SECE Teacher Training Stage Two

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Prenatal and Early Years, Stage Two
SAA SECE Teacher Training Course
with Danette Schuh, Registered SAA SECE Teacher Trainer
click here for application form
Teachers, take the next step in your SECE teaching journey! This 5-day course will take you through the second level of Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher training. This interactive course will include 5 live demonstration classes in addition to lecture and discussion. All participants should come prepared to lead activities in the baby/toddler demonstration class and receive personal feedback throughout the week. There will also be required written assignments and observations during the course.
Wed, Jan 2 thru Sun, Jan 6, 2019
CLASS SCHEDULE (for all days except Sunday)
8:15am – 4:15pm
9:45-10:45am SECE Baby/Toddler demonstration class
Lunch break 11:45-1:00pm
12:00pm – teacher class begins
1:30-2:30pm – baby/toddler class
2:30-5:00pm – post-class discussion

Christ Church Sugar Land
3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Near Sweetwater and Hwy 59, approx 1.7 miles/five minutes from First Colony Mall

To register a child in the baby/toddler demonstration classes, click here

Need childcare during the course? We are in the process of arranging childcare at the class location. Contact us ASAP if you are interested.

Have a child age 0-3? Click here to enroll your baby/toddler in the demonstration classes

Pencil and paper for notes
Required Course Materials

Course fee: $565.00 before Nov 15, 2018 OR $600.00 after Nov 15, 2018
SAA Registration fee: $15.00 (required to register the course with the SAA)

Required materials for pre-requisite re-reading and study:
Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki Revised Edition
Ability Development from Age Zero, by Shinichi Suzuki and Mary Louise Nagata
Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes CD by Sharon Jones with companion booklet by Dorothy Jones
Recordings also available for download on iTunes

Current Active SAA Membership
Successful completion of SECE Stage One training.
Upon completion of Stage 1 training, teacher participants are encouraged to gain experience teaching a SECE class before pursuing Stage 2 training.
A period of 9 – 12 months is required between taking Stage One and Stage Two.
Participants must be able to sing in tune and keep a steady beat
Participants must have studied the songs and rhymes of the SECE curriculum CD and be prepared to perform the songs and rhymes in class during the SECE training
Participants must have re-read Nurtured by Love, Ability Development from Age Zero and the Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes Booklet

All fees are non-refundable (unless the course is full before your application is received). Absences cannot be credited or refunded.
Returned check fee/credit card chargeback fee is $35.00.
Attendance for the entire 30 hours of class time and payment of the SAA registration fee is required for SAA course registration.
Please refrain from taking photos or video during the baby/toddler classes. Photos/video during the teacher training class is only allowed for your own personal study use. No photos/video may be posted online or used in print without written permission from Danette Schuh.

Apply now! Enrollment is limited.

Questions? Check out our FAQ’s or contact
Danette Schuh, Director, Dolce Music Studio
PO Box 1911, Sugar Land, TX 77487
832-886-1745 – office
832-886-1745 – fax
click here to email us

Q. I’m coming from out of town. Are there good hotels nearby?
A. Yes. Nearby hotels include, the Hampton Inn and Suites, Missouri City, 4909 Hwy 6, Missouri City, TX 77459, Holiday Inn Express Missouri City West, 5007 Hwy 6, Missouri City, TX 77459, Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land, 16730 Creekbend Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478, the Courtyard By Mariott Houston/Sugar Land Lake Pointe, 16740 Creekbend Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478, and the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, located in Sugar Land Town Square, a nice lively city center area with convenient shopping and dining all within a few blocks.
Hotel alternative: many past participants have stayed in Airbnb homes and enjoyed their stay.
Email us if you are looking for a roommate. We may be able to put you in contact with others in a similar situation.

Q. I have taken Stage One. How is Stage Two different and why should I take it?
A. As a life-long learner, it is strongly recommended to continue Suzuki training and deepen your understanding of the philosophy and curriculum. In Stage Two, we will analyze different aspects of the Baby/Toddler class curriculum and goals including new “layers” for stimulating more excitement in classes, and discuss new research and its effect on early childhood education.

Q. I just took Stage One last month. Can I take Stage Two now?
A. No. A period of 9 – 12 months is required before taking the next consecutive stage of training.

Q. I am not currently teaching an SECE class. Can I take Stage Two training?
A. Yes. Upon completion of Stage 1 training, teacher participants are encouraged but not required to gain experience teaching a SECE class before pursuing Stage 2 training. If you have not been teaching the SECE class since Stage One training, please memorize all the action songs and rhymes on the class curriculum CD and review your Stage One course materials before coming to class. If you do not have the material memorized, you will have difficulty leading class activities in the demo classes.

Q. I have already read Nurtured by Love, Ability Development from Age Zero, and the Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes booklet. Do I need to read them again?
A. Everyone learns by repetition. It is expected that you will re-read these materials before class. Please also bring them with you to class for a reference.

Q. I have a baby/toddler between 0 and 3. Can they participate in the demo classes?
A. Yes. We welcome your child in the class. Contact us with your child’s name and age and we will let you know if there is available space in the baby/toddler classes. Click here for the baby/toddler registration form.

Q. What should I wear?
A. The demonstration classes are active. Wear something comfortable for moving, dancing and sitting on the floor. Be prepared to remove your shoes during class.

Q. What if I can’t sit on the floor because of an injury?
A. No problem. You may sit on a chair for all the floor activities.

Q. What will we be studying in the class?
A. The Stage Two class delves more deeply into SECE topics.

  • Study of the baby/toddler class curriculum and goals
  • The importance of the baby/toddler class sequence and key teaching strategies
  • Discussion of the skill level of babies and toddlers
  • An emphasis on parent education
  • An outline of a prenatal music stimulation program for expectant families
  • Guides to prenatal resources
  • Analysis of flow and balance of the curriculum
  • There is a minimum of one written assignment required during this week. (Practice of team teaching)

Q. Should I bring my lunch?
A. You may bring a sack lunch or you may go out to lunch at a nearby restaurant. There will be a 85 minute (1 hour and 15 minute) break for lunch.

Q. What is required after taking Stage Two, before taking Stage Three?
A. SAA requirements are as follows:

  • Upon successful completion of Stage 2 training, teacher participants are required to teach a SECE class during the 9 -12-month period before pursuing Stage 3 training. If a teacher has not yet started a class, participants are encouraged to repeat Stage 1 or 2 training before pursuing Stage 3
  • A period of 9 – 12 months is required before taking the next consecutive stage of training.