Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES)?
Designed to meet the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group, Yamaha programs develop each student's comprehensive musical ability in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation.
children's musical skills with three fundamental principles:
is Yamaha Different from Piano Lessons?
They develop diverse musical skills without prematurely focusing on one instrument or style. This approach allows students to choose their future musical path when they are more physically and mentally mature. Yamaha students are often leaders in school orchestra, band, and choir programs.
Child Learn to Play the Piano or Keyboard?
Student's Required to Practice?
Parental attendance facilitates accelerated growth. The parent/child partnership is active, not passive. Each partnership develops into a mini-ensemble, where co-learning, co-practicing and co-discovering can be enjoyed in class and at home.
How is Yamaha Different from Other Pre-School or Elementary School-Aged Programs?
Most music programs share a common goal to introduce children to the joy of music making. YMES and the Yamaha Music School of Boston is unique because:
Teachers Our faculty has a genuine commitment to teaching beginning musicians and are certified by Yamaha through extensive training and rigourous examsFun and Rewarding Children can have fun and achieve a high level of music proficiency
Play Performance opportunities are available in a wide variety of settings, from casual Saturday afternoon performance clubs and semester recitals to annual All-School Concerts and national or international concerts.
Curriculum Materials include books, CD's, DVD's and other materials that combine decades of experience with the most recent research in music education.International History We are part of a vibrant international network of Yamaha education centers in over 40 countries. More than 6 million students over 50 years have learned to play using the Yamaha method.
Yamaha Different from the Suzuki Method?
Some general differences include:Group or Private Lesson
Yamaha: emphasis on an immersion into the musical community through group classes, ensembles, parents, teachers, friends and concerts.
Suzuki: while the musical community is valued, the emphasis is on the individual lesson.
on Comprehensive Musicianship or Instrument Technique
Suzuki: students acquire fundamental musical skills. However, there is an early emphasis is on specific instrument technique (violin, etc); during the lessons, time and effort is spent on holding the instrument, bowing, and producing a sound.Curriculum Materials and Assessment
Yamaha: broad range of materials: method books and workbooks, CD's and DVD's in a variety of musical styles; integrated use of repertoire and tools to develop the child's musicianship. After two years, children may take the Yamaha Fundamental Skills Survey (FSS). As they advance through the curriculum, students may take the Yamaha Grade Exam.
Suzuki: in general, students learn musical concepts and instrument technique with a reliance on listening to and playing a single piece, rather than multiple pieces and styles.