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Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Fall SESSION; Simsmore Square Campus

Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30am or Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00am beginning on September 15, 2018.

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Suzuki-based early-childhood music education for young students birth through three years

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) is based on the premise that the potential of every child is unlimited. This program is a family's point of entry to The Hartt School Community Division's nationally recognized Suzuki program. Caregivers and children join together in guided musical explorations with experienced faculty trained in the Suzuki method. Get a head start with our life-changing programming.

Our educators work in partnership with parents or other caregivers to realize potential, create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment, and foster participation. When the environment is right, a child not only learns a skill, but also gains a sense of purpose to life, an understanding of discipline, and an appreciation of beauty. Shinichi Suzuki called this “talent education.” The word “education” in Japanese (kyoikuconsists of the kanji Kyo (to teach) and iku (to foster). It means to teach and foster until the material is absorbed and becomes inner ability, which as a foundation, allows children to think, organize, and respond. From this, children spontaneously stretch toward higher levels.

Caregiver participation is a fundamental part of Suzuki instruction. Parents or other adult caregivers must attend Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes with enrolled children.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Concepts

  1. Every Child Can
  2. Ability Develops Early
  3. Environment Nurtures Growth
  4. Success Breeds Success
  5. Parental Involvement is Critical
  6. Children Learn from One Another
  7. Encouragement is Essential

Download "Information about SECE Class" by SAA Teacher Trainer Lynn McCall (PDF).


Academic-year classes (September–June) are offered in three sessions during the fall, winter, or spring.  Classes meet on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30am or Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00am.

Fall Session runs from September 15 through November 20, 2018

Winter Session runs from January 8 through March 26, 2019

Spring Session runs from April 13 through June 4, 2019

Tuition and registration

10-week Fall and Winter Session at Simsmore Square (540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.)
Tuition: $200 per 10-week session
Materials fee (one-time payment): $30

8-week Spring Session at Simsmore Square (540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.)
Tuition: $160 per 10-week session
Materials fee (one-time payment): $30


About Suzuki Instruction at The Hartt School Community Division

Suzuki Early-Childhood Education The Hartt School Community Division’s Suzuki program is one of the leading comprehensive programs in the country. Suzuki Chair Teri Einfeldt, along with expert faculty, provides life-changing and inspiring performing arts education to hundreds of families from Greater Hartford. Our comprehensive Suzuki program includes

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Faculty


Reagan Brasch, early-childhood music educationReagan Brasch grew up studying in the Suzuki method with Paula Woyton in Texas. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music in violin performance and received her Masters in Music with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver. After teaching with Denver Talent Education for five years with James Maurer, she moved to Chicago to teach at the Music Institute of Chicago under the direction of Gilda Barston. She has had additional Suzuki training from Linda Fiore, Joanne Bath, Ann Smelser, Doris Preucil, Michele George, and Pat D’Ercole. Brasch gives both private and group instruction in Suzuki as well as chamber coaching. She was also program director and teacher of the early childhood Musikgarten classes to toddlers and preschoolers. She was twice awarded the Outstanding Teacher by the Alliance for Early Childhood. She has written articles for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Journal as well as for SAA eletter. Brasch has taught extensively at Suzuki institutes and workshops around the country.

When not teaching, she enjoys reading, gardening, and anything cat or quilt related.

Alexandra Hadden, Suzuki Violin

Alexandra Hadden began her violin studies as a Suzuki student at the age of three. She holds a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in violin performance from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, where she studied with Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale. She completed long-term Suzuki teacher training with Teri Einfeldt and has taken additional Suzuki courses with Linda Case and Christie Felsing. Hadden has also completed training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Lynn McCall. She has been a clinician at the Hartt Suzuki Institute, Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, and the Carlsbad String Education Suzuki workshop, as well as at string clinics at local public schools. In addition to teaching in the Hartt Suzuki program, Hadden is its general administrator and violin coordinator. She served as the chair of the Suzuki department at Powers Music School in Belmont, Mass., where she taught for over a decade. Hadden has been a member of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic, and Cape Cod String Quartet, and has performed with the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra. She has freelanced extensively in California, Mexico, and the greater Boston area.

David Madsen, Suzuki Guitar; Chair, Suzuki Guitar

David MadsenDavid Madsen founded what is now The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) Suzuki Guitar Program in 1991. The program presently includes sixty students and two faculty members. He is Chair of HCD's Guitar and Harp Department. Madsen graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Connecticut, studying with David McLellan and Ed Flower. 

He has since studied with David Leisner and Pepe Romero. His Suzuki studies have been with Bill Kossler and Frank Longay. In 2000 David became the third registered Teacher Trainer in guitar with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has conducted training courses throughout North America and in Peru, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. In January 2016, David began training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education (birth through three) with Lynn McCall. Madsen currently serves on the Teacher Development Advisory Committee  for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and is also a member of the SAA Guitar Committee.

Donna Ngai, Suzuki Violin

Donna Ngai has been teaching in The Hartt School Community Division Suzuki program since 1996. Along with teaching Suzuki violin private lessons and group classes, she also coaches chamber music ensembles and is the instructor for the Suzuki Parent Education course. Donna earned her Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training with Dorothy Jones (Level 1) and Lynn McCall (Level 2). She has been a contributor to the Suzuki Association of the Americas "Parents as Partners" video conference and has been on faculty at various institutes and workshops such as Ithaca College Suzuki Institute, Ogontz Suzuki Institute, New England Suzuki Institute, Atlanta Suzuki Institute, Studea Musica at Orford Centre for the Arts, la Academia de Suzuki in Puerto Rico.

Ngai completed her long-term Suzuki training with Teri and David Einfeldt at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, with additional Suzuki Pedagogy training with Linda Fiore, Michelle George, Christie Felsing, and Gilda Barston. In addition to receiving her degree from The Hartt School, she has attended Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music. Her principal violin studies have been with Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer, and Lucie Robert. While Ngai enjoys her teaching tremendously, one of her greatest joys is being a Suzuki parent to her two boys, Tyler (12, cellist) and Aidan (9, guitarist).

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at (860) 768-4451 or