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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:44 am
by lwduncan
Hi folks, I'm hoping someone will have some information/opinions on the Yamaha method. I'm a teacher in charge of starting a piano lab project in a school. Taking bids from dealers, of course. Yamaha serves schools through special representatives, and all I've been able to find out is that when they set up a piano lab in a school, the teacher has to be trained to their particular method and that's the method that has to be taught. Haven't been able to find out anything else. Sooooo.....what is their method like? As good as Alfred, or any of the other more traditional methods? How could they possibly have it set up so that you can't use the method of your choice? What's to stop you from using a different book? Does anyone out there have experience with this method? Better yet, does anyone actually teach group piano with a Yamaha lab? Help! (FYI, I took piano for years, and I currently teach voice...I'm a good teacher, but I've no experience teaching group piano.)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:12 pm
by Stretto
I'm not familiar with the Yamaha method. Hopefully someone will reply who is. Could you provide a link to the Yamaha method to give us a better idea? You might just do a search on the web. I'm sure you'd find some info. and articles that give you all the details. Have you asked some other schools who have it or have group piano classes for advice or opinions? Maybe a nearby college with a music dept., many have group piano classes and the instructors may be able to offer helpful advice?

In general, could you take the method and modify it to suite your specific classrooms needs and interests and in such a way that you personally enjoy teaching it.

Sounds like a great opportunity! Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:02 pm
by Stretto
I'm posting a link from another forum where I added some more on this topic:

Anyone familiar with Yamaha's method?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:19 pm
by Stretto


When you get things up and running in the classroom, it would be interesting to hear how things are going and your opinion on the instruments your school goes with and the method.

Also, it would be great to hear your ideas and opinions on teaching students in general or in teaching groups in the piano teacher's forum! :)