Yamaha Music School

Yamaha Music School

Yamaha’s music education courses are a very special way to learn music. The Yamaha Music School at Fairfield now offers courses for children aged 4 – 10 years old at the start of their 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 the Junior Step Fundamental Course (JSFC) reflects this change. For KS2 aged children, Play For Keeps (PFK) presents a different way of learning, and also goes straight into the exciting keyboard functions in addition to teaching piano skills.

Yamaha lessons are comprehensive – much more than a piano lesson: in the younger courses we play, sing, read and write music, 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! In the older course, students not only play in both piano and keyboard styles, but also study improvisation, theory, keyboard functions, arrangement, ensembles and so on.

Parents are an important part of the learning process in the younger courses: 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! We do not ask parents to attend PFK classes, but if you’d like to be there, please ask the teacher.

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 – 10 years can attend our open day to try a free taster lesson before signing up for a trial first term (about 6 weeks).

We will be holding an open day on a Sunday as soon as we are able to return to the building.

Yamaha Music School classes will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after the open day – please email Antonia to go on the list to hear of any updates: [email protected]

 

 

 

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 now offer three courses, all 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
  • Play For Keeps: for children aged 8 – 10 years old when they start

Once children have started, they grow with their course, and can continue for many years – the Yamaha system offers a progression that takes them from beginner to teacher standard.

Classes are held in groups of up to ten students. The room is fully equipped with a keyboard for each student.

  • 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
  • Play For Keeps for 8 – 10 year olds: parents do not need to attend, please ask the teacher if you would like to observe.

Yes, lessons are weekly and run in term-time. Please see below for a full list of term dates.

We operate a 6-term year – usually around 36 lessons annually.

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.

PFK materials are required between 9 – 12 months and cost £22.

Term Dates 2021 - 2022

  • Term Dates to be published

Teachers

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Iona Duncan

    Iona Duncan DipARSM is a pianist and harpist currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The former Principal Harpist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Iona has had a busy early career. Having studied at London's renowned BRIT School, Iona enjoys a varied palette of musical styles. Iona has a passion for musical theatre and has played in two London West-End productions at London's Bridewell. Iona also played as resident harpist at the Royal Horseguards Hotel and regularly performs during afternoon tea at the London Sofitel Hotel. During lockdown, she has created some fantastic remote works, including playing ‘The Swan’ for the BBC Scottish players.

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Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, London, UK