The Junior Step Course is focused on building upon the foundations of music that were established in the Junior Fundamental Course by developing the technical and expressive piano performance skills of each individual student. Through ongoing support from highly skilled teachers, students are encouraged to work independently to further develop their creative skills and work toward improvisation and composition.
Students in the Junior Step 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.