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Queen's University


The Yamaha philosophy for music education is based on the belief that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability, and that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy one's own music. Through this joy of music, one can enjoy a richer life.

The Junior Music Course (JMC) makes learning fun with Group Lessons. It is proven that Group Lessons are an effective way to achieve comprehensive musical training. Through groups, students can sing with others and perform in various kinds of ensembles. Groups also allow for children to be at ease, become motivated by their peers and develop confidence through regular in‐class performance in front of a friendly and familiar audience.

The JMC is based on training students according to their developmental stage in life. The Yamaha Music Foundation has completed much research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six. Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills.

The curriculum of JMC 1 emphasizes ear training and the development of a good rhythmic sense. It includes a variety of activities, including singing words and solfège, keyboard playing, sight singing, sight playing, ensemble work and musical creativity. Accompanied by the parent, as the parent is the essential link between the class experience and successful practice at the home, both child and parent can both share the joy of learning music with one another.


Classes will take place in the Keyboard Lab (Rm 229) of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The JMC 1 course has been expanded to 38 weeks and runs between September, 2014 – June, 2015. Students register for either Class A, Class B or Class C.


Class A: Wednesdays 5-6pm, taught by Barbara Bolte

Wednesday classes will run from 3rd September to 10th December, 2014 and 7th January to 17th June, 2015. No class will be held on 18th March, 2015 (due to March Break).

Class B: Saturdays 9-10am, taught by Pamela Lo

Saturday classes will run from 6th September to 13th December, 2014 and 10th January to 20th June, 2015. No class will be held on 21st March, 2015 (due to March Break).

Class C: Saturdays 12.30-1.30pm, taught by Pamela Lo

Saturday classes will run from 6th September to 13th December, 2014 and 10th January to 20th June, 2015. No class will be held on 21st March, 2015 (due to March Break).


All students will be expected to participate in the year-end concert in a group class performance on Saturday June 20th, 2015. Participation in the April Ensemble Concert will be at the discretion of the instructor.

New students will not be permitted to join the JMC course after the fourth class has passed, to ensure that everyone in the group moves at the same pace through the year.


This course is open to children aged 4-5yrs old. Students must be 4yrs old by September 1, 2014. A parent or guardian must attend all classes with the student.

The course will run with a minimum class size of 6 people (please refer to Conservatory Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved). Maximum number of students per class is 10.


For this beginner level course, there is no knowledge expectation or pre-requisite.


A packet of course materials is included in the cost of tuition. The materials, which will be distributed through the year as needed, include:

  •     Primary Workbooks 1 and 2
  •     Primary Textbooks 1 and 2
  •     Primary Compact Discs 1 and 2
  •     Primary DVDs 1 and 2
  •     Attendance Stickers
  •     Magnet Board and Magnets
  •     Student Bag to organize materials

Students are required to have a keyboard with full size keys for practice. Families interested in purchasing a Yamaha keyboard or piano are eligible for a tuition credit toward Yamaha Music Education System group classes. The tuition credit is processed through the Yamaha Head Office, and the amount of credit varies according to instrument purchased. Further information is available at the QCM office.


Course fee:  $750 per child, and includes all materials.

Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs within the Conservatory over the year.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000