|Young Musicians Course
Ages of children: 6-8 years
old. Course length: 3 semesters. Class schedule: 1 class per
week. In this course, musicianship is taught through the use of a
keyboard. Children experience singing, music reading and writing,
keyboard playing, ear training, and creating music. A parent, guardian,
or caregiver is required to attend each class with his/her child to
serve as a learning partner. Parent meetings, which are held
periodically during the school year, cover subjects such as how to
participate in class and how to assist at home. Children do not attend
the parent meetings.
Classes meet each week and run
approximately 50-60 minutes. Upon completion of the course you child may
take the Yamaha Grade Examination and receive a certificate of
achievement. Students may continue in one of Yamaha"s advanced course.
As skills develop, children are encouraged to compose and perform their
Musicianship is taught
through the use of a keyboard. Children are immersed in:
- Ear training
- Repertoire (keyboard pieces)
- Ensemble playing (group performance)
- Keyboard harmony
- Keyboard technique
- Sight singing
- Sight playing
Policies and Structure
Age Requirement: Children must have reached their 6th birthday
by September 1 for first semester classes. This requirement is
necessary to ensure that children will not be exposed to unnecessary
frustration by being enrolled in a program for which they may not be
physically or socially ready.
Grouping: Students are matched according to age, skill
development and musical goals. Classes are sometimes regrouped to
provide the best learning situation.
Instructors: Yamaha instructors must pass a comprehensive musical
examination and attend regular Yamaha-sponsored seminars in order to
gain and retain their teaching certification. Yamaha representatives
visit local classrooms periodically to assist teachers in improving and
refining their teaching skills.
Class Attendance: Only enrolled students and their parents may
attend the class sessions. In order to maintain an effective classroom
environment, we ask that parents arrange child care for other children.
Guests may be invited from time-to-time with advance permission from the