School Project has provided the opportunity for instrumental music education to a total of 1,270,000 children in 7 countries as of February 2022.
Examples - School Project
In partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, Yamaha conducted an initiative to promote the implementation and establishment of education using musical instruments in music classes at primary and secondary schools.
In Vietnam, instruction in musical instruments was not included in the course of study at primary and secondary schools until September 2020. Due to this, most children did not have the chance to play musical instruments in school music classes. Yamaha conducted initiatives to improve the quality of music education in Vietnam, aiming for the implementation and establishment of instrumental music education in the course of study. In 2017, Yamaha signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in regard to the broader promotion of instrumental music education in Vietnam. For two years leading up to 2019, Yamaha worked to form music clubs making use of recorders and pianicas in 275 primary schools in 10 cities nationwide in Vietnam, with government approval.
These initiatives were selected as a 2016 EDU-Port Japan (Introduction of Japanese-style Education Using Public-Private Collaboration Platform) Certified Project by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In September 2018, they were once again selected as certified support projects in the same way. Furthermore, in June 2018, these initiatives were selected to receive support from JETRO’s "Rule-creation Support Project to Solve Social Issues".
Finally, instrumental music education was included in the new course of study, revised in September 2020, and is now undertaken by every elementary school in Vietnam.
In partnership with government and related institutions, Yamaha is committed to continuing to provide support for the creation and development of music culture in Vietnam.
- Instrumental Music Education Implementation Support Initiatives in Vietnam
- Support for recorder club activities at primary schools
- Support for revisions to textbooks
- Support for teacher training
In Egypt, local educators regard the development of non-cognitive skills, such as sociality, cooperativeness, and discipline as important skills. For this reason, Egypt has begun promoting education based on a new curriculum.
Aiming to support the implementation of this new curriculum, Yamaha is working together with Egypt's Ministry of Education and Technical Education to promote interactive classes by Japanese-style music education using recorders. We aim to further enhance this Japanese-style education, which is gaining attention globally, through the incorporation of instrumental music performances in order to provide children with opportunities to improve their non-cognitive skills (particularly cooperativeness, self-esteem, discipline, and motivation), as is being advocated by the Egyptian government.
The "Introduction of Japanese-style Instrumental Music Education in Primary Education in Egypt" that Yamaha is currently implementing was selected as a 2020 EDU-Port Japan (Introduction of Japanese-style Education Using Public-Private Collaboration Platform) Supported Project by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This was the third such project certified by EDU-Port Japan, following the 2016 and 2018 projects carried out in Vietnam. In addition, Yamaha concluded an outsourcing agreement called "SDGs Business Model Formulation Survey with the Private Sector for Introduction of Japanese-style Instrumental Music Education in Primary Education in Egypt" with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the same time. Plans for trial lessons at 10 schools operated by Egyptian Japanese Schools have already been approved. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Culture, Education and Science Bureau in Tokyo of the Embassy of Egypt in Japan is offering its support for this project, and Yamaha Corporation looks forward to continuing to this project in Egypt going forward.
In 2015, Yamaha launched the School Project in Indonesia. All primary school children in second grade experienced it, and the number of children who enjoy playing musical instruments has clearly increased. In 2017, Yamaha implemented recorder and pianica programs at 490 schools throughout Indonesia after signing an agreement to cooperate with “Strengthening Character Education,” an initiative of the Indonesia’s Ministry of Education. Furthermore, Yamaha held an Ensemble Video Competition with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education to provide children with a stage to demonstrate the results of their study and to contribute to the development of music education in Indonesia.
Starting in 2015, these activities were adopted as an extracurricular activity program under the Extracurricular Activities Division of the Ministry of Education in 2017, and expanded to 400 schools in 16 states nationwide. From 2020, music became independent from art as a regular subject, becoming a standalone subject.
The Keyboard Music Time Festival sponsored by the Ministry is also held every year, providing a place for children to perform and contributing to the development of music education in Malaysia. In the future, we will continue our activities so that the keyboard will be one of several options in instrumental music education.
Music performance viewing is very popular in India, but this country traditionally does not have a culture of music performance by members of the general public, and the opportunity to play music instruments has previously been confined to musicians. Although not exclusive to Western musical instruments, which are a form of culture imported into India, interactions with instruments among the general public have been primarily limited to children from wealthy families who learn how to play piano as an aspect of cultural refinement or to acquire qualifications. Accordingly, the majority of children are still rather unfamiliar with musical instruments.
To achieve the optimal method for introducing music education in India based on recognition of the conditions in this country, we have begun our efforts by proposing the School Project in private elementary and other schools. We have offered this program to 169 schools as of February 2022.
Yamaha Musical do Brasil Ltda. founded Sopro Novo Yamaha Foundation in 2017 to share musical activities more widely and realize their sustainability in Brazil. From 2020, recorder seminars were shifted online and online lessons commenced for teachers in public schools. In total, 132 teachers took these seminars in a single year, readying an environment for children in 109 public schools to take recorder classes.