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

With age-appropriate experiences in early childhood, children grow in their abilities for thinking tunes, feeling rhythms, and responding to expressiveness in music. Uniquely designed for children and their caregivers, First Steps in Music classes utilize a variety of percussion instruments, props, and stories that encourage creativity and engagement in music and movement activities. These fun and interactive classes provide a bridge from research to practice, and prepare children to become music-makers for life. Taught by Connie Greenwood. There are three sessions during the academic year beginning in the fall, winter, or spring.

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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.

Class Schedule

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


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

An additional $15.00 registration fee will apply. This fee is waived for students who re-register for multiple sessions during the 19-20 academic year.

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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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

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

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


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!


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.


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.