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About this course
Music Education – Music Friends
Start a Lifetime of Music with a Musical Instrument that You Long to Play
Have you ever been told that music nourishes the heart? Or heard that making music enhances intelligence? It has been scientifically proven that practicing music has a positive influence on the brains and hearts of people. However, children are busy with school and other studies, so that even those who are interested in practicing music may have no time for practice. Moreover, many children – and parents – worry that musical skills cannot be developed unless the learner starts very young. To ease those apprehensions, Yamaha has started the Music Friends Course, a new programme for aged 6 and above.
The Music Friends Course is unique in that it has a combination of both group and individual learning concepts weaved into the lessons. The methodology and concepts allow learners to progress and learn at the own pace, with stress-free lessons. Moreover, students get the full enjoyment and fun of making music together with friends while mastering basic musical skills. The line-up of course subjects designed for this new course embraces the unique education methods, accompanied with well-known pieces rearranged for fun learning. In addition, continually updated supporting materials help further enhance the music learning experience.
Here are the 4 benefits of the Music Friends Course:
1. Learning at Your Own Pace
Each student reliably masters performance techniques through lessons matched to his or her own pace during one-on-one lessons with a teacher. The teacher gives solid support to every student. You can start anytime without worrying about age or specific times.
2. Interesting Pieces to Engage the Learner
Textbooks contain a variety of famous pieces. For all pieces, Yamaha adds arrangements and opulent accompaniments, and the experience gained from playing them along with orchestras or bands gives students a special worldview of each piece and nurtures their creativity.
3. Establishing Stronger Foundational Skills in a Group
To further enhance the basic skills developed, learners will also experience the joy of playing music together with their friends, an experience unachievable in an individual lesson setting. Through simple finger exercises, ensemble playing and also singing simple melodies, learners effectively master skills such as concentration, rhythm sense, and singing in correct pitch.
4. Supporting IT Tools
In the classroom or at home, students can watch and learn through model performances on the videos and practice with rhythmic accompaniment. This tool serves as a great support for individual practice and learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Yamaha Different from Piano Lessons?
The Yamaha curriculum is broad compared to traditional private piano lessons. Children sing solfège, play the keyboard, sing songs with lyrics, move to music, play rhythm and keyboard ensembles and participate in music appreciation activities. 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.
Will My Child Learn to Play the Piano or Keyboard?
Yes! A keyboard or piano is required. Children enjoy playing the keyboard and can become excellent pianists with Yamaha’s holistic approach.
Are Student’s Required to Practice?
Yes. Students receive ‘homework’ to reinforce the classroom activities. This serves as a guide for parents as they begin to integrate fun, active music-making into the daily life of the family. We provide our parents with training, workshops and tools to support their time outside of the classroom.
How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready For Music Lessons?
We believe that all children can learn and are ready to begin music training at a young age with the correct approach and philosophy. We offer a free preview class to assess musical readiness.
Should Parents Have a Musical Background?
No. You learn with your child during weekly lesson.
What is the Tuition?
7 Notes offers payment plan by semester, 5 payment plans and yearly payments in full. A full schedule of options are made available during the preview class.
How Many Children Are in the Class?
Classes are typically taught to groups of 10-12 children. This format motivates children and provides an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and cooperation within a supportive community of friends and parents.
What is the Parent’s Role?
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.
Why Group Lessons?
Students of all ages learn better in groups due to the following factors:
Peer Influence: In a group there is peer motivation such that a student will want to perform well in front of and with his/her peers. The experience of performing in front of a friendly audience on a regular and frequent basis will give the student confidence and a feeling of accomplishment.
Comprehensive learning: Group lessons are a very effective way to achieve comprehensive musical training. In a group a student can sing with others and perform in various kinds of ensembles.
It takes the pressure off: In a group, pressure is not constantly on one individual. As a result, music skills can be nurtured in a relaxed and friendly environment conducive to learning
Why use Keyboard Instruments?
The use of the keyboard as a learning tool is one characteristic of the Yamaha Music Education System. Keyboards offer the following advantages:
Pitch Accuracy: When a key is pressed, it produces the correct sound
All Musical Elements: Students can play melody, rhythm, and harmony on one instrument
Visible and touchable: On a keyboard, notes are easy to find and play
Range: Sounds in all ranges (high and low) are easy to produce
How is Yamaha Different from Other Programs?
Teachers: Our faculty has a genuine commitment to teaching beginning musicians and are certified by Yamaha through extensive training at Yamaha Corporation of America and exams.
Fun and Rewarding: Students can have fun and achieve a high level of music proficiency
Play: Performance opportunities are available in a wide variety of settings, from recitals to 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