MUSIC PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-4

Music Wonderland is a Yamaha group music program for children designed to introduce your child to music in a fun classroom setting. This group class uses singing, listening, movement, and age-appropriate keyboard activities to develop your child’s musical ear and promote music sensitivity. 
In addition to boosting musicality, Yamaha’s group classes help to grow a child’s self-confidence through encouraging creative interactions with peers.  Children learn to express themselves through musical storytelling activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Patience, anticipation, attentiveness, and focused listening are also developed through participating in classroom activities.
Music Wonderland sets the foundation for a life-long love of music by providing positive and fun first musical experiences. Students can continue their music education with the Junior Music Course after finishing this program.

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Additional Course Information

CLASS DESCRIPTION

  • 37 week sessions
  • In-class concerts
  • 45 minute weekly class
  • Parent participation is required
  • Limited to 11 students per class
“Imagination is much more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein

HOME MATERIALS

  • CD
  • Textbooks
  • Stickers

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN CLASS

  • Listening Ability: As this is a most significant period of aural development, a rich and varied array of listening activities develops sensitivity and listening ability and enables students to perceive music’s power to vividly express images and emotions.
  • Social Development: The parent’s role is very important in a child’s life at this age. Because of this, interaction between parent and child is an important focus in the group lessons. Also, through the group lessons children develop the basic skills of relating to other children and adults.
  • Keyboard Experience: Children experience sound through the keyboard and learn about the fun of keyboard playing. Appropriate to this stage in their physical development, initial playing activities engage the use of large motor skills.
  • Cultivation of the Imagination: Fantasy, play, and the imagination are important tools to use in a young child’s education. Suitable colorful, playful imagery, sounds, and subjects fill the activities, textbooks, and music.

EARLY EMPHASIS ON COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP OR INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUE

Yamaha’s extensive training model includes singing, ear training, movement and music appreciation. Students use the keyboard to explore a wide range of musical skills. Private lessons are an important part of the program; Yamaha incorporates these lessons later when the student is more physically and emotionally mature.
The Suzuki method teaches students fundamental music skills. There is early emphasis on playing technique. Proper posture and playing skills are a focus during the lesson.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT CHART

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WHAT IS THE YAMAHA MUSIC EDUCATION SYSTEM?

Yamaha believes that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability. Every person has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy their own music. We can enrich our lives through this joy.
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. Many of their adult emotions are formed. The goal of Music Wonderland is to nurture this development though enjoying music with parents and new friends.
  • Group Lessons: Music Wonderland helps to boost a child’s social skills. Group classes promote teamwork as the students and parents learn to successfully make music together.
  • Comprehensive Musical Training:  Music Wonderland works to develop listening skills. The children are taught to listen and react to music with body movements and/or their keyboards. Expressive music helps them to learn the concepts of strong/weak, fast/slow, smooth/bouncy, and more.
  • Systematic Approach: Yamaha knows that children learn through imitation. Songs and actions are taught in the classroon setting, giving students the opportunity to participate with the support of the group.

WHY IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?

The age requirement ensures that students get the most out of their classes. The Yamaha Music Education System tailors their programs to fit students’ emotional and physical development. Because of this, children must enroll in the age-appropriate course so that they can progress smoothly to the next level of the course. 

HOW IS YAMAHA DIFFERENT FROM THE SUZUKI METHOD?

The Yamaha curriculum and the Suzuki Method both began in post World War II Japan. They share some core concepts, such as teaching music like a language (introducing music in a manner similar to native language acquisition, or ‘mother tongue approach’), timely education (training at a young age) and a belief that all children can learn.
The Yamaha Music Education System is an extensive training model that includes singing, ear training, movement and music appreciation. Yamaha encourages students to become a part of the musical community through group classes, ensembles, parents, teachers, friends, and concerts. In the beginning, children use the keyboard as a tool to develop a range of musical abilities. Yamaha incorporates private lessons later when the student is more mature and has developed their core musical abilities.
The Suzuki method teaches fundamental musical skills. There is an early emphasis is on developing performance skills and instrument technique. During the lessons, proper hand positions and playing techniques are a focus. Though the Suzuki method does value the musical community, students mainly develop their musical knowledge in an individual setting.

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