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.





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.

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 = $550

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