YAMAHA JUNIOR MUSIC COURSE 1 (Age 4-5yrs)
The Yamaha philosophy for music education is based on the belief that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability, and that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy one's own music. Through this joy of music, one can enjoy a richer life. The Junior Music Course (JMC) makes learning fun with Group Lessons. It is proven that Group Lessons are an effective way to achieve comprehensive musical training. Through groups, students can sing with others and perform in various kinds of ensembles. Groups also allow for children to be at ease, become motivated by their peers and develop confidence through regular in‐class performance in front of a friendly and familiar audience.
The JMC is based on training students according to their developmental stage in life. The Yamaha Music Foundation has completed much research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six. Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills. The curriculum of JMC 1 emphasizes ear training and the development of a good rhythmic sense. It includes a variety of activities, including singing words and solfège, keyboard playing, sight singing, sight playing, ensemble work and musical creativity. Accompanied by the parent, as the parent is the essential link between the class experience and successful practice at the home, both child and parent can both share the joy of learning music with one another.
Classes will take place in the Keyboard Lab (Rm 229) of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The JMC 1 course runs for 35 weeks between September, 2019 – June, 2020. Students register for either Class A or B.
❖ Class A: Saturdays, 9.30-10.30am, taught by Grace Pham
Saturday classes will run from 14th September to 14th December, 2019 and 11th January to 20th June, 2020. No class will be held on 15th February (Family Day weekend, 21st March (March Break) and 11th April, 2020 (Easter weekend) and 16th May, 2020 (Victoria Day weekend). Free Preview Class will be September 7th.
❖ Class B: Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm, taught by Grace Pham
Saturday classes will run from 16th September to 16th December, 2019 and 6th January to 15th June, 2020. No class will be held on 14th October (Thanksgiving), 17th February (Family Day), 16th March (March Break) or 18th May, 2020 (Victoria Day). Free Preview Class will be on September 9th.
All students will be expected to participate in the year-end concert in a group class performance on Sunday 14th June, 2020. New students will not be permitted to join the JMC course after the fourth class has passed, to ensure that everyone in the group moves at the same pace through the year.
2) WHO CAN ATTEND
This course is open to children aged 4-5 yrs old. Students must be 4 yrs old by July 1st, 2019. A parent or guardian must attend all classes with the student. 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). Maximum number of students per class is 10.
For this beginner level course, there is no knowledge expectation or pre-requisite.
4) COURSE MATERIALS
A packet of course materials is included in the cost of tuition. The materials, which will be distributed through the year as needed, include:
• Primary Workbooks 1 and 2
• Primary Textbooks 1 and 2
• Primary Compact Discs 1 and 2
• Primary DVDs 1 and 2
• Magnet Board and Magnets
• Student Bag to organize materials
Students are required to have a keyboard with full size weighted keys for practice. Families 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.
Course fee: $845 per child, includes all materials. Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs within QCM over the year.