Little Notes™ Music Classes

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (ECE) & Baby Music Class Eugene

FREE for infants up to 6 months!

“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.”
– Roxana del Barco Herrera & Maria Luisa Del Rio, “The Baby 0-3 Years & Music,” American Suzuki Journal, volume 33.2

Open Enrollment! Families may register and begin attending Little Notes classes at any time. Infants are free up to 6 months.

Little Notes Baby Music Class Eugene


What is Little Notes?

“We have to understand early childhood stimulation as a way to help the baby in discovering his own world—guiding him and supporting him, trying not to correct him or direct him too much, but giving him the opportunity to make his own discoveries.”
– Roxana del Barco Herrera & Maria Luisa Del Rio, “The Baby 0-3 Years & Music,” American Suzuki Journal, volume 33.2

During the early childhood years, birth through age 3, every moment is an opportunity for children to learn. Little Notes uses singing, percussion instruments and repetition to help children 0-3 begin building learning and life skills, have fun and share bonding quality time with a parent or other caregiver.

Parent and teacher guide each child in a fun, pressure-free environment. The curriculum consists of nursery rhymes, circle songs and story songs, plus reading aloud at the end of each class. Each class has a maximum of 10 families.

No prior musical training is necessary. Plus, unlike many other early childhood programs, there are no new CDs to buy or new songs to learn every few months. Little Notes uses the same songs throughout the entire class, giving you familiar songs and rhymes that you can share with your child for years to come.

Baby plays xylophone at Little Notes Baby Music Class Eugene

By participating in Little Notes, you aid your child’s development with:

  • Listening Skills
  • Language
  • Coordination
  • Memory
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Expression
  • Self-Confidence
  • Melodic Awareness

Head Teacher (and mom) Jodie St. Clair is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher. 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.

Assistant 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.

About Suzuki ECE

About Suzuki Music Instruction“Every child has a sprout of talent. Developing that sprout into a wonderful ability depends upon how it is cultivated…. Setting a child aside until elementary school age and then saying that now education begins is like taking a withered or withering sprout and suddenly giving it large amounts of fertilizer, putting it in the sunlight and flooding it with water. It is too late for the withered sprout.”
– Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Founder of the Suzuki Method

In the Suzuki Method, children thrive in an environment of total support. Suzuki students develop confidence and self-esteem, determination to try difficult things, self-discipline, and concentration. They also acquire a lasting enjoyment of music, and the sensitivity and skills necessary for making music.

Suzuki ECE helps the parent, the child’s first and most important teacher, learn how to observe their child, and then how to inspire and motivate their child’s learning. Suzuki ECE is based on 7 important concepts:

  • Every child can learn
  • Ability develops early
  • Environment nurtures growth
  • Children learn from one another
  • Success breeds success
  • Parental involvement is critical
  • Encouragement is essential

In Japan in 1985, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method, asked Dorothy Jones to develop a Suzuki ECE program. Dorothy Jones is a Registered Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Teacher Trainer, Past-President of the SAA, 10-year Board Member of the International Suzuki Association (ISA), and founding member of the Board of Directors and Past-President of the Suzuki Association of Ontario (SAO), Canada. In 1993, Dr. Suzuki and the Board of Directors of the ISA approved the curriculum Dorothy Jones developed and named her school in London, Ontario, Canada, as the first World Centre for Suzuki ECE Teacher Training.

What Littles Notes Parents Say

Toddler plays xylophone at Little Notes Baby Music Class Eugene“My daughter and I have been attending ESMA’s baby 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 (12 months)

“My son loves coming to Little Notes. We even use the songs at home and other places, sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, singing ‘Michael Finnegan’ is the only way we get through diaper changes right now, and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ just helped us weather some rough moments on an airplane!”
– Amy S., Eugene


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