Starting in September 2017, the Suzuki String School of Guelph will offer a
Suzuki Early Childhood Education (Suzuki ECE) program for babies and toddlers. Suzuki ECE teachers
Kelly Williamson and Carmen Evans are heading the new program and will be teaching classes as a
team. In Suzuki ECE, children ages 0-3 participate in weekly group classes with an accompanying adult,
learning a carefully-structured sequence of songs and activities. The program also focuses on the
development of key social skills and physical and cognitive abilities, all in a fun and nurturing
SSSG Artistic Director Paule Barsalou says, "The Suzuki ECE program is more than a music program-it
helps parents to strengthen their parenting skills and to notice all the micro-steps of their child's
development from infancy. It also gradually prepares the family for instrumental lessons."
Suzuki ECE teacher Kelly Williamson says, "The Suzuki ECE program is suitable for all children. The class
environment offers a mixed-age group so that children will observe and learn from each other. The
interaction builds bonds between parents and children that enhance their learning in later years."
This program will replace the school's Orff-Suzuki Music Moves program. After over 30 wonderful years of Guelph Orff Studio and Orff-Suzuki Music Moves, beloved teacher Karen Haack is retiring.
Barsalou says, "Guelph owes a huge debt of gratitude to Karen for planting the seed of the love of music
in so many generations of children. She has been an incredible driving force in early childhood music
education in our community! Her gentle, kind, whimsical and fun personality will be missed and fondly
remembered by everyone she touched. Karen will continue to teach piano in her home studio."
About Suzuki String School of Guelph
The Suzuki String School of Guelph is a non-profit, charitable organization providing a dedicated strings
school for Guelph and surrounding communities. The goal of the SSSG is to build a sense of community
through the love of music, and develop self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual commitment and
Through music, the school strives to nurture the growth of young leaders that will continue to
contribute to our communities as well-rounded, competent adults.
For more information, visit:
Suzuki String School of Guelph Contact:
75 Cardigan St., Guelph, ON Paule Barsalou