The Yamaha Music Education System develops musical skills with three fundamental principles:
It's great to start at a young
age! Have you ever wondered why it's so easy for
young children to learn more than one language? Yamaha introduces music fundamentals to children at the time when their hearing capabilities are
Making music with friends is
fun! Children have rich experiences when playing and
enjoying music with others.
Make your own
music! With Yamaha's comprehensive approach, kids develop
musical sensitivity, imagination, and the ability to express themselves freely. Yamaha students learn to play and read music on a high level and also learn to create their own
10. It’s fun. Children enjoy the interaction with other children and learn from each other.
They also love sharing this time with their parents...what a wonderful learning environment!
9. It’s an hour a week. Because of the varied activities, children are able to learn for an entire
hour rather than just 30 minutes.
8. Ear training is possible on a sophisticated level. Children become excellent listeners,
performers, and creators of music because of group singing, solfege training, music
appreciation and keyboard playing.
7. Group learning helps to establish a strong sense of pulse within each child through
rhythmic body movement and group singing and keyboard playing. A good sense of
rhythm is essential to musical success.
6. Confidence increases. Children perform with and for the group and learn the joy of
accomplishment. The poise they gain goes with them into other settings.
5. Children receive the tools necessary to create their own music. They hear and
reproduce melodies and learn to listen for harmonies. Soon they are able to choose the
chords that fit with the melody. This is the basis for improvisation and composition.
In addition, the aural skills they develop will allow them to imitate the music they hear on
the radio, CDs and TV!
4. Accountability. The group pace requires that students develop good practice routines.
Progress is usually more consistent in a group setting.
3. Teachers are trained in group teaching techniques. Activities that may seem boring in
a private setting can be fun in a group. Skills necessary for future success in choir, band,
or orchestra are easily taught in group lessons.
2. Ensemble performance is the activity of choice for most students. Children love the
combination of orchestral sounds and rhythms. It is a challenge for them to play their
own parts correctly while listening to the musical whole.
1. Yamaha methods and materials are age appropriate, capitalizing on the strongest
skills and learning style of each age. Children experience success because the curriculum
is based on their developmental stage and interests.
Congratulations on the wise choice you have made for your child!