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Queen's University


The Yamaha method of music education incorporates weekly group lessons designed to give students the best beginning possible for the development of basic music skills. 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 Junior Music Extension Course (JXC 1) is a continuation of JMC 2. Using a similar balance of activities found in JMC 2, students continue to build their musical foundation through solfege singing, keyboard playing, sight singing, sight playing, and ensemble work. Students learn more complex rhythmic, melodic and harmonic structures, and further develop their ear training and keyboard skills. 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 continue to 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 JXC 1 course is 38 weeks and runs between September, 2014 – June, 2015.

Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm, taught by Barbara Bolte

Thursday classes will run from 4th September to 11th December, 2014 and 8th January to 18th June, 2015. No class will be held on 19th March, 2015 (due to March Break). The class scheduled for Thursday 5th March will be held on Sunday 8th March at 12pm.

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 JXC 1 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 for students who have completed JMC 2 at QCM or at another Yamaha school. A parent or guardian must attend all classes with the student.

The course will run with a minimum class size of 4 people (please refer to QCMPolicy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved). Maximum number of students per class is 10.



A packet of course materials is included in the cost of tuition.

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: $740 per child, and includes all materials.

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


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000