MUSIC PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-6

The Junior Music Course is an exciting and engaging Yamaha Music Education program geared toward children between the ages of 4 and 6. During this age range, your child’s ear is developing rapidly, making it the perfect time to begin musical training. Yamaha’s method teaches students music using a variety of activities – listening, singing, playing, and reading – to help develop their musical ear during this peak time in their development. Through these activities, your child will also develop a well-rounded understanding of musical concepts and be able to to express themselves through music beyond simply reading and playing musical notes on a page.
The Yamaha Music Education System’s unique group class teaching method also gives students the distinct advantage of learning to play music for and with others! Your child will gain valuable experience performing for and playing with their classmates, helping to boost their confidence and feel supported by their friends throughout their musical journey.
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Course Progress

Yamaha’s music education system tailors programs to fit both the mental and physical development of children within specific age ranges. The Junior Music Course, developed for children ages 4 and 5, maximizes each student’s learning experience by teaching them musical skills through fun research-based activities designed specifically for their age group. This ensures that students enjoy the learning experience and are able to progress to the next level of the program smoothly and comfortably. Students may continue through the Junior Music Course for up to four (4) years.
The Junior Music Course introduces musical concepts gradually, allowing students to enjoy the process of learning. They will:
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  • Play an entire song comfortably after three months.
  • Play an entire song using both hands simultaneously after six months.
  • Learn chords in different keys after one year.
  • Play in a variety of styles and tonalities using different musical concepts and expression after two years.
  • Be introduced to basic introduction to composition and improvisation techniques after three years.
  • Build on their knowledge of composition and improvisation techniques, and use them to write more complex original compositions after four years.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

  • 37 week sessions (September – June)
  • Annual Recital in June
  • 55 minute weekly class
  • Parent participation is required
  • Limited to 11 students per class

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN CLASS

The Yamaha Music Education System’s unique approach to teaching music works to develop a student’s musicality through program activities that include:
  • Ear Training
  • Keyboard Playing
  • Singing with Lyrics
  • Solfege Singing
  • Sight Singing & Playing
  • Rhythm Training
  • Ensemble Playing

COURSE MATERIALS

  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Home CDs
  • Animated DVDs
  • Carrying bag

REQUIRED AT HOME

For the first two years of the Junior Music Course, students will need access to a keyboard instrument with at least 61 full-sized, touch-sensitive keys. Keyboards with weighted keys (like those of an acoustic piano) are not a requirement at this stage, as some 4-5 year-old children can find them frustrating to play. Technical exercises that will require a full keyboard with weighted keys will be introduced later in the Junior Music Course (Year 3) when the students’ finger muscles are stronger and more developed.

FORMAL EXAMS OR ASSESSMENTS

YEAR 2
• Fundamental Skills Survey
YEAR 3
• Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 10
YEAR 4
• Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 9
*All evaluations are optional.

THE RESEARCH BEHIND THE YAMAHA MUSIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

The philosophy of Yamaha Music Education is based on the believe that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability. We believe that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy one`s own music, and through this joy we can enrich our life.
The four main characteristics of the unique Yamaha Education System are:
  • Timely Education: A child`s character develops rapidly at the age of 3 and 4 when many of their adult emotions are formed. The goal of Music Wonderland is to nurture this development though enjoyment of music with parents and new friends.
  • Group Lessons: Music Wonderland enhances social development. The group classes promote teamwork and a sense of accomplishment as the students and parents successfully make music together.
  • Comprehensive Musical Training:  Music Wonderland begins with a focus on developing listening skills. The children are taught to listen and react to music with body movements and on the keyboard. The expressiveness of the music helps them to learn the concepts of strong/weak; fast/slow; smooth/bouncy and more.
  • Systematic Approach: Leveraging children`s natural ability to learn by imitation, building on parental and peers support and bringing the perfect balance between the classroom and the home supported by Yamaha original materials, such as workbooks, DVDs, and CDs.

HOW IS YAMAHA DIFFERENT?

The Yamaha teaching method is a systematic and comprehensive training model that includes singing, ear training, movement and music appreciation. Their method of teaching music emphasizes an immersion into the musical community through group classes, ensembles, parents, teachers, friends and concerts – things that a student taking traditional one-on-one music lessons may not be exposed to. In the beginning, the keyboard is a tool to confirm a broad range of musical abilities.
While private lessons are an important part of the curriculum, they are added later when the student is more physically and mentally mature.

WHY USE KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS?

Yamaha group music programs use the keyboard as the main tool for musical learning. Keyboards offer the following advantages:
  • Pitch Accuracy: When a key is pressed, it produces the correct sound.
  • All Musical Elements: Students can play melody, rhythm, and harmony on one instrument.
  • Visible and Touchable: On a keyboard, notes are easy to find and play.
  • Range: Sounds are easy to produce in all ranges (high and low).

WHY IS PARENT PARTICIPATION REQUIRED FOR JMC?

Parents provide support and encouragement throughout the learning process. Having a parent in the classroom helps their child feel happy and secure, giving them more confidence to participate in classroom activities. Students with parents who are engaged in the learning process are more motivated and have a more successful home practice, as the parent knows what was covered in class and how to help the student if they are having trouble.

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