Saturday, August 4, 2012
Hear, Sing, Read, Play and Create
Chilliwack Academy of Music offers the Yamaha method to ages 3-7
Released by Graham Yates, Chilliwack Academy of Music
Kids practice on full sized keyboard in the Lidstone & Company Music Lab at the Cultural Centre.
n agreement signed with Yamaha Canada means that the Chilliwack Academy of Music is the home of the Yamaha Music Education System for the Chilliwack region.
This innovative and exciting program is an enjoyable, cost-effective and beneficial way for more young children to begin a life-long love of music. For families hesitant about private music lessons, the year-long group classes could mean a 20% savings over private lessons while gaining twice the instruction time.
When the time to exit the Yamaha program and enroll in those private
lessons, Yamaha students will have the benefit of a well-rounded musical
foundation that includes rudimentary theory, sight-reading, ear-training,
singing, keyboard skills, improvisation, arranging and composition.
In Asia, the Yamaha method is as universal as the Royal Conservatory is in
Canada. Ms. Debbie says she is looking forward to establishing the method in
Chilliwack because "it's a very musical community," and it will enhance the
community by "opening up another way of learning and sharing music."
In group class, students learn through the senses and confirm what they hear by singing it expressively and musically. They then learn to reproduce what they sing onto a digital keyboard.
Regarding the group nature of the program, Cave said in a release last week
that "Children love to interact and play with others, and ensemble play is
another way that children learn about orchestration, arranging and musical
form, all while having fun with their peers."
"Being able to express their own musical ideas and thinking creatively is truly a gift and an asset that will enhance their lives through adulthood," Cave said.
Indeed, improvisation is a skill that has largely been lost in classical
music, which is seen as a disadvantage by popular musicians. The Yamaha
method helps re-establish the lost art of classical-style spontaneous
Yamaha classes will be taught in the newly furnished "Lidstone & Co. Music Lab" at the Cultural Centre on a fleet of 7 high-quality digital keyboards purchased through the generous funding of 89.5 The Hawk.
Registration information is available online at
www.chilliwackmusic.com or by
phoning 604 792-0790.
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