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Junior Music Course (JMC – beginners ages 4-5) is 2 year program for children beginning at ages 4 or 5 that provides an incomparable foundation for future musical study on any instrument. Children experience singing, music reading and writing, playing the keyboard, ear training, and creating music.
Course length: Four, 19-class semesters
Class schedule: One 50-minute class per week
Parent participation: A parent, guardian, or caregiver is required to attend each class with his/her child to serve as a learning partner. Periodic parent meetings cover subjects such as how to participate in class and how to assist at home.
Age Requirement: To enroll in JMC, children must have reached their 4th birthday by September 1st for fall semester classes and by January 1st for a spring semester start. This requirement helps ensure that children will not be exposed to unnecessary frustration by being enrolled in a program for which they are not physically or socially ready.
Not comfortable registering online? Download the Yamaha Music School Registration Form and mail it to us.
The in-class musical experiences nurture creativity and help instill the basis for playing and expression through feeling and understanding music. Lessons include:
• Hearing Listening to wonderful music helps children to develop emotional sensitivity, an ear for music and to feel and express music in time rhythmically
• Singing Children love to sing! Singing develops self expression, correct tempo, rhythm, pitch and understanding of note names
•Playing Performing songs introduces children to the joy of expressing music by themselves. Playing also helps students to become familiar with the five-line staff and keyboard and express music with both hands
•Creating Junior Music Course experiences cultivate children’s musical creativity and sense of harmony
Keyboard Purchase: All JMC students must have access to a keyboard or piano for practicing.
Upon Completion of the Course
Once your child has completed the Junior Music Course, he or she will take part in a “Fundamental Skills Survey” to confirm his or her musical achievement. Teachers refer to Survey results to correctly place students in advanced courses of study such as the Junior Extension Course and Junior Special Advanced Course. As the children develop more advanced musical skills, they are also encouraged to express themselves by performing and composing their own music through programs like Junior Original Concert.
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