Florentine Yamaha Music School

Love of Music Cultivated by Yamaha Method

Yamaha Music Schools are beloved in Japan since the mid-1950’s. Known for their highly-trained teachers, beautiful classrooms, and quality instruments, Yamaha music schools are centers of community fun, serious learning, and life-long enjoyment of music. Here in NYC, the Florentine Yamaha Music School in downtown Manhattan has offered the authentic Yamaha experience since 1986. Yamaha Music Schools are beloved in Japan since the mid-1950’s. Known for their highly-trained teachers, beautiful classrooms, and quality instruments, Yamaha music schools are centers of community fun, serious learning, and life-long enjoyment of music. Here in NYC, the Florentine Yamaha Music School in downtown Manhattan has offered the authentic Yamaha experience since 1986.

At Florentine, the beginner’s Junior Music Course for 4-5 year olds is taught by Ms. Junko Arita, whose warmth, energy, and beautiful voice are contagious to the children and parents. At the beginning of class, students come bounding in, seat themselves at their keyboards with parent or guardian beside them, take out their music books, and await Ms. Arita’s directions. Each lesson they sing, move, engage in musical reading and writing exercises together, and learn solfège—a  singing technique used to teach musicians pitch and sight reading. It is amazing to see young children develop such keen musical ears as they follow Ms. Arita’s lead. When students move to their keyboards, Ms. Arita sings, saying each note’s name, as students follow along on their keyboards. Students learn songs section by section until they are able to play the entire song as a group, later with harmony parts.

Ms. Arita herself is an accomplished jazz musician who teaches adults at The New School when not working with the youngsters and their families at Florentine. Other class offerings include Music Wonderland (for 3-year olds), Young Musicians Course (for 6-8 year old), and group classes for teens.

Director Olympia Moy, whose mother introduced the Yamaha approach here, says, “The emphasis on group lessons reflects Yamaha’s goal of raising musicians who not only know how to play with good technique, but who listen, adapt, and thrive with others in bands, ensembles, and orchestras. As a result of the well-rounded Yamaha method, students are well-equipped to take on additional instruments or sing in any musical environment.” Ms. Arita agrees, “No matter what age or skill level, they all come away with a love of music.” Free preview lessons will be held from September 9th to 14th.


219 Park Row, (at Chatham Sq. & Worth St.), New York, NY 10038
TEL: 212-625-8338 | www.florentineschool.com

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