The Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Class


Class Description

The Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Class is an intro to music for children from 0-3 years of age accompanied by their parents. Through the class activities children develop both musical abilities and character traits like compassion, integrity, self-discipline, respect, and confidence. Activities vary from singing to playing rhythmic instruments which keep the children engaged throughout the class, developing their ability to focus, and listen.

Dr. Suzuki’s Philosophy

Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy that every child can learn is the center of the SECE class. He believed that talent was NOT in born, but an ability that could be developed in a nurturing environment with parent involvement.

The seven concepts of the Suzuki Philosophy are divided into two groups: beliefs and implementation.  The three beliefs are the fundamental cornerstones of the philosophy, and the last four concepts form the basis for our actions implementing the philosophy in the SECE class.


  • Every Child Can Learn

  • Ability Develops Early

  • Environment Nurtures Growth


  • Children Learn from One Another

  • Success Breeds Success

  • Parental Involvement is Critical

  • Encouragement is Essential

The Suzuki Triangle


SECE Teachers

Laurita Jáuregui has been teaching Suzuki violin since 1998.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Portland State University and has completed all 10 units of Suzuki Violin Pedagogy. In addition to teaching privately in Oregon and in Mexico, Laurita has been a guest clinician at Suzuki Institutes in Mexico and Puerto Rico. She currently directs the Suzuki Stumptown program and directs the In-School Violin Program for the Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras in Portland, OR.

Sarah Hart has been teaching violin and viola to students of all ages since 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College. In addition to teaching privately in Santa Cruz, CA and Ithaca, NY; Sarah was on violin and viola faculty with the renowned Suzuki program ‘Boulder Suzuki Strings’ in Boulder, CO. She taught strings for many years for public schools throughout Santa Cruz. She currently maintains a private studio in Portland, OR.


New Families: Your FIRST class is FREE!  Click the button below to register for your FREE Suzuki Stumptown SECE Class:


Class Tuition & PolicieS PDF

Enjoyed your free class? If you are interested in continuing with weekly classes for your baby or toddler please READ about our Tuition, Policies, Calendar, Expectations & Agreement.



Please fill out our Tuition & Policy agreement. Looking forward to working with you & your child.

Are you looking for a music class for your infant or toddler in Sothwest Portland? We highly recommend our friends at Da Capo Suzuki Early Childhood Education.