Queen's University



Yamaha Chamber Ensemble 


QCM is offering a new chamber ensemble pilot project this fall! With regular coaching from QCM Yamaha instructor Ange Lam, students in Yamaha Chamber Ensemble will build on the principles of ensemble playing learned in the early JMC/YMC courses. They will develop visual and aural musical communication skills through the preparation of music with multiple parts. Topics covered will include (but will not be limited to) the mechanics of cueing, leading, reacting in specific rhythmic contexts, issues of articulation, and how to develop collective musical ideas as a group and execute them effectively. Students are expected to practice their individual parts outside of coaching time, so that coaching sessions can be spent on ensemble skill development. Repertoire could include singing and percussion as well as keyboard playing. Students will work independently of parents in this course, and parents should plan NOT to attend coaching sessions.

Please note that a support dog will be present (on a leash) during the class.


Classes will take place on Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm in the keyboard Lab (Rm 229) of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane.


8 hours of coaching per term, according to the following dates:


Fall Term 2019:

October 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26


This course may be repeated in the winter term pending sufficient interest. 



This course is open to students by invitation who have completed a minimum level of Yamaha Grade 9. Careful attention will be made to match students’ learning styles, learning speeds, and commitment to practicing. The course will run with a minimum class size of 4 people (please refer to QCM Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved).


Students in the Yamaha Ensemble Club must also be enrolled in private piano instruction. 


Each student must bring a USB stick and a pencil each week. Repertoire will be selected based on enrolment, and music parts/scores will be provided by the instructor. 


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

Course fee: $200