Queen's Community Music

Queen's Community Music

Queen's Community Music

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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. Through the development of keyboard harmony and arranging skills, YMC students also enjoy playing and creating their own music. Parent attendance at this level is optional, though the parent remains an important link between the class experience and successful practice at the home. One week each month will be designated as "parent observation week", and homework sheets and announcements will continue to be communicated by email.

The Young Musician Course 4 (YMC4) is a continuation of YMC3. Using a similar balance of activities found in YMC3, 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.


Classes will take place in the Keyboard Lab (Rm 229) of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The YMC4 course runs for 38 weeks between September, 2017 – June, 2018.

Fridays 5.30-6.30pm, taught by Ange Lam
Friday classes will run from 8th September to 15th December, 2017 and 5th January to 22nd June, 2018. No class will be held on 16th March (March break) or 30th March, 2018 (Good Friday).

All students will be expected to participate in the year-end concert in a group class performance on Saturday June 16th, 2018.

New students will not be permitted to join the YMC4 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 who have completed YMC3 at QCM or at another Yamaha school. Parent/guardian attendance is optional.

The course will run with a minimum class size of 3 people (please refer to QCM Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved).


All course materials are included in the cost of tuition:

  • Solfege and Ensemble 5 & 6 - Textbook & CD
  • JNC Repertoire 1 & 2 - Textbook & CD
  • Yamaha Grade 8 Exam Study Guide

Students are required to have a keyboard with full size weighted 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: $960 per child, includes all materials.

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