying a foundation of confidence and endurance in their later years.
- Based on the Suzuki concept of the Mother Tongue Approach, Suzuki Early Childhood instructors help parents understand that just as their children learn to speak their native language fluently, other abilities such as music can be instilled in these precious younger years.
What to Expect:
- Music is an extremely effective way to create attachment and strong relational ties between parent and child. This bond is further strengthened as parent and child (age 0-3 years) participate together in a weekly interactive music group class.
- Parents will have the opportunity to watch their babies develop rhythmic ability, melodic sense, as well as memory and social skills.
- Parents are strongly encouraged to use the Curriculum CD (Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes) at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes throughout each day.
- Parents will recognize that they are the expert observers of their own children. As their child begins to develop musical memory and skills through watching their own parent, parents will have the joy of watching their own baby progress through many milestones. The process is one to be savored and enjoyed!
- Specific results from this process include increased vocabulary, strengthened social skills, and sensitivity towards others and their environments. One of the key skills for young children is to develop the ability to listen.
- Connective pathways in the brain are created by repeated early experiences. This is the premise of Suzuki Early Childhood Education as opposed to that of traditional methods of learning. In traditional teaching, curriculum moves quickly from one thing to the next, while Mother Tongue ability is the result of training based on incremental practice.
- Classes include children of mixed ages between ages 0-36 months allowing students to move through the curriculum in stages and according to their level of development. Their ability is firmly and gradually developed at one level before advancing to the next.
- The mixed ages in the class allow older children to learn sensitivity and give the opportunity for them to model for those younger than them, while younger children develop skills more quickly and securely with the older children as models.
Specific Skills Developed:
- Listening and Sequencing
- Understanding Size
- Pitch Skills
- Number Skills
- Motor Skills
- Social and Emotional Development
Parents as Models and Observers:
- Parental involvement and active observation of the stages of development and successes of the child are an incremental component of the Early Childhood Program. Parents are encouraged to participate fully in the singing, actions and movement to serve as a model for their child. The youngest babies will be unable to participate physically but will be learning the excitement and joy of participation from the parent and will soon want to participate fully.
- Parents will also become active observers and develop their observation skills by noting their child’s progress at the end of each class. Careful observation will afford many opportunities to celebrate even the smallest steps in learning, and will give parents a chance to celebrate each step towards independence and increased confidence!
The Learning Environment:
- Suzuki Early Education is a system of instruction that recognizes that success in one small step can and will lead to success in the next step.
- Parents are the role models
- We must learn how to guide – not to push or pull
- Love and acceptance are critically important
- Avoid competition among young students and siblings
Transition to Instrumental Studio Lessons:
- A solid foundation of listening skills, rhythmic and melodic awareness creates a smooth and logical transition to learning an instrument.
- With increased knowledge of what is needed to create a positive learning environment for their child, combined with developed skills as observers, Parents are given a solid foundation for what is required in home practice for young students receiving private instrumental training.
What is different about Suzuki Early Childhood Programs:
- The Programs are not franchised
- Classes recognize the importance of parent education and devote much time developing a partnership with parents to help them to create a natural enriched learning environment in the home
- Teachers are trained to foster ability while most traditional teachers use the “teach and move on” approach (following a curriculum that is calendar driven)
- Teachers understand the potential for assisting parents in creating a rich musical environment before a baby is born and are convinced that the spirit of the child is formed as a result of his/her early environment
The baby/toddler class uses a constant curriculum over a three-year period to ensure thorough mastery
The Crescendo Kids Program and Suzuki Teaching Philosophy is meant to not only teach the each child music, but most importantly to develop the whole child and to unfold his/her natural learning potential and joy of learning.
Through the Suzuki growing process, children are not only able to become strong and skillful musicians, but also thrive in a total environment of support while developing confidence and self-esteem, determination to try difficult things, self-discipline, concentration as well as the joy that comes through music-making.
Level One of the Crescendo Kids Music Program is a weekly parented music class for students ages 3-4 years. It’s curriculum is rooted in Suzuki Philosophy and teaches the fundamentals of music to students using fun and interactive music games and activities, and while encouraging imagination and learning through play using the Dalcroze teaching approach.
The Crescendo Kids Program engages several aspects of intelligence through a multi-dimensional approach to music learning. Learning takes place in a very natural way, quite similar to the nature of childhood play, allowing children to internalize musical concepts using games that engage logical thinking as well as their bodies as their instrument.
What the Students Learn:
- Producing Steady Beat and Accurate Rhythms
- Reading and Understanding Italian musical terms and Dynamics
- Basic Rhythm Reading and Dictation
- Counting and recognizing Meter
- Note Reading from the Grand Staff
- Musical Alphabet
- Keyboard Geography of the Piano
- Singing using Solfege
- Orchestra Instrument Families
Students learn the fundamentals of music – rhythm, melody and harmony, tempo, pitch, vocal skills and memorization – through four main aspects of learning:
Eurhythmics – During the musical activities, students are often barefoot and moving in some way around the room. Children learn to become responsive to the music sounding in the room using gestures with their hands, arms, legs, heads and upper bodies. Using their bodies as their instruments, the student’s movements help to create a circuit of information and response between their brain and body which lead to the internalization of the musical concepts learned in class.
Solfege – The important skill of sight singing can be taught quite naturally to young children. This training and understanding of the connection between the eyes, ears and voice is taught through a combination of listening, hand actions and vocal improvisation. Students will learn to use their voices and better understand it’s connection with their own music-making as well as the music that they hear around them.
Improvisation – Improvisation is a key component in the class. With improvisation being not only quite similar to natural childhood play, it also frees the child to learn to relate directly and spontaneously with the music around them. This free movement allows the child to bring together the elements learned in class with their own creative movement, the use of their voice as well as other instruments.
Focused Music Theory Games and Activities – This class incorporates musical games, creative movement, singing, and instrument playing in a learning environment that is structured, yet pressure-free. Instruments and equipment such as rhythm sticks, drums, rhythm shakers, scarves and bells are used to develop motor coordination and to develop ease of musical expression. Basic skills in rhythm, tempo, pitch, vocal skills and memorization are developed in a gradual way through repetition and incremental practice in order to promote thorough mastery for each student.
Level Two of the Crescendo Kids Music Program is where so much of the magic happens! Students participate in a weekly parented class and explore music and movement with energetic body movement. Instrumental training and reading music begins while students are able to explore making music on a wide variety of instruments such as:
- Percussion instruments
In this fun and energetic learning environment, students learn to read music, further develop melodic and rhythmic awareness, and enjoy the fundamentals of music theory through weekly games, activities and exercises.
Incorporating a variety of materials, students are guided to learn in small steps and at their own pace. Weekly activities allow students to learn through a variety of different learning styles and in a sequential manner. Activities encourage self-motivated learning and weekly games allow the students to work cooperatively with their classmates as well as to learn in a fun and relaxed way.
Modeled after the fundamentals of Suzuki philosophy, this class introduces the material found in Royal Conservatory’s Preliminary Music Rudiments and serves as an excellent foundation to future instrumental instruction.
Table list of Class times
Crescendo Kids Schedule
Session 2 : February 2018 - June 2018
|Monday||10:45-11:30am||Crescendo Level 1||3-4yrs|
|Monday||12:45-1:30pm||Crescendo Level 2||4-5yrs|
|Tuesday||1:00-1:45pm||Crescendo Level 1||3-4yrs|
|Wednesday||9:45-10:30am||Crescendo Level 2||4-5yrs|
|Wednesday||12:45-1:30pm||Crescendo Level 1||3-4yrs|
|Wednesday||1:45-2:30pm||Crescendo Level 2||4-5yrs|
|Thursday||1:00-1:45pm||Crescendo Level 1||3-4yrs|
|Saturday||10:45-11:30am||Crescendo Level 1||3-4yrs|
|Saturday||11:45-12:30pm||Crescendo Level 2||4-5yrs|
“Our children have received excellent music instruction at Morin Music Studio. Thanks to the wonderful teachers, our kids have a love of music and a strong musical background which they will enjoy for their whole lives.”
~Geeta T., Mom of Kevin and Alix
“We enrolled our daughter in Suzuki ECE when she was 7 months old and she has continued into Crescendo kids as she has aged. The structured nature of the classes have taught her discipline and patience as well as nurtured her appreciation for music. Through repetition she has learned many songs and loves playing the instruments. She started off shy and unsure but her confidence continues to grow with each class. She comes home from music class and is excited to teach her stuffed animals what she has learned that week!”
~Tam H., Mom of Quinn
“As parents, there are many criteria to consider when we chose a piano teacher for our children: qualification, personality, teaching philosophy or approach, track record, studio environment, and so on.
All of the above are key to cultivate children’s solid piano fundamental skills and develop their love of music. We believe music helps children’s emotional and behaviour development. After the first interview with Carmen, we were certain we found the right teacher and transferred our children here. Now our two boys have successfully finished the third year in the studio and we are happy we made the right decision.
It is quite easy to find a teacher who is patient and always praise the student for their progress or a teacher who is rigorous about achieving high standard and targets, but it is not easy to find a teacher like Carmen who has both of the attributes. She will ensure the students not only have fun but also accomplish any goal they set for themselves.”
~Jing and Dahai D., Parents of Alex and Steven
“My daughters have been students at Morin Music for the past year and we are absolutely thrilled with the experience. They both countdown to the day of their class each week and have so much fun there. My only regret is not starting them even earlier. The studio is bright, beautiful and welcoming and the instructors are playful, genuine, and effective at teaching the kids in a way that resonates with them. I look forward to having my girls continue to learn and develop their musical literacy. I would recommend Morin Music Studio to anyone looking for quality musical instruction”
~Sandy G., Mom of Emaan and Aikam
“Our three children have been students at Morin Music Studio for the past 4 years. We are absolutely thrilled with how much they have learned and how they have grown as musicians!
The teachers at Morin Music Studio are professional and very knowledgeable. They strive for excellence with their students and we have been amazed at the growth each of our children has shown over the time they have been there. We thoroughly enjoy the recitals that the Studio puts on and are so proud of watching our children perform with confidence and skill.
Morin Music Studio is an exceptional experience and we feel grateful to be a part of it!”
~Shauna H. – Mom of Jennie, Victor and Maggie