Queen's University



The Yamaha method of music education incorporates weekly group lessons designed to give students the best beginning possible for the development of basic music skills at any age level. The Piano Club, taught by Barbara Bolte, is specifically tailored to adult beginners, who will learn keyboard and ensemble skills through active music making in a social environment. This 24-week course takes place over the Fall and Winter terms, with an option for extension into a 10-week Spring Term.

No prerequisites or previous musical experience is required for this class. The Yamaha system uses solfege for note-learning, which makes the process fun and user-friendly. Successful learning outcomes are based on being able to set aside sufficient time for practice. As new material is covered in every class, regular attendance is encouraged.


Classes will take place on Wednesdays at 6.45-7.45pm in the Keyboard Lab (Rm 229) of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The Piano Club runs over the Fall and Winter terms between September, 2018 – April, 2019. The Spring extension runs from April to June 2019.

  • Fall Term: 19th September – 5th December, 2018 (12 weeks)
  • Winter Term: 9th January – 3rd April, 2019 (12 weeks) (no class on Wednesday 13th March, due to March break)

Optional solo performance opportunities will be available at the QCM student recitals in December 2018, February and June 2019.


This course is open to adults. The course will run with a minimum class size of 6 people (please refer to QCM Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved).


For this beginner level course, there is no knowledge expectation or pre-requisite.

Students wishing to join Piano Club in the Winter term without having completed the previous term must demonstrate the appropriate knowledge level reached by the rest of the class at the end of the previous term, and have permission of the instructor. Students wishing to join in the Spring term must have completed the Fall and Winter term class.


Pianoforte 1 textbook and CD are added to the price of tuition.

If the class moves into book 2 materials, Pianoforte 2 textbook and CD will be available for purchase from the QCM office for $30.

Students must have access to a keyboard with full size weighted keys for practice. Students interested in purchasing a Yamaha keyboard or piano are eligible for a tuition credit toward Yamaha Music Education System group classes. The tuition credit is processed through the Yamaha Head Office, and the amount of credit varies according to instrument purchased. Further information is available at the QCM office.


Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs within QCM over the year.

Course fees: Fall and Winter term = $530

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