Junior Music Course

Junior Music Course (JMC) (for 4-5 year old)

The JMC is the core course of the Yamaha Music Education System.

Lesson Format:

Students: 4-5 years old

Duration: 4 levels of 6 months each

Lesson Style: Group lesson with 8-10 children (with parents attendance)

Lesson Length: 60-minute lesson – 40 lessons per year

Characteristics:

In the JMC, the most appropriate teaching content, approach and style of lessons are adopted in line with children’s development levels, both physically and mentally. It is based upon this ‘Timely Education’ for different ages of students. The goal of the JMC is to help children sing what they heard, to play what they sang, and to make a piece of music themselves.

Fostering Musical Sensitivity

JMC provides an opportunity for children to share music with friends, the teacher, and the parents, and this joyful experience will foster musical sensitivity.

Developing Fundamental Music Ability

The JMC takes advantage of the remarkable development of children’s aural ability in this age period. The ability to recognize sounds is developed, while learning various elements of music simultaneously using keyboard instruments as a learning tool.

Nurturing Basis of Expressive Ability

A child’s ability to express him/herself is cultivated as much as possible through singing and keyboard playing activities.

Concept of Teaching Pre-School Children

The Junior Music Course is based on the method of ‘imitation and repetition’ – this is how children usually learn at ages 4-5. Pre-school children learn basic manners for living by copying what their parents and other adults do. Their instinctive ability is to imitate those around them.

Children's sense of hearing, or sensitivity to sounds and music, develops at a different time and speed compared to the development of muscles and kinetic functions such as fingers, hands and vocal cords.

If children listen to good music, sing by solfege (Do, Re, Mi) by imitating the teacher, and then repeat this activity, it enriches their vocabulary and knowledge of music, just as they learn to speak.

This is the approach that the Yamaha Music Education System takes, making the best of the characteristics of development during the ages of JMC children.

What to expect at the end of JMC?

At the end of Junior Music Course, students take the Fundamental Skills Survey.

This survey is designed so that students, as well as the teacher and the parents, can confirm whether the comprehensive musical abilities, hearing, singing, playing and reading, have been acquired. It checks their ‘musical sensitivity’, ‘fundamental musical ability’ and ‘basis for musical expression’ which are the goals of the JMC.