Yamaha Music School

Yamaha Music School

Yamaha’s Junior Music Courses are a very special way to learn music. Fairfield offers courses for children aged 4 to 7 years when they start the course. Children learn music naturally, as they would their first language, and as they grow, our method of teaching develops with them. Four and five years old is an important window for aural development and the Junior Music Course (JMC) is designed to grasp this opportunity. By six and seven, children’s fine motor development has significantly progressed and so the Junior Step Fundamental Course (JSFC) reflects this change.

The lessons are comprehensive – much more than a piano lesson: we play, sing, read and write music; and all at the appropriate developmental stage for the children. Students gain a real understanding of what they are playing and this shows in the very musical way that they play. Keyboards are provided in the fully-equipped Yamaha classroom – we can be an orchestra!

Parents are an important part of the learning process: for JMC, parents accompany children for the first two years, and for JSFC, although not compulsory we do recommend that you attend regularly if you can. It’s unusual for parents to be so involved in the child’s learning: a lovely way to spend time with your child!

The course materials are fantastic and the group environment means lessons are rhythmical, sociable, pacey, full of music…and fun! A great way to learn.

 

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How to join

Parents of children aged 4 – 7 years old can sign up for a taster lesson please email Antonia for dates and availability on [email protected].

After the taster lesson, there will be the opportunity to sign up for a course. The following class times are proposed to start week beginning 20 April:

Day Time Class
Friday 16:00 – 17:00 JMC (4-5 years old)
Friday 17:10 – 18:10 JSFC (6-7 years old)
Saturday 09:30 – 10:30 JMC (4-5 years old)
Saturday 14:30 – 15:30 JMC (4-5 years old)

 

Additional evening classes may be opened with enough demand.

 

 

I had traditional one-to-one piano lessons when I was younger – I really wish I had done JMC!

Junior Music Course parent

FAQs

We offer two courses, both designed for beginners:

  • Junior Music Course: for children aged 4 or 5 years at the start
  • Junior Step Fundamental Course: for children aged 6 or 7 years at the start

The Yamaha system is an 8 year programme, slightly less for those starting little older:

The initial stages are as follows:

  • The Junior Music Course lasts two years
  • The Junior Step Fundamental Course lasts 18 months

Classes are held in groups of up to ten students

  • Junior Music Course for 4 and 5 year olds: parents attend the first two years
  • Junior Step Fundamental Course for 6 and 7 year olds: parents are recommended to attend the first 18 months

Yes, lessons are weekly and run in term-time.

We operate a 6-term year – about 35 lessons in total.

60 minutes (includes class changeover).

Lessons are £17 each, payable termly (terms are usually between 5 – 7 weeks).

JMC materials are £38 for books, music and DVD and are required every six months.

JSFC materials are required every 6-9 months and cost £22.

Term Dates 2019-2020

  • Term 4: Thursday 5 March - Saturday 4 April (5 weeks)
  • Term 5: Thursday 23 April - Saturday 23 May (5 weeks)
  • Term 6: Thursday 4 June - Saturday 11 July (6 weeks)

Term Dates 2020-2021

  • Term 1: Friday 4 September - Saturday 17 October (Fri classes 5 weeks, Thurs 6 weeks, Sat 7 weeks) No lesson Fridays 25 Sept or 2 Oct
  • Term 2: Wednesday 4 November - Saturday 19 December (7 weeks, Sats 6 weeks) No lesson Sat 7 November
  • Term 3: Wednesday 6 January - Saturday 13 February (5 weeks)
  • Term 4: Wednesday 24 February - Saturday 27 March (5 weeks)
  • Term 5: Saturday 17 April - Friday 28 May (6 weeks, 5 weeks Friday classes) No lesson Friday 7 May
  • Term 6: Wednesday 9 June - Saturday 17 July (6 weeks)

Teachers

  • Bethany Norman

    Bethany is a pianist and flautist based in London. Before attending Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Junior Department. Bethany has built up a large student base since teaching full time on a gap year and has never looked back! She teaches the piano, flute and music theory to students privately and peripatetically. Many of whom are hoping to study Music at University or a Music Conservatoire.

  • Antonia King

    'Antonia comes to us from Matrix Music School and Arts Centre where she has been teaching the Junior Music Course for almost twenty years. Antonia finds teaching in this style immensely rewarding and has taken many groups from 'do do do' right through to graduation. For her, one of the many joys of the course is helping children find and develop their own style of composition. Fairfield Halls are grateful to Matrix for sharing both their teaching and admin experience - we hope this means a flying start to the Yamaha Music School at Fairfield!

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Suite

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, London, UK