In recent years, the keyboard has become a musical instrument in its own right and its popularity has grown. We offer two courses specifically written for two different age groups:
* Junior Play for Keeps for 5-7year olds
* Play for Keeps aimed at 9 year old-adult students.
What can you expect from a Junior Play for Keeps lesson?
The lessons are one hour long and there are no more than eight students at one time. This course is aimed at 5-7 year olds and incorporates singing, playing the keyboard, reading/writing music and listening skills. The books are themed (Book One is ‘Let’s Go to the Zoo’) and are accompanied by a CD which contains the backing tracks used in the lessons. Parents are invited to stay for at least the first six months and the CD encourages fun practice at home.
The lessons are fast paced, fun and both students and parents enjoy a practical musical experience whilst using their imagination and making new friends.
What can you expect from a Play for Keeps lesson?
The lessons are one hour long and there are no more than eight students at one time organised into similar age/ability groups.
Students are involved in group playing activities, solo performances, reading/writing music using interactive games and listening skills are constantly developed.
A CD is included with the course that contains backing tracks to popular songs used in the lessons, making practice at home fun – even for those just listening!
Parents are welcome to stay for the lessons, although it is not compulsory. They are, however, invited to the final five minutes of the lesson to listen to the homework given and see/hear students’ achievements.
This course is also aimed at adults wishing to learn the keyboard. Adults learn together and so new friends can be made whilst developing a new skill.
At the end of each book, students have the opportunity to take an accredited exam using material learnt in lessons. Grades 1 – 8 are available, with Grade 6 onwards carrying UCAS points towards University applications. So this fun activity can turn into a career or aid progression into Higher Education.
For information on how much lessons cost and other specific information please follow this link to our FAQ section.
For further information on these courses, please follow this link to the Yamaha Music Schools official website.