The following is a list of frequently asked questions:


What is the Yamaha method and how is it different from other music school programs?

Designed to meet the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group, Yamaha programs develop each student’s comprehensive musical ability in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation.

Yamaha develops children’s musical skills with three fundamental principles: 

1) Timely education

2) Group Lessons

3) Encouraging Creativity


What age is appropriate for starting my child in piano lessons?


How much will materials cost?


Will I need to buy a piano for my house?

A piano or keyboard at home is required for children ages 4 and up. It is important to have an instrument at home by the start of class so that good practice habits can develop early on.


How many kids are in each class?

The ideal class size is 5 to 10 children.


What is the benefit of having parents present in each class?

Parental attendance facilitates accelerated growth.  The parent/child partnership is active, not passive. Each partnership develops into a mini-ensemble, where co-learning, co-practicing and co-discovering can be enjoyed in class and at home.


Should parents have a musical background?

Parents are not required to have a musical background to support their child’s learning.  However, in the first few years, parents are deeply involved and learn right along with their child.


Are students required to practice at home?

Yes.  Yamaha’s programs require parents to spend time making music at home with their child.  Students receive homework each week to reinforce the classroom activities.  This serves as a guide for parents as they begin to integrate fun, active music-making into the daily life of the family.