Early Childhood Programs

The Hartt School Community Division offers serval music programs for students 0–5 years of age. Browse through the programs below to learn more about how your child can discover his or her love of music.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education | First Steps in Music | First Steps Collaborate 

First Steps in Music

Created by John Feierabend, Ph.D., First Steps in Music is a developmentally appropriate and carefully researched early childhood music program taught by Connie Greenwood and Rachel Ciccone. Classes are offered year-round for newborns and children up to five years of age.

Through singing, instrumental exploration, and games, children are given an appetite for music. In a playful manner, children develop sensory awareness, language, motor, creative and social skills along with gaining a wide repertoire of music. Taught by Connie Greenwood. There are three sessions during the academic year beginning in the fall, winter, or spring.

Inspiration

Inspire children to listen, feel, and move to music.

Imagination

Stimulate a child's imagination through songs and movement.

Interaction

Encourage fun, constructive social interactions with other children and their families.

Class Schedule

Fall 2019

Fall classes are offered in sessions of 10 classes and take place on the University of Hartford main campus. 

Enrollment is on a rolling basis as space allows. Please join us at anytime during this session. Drop in, and register at your first class!

Fall 2019 Friday Saturday
09/06/19 09/07/19
09/13/19 09/14/19
09/20/19 09/21/19
09/27/19 09/28/19
10/04/19 10/05/19
No Class 10/11/19 10/12/19
10/18/19 10/19/19
10/25/19 10/26/19
11/01/19 11/02/19
11/08/19 11/09/19
10 11/15/19 11/16/19

Winter 2020

Winter classes are offered in sessions of 9 classes and take place on the University of Hartford main campus. 

Enrollment is on a rolling basis as space allows. Please join us at anytime during this session. Drop in, and register at your first class!

Winter 2020 Friday Saturday
01/10/20 01/11/20
01/17/20 01/18/20
No Class 01/24/20 01/25/20
01/31/20 02/01/20
02/07/20 02/08/20
No Class 02/14/20 02/15/20
02/21/20 02/22/20
02/28/20 02/29/20
03/06/20 03/07/20
03/13/20 03/14/20
03/20/20 03/21/20

Spring 2020

Spring classes are offered in sessions of 10 classes and take place on the University of Hartford main campus. 

Enrollment is on a rolling basis as space allows. Please join us at anytime during this session. Drop in, and register at your first class!

Spring 2020 Friday Saturday
03/27/20 03/28/20
04/03/20 04/04/20
No Class 04/10/20 04/11/20
04/17/20 04/18/20
04/24/20 04/25/20
05/01/20 05/02/20
05/08/20 05/09/20
05/15/20 05/16/20
No Class 05/22/20 05/23/20 
05/29/20 05/30/20 
06/05/20 06/06/20
10  06/12/20 06/13/20

Tuition

Class Day and Time Fall and Spring Tuition Winter Tuition
Infant/Toddler (0–29 mos.) Fridays, 9:15–10:00 a.m. $155 $139.50
Nursery/Preschool (30 mos.–5 yrs.) Fridays, 10:10–11:10 a.m. $185 $166.50
Infant (0–15 mos.) Saturdays, 8:45–9:30 a.m. $155 $139.50
Toddler (16–29 mos.) Saturdays, 9:35–10:20 a.m. $155 $139.50
Nursery (30–42 mos.) Saturdays, 10:25–11:20 a.m. $185 $166.50
Preschool (43 mos.–5 yrs.) Saturdays, 11:25–12:25 a.m. $185 $166.50

First Steps Collaborate

Ms. Renee with our Level A Students

Share the joy of music and movement with your child in this 8-week First Steps Collaborate class. Bringing together exceptional music and dance faculty, we start with four music sessions to introduce your child to concepts such as steady beat, musicality explorations, and creative expression. Building upon this are four dance sessions to instill rhythm, balance, and coordination. Caregivers actively participate in  class with their child.

Class Information

Day and Time: Thursdays, 10–10:45 a.m.
Age: Designed for 3* and 4 year old students
         *Must be 3 years old by September 1
Tuition: $175

Sessions:
Winter: 01/09–2/27
Spring: 03/26–05/21

Attire

Students should wear clothing they can move in (no jeans or restricting clothing).  Sox are highly recommended as all participants (including caregivers) must remove their shoes when entering class.

Faculty

Music: Reagan Brasch
Dance: Cameron Whitney

Winter 2020

Winter 2020 Thursday
01/09/20 Music
01/16/20 Music
01/23/20 Music
01/30/20 Music
02/06/20 Dance
02/13/20 Dance
02/20/20 Dance
02/27/20 Dance
SNOW DATE  03/05/20

Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Thursday
03/26/20 Music
04/02/20 Music
04/09/20 Music
NO CLASS  04/16/20
04/23/20 Music
04/30/20 Dance
05/07/20 Dance
05/14/20 Dance
05/21/20 Dance
SNOW DATE  05/28/20

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Suzuki Early Childhood Education is based on the premise that the potential of every child is unlimited, and that music can be learned in the same way language is acquired. In partnership with parents and caregivers, our educators realize each child’s potential, and foster a calm, joyful environment. We build skill mastery through repetition and the layering of complex activities, including a repertoire of fun action songs and rhymes that grow with your child.

This program enables students to learn music as a second language and transition to instrumental lessons starting as young as age four. Because caregiver participation is a fundamental part of Suzuki instruction, parents or other adult caregivers must attend Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes with enrolled children. Taught by David Madsen and Alexandra Hadden.

Days and Times

Tuesdays:
                Class A: 9–10 a.m.
                Class B: 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Saturdays: 
                 Class C: 8:30–9:30 a.m.
                 Class D: 9:45–10:45 a.m.

Interested in visiting a class?

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Communication

Children will experience enhanced language and speech abilities as well as fine and gross motor skill development.

Character

Engaging activities allow for the development of character, sensitivity, empathy, leadership skills, confidence, self-esteem, patience, and self-control.

Concentration

Increased focus combined with a well-developed sense of pulse, rhythm and pitch allows students to study music at an early age.

Thank you for such a valuable and formative music experience for Lindi and me! Wonderful teaching and a beautiful representation of Suzuki – using music to grow beautiful hearts. My heart is full!

Amy, SECE Parent

Learn More

Suzuki Early Childhood Educator Lenni Jabour of Toronto, Canada explains the seven SECE concepts: Every child can | Ability develops early | Environment nurtures growth | Success breeds success | Parental involvement is crucial | Children learn from one another | Encouragement is essential

Class Information

Special Sessions

Upcoming Special Sessions!

-December Demo Session

Tuesday Saturday
12/03/19 12/07/19
12/10/19 12/14/20
12/17/19 12/21/20

 

Fall 2019 Schedule

Fall 2019 Tuesday Saturday
09/10/19 09/14/19
09/17/19 09/21/19
09/24/19 09/28/19
10/01/19 10/05/19
10/08/19 10/12/19
10/15/19 10/19/19
10/22/19 10/26/19
10/29/19 11/02/19
11/05/19 11/09/19
10  11/12/19 11/16/19
Snow Date 11/19/19 11/23/19

Winter 2020 Schedule

Winter 2020 Tuesday Saturday
01/14/20 01/11/20
01/21/20 01/18/20
01/28/20 01/25/20
02/04/20 02/01/20
02/11/20 02/08/20
No Class 02/18/20 02/15/20
02/25/20 02/22/20
03/03/20 02/29/20
03/10/20 03/07/20
03/17/20 03/14/20
10  03/24/20 03/21/20
Snow Date 03/31/20 03/28/20

Spring 2020 Schedule

Spring 2020 Tuesdays Saturdays
04/21/20 04/18/20
04/28/20 04/25/20
05/05/20 05/02/20
05/12/20 05/09/20
05/19/20 05/16/20
05/26/20 05/23/20
06/02/20 05/30/20
06/09/20 06/06/20

Location

All SECE classes meet at our Simsmore Square campus. Simsmore Sqaure is located at 540 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Connecticut. 

Follow the parking lot down to the lower level. The Hartt School Community Division is located underneath Villari's Karate Studio. Click here to see our virtual tour!

Tuition

Location Season Tuition Additional Fees
Simsmore Square 10-week fall $205 $30 one-time materials fee
Simsmore Square 10-week winter $205 $30 one-time materials fee
Simsmore Sqaure 8-week spring $165 $30 one-time materials fee
Simsmore Square 3-week December trial $35 None
Scholarships are available for children 0 to 12 months old, valued at up to 50% of tuition. Please inquire at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

Questions?

Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or email us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

Together, we can ensure the gift of an unparalleled performing arts education is available to all.