Yamaha’s Junior Music Course is a very special way to learn music. 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.
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 and accompany children to lessons for the first two years. 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: a repertoire and workbook, CD and DVD accompany each stage of the JMC. The group environment means lessons are rhythmical, sociable, pacey, full of music…and fun! A great way to learn.
We prefer all pupils to take a taster lesson before signing up to join a class, although you can take a trial lesson within a group if there is space to do so once lessons start. Please email [email protected] to join the invite list.
I had traditional one-to-one piano lessons when I was younger – I really wish I had done JMC!
Junior Music Course parent
Children should be aged four or five years at the start of the course.
The Junior Music Course is the first stage of the eight-year programme and lasts two years.
Lessons are in groups, with up to 10 children in a class. Parents attend the first two years.
Yes. Lessons are weekly and run in term-time, meaning about 35 – 36 lessons a year.
60 minutes (includes class changeover).
Lessons are £17 each, payable termly (terms are usually between 5 – 7 weeks). Materials are also required – at £38 every 6 months.
There will be two intakes each year: one in November and one at Easter.
We prefer everyone to take a taster lesson before signing into a class although you can take a trial lesson within a group if there is space to do so once lessons start. The next open day is Sunday 13 October – please email [email protected] to join the invite list.
Please read our Junior Music Course information document
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.
Jane trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received a scholarship to attend at the age of 12. Her main study was piano and her second study singing. She was lucky enough to be surrounded by inspiring musicians and teachers, and performed in many concerts throughout her tuition. This gave her a life long enjoyment of all aspects of music. She now teaches piano and music theory to students of all ages and abilities, privately and as a peripatetic teacher in schools.
Antonia studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music's Junior Department from the age of 12, then went on to Oxford Brookes University to study music. After gaining a bachelors degree, she continued at Brookes, completing a masters degree with special focus on music education. Antonia has been teaching Yamaha’s Junior Music Courses since 2000 and is delighted to have taken several groups right through from 'do do do' to 'graduation'!