YAMAHA MUSIC CLASSES FOR AGES 6 – 9
The Young Musicians Course is a fun and engaging beginner keyboard program for children between the ages of 6 and 9. These exciting Yamaha music classes teach students music using a variety of activities – listening, singing, playing, and reading – to help develop their musical ear and give them a well-rounded understanding of musical concepts. Through the Yamaha teaching method, your child will go far beyond simply learning to read and play musical notes written on a page. They will learn to express themselves musically with a program that encourages creativity and independence.
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.
Additional Course Information
37 week sessions (September – June)
55 minute weekly class
Annual Recital in June
Parent participation is required
Limit of 11 students per class
Two (2) textbooks
Two (2) CDs
REQUIRED AT HOME
For the first year of YMC, students will need access to a keyboard instrument with at least 61 full-sized touch-sensitive keys. For second year students and higher, a keyboard/piano with 88 fully-weighted keys is strongly recommended as it will help develop technical proficiency
If the student has access to a digital instrument (i.e. electronic keyboard), a variety of instrument sounds and rhythms is recommended. Other features, such as USB connection, MIDI compatibility, and automatic accompaniment are also a bonus. These features inspire creativity and make practice more fun!
If the instrument at home is an upright/grand piano, please make sure that it is tuned regularly.
Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 11
Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 10
Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 9*All assessments/examinations are optional.
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN CLASS
- Singing Songs
- Solfege Singing
- Ear Training
- Rhythm Training
- Keyboard playing
- Music Theory
- Ensemble Training
- Improvisation & Composition
THE RESEARCH BEHIND THE YAMAHA MUSIC EDUCATION SYSTEM
Yamaha believes that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability, and that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy one’s own music. Through this joy, we can enrich our lives.
The three main characteristics of Yama’s unique music education system are:
Timely Education: Children’s listening skills develop dramatically during the early years. Each course helps students to develop musical sense through guided listening, singing, and playing activities using variety of music during each stage of aural development.
Group Lessons: Yamaha has adopted the format of group lessons because we believe it is vital for children to share the excitement and joy of music with their friends. Through group lessons, students inspire each other and drag out each other’s personality. The spirit of cooperation and sociability is nurtured.
Comprehensive Musical Training: Yamaha Music Education programs offer a well-balanced courses with lessons incorporating not only playing but also other elements such as listening, singing, reading and creating. Through these activities, children develop comprehensive music skills.
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?
The use of the keyboard as a learning tool is one characteristic of the Yamaha Music Education System. 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).