Sharing music & life skills with infants & toddlers since 2010
Big learning happens at Little Notes!
Start your musical journey now
FREE FOR INFANTS UP TO 6 MONTHS!
Every child can learn… including toddlers, babies, and newborns!
Since 2010 our experienced teachers have helped Lane County’s parents bond with their infants and toddlers.
Our fun, structured program combines simple circle songs, nursery rhymes, movement, rhythm, and reading. ESMA’s supportive, welcoming, diverse, multi-teacher community emphasizes enabling children to be confident and capable not just in music, but in life.
A growing body of research backs what we parents know in our hearts. These words, from the American Suzuki Journal article “The Baby 0-3 Years & Music,” sum up our teaching philosophy:
“Early childhood is not a time for good results but a time of developing abilities, imagination, intelligence, self-conscience, self-control and self-assurance. It is a period of great creativity… [where] the most important stimulus is love.”
“My daughter and I have been attending ESMA’s Little Notes class since my daughter was 6 months old. I cannot express enough how much this class has brightened our lives. The music we sing in class is incorporated into our daily lives and routines. I even catch my husband singing the songs to our daughter regularly. My daughter’s face just lights up when she hears the songs. We have also established friendly relationships with many of the other parents and children in class. We plan to attend for years to come!”– Liz and Elsie, Eugene
Little Notes aids your child’s development with…
Enroll and begin anytime!
- Open Enrollment! Families may register and begin attending Little Notes classes at any time.
- Little Notes is designed for the needs of newborns, infants, and toddlers.
- Children get hands-on experience with instruments, as well as develop important personal and social skills
- No prior musical experience required for adult or child.
- Infants are free up to 6 months.
- Children past their third birthday often still enjoy attending too!
- Between ages 3–4, children are ready to “graduate” from Little Notes to other music instruction, such as Suzuki Violin Lessons.
Why have a music class for babies and toddlers?
The early childhood years of birth through age 3 provide boundless opportunities for children to learn.
During class families can build even the youngest child’s ability to start understanding skills such as memory, sharing, taking turns, rhythm, and finding their voice. We use singing, percussion instruments, and repetition to help children 0-3 begin building learning and life skills, have fun, and share quality bonding time with a parent or other caregiver. That learning goes home with families so the journey can continue!
At every Little Notes class you’ll find…
Parent and teacher guide each child in a fun, pressure-free environment. No musical experience needed!
Reading & bonding time
Each class ends with the teacher reading aloud to students, followed by a free-form reading and bonding time for child and caregiver.
Small class size
Each class has a maximum of 10 families and is taught by 2 trained teachers.
Your child wants to hear your voice
Afraid of singing? Gain confidence to share music with your child for years to come.
Two curriculums of nursery rhymes, circle songs, and story songs rotate week to week. No new CDs to buy or songs to learn!
Your family is welcome at ESMA
All families and children welcome, because every child can learn.
Your Little Notes teachers
Head Teacher (and parent) Jodie St. Clair is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher and SECE instructor. She received Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training from Dorothy Jones, founder of the Suzuki ECE program and the World Centre for Suzuki ECE Teacher Training. Jodie has also taught the SECE class at the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention, held in 2013 in Matsumoto, Japan, birthplace of the Suzuki Method.
Teacher Jenny Mendoza is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at the University of Oregon. With a focus on music, Jenny’s research explores how infants learn to process sounds in their environments. Working with Little Notes combines Jenny’s loves of music, working with young children and families, and early childhood education.
Start your musical journey
Enroll now to beginning the magic of a musical journey with your child.