What Parents Are Saying about Children's Programs


“My Daughter is Excited to Attend Classes.
 My 11 year old daughter has been attending Mrs Rita’s piano class for the last two years. She has excelled with Mrs Rita’s teaching style and is excited to attend the classes weekly as well as practice at home. I highly recommend this class.”

- Chad R.

“I Wish I Had A Piano Like Miss Rita When I Was A Kid.
 Miss Rita keeps the class lively and fun. She is a very gifted teacher and while she is very patient with the kids, she is good at keeping them focused. I love that the kids get regular opportunities to do solos, even if they are 30 second solos. I know many people think that there is no substitute for individual lessons, but I feel these lessons are far more than strictly piano lessons. They are also music appreciation classes, listening classes, music reading etc. I am so glad my daughter has been able to do this and we hope she will continue. Oh, and she really enjoys the classes too. 

– Another Happy Parent

“I think it’s a great method. When I was taking piano lessons as a kid, I don’t think I learned nearly as rapidly or as comprehensively, and have since forgotten almost everything of my training from the early years. The whole ear training that Yamaha does – the approach to singing music first and actually hearing the music with the CD. It is a very integrated approach. I’ve been shocked at how rapidly the kids have been learning.” 

-Yamaha Music School Parent Michelle Cicolo

“My daughter loves the music and activities in the Junior Music Course (JMC) class…Speaking as a music educator with extensive teaching experiences, I am convinced that the JMC is highly effective in introducing the world of music to young children, while providing an enjoyable, enriching, and well-rounded musical training. As a parent, I want my child to develop her music potential and cultivate a life-long appreciation and love for music. I would not hesitate to encourage parents to enroll their children in the Yamaha program.” 

- Patricia Ooi Englehardt, Ph.D.

“In short, we’ve been impressed: the program included ear training, solfege singing, and rhythm training, in addition to piano instruction. We loved how the group setting and parent participation were integral to the early curriculum.

In the last four years, we’ve had so many wonderful experiences at Yamaha.”

– Yamaha Music School Parent Jeanne Hayes 

“Thanks to all the Yamaha Music School staff who coached, coordinated and led a wonderful concert experience today! We were present for two concerts and enjoyed them both so much!

We are truly fortunate to be part of an organization that is so dedicated to children’s appreciation for music.

It shows in everything you do and we want you to know that we notice this dedication and appreciate it very much! The smiles on the parent’s faces and the applause for the staff at the last concert today were just a token of our enthusiasm for all that you do at YMS Music School! Thank you, thank you! I hope you feel proud of how you have musically touched so many people’s lives throughout the year.”
– Yamaha Music School Parents Kim McCormick & Shawn Ohler

“We are writing to congratulate you and the YMS community on the successful conclusion of the Grade 8 examinations and the submission of an impressive slate of original compositions to the annual Yamaha competition.
We would also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the efforts of our son’s teachers in coaching and preparing him for these trials. Indeed, Rebecca and Ayako have both exhibited a degree of devotion to their students and an amount of dedication to their musical excellence that we found to be far beyond the call of duty. With the extra hours, the cram sessions, and the mock examinations, we were left agape in wonder at their boundless energy and infinite patience. Let us not forget the work of Andy who managed in the space of a few short months to coax original compositions from each of his students, all of which showed independent flights of creative imagination and in wildly varying styles no less.

 For us as parents, it is a pleasure and indeed a privilege to be able to work with such a team. Under the tutelage of the trio, our son has managed to achieve a level of musicianship at a tender age that far surpasses our greatest expectations. For this, we owe the three our deepest gratitude.”

- Yamaha Music School Parents Josephine and Shiufun

“The one thing that the teachers have shown is a tremendous flexibility in order to meet the needs of the kids. They are very involved, very knowledgeable, and have a great way to work with the kids. That’s not something that everyone has; someone can be a great player, a great musician, but working with the kids requires a different mindset, and the teachers here are very well-prepared and work with the kids in ways that they can learn.”
– Yamaha Music School Parent Ed Lopez

“Looking back on the past two years, I really see the progress and the development. I’m not a pianist, so I can say that everything that Jennifer is today is really attributed to what she learned at the Yamaha School. The technique works, the singing – after two years, I know it was a very important and critical part of it. And the listening – because just after a few months, Jennifer would sometimes hear a song outside of the Yamaha book, and she’ll start saying, ‘Mommy, this is in G Major.’ And I’m thinking, ‘How did you know that?’ And it was through the approach. So I’m very convinced, a strong believer.”
– Yamaha Music School Parent Joy Murphy