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How to download Little Notes listening

Week 1 and Week 2 listening available on iTunes and Apple Music

As you know, our Suzuki listening is an important part of our days not just in class, but at home too. While our Little Notes listening (Week One, Week Two, plus some bonus lullabies) is available on CD, you can also get your Little Notes listening through Apple iTunes and Apple Music. Be sure to add both to your library:

Week 1 Listening

Little Notes Listening - Week 1

Week 2 Listening

Little Notes Listening - Week 2

Listening tip

Pick a consistent time of day to put on your Little Notes Listening. First thing in the morning, during lunch, or during a drive might work better for you (we put on ours during bedtime). Pick whatever is best for your routine.

P.S.: Just so you know, these links are affiliate links. Price is the same for you, but some of the proceeds go to support ESMA. Thanks and see you in class.

Little Notes Song of the Month: Sunny Day

Baby plays xylophone at Little Notes Baby Music Class Eugene

Here’s a great song for these lovely May days, to our “falling thirds” melody that goes with “Rain, Rain, Go Away”:

Sunny day, sunny day
Let us play outside all day

See you at Little Notes!

Recitals are good for babies and toddlers too

Babies and toddlers need recitals too

Did you know that recitals are important for babies and toddlers too? Playing in recitals, or even just attending, helps infants and young children in many ways:

  • Builds confidence, listening, and social skills
  • Engages young children with music
  • Shows that it’s okay to feel nervous
  • Demonstrates that people’s efforts and hard work are appreciated
  • Fosters friendships and builds community

Falling Leaves: Little Notes Song of the Month, October 2015

Image: Stanley Zimmy

Image: Stanley Zimmy

With October we are feeling autumnal in Little Notes, which inspired this xylophone song, to the tune of “Rain, Rain, Go Away:”

Falling leaves, falling leaves,
Red and yellow, orange and green

New Little Notes Class

Little Notes Baby Music Class Eugene

For Eugene families interested in our Little Notes 0-3 baby music class, beginning with Fall Term 2015 we have added a fourth class! Here is our Fall Little Notes schedule, and you can register anytime:

  • Wednesdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m. (waiting list only)
  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 10:15–11:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Enrollment for Little Notes is open on a rolling basis. Register now for your spot »

What do babies think?

Even though your infant may not be able to share or express to us what they learn and think, they are learning and thinking so much! As a teacher and a parent, I see this every week with my own son in Little Notes class. Other families tell me too that they are much more aware than ever of how much their own infants and toddlers are learning and processing.

Research backs this up more and more too. In this TED Talk video, psychologist Alison Gopnik describes babies and young children as being like “the R&D division of the human species.” Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

What is your baby thinking?

Even Babies Benefit from Music

Research continues to demonstrate how a baby’s development improves when he or she participates in interactive music activities:

Early Childhood Music Research Published – Suzuki Association of the Americas

As a teacher and a mother, I can’t say this comes as a big surprise! Singing with Baby Connor is a joy to us as a family, but it’s good to know that his early music exposure can have developmental benefits for him too.

It’s not a big surprise to Dorothy Jones, either. Dorothy is a specialist in Suzuki Early Childhood Education (ECE), and she helped develop the Little Notes class that ESMA teaches. Here is a video about ECE.

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