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It is in learning music that many youthful hearts learn love

Rhythm and musicianship skills are best learned in a group where students are motivated by their peers and have access to a full range of touch sensitive keys to developing artistic ability.

FAQ - Course Information

Frequently Asked Questions:

Answer:

(A) What are group lessons?

Yamaha Music Education specializes in group lessons for beginners. Group lessons teaches basic music knowledge in the most positive learning environment through the Listen, Sing, Play, Read, Create method. Yamaha group lessons encourage improvisation and creativity. Most importantly, group lessons are lots of fun as they experience peer encouragement and motivation.

(B) How long are group lessons?

Group lessons are generally 45minutes, however they may extend to 55 minutes depending on the number of students enrolled and the needs of the class).

(C) Will we need to have an instrument at home?

Yes, all private lessons as well as group course require having an instrument at home for Ages 4 and up. Minimum keyboard, or a full-size digital piano, or Acoustic pianos are great options at home. You do not need to bring your keyboard to class. Guitar, Ukulele and Violin students will need to bring your own instrument to every class.

(D) Do parents have to attend group lessons?

Yes, the first 2 years of group lessons are parented. One parent has to attend the class with the student, so the parent can provide support at home during practice.

(E) Why are (many of the) group lessons parented?

As the students at younger ages might not remember all the information they learnt in class, parents will be able to help their children practice at home if they attend the class as they will be aware of all the information that were provided in the class. Parental support is important at home. This could also be a bonding time for parent and child.

(F) Why should I choose group lessons instead of private?

Group lessons are best for beginners ages 3-7 for the ear development. The benefit of capitalizing on that key timeframe to build musical skills, especially in regard to listening, with a group of friends.

Group lessons provide a fun and positive environment as the pressure is not constantly on one individual, which makes very relaxed and friendly environment. As well, student learns to collaborate and perform with others in various ensembles as well as peer motivation will encourage students to improve their skills. Besides the partner duets and ensemble possibilities to learn as a group.

(G) What makes the Yamaha Education System different from other curricula? (Example. RCM, ABRSM, Suzuki)

Yamaha provide group lessons and teach through the Listen, Sing, Play, Read, Create method as well as the certificate is recognized in 40 different countries. Yamaha teaches the improvisation and composing aspects right from the early stages of group lessons.

(H) Do you offer lessons for instruments other than piano?

We offer lessons for Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and Violin. We also offer classes in Music Theory and Music History. Contact us for more information about our free interview or demo class.

(I) Do you offer adult lessons?

We do offer adult private lessons in guitar, piano, ukulele, voice and violin.

(J) What's the earliest age my child can start music lessons?

Our Music Wonderland classes are for students age 3 years old-4 years old. Book a free demo class to try it out.

(K) At what age should my child start private lessons?

We suggest students to be around age 7 and up to start private lessons. If younger than that, they could start in the group lessons to learn the basics, before transferring to private lessons. Private lessons students should be able to read and play well, and have full concentration during lesson.

(L) What if my child is more advanced than the beginner group lessons you offer?

If the student has a previous experience, an interview can be set up so the instructor can evaluate his/ her music skills and move the next level or can proceed to private lessons.

(M) If I have 2 children taking group lessons at the same time, can I attend with only one of them (if the other parent is not available)?

It is best that you attend with the younger child, but be sure to communicate the homework requirement for the older child’s class.

(N) What is the benefit of private lessons?

Private lessons are specialized and tailored towards the student’s progress. It can be tailored to the songs they want to learn as well.

Testimonials

"Great Yamaha programs. Group and private classes are available with experienced teachers. They also offer summer camp programs. I love how the kids are trained listening, singing, keyboarding, and reading notes in most of every class."

~ Mewah Susana

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