ADVANCED YAMAHA COURSES

JMC Graduates:  Junior Extension Course (JXC)

You've seen Your Child Grow.  Now See Them Blossom!

Think back to when your child started the Yamaha Junior Music Course. Isn't it amazing how quickly they developed?  They have no doubt learned the joy of playing music for friends and family... and just for the fun of it.  You've see your children's talents develop and become more polished.  You can nurture their skills through advanced study, elevating their proficiency so they can express music creatively and spontaneously.

Building on the skills and musicality developed in the Junior Music Course, Junior Extension Course (JXC) builds on the physical, mental and emotional development of 6-7 year olds.

Ages: 6-7
Qualifications: Graduate of the Yamaha Junior Music Course
Course length: 2 years
Class schedule: One 55-minute class per week.  Private Lesson optional.

Curriculum
Builds keyboard technique and music reading skills.
Nurtures musical sensitivity so that it becomes an integral part of your child's performance.
Encourages self-expression by providing opportunities for musical creativity.
Provides an enjoyable and stimulating musical environment.
Develop strong ensemble skills

CLASS ACTIVITIES

Solfege

  • Sight singing – to develop music reading ability

  • Expression and Theory – to develop expressive singing songs with accompaniment.  This subject helps students to understand the sense of melody as they make a connection between music and the score. 

  • Dictation – to develop the ability to sing or play back the melody, harmony, or a two-voiced melody that the teacher plays on the piano

  • Singing with Accompaniment – to develop the skill of singing a melody as they accompany themselves.

Keyboard Harmony  to develop the ability to harmonize a given melody and to learn different styles of accompaniment

Sound ‘Plaza’  to discover and create new sounds and timbre

Music Appreciation to listen to and analyze music composition

Ensemble to develop arranging skills by playing music of different genres and style

Improvisation to learn how to transpose, make variations, improvise on a motif and improvise freely

Composition to create original compositions and express unique musical ’voice’

Private Lessons to develop performing ability. 

Yamaha Grade Exam students will take Yamaha Grade Examination approximately once per year.     

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Although parents are in close communication with the teacher, parent attendance in the class and private lesson is not necessarily required.  This is up to the teacher and based on the needs of the class.  Many children are beginning to thrive and find confidence in their increasing independence, so either right away or eventually, the parents are not in the class.  From time to time, the teacher may ask the parents to attend for a special occasion or reason. 

INSTRUMENT

It is ideal to have an acoustic piano at home, but digital with 61 to 88 keys will also suffice.  Eventually, the goal should be to purchase a piano.

Upon Completion of the Course
Once your child has completed the Junior Extension Course, they continue with Junior Advanced Course. As the children develop more advanced musical skills, they are also encouraged to express themselves by performing and composing their own music through programs like Junior Original Concert.

 

JMC GRADUATES:  Junior Special Advanced Course (JSAC)

Some JMC graduates demonstrate a unique capacity for accelerated music learning.  This is evident by their highly developed sense of the primary elements of music, including pitch, harmony, and sense of rhythm.  In addition, they love music class and have supportive families.  For these children, Yamaha’s Junior Special Advanced Course (JSAC) is offered as an opportunity to support accelerated music learning.   

A four-year program, the Junior Special Advanced Course (JSAC) is designed for children who are eager to learn how to express themselves through music and how to create music of their own.  JSAC students participate in group lessons that develop general musicianship skills, and private lessons that develop performing ability. 

Boston JSAC classes have had many exciting opportunities, including being selected to perform an original class ensemble composition at the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, and as Yamaha Student Ambassadors performing in the local community. 

CLASS FORMAT

  • 1 weekly 60 minute group lessons (6-10 students per class)

  • 1 weekly 30-minute private lessons

4 Year Overview Years 1 and 2

  • Group Lesson:  60 minutes

  • Private Lesson:  30 minutes                                                   

Years 3 and 4

  • Group Lesson:  90 minutes

  • Private Lesson: 45 minutes

CLASS ACTIVITIES

Solfege

  • Sight singing – to develop music reading ability

  • Expression and Theory – to develop expressive singing songs with accompaniment.  This subject helps students to understand the sense of melody as they make a connection between music and the score. 

  • Dictation – to develop the ability to sing or play back the melody, harmony, or a two-voiced melody that the teacher plays on the piano

  • Singing with Accompaniment – to develop the skill of singing a melody as they accompany themselves.

Keyboard Harmony  to develop the ability to harmonize a given melody and to learn different styles of accompaniment

Sound ‘Plaza’  to discover and create new sounds and timbre

Music Appreciation to listen to and analyze music composition

Ensemble to develop arranging skills by playing music of different genres and style

Improvisation to learn how to transpose, make variations, improvise on a motif and improvise freely

Composition to create original compositions and express unique musical ’voice’

Private Lessons to develop performing ability. 

Yamaha Grade Exam students will take Yamaha Grade Examination approximately once per year.     

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Although parents are in close communication with the teacher, parent attendance in the class and private lesson is not necessarily required.  This is up to the teacher and based on the needs of the class.  Many children are beginning to thrive and find confidence in their increasing independence, so either right away or eventually, the parents are not in the class.  From time to time, the teacher may ask the parents to attend for a special occasion or reason. 

INSTRUMENT

It is ideal to have an acoustic piano at home, but digital with 61 to 88 keys will also suffice.  Eventually, the goal should be to purchase a piano.

PIANO REPERTOIRE

The study of piano repertoire in JSAC is taught in the private lesson along with piano technique. The teacher assigns the student technical exercises and repertoire in their private lessons, based on the individual student's needs, similar to the standard, more traditional piano lesson format.  Each student will study the repertoire that their teacher believes he or she should study, taken from standard repertoire of the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary idioms, and contained in the publicly available anthologies.

WHAT REPERTOIRE LEVEL WILL MY CHILD ACHIEVE BY THE END OF JSAC?

Each student is unique, but in general, by the end of JSAC, most students are playing at least on this level:  sonatinas, early advanced level Mozart or Beethoven, Chopin Nocturnes or Preludes, Bach Preludes, Debussy, Shostakovich etc.  Occasionally a very talented, ambitious JSAC student may perform a piano concerto level repertoire.

Upon Completion of the Course

Once your child has completed the Junior Special Advanced Course, children may continue in private lesson instruction and/or composition classes. As the children develop more advanced musical skills, they are also encouraged to express themselves by performing and composing their own music through programs like Junior Original Concert.

All in all, the unique combination of the comprehensive Yamaha group class with a high level of individual attention in the private lesson, under the guidance of a gifted and committed Yamaha teacher, is truly an incomparable music education experience.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Junior Extension Course (JXC) and Young Musician Course (YMC) Graduates 

Congratulations on completing the Junior Extension Course or the Young Musicians Course! Completing these classes in the Yamaha curriculum is an achievement to be proud of. Your child has an unparalleled foundation and training that will serve them well in future music study and any other educational pursuit.  The next step in the curriculum is to choose from one of two Yamaha courses developed specifically for the JXC / YMC graduate. Both classes have the comprehensive musical content that you‘ve come to expect from Yamaha.
 
JNC Button

Course Length: 2 years
Course Objectives: To further develop student musicianship and performance skills through the study of a broad range of subjects covered during the group lesson.
Subjects: Repertoire, Keyboard Harmony, Solfege Singing, Improvisation, Composition, Ensemble, Sight Playing, Music Theory

Yamaha Grade Exam: 8

JAC

 

Course Length: 2 years
Course Objectives:  To further develop student musicianship and performance skills through the study of a broad range of subjects covered during group and private lessons. This is an accelerated program.
Subjects: Repertoire, Keyboard Harmony, Solfege Singing, Improvisation, Composition, Ensemble, Sight Playing, Music Theory

Yamaha Grade Exam 8 and 7
Private Lesson: required 30 min lesson - Yamaha Pianoforte 7-8


Determining the best fit for your child and family

JNC:  If you would like to continue in the Yamaha class and prefer to have one lesson per week (or have the option to add a private lesson), and are able to commit to a practice routine of 45 min each day, then JNC is a good choice.  

JAC: If you would like to continue in an accelerated program and add the private lesson for a total of 2 lessons per week (in consultation with teacher), and are able to commit to a practice routine of 60 min each day, then JAC is a good choice. 

Keep in mind that there is no ‘best’ class. It depends upon your personal situation - each class offers its own rewards.

Course Tuition

Junior Ensemble Course

$659 per 18-week semester. Price includes course materials. Price is for group course only.

Junior Advanced Course

$659 per 18-week semester. Price includes course materials. Price is for group course only.

FAQ

Can we move forward with private lessons only?  Yes, but we strongly recommend one of the two options for group class. The group class is an excellent opportunity to continue your child’s comprehensive training. If you do elect to take private lessons study only at Yamaha, you can study with a teacher who fully understands your child’s training, and you can use the Yamaha Pianoforte method books not offered anywhere else.

What if we are in the JNC program, but want to add a private lesson later? This is fine – you are welcome to add private lessons at any time.

Next Steps

Discuss any questions with your teacher and the school director, then confirm your next class with the front office.