Ages of students: 4 and 5 year olds
Course length: 2 years (classes are scheduled by semester. There is no requirement to complete the two-year course)
Class schedule: One class per week
Parent participation: Required (participation enables parent to be an effective "at home" learning partner)
Curriculum: The in-class musical experiences nurture creativity and help instill the basis for playing and expression through feeling and understanding music. Lesson contents include:
Hearing: Listening to wonderful music helps children:
Develop emotional sensitivity Develop an ear for music Feel and express music in time rhythmically
Singing: Children love to sing! Singing develops:
Self expression Correct tempo, rhythm, and pitch Understanding of note names
Playing: Performing songs introduces children to the joy of expressing music by themselves. Playing also helps students:
Get familiar with the five-line staff and keyboard Express music with both hands
Creating: Junior Music Course experiences cultivate children's:
Musical creativity Sense of harmony
Yamaha Teachers are Dedicated
They are also eager to work with young children and parents. Committed to providing happy, rewarding first musical experiences, these college-trained musicians and educators have passed demanding tests in musicianship while completing rigorous training prior to certification by the Yamaha Music Education System.
Upon Completion of the Course
Once your child has completed the Junior Music Course, he or she will take part in a "Fundamental Skills Survey" to confirm his or her musical achievement. Teachers refer to Survey results to correctly place students in advanced courses of study such as the Junior Extension Course and Junior Special Advanced Course. As the children develop more advanced musical skills, they are also encouraged to express themselves by performing and composing their own music through programs like Junior Original Concert.
An International Music Education System
When you enroll your child in the Junior Music Course, you are assured of an excellent first course of musical study. Yamaha has invested over 50 years of music education research in dozens of countries throughout the world. Through Yamaha Music Schools, more than 6 million people worldwide have been introduced to the joy of music.