Junior Music Program For Children Ages 4-5.5
Junior Music Course offers a well-balanced program with lessons that include more than just playing notes on a piano. Students learn music by listening, singing, playing, reading and – as they progress through the class – creating. This well-rounded educational experience will allow your child to develop a comprehensive understanding of music, and in time can make playing, reading and composing music as natural to them as speaking, reading and writing their first language.
A child’s listening skills begin developing rapidly at the age of four. They are very interested in new sounds and are eager to learn new words. Introducing music learning between this age and the age of six boosts their listening skills through guided singing and playing. Music learning also kick starts the development of fine motor skills as they learn to play songs on the keyboard using each one of their fingers!
Music is made to be shared! Group lessons will give your child the experience of sharing the excitement and joy of music with friends. Having the opportunity to express themselves in a creative way in front of others will also help to build their confidence, and will help to make them more comfortable communicating and sharing their ideas in other group settings, like at school!
Balancing intellectual and emotional growth is very important as your child progresses through the early years of their life. Music has a positive influence on emotional growth, and will give your child another way to express the things they are thinking or feeling. Discovering the expressive nature of music will also give them another way to explore their imagination and be creative!
The Junior Music Course introduces musical concepts gradually, allowing students to enjoy the process of learning. They will:
- 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.
Additional Course Information
- 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
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 / Pitch Development
- Keyboard Playing
- Singing with Lyrics
- Solfege Singing
- Sight Singing & Playing
- Rhythm Training
- Ensemble Playing
Based on the scientific research, child`s aural skills are rapidly developing between the age of 4 to 5. This is why kids immersed in a foreign language environment will develop ability to understand and speak a foreign language significantly faster than adults. Music is a language, and those exposed to the formal music education at the early stages of their lives, have significantly higher chance to develop perfect or relative pitch.
• Fundamental Skills Survey
• Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 10
• Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 9
*All evaluations are optional.
- Home CDs
- Animated DVDs
- Carrying bag
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.
Yamaha believes that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability, and that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy the music that they make. The three main characteristics of Yamaha’s unique music education system are:
- Timely Education – Children’s listening skills develop dramatically during their early years. Each course helps students to cultivate musical sense through guided listening, singing, and playing activities, and uses a variety of music and musical styles to develop their musical ear.
- 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 work together to learn and play music. The spirit of cooperation and sociability is nurtured through this learning format.
- Comprehensive Musical Training – Yamaha Music Education programs offer balanced courses with lessons incorporating playing, listening, singing, reading and creating. Through these activities, children develop well-rounded music skills.
The Yamaha Music Education System is a comprehensive teaching method that includes singing, ear training, music appreciation and movement. Their method of teaching encourages students to become a part of the musical community through group classes, ensembles, parents, teachers, friends and concerts. In the beginning, the keyboard is used as tool to develop a wide range of musical abilities.
Private lessons are an important part of Yamaha training; however, they are added later when the student is more mature and has developed their core musical skills.
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.
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).