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Private Lessons

Individualized Music Study

For the young adolescent or adult, the beginner or advanced, it is here that you can find tailored-for-you lessons from our music specialists for the:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Yamaha Electone organ
  • and other instruments, depending on demand

In this setting, the goals are set by the student with the instructor's help. Typical goals include:

  • Acquiring beginner or intermediate musicianship skills, in a private one-on-one environment, at a pace selected by the student
  • Acquiring or maintaining the performance skills expected of high school honors orchestral or band musicians, or even of college level musicians
  • Preparation for Certificate of Merit Exams
  • Preparation for advanced levels of the Yamaha Grade Exams
  • Advanced composition work (usually reserved for advanced Yamaha Music Education Systems students and graduates), which may produce entries into the Yamaha JOC Jamboree Concert program, or other composition contests
  • Advanced reportoire work (usually reserved for advanced Yamaha Music Education Systems students and graduates), which can help prepare entries for the Yamaha JOC Jamboree Concert program and other competitive performance programs Private lessons are either 30-, 45-, or 60-minute sessions, meeting 44 times during our regular school year.
Supplement to Group Lessons

Students enrolled in the beginners' group lessons are not required to have private lessons, although a limited number of private lessons may be appropriate occasionally, such as when a student has missed several class meetings, or has enrolled in the program several weeks late, and needs to catch up.

For students enrolled in the more advanced group lessons, there are weekly private lessons designed especially to complement the group lessons. These private lessons help ensure that the student develops a mastery of the priciples taught in the group class, and are especially important as the group class lessons becomes progessively more advanced and fast-paced. In addtion to reinforcing the material taught in the group class, the private lessons also develop the student's repertoire performance skills, for repertoire sharing in the group meetings and at recitals.

Below is a list of the group lesson programs and their private lessons requirements:

  • Music for Kids
No private lessons required
  • Junior Music Course
No private lessons required
  • Young Musicians Course
No private lessons required
  • Junior Extension Course
Optional one half-hour private lesson weekly
  • Junior Advanced Course
One half-hour private lesson required weekly
  • Junior Special Advanced Course
One half-hour to one-hour private lesson required weekly
  • Basic Keyboard for Teens and Adults
Private lessons optional but recommended after the first semester

Group Lessons

Kindermusik Our Time™
Age: 18 months - 3 years This course is fun for you and your toddler! While exploring music and movement, your child will also refine motor skills and expand their language and social skills.

The in-class activities include listening, voice, movement and rhythm fun. Using their bodies and fun, safe rhythm instruments, these young children learn basic rhythm and an appreciation for music.

Prerequisite: None
Course Duration: 15 lesson segments
Parent Participation: Required in class
Class Meetings: One 45-minute class per week
Class Size: 6-12 students
Class Material: At Home Materials
Home Instruments: Included in At Home Materials
Music Wonderland
Age: 3-years old This fun-filled program carries out the Yamaha Music Education System concepts of group learning at a very young level.

Students in this class will participate in such activities as ear training, voice, and rhythm fun. Keyboard and percussion fundamentals are introduced. And the body exercises are done to singing and music make this class especially fun - for the students and parents!

Prerequisite: None
Course Duration: 5 to 40 lessons
Parent Participation: Required in class
Class Meetings: One 45-minute class per week
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: MW book, parent guide and CD
Home Instruments: Beginner's keyboard
Junior Music Course
Starting Age: 4 - 5 years old This two-year course is especially designed to create an active interest in music for young beginners while providing the student a solid foundation for more advanced music study.

Students attend class with an adult and are introduced to solfege, singing skills, rhythm constructs, note reading on the five-line staff, harmony and ensemble musicianship with both hands on the keyboard.

Prerequisite: None
Course Duration: 2 years
Parent Participation: Required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: JMC books, workbooks, CD sets and magnet board kit
Home Instruments: A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Young Musicians Course
Starting Age: 6 - 8 years old During this two-year program, children participate in musicianship activities that promote their indpendence, creativity and self-expression.

The class activities that foster this growth in the young musician include:
  • Singing
  • Ear Training
  • Keyboard techniques
  • Individual repertoire performances
  • Ensemble performances
  • Keyboard harmony studies
  • Sight singing & playing
  • Music theory studies
Prerequisite: None
Course Duration: 2 years
Parent Participation: Welcome but not required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: YMC books & CDs
Home Instruments: A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Junior Extension Course
Starting Age: 6 - 7 years old Building on the skills and musicality developed in the Junior Music Course, and capitalizing on the physical, mental and emotional development of the 6-7 year olds, the Junior Extension Course will:
  • Build on keyboard technique and music reading skills
  • Nurture musical sensitivity so that it becomes an integral part of the child's performance
  • Develop strong ensemble skills
  • Encourage self expression by providing opportunities for musical creativity
Prerequisite: Completion of Junior Music Course
Course Duration: 2 years
Parent Participation: Not required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: JXC books, workbooks and CDs
Home Instruments: A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Private Lessons: Optional half-hour lesson weekly
Junior Advanced Course
Starting Age: 8 - 9 years old The Junior Advanced Course will build on the musical skills acquired in the Junior Extension Course, and apply them to keyboard and ensemble performance.

The Junior Advanced Course will:
  • Develop performance skills on the piano or Electone in the private lessons
  • Develop creative ability in musical arrangement and improvisation
  • Continue to emphasieze hearing, reading, writing, singing and ensemble skills as part of a broader musical foundation
Prerequisite: Completion of the Junior Extension Course
Course Duration: 2 years
Parent Participation: Not required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: JAC books & CDs
Home Instruments: A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Private Lessons: One half-hour lesson required weekly
Junior Special Advanced Course
Starting Age: 6 - 7 years The Junior Special Advanced Course will build on the skills and musicality developed in the Junior Music Course, and apply them to keyboard performance and creativity. It is an accelerated course for students who demonstrate advanced capabilities.

The Junior Special Advanced Course will:
  • Develop performance skills on the piano or Electone in the private lessons
  • Develop improvisation and composition skills
  • Emphasize hearing, reading, writing, theory, singing and ensemble skills as part of a broader musical foundations
Prerequisite: Completion of Junior Music Course and Successful Audition
Course Duration: 4 years
Parent Participation: Not required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: JSAC books & CDs
Home Instruments: A full-sized electronic keyboard or piano
Private Lessons: One half-hour to one-hour lesson required weekly
Piano Musicians Course
Starting Age: 8 - 10 years old The Piano Musicians Course will build on the skills developed in the Young Musicians Course, adding more advanced keyboard performance skills and creativity.

The Piano Musicians Course will:
  • Build on keyboard technique and music reading skills
  • Develop a stronger sense of rhythm and syncopation
  • Develop strong ensemble skills
  • Introduce more advanced music theory
  • Encourage self-expression by providing opportunities for musical creativity
Prerequisite: Completion of the Young Musicians Course
Course Duration: 1 year
Parent Participation: Not required in class
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: PMC books & CDs
Home Instruments: A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Private Lessons: Optional half-hour lesson weekly
Basic Keyboard for Teens and Adults
Age: Age 9 and older A Wonderful way for the older beginner to start.

Basic muisic and keybaord playing is taught through lessons on the correct hand and finger positions, note and chord reading, and on understanding key, rhythm and harmony. A great start for a beginner or any instrument!

This program can continue to six eight-week semesters.

Prerequisite: None
Course Duration: 8 weeks
Parent Participation: For students only
Class Meetings: One-hour weekly
Class Size: 6-11 students
Class Material: At Home Materials
Keyboard Encounters (included) A full-size electronic keyboard or piano
Private Lessons: Optional, but recommended after the first semester

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