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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 own music.

Curriculum

Musicianship is taught through the use of a keyboard. Children are immersed in:

• Singing
• Ear training
• Repertoire (keyboard pieces)
• Ensemble playing (group performance)
• Keyboard harmony
• Arranging
• Keyboard technique
• Sight singing
• Sight playing
• Theory

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 instructor.