The Hidden Potential of Instrumental Music Education

Regardless of where they may live, every single child has the right to receive an education.

However, the educational environment often differs depending on the country or region, and these differences are even greater when it comes to instrumental music education in particular.

It is said that not only does instrumental music education enrich children’s self-expression and artistic sensibilities, but it also helps improve learning, develops sociability, and cultivates skills in a variety of other areas.

Creating an environment in which more children can receive instrumental music education would thus lead to an increase in the overall quality of education and also better equip children to actively participate in society.

The Difficulities Facing Instrumental Music Education Today

However, a quick look around the world makes it clear that a suitable environment for providing instrumental music education is often lacking. It is not uncommon to see a lack of facilities, instructors, and curriculums, and many children never get the chance to play or even touch a musical instrument.

That’s why Yamaha is working to help spread instrumental music education and make it a part of school education worldwide to provide more children with opportunities to play musical instruments and experience the joy of music and instruments.

Helping Children Everywhere Experience the Joy of Playing Musical Instruments

With efforts such as Music Time, a program that provides elementary schools with a complete package consisting of textbooks, teacher training, and musical instruments, Yamaha is helping implement elementary school music class and extracurricular programs that enable children around the world to enjoy learning to play portable keyboards, recorders, and more.


Teacher Training

Musical Instruments

Music Time Program

Music Time is a program that aims to help build educational environments suitable for offering instrumental music education by providing elementary schools with a complete package consisting of textbooks, teacher training, and musical instruments.

Yamaha has developed educational materials and teacher training content exclusively for the program and works with local departments of education and other organizations to help prepare teachers to guide students. Teachers who have completed the training use these specially developed educational materials and musical instruments to offer music lessons which complement existing curriculums.

Education that shows children how enjoyable music can be by incorporating musical instruments not only helps support the children's personal growth, but it also contributes to the development of instrumental music education and music culture in each respective country.

In addition to the Music Time program, Yamaha also offers other solutions appropriate for each country's unique situation to support the subsequent establishment of local educational systems that incorporate musical instruments and enable those countries to continue the development of such systems on their own.

Collaboration with a Diversity of Stakeholders Worldwide

Yamaha is working to facilitate cooperation between public and private sectors by liaising with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), departments or ministries of education in other countries around the world, and international organizations.
These efforts extend to over 1,300 schools in 11 countries and regions (as of March 2019).

Collaboration with Stakeholders

Implementation in Various Countries