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 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.


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


Stimulate a child's imagination through songs and movement.


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


West Hartford

Academic-year classes (September–June) are offered in sessions of 10 classes and take place on the University of Hartford main campus. There are three sessions during the academic year beginning in the fall, winter, or spring.

Enrollment is on a rolling basis as space allows.
Please join us at anytime during this session.
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Location Class Day and Time Tuition
West Hartford Infant/Toddler (0–29 mos.) Fridays, 9:15–10:00 a.m. $155
West Hartford Nursery/Preschool (30 mos.–5 yrs.) Fridays, 10:10–11:10 a.m. $185
West Hartford Infant (0–15 mos.) Saturdays, 8:45–9:30 a.m. $155
West Hartford Toddler (16–29 mos.) Saturdays, 9:35–10:20 a.m. $155
West Hartford Nursery (30–42 mos.) Saturdays, 10:25–11:20 a.m. $185
West Hartford Preschool (43 mos.–5 yrs.) Saturdays, 11:25–12:25 a.m. $185

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.

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


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


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

Class Information


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

  • Fall Session runs from September through November
  • Special December Trial, three weeks in December
  • Winter Session runs from January through March
  • Spring Session runs from April through June

Upcoming Special Sessions!

-Demo Class #1: Tuesday, July 9
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at our Simsmore Square location

-Hartt Suzuki Institute, SECE Class: August 5–9
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the University of Hartford Main Campus

-Demo Class #2: Friday, August 16
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at our Simsmore Square location


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

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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.

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


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.