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The Yamaha Music Education System (YMES)
Structured Music Education System for Children and Adults
Designed to meet the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group, Yamaha programs develop each student’s comprehensive musical ability in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation.
Yamaha develops musical skills with three fundamental principles:
Introducing the Fundamentals of Music from the Start
In order for children to enjoy music and to absorb and understand the given material easily, we believe it is best to give them appropriate guidance in accordance with the degree of their physical and mental development. Based upon this concept of timely education, the Yamaha method introduces music fundamentals to children at the time when their hearing capabilities are rapidly developing.
We All Learn Better in Groups
Group lessons have many advantages that enable children to enjoy rich musical experiences such as making friends through music, developing cooperativeness and deepening understanding of music through participation in ensembles. For this purpose, Yamaha has adopted a method whereby students can listen and play in a group, learning music while enjoying it.
Learning Through Creating
In order to enable students to develop their creative capabilities, it is important to help them develop the ability to express themselves by thinking freely. We hope to help them acquire and enhance sensitivity and imagination, which are both sources of creativity, through our comprehensive system of music education.
The Psychology of Group Lessons
In a group there is peer motivation such that a student will want to perform well in front of and with his/her peers.
In a group the student learns to collaborate and perform with others in various ensembles.
It Takes the Pressure Off
In a group, pressure is not constantly on one individual, allowing music skills to be nurtured in a relaxed and friendly environment conducive to learning.