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Junior Music Course

for 4 & 5 year-old beginners

HANDS OF A CHILD, WORK OF A MUSICIAN: The Junior Music Course (JMC) Primary level is designed for 4 and 5 year-old beginners, and graduates of Music Wonderland.

JMC focuses on the development well-rounded musical ability‚ through listening, singing, keyboard/piano playing, reading, writing, and creating. From the first year of the JMC Primary level, students will train not only their fingers, but their ears, their minds, and their imagination.

The piano keyboard is the tool of choice for this age group, as it is easy and effortless to produce accurate pitch, and also allows students to simultaneously experience melody, harmony, and rhythm.

Ear-training is an integral part of JMC, since age 4-5 is the best time for a child to acquire a sense of pitch. Most students attain either absolute “perfect” pitch, or very good relative pitch by the end of the first two years. This ear-training will help them in the future to play music by-ear, improvise, and compose.

JMC Primary follows a thoroughly researched, internationally-renowned curriculum. The materials and approach are all designed specifically to capture the interest of this age group. Colourful textbooks and beautifully orchestrated music on CD help to inspire the students and expose them to various genres of music. A DVD featuring animated shorts will help to reinforce concepts at home.

At the end of their first two years in the JMC, students will not only have achieved a high level of performance, but they will have also acquired the tools necessary to create their own music. Course areas include:

  • Solfege Singing
  • Lyric Song Singing
  • Keyboard Games
  • Repertoire
  • Ensemble
  • Harmony
  • Music Appreciation
  • Rhythm
  • Workbook (Reading/Writing)

Each student of JMC: Primary completes two levels each year, bringing them to Book 4 at the end of their second year. Students are then invited to take the Fundamental Skills Survey to confirm their achievements. Graduates of JMC: Primary continue in the Junior Extension Course.

Quick Facts

Required at home

For the first two years of JMC: Primary, students will need access to a keyboard instrument with at least 61 full-sized touch-sensitive keys, with a variety of realistic sounds and rhythms.

Weighted “heavy” keys (like those of an acoustic piano) are not a requirement at this stage, since some 4-5 year-old children can find them frustrating to play. Technical exercises will come into play later in the Junior Extension Course (Year 3), when the children are physically ready to develop these abilities.

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Progression

Year 0: Music Wonderland
Years 1 & 2: Junior Music Course: Primary

Fundamental Skills Survey

Years 3 & 4: Junior Extension Course

Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 9 Piano
Royal Conservatory of Music Examination, Grade 1/2 Piano

Years 5 & 6: Junior Advanced Course (combination group and private lessons)

Yamaha Grade Examination, Grade 8/7 Piano
Royal Conservatory of Music Examination, Grade 3/4 Piano