Yamaha Kids Music Education {Our First Month Update}

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We are Yamaha Music Canada brand ambassadors and as part of the program our preschooler will be attending weekly piano classes at a local Yamaha Music Canada School for 10 months. We have attended our first month of classes and here’s our first update.

On our first day we shuffled into the Yamaha Music School classroom along with about 10 other kids and their parents. Each of us were invited to choose a keyboard to sit at together and then were handed a packaged small bag that contained some key Yamaha instructional materials including a DVD, musical CD, magnetic staff/keyboard kit and some workbooks.

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Our teacher wasted no time to dive into one of the workbooks and have the entire classroom try to sing along to a song. I was expecting something simple to start like Mary Had a Little Lamb or Twinkle Twinkle but this was a bit more elaborate in terms of lyrics and melody; to be honest it had me a little worried at first that this might be overly complex for my young son but it soon became apparent that this was intentionally challenging and it would be a song we would continue to revisit throughout the term.

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Our instructor gave us an overview of the Yamaha approach to learning music which essentially involved the process of listening, singing and then playing along. She also introduced the concept of Sol-fa which is a represention of the notes of a major scale using a unique but universally familiar mnemonics i.e. “do re me fa sol la ti do”

The class was heavily focused on participation and working together as a group (parents included). The kids were singing, clapping and playing along very basic parts on their keyboards.

Each week we have been encouraged to practice on our own any of the techniques and exercises we learn in class and to make use of the CD and DVD we got in our instructional kit.

Despite my initial fears that the classes would move too quickly through difficult material I have now seen that we are making a quite slow and steady progression so as to make sure the kids really grasp the core concepts like finding notes on the keyboard, following along to songs and beginning to understand the concept of a musical scale. Each week a new note in the Sol-fa sequence is incorporated into our activities.

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Practice at home

So far my son is making some good progress. I think he was quite shy and a bit overwhelmed at first but now that we have been practicing a few times a week he is gaining more confidence and understanding more concepts. It is definitely a challenge for him to coordinate the pressing down of the large piano keys with his little hands but I am sure he will get better at this with time. He is certainly enjoying the class so far and it has been a good bonding experience for us to dedicate some time during the week to practice together.

Disclosure – I am participating in the Yamaha Music Canada Brand Ambassador program on behalf with Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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12 responses to “Yamaha Kids Music Education {Our First Month Update}”

  1. Cathy — September 29, 2014 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Thanks for the update. I am looking into signing my child up for classes too!

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  2. Nat — September 29, 2014 @ 11:34 am (#)

    Looks like a fun class for kids.

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  3. Andrea @Mama in the City — September 29, 2014 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw Yamaha and kids together but I really enjoyed reading this post. I’m curious how your son will grow in this class. It looks like a decent program set up. Keep us posted on how he thrives!

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  4. Julie+F — September 30, 2014 @ 1:31 am (#)

    My girls both had lessons and they absolutely loved it!

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  5. DARLENE+W — September 30, 2014 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Your son looks like he is having fun well learning

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  6. Jeannie — September 30, 2014 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    That sounds like such a fun fun class!! Love it!

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  7. Salma — September 30, 2014 @ 11:04 pm (#)

    I’ve thought about music lessons for my kids. I’ll be following along to see how the classes go:)

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  8. Melinda — October 2, 2014 @ 9:39 am (#)

    This is such a cool program. It’s great that he is enjoying himself and learning music

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  9. DARLENE+W — October 3, 2014 @ 12:47 pm (#)

    Music soothes the soul

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  10. kathy+downey — November 14, 2014 @ 4:35 am (#)

    He seems to enjoy the lessons,seems we can do very well at something we enjoy

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  11. kathy downey — July 1, 2015 @ 11:37 am (#)

    I found with my granddaughter music encouraged her to read because as she started getting older she wanted to learn more about different kids of music

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  12. kathy downey — November 23, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

    Wow,he has come so far since this post.

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