Music Friends (Keyboard) Course (AGE 6)

“Conveying the joy of playing music to people throughout the world”

This is Yamaha’s goal—to contribute to the enrichment of society by cultivating enthusiasm and sensitivity through musical activities.

With our common ideal of personally enjoying music, expressing with music, and sharing music with others, we have developed courses and established our unique education methods adapted to the needs of every generation from children to adults, and from beginners to more advanced students.

Over 5 million students have learned music in our schools over the past 60 years. It currently operates in more than 40 countries and regions all over the world.


“Benefits of Music”

Have you ever been told that music nourishes the soul? Or heard that playing a musical instrument makes you smarter? It has been scientifically proven that playing music has positive physiological and psychological effects – for example, music reduces stress, which in turn results in better health and learning capacity.

“Never Too Late to Learn”

However, nowadays even school-age children are busy with academic pursuits and so music has become a backburner for many who have the passion but not the time for practice. Moreover, many adults believe that musical skills cannot be developed unless the learner starts very young – this misconception has deterred them from their musical aspirations. The good news is that it is never too late to start and Yamaha has developed a new music course for the busy school-age children and adults. The Music Friends Course is a stress-free program that requires minimal practice because you get to set your own rate of progress.

“Music Friends Course”

The unique Music Friends Course integrates individual and group teaching methods so that students develop playing abilities at their own pace – akin to individual lessons – and enjoy the benefits of group lessons, such as the fun of ensemble playing and solfege singing. Together with a wide and interesting range of pieces, an easy-to-learn approach and the latest learning resources, the music learning experience of the students of Music Friends Course is further enhanced.

“Learn at your own pace”

Although the lessons are conducted in a group, each student gets individual attention from the teacher during the segments on repertoire playing. This allows them to either advance steadily or at a more leisurely pace if they cannot find time to practice at home. In this way, each student achieves learning milestones at his or her own pace. You can join the class anytime without worrying about age and lagging behind in class.

“Interesting pieces to engage the learner”

The course textbooks contain a variety of famous pieces (classical masterpieces, e.g. Für Elise, Turkish March; jazz standards, e.g. Tea for Two; Disney songs, e.g. Sleeping Beauty “Waltz”). For all pieces, Yamaha adds arrangements and opulent accompaniments, and the experience gained from playing them along with orchestras or bands gives the students a special worldview of each piece and nurtures their creativity.

“Establishing stronger foundational skills in a group”

To further enhance the basic skills developed, students will also experience the joy of playing music together with their classmates, an experience unachievable in an individual lesson setting. Through finger exercises, ensemble playing and also singing melodies, students are effectively trained in acquiring finger technique, good rhythm sense and singing in correct pitch.

“Resources for self-learning”

In the classroom and at home, students have access to videos and sound recordings that reinforce the correct playing techniques and allow practice with musical and rhythmic accompaniment. The use of technology serves to support the MFC students’ music education journey.


AGE GROUP: 6-Year-Olds and Above
COURSE DURATION: Up to Individual Choice
LESSON FORMAT: Grouped Individual Lessons; Open Class
GROUP SIZE: 4 to 8 Students Per Class 
Course Objectives To nurture the joy in playing a keyboard instrument and develop fundamental music skills for playing the keyboard.