In the Junior Extension Course, focus is placed on developing the technical and expressive piano performance skills of each individual student. The multi-faceted teaching approach means that students develop the skills to learn together as a group, as well as being motivated to learn many repertoire pieces independently. Along with these piano performance skills, students are also taught more developed ensemble, keyboard harmony and aural skills.
Students in the Junior Extension Course are eligible to sit for a Yamaha Grade Examination each year, where their piano performance, sight playing/reading, hearing (melody and harmony) and accompaniment/improvisation skills are all formally assessed.
Junior Extension Course students not only learn how to play music written by others, but are also taught the technical, analytical and expressive skills required to be able to create their own music and thus participate in Yamaha’s world famous Junior Original Concert program. Each year, over 35,000 Yamaha students across the globe compose and perform their own compositions to appreciative audiences.