Yamaha Music School

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Yamaha Music School

Yamaha’s music education courses are a very special way to learn music. The Yamaha Music School at Fairfield Halls offers courses for children that are 3-10 years old at the start of their course. Adult classes are also available, subject to demand.

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. In the older courses, we still learn music in the same way but include reading and writing music much earlier on in the course to suit this age group.

Keyboards are provided in our fully-equipped Yamaha classroom. Here we can play as soloists or even as an orchestra by using the keyboard’s versatility to use different sounds to become a large ensemble with our classmates! In the older courses, 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: in Music Wonderland, parent and child enjoy this really special time together as a pair; for JMC, parents accompany children for the first two years, and for JSFC, although not compulsory, we 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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I had traditional one-to-one piano lessons when I was younger – I really wish I had done JMC!

Junior Music Course parent

The Courses

3 years:
Music Wonderland classes include carefully directed musical activities with a lovely introduction to the keyboard with their parents. Children develop their rhythm, being in a class environment and independence. After 1 year, these students can move on to the Junior Music Course.

4-5 years:
In the Junior Music Course, children learn music naturally, as they would their first language. As they grow, our method of teaching develops with them. Four and five years old is an important window for aural development and the JMC is designed to grasp this opportunity. It is required that parents attend this class with the child. This is a 2 year course, after which students will graduate to the Junior Extension Course.

6-7 years:
By six and seven, children’s fine motor development has significantly progressed and the Junior Step Fundamental Course (JSFC) reflects this change, while still using the ‘sound before symbol’ approach at the start. It is recommended that parents attend this class with the child. This is a 1 year course, after which students will graduate to the Junior Extension Course.

8-10 years and Adults:
Play For Keeps (PFK) presents a different way of learning, which also utilises the exciting keyboard functions in addition to teaching piano skills. It is not required that parents attend this class with the child, but are welcome if the teacher is happy for you to observe. There are 8 books and 8 Rockschool grades. This is not a timely course, so the teacher will allow the children to progress at their own pace. This course can also be adapted to suit adults too!

The Teachers

Yamaha Music School teachers are highly qualified musicians that are put through rigorous audition and training requirements before becoming a qualified instructor. Teachers are regularly provided with training throughout their time as a Yamaha instructor and can even add to their qualifications by taking Yamaha’s teacher grades.

Bethany Norman DipABRSM, BMus (Hons)
Coordinator of YMS, Fairfield Halls. Bethany teaches Music Wonderland, JMC, JSFC and PFK.
Bethany Is a pianist, flautist and educator based in Surrey and South London. Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a junior, she then went on to continue her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Having always loved teaching and the joys that came with it, she eagerly jumped at the opportunity to become a Yamaha teacher when Fairfield Halls reopened its doors in 2019. She has continued teaching all of the Yamaha courses on offer at FFH whilst running the school itself and juggling other work as a freelance musician.

Daniella Abounassar
Play for Keeps tutor.

New classes
To try a class for free, please book a place at our Open Day. *can we add a hyperlink to the booking page here?*
The classes below will be starting from the w.c. 25/04/2022

Music Wonderland: Thursdays at 4pm with Bethany
Junior Music Course: Wednesdays at 4pm and 5;05pm with Bethany
Junior Step Fundamental Course: Fridays at 5:05pm with Bethany
Play for Keeps (8-10yrs): Mondays at 7:15pm with Daniella

How we work

How to join
We offer an introductory session before you join - either at one of our open days, or in the first lesson of the course.
Please email Bethany ffh-musiceducation@bhlive.org.uk if there isn’t an open day time you can make and she will add you to our mailing list to hear of future updates.

How many students in a class?
Each class has a maximum of 10 students.

Where do lessons take place?
In the Samuel Coleridge Taylor suite on the first floor of the Fairfield Halls.

What you need at home
Everyone will need a way to play the mp3s at home e.g. phone or tablet.
All students in the Junior Music Course and older will need a keyboard/piano to practice at home. Your teacher can help you find one if you are on the market for one.

How much does it cost?
£18 per hourly lesson except for Music Wonderland which is a 45 minutes lesson at £13.50
Materials are also required:
- Music Wonderland: £40 - books and mp3s (last for one year)
- Junior Music Course: £38 for two books, mp3s and mp4s (needed every six months)
- Junior Step Fundamental Course: £15 for book and CD (2 books needed during the year)
- Play For Keeps: £20 book, mp3s and keyboard tracks, needed roughly each year

How to pay?
Through BH Live’s online ticketing system - a payment link is sent ahead of each half term. Payment is made ahead of each half term, which are between 5-7 weeks long, with the option to pay for two terms at once if preferred.

Term Dates 2022
Term 5: 25 April - 29 May (5 lessons)
Term 6: 6 June - 18 July (6 lessons)
Summer dates tbc soon