As part of our local contribution activities, the Yamaha Group accepts requests from local educational facilities in parts of the world where it has business sites and opens its workplaces for visitors to experience hands-on learning. We also offer internships and tours of our workplaces and factories.
Support for Fostering Future Generations
Cooperation with On-Site Tours and Hands-on Learning
Hands-on Workplace Learning Programs
By accepting junior high school students for workplace hands-on learning and high school students for internships, the Yamaha Group provides opportunities for the young people who will shape the future to experience work in a hands-on manner and thereby helps young people formulate goals and work ambitiously for the future.
Contributions to Exhibits at Learning Facilities
Yamaha has been contributing to exhibits at the Hamamatsu Science Museum (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture) since it opened to help develop science-oriented minds. With the cooperation of companies that represent local communities in developing permanent exhibits, the Hamamatsu Science Museum was reopened in July 2019 as an experience-focused museum centered upon active learning. The newly reborn museum provides children and adults alike with the opportunity to have fun while learning about science in the areas of sound, light, force, and space. Yamaha has made the following contributions to the museum.
|Variable acoustic room||Presented exhibit using electro-audio signal processing technology that enables visitors to experience sound echoes and changes in the way things sound by clapping, speaking, and playing instruments inside a booth installed with a sound setting support system (Active Field Control), which can control echoes inside the room and how the space unfolds, in which visitors can select such simulated settings as an echo room, cave, and church based on which an image fitting the scene will be displayed via the front projector|
Education Support for Children
The Yamaha Group provides a variety of programs to help support child development. Every year, we respond to requests from local governments and educational institutions when offering on-site lessons outside the Company and providing child programs focused on the theme of manufacturing. The Yamaha Baseball Club also participates by offering youth baseball clinics and other activities.
Manufacturing Classes and On-Site Lessons
Throughout each year, Yamaha Corporation works with local educational institutions to offer classes teaching children about manufacturing. For example, we hold handmade guitar classes in which children create their own handmade one-string guitars using everyday items such as cardboard boxes and toothpicks. Other classes teach children how to make a folk instrument from Africa called a mbira using offcuts from piano manufacturing. Furthermore, we offer classes in which children make mini clappers the size of a keychain so that they can carry them around and form an attachment with the instrument. These classes use musical instruments to offer children a way to experience the process of manufacturing. In December 2019, the Hamamatsu store of Yamaha Music Retailing Co., Ltd., hosted a mini clapper class that also offered the opportunity for hands-on experience of wind, string, and percussion instruments. By setting up booths in which participants could freely take these instruments in hand, children were given the opportunity to make mini clappers and to freely play, to their heart’s content, instruments that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. This event thus helped communicate the joy of instruments and music to children.
Upon request from local government agencies and educational institutions, we are also offering on-site lessons based on the theme of universal design.
Wooden Blocks for Children Made from Piano Offcuts
Yamaha Music Manufacturing Co., Ltd., provides wooden blocks made from offcuts produced during the piano manufacturing process to local kindergartens, preschools, elementary schools, and public facilities. Continuing since 1998, this program is a chance to contribute to the community while simultaneously finding a useful purpose for waste material.
Other uses for the offcuts include selling them to local companies that make woodcraft products and making them into items such as wooden mouse pads, shoe horns, and folding chairs to be provided to community members at summer festivals. In addition, the offcuts are also turned into woodcraft kits that Yamaha Corporation uses in its manufacturing classes for children.
Baseball Clinics for Youth Teams Provided by the Yamaha Baseball Club
The Yamaha Baseball Club holds baseball clinics for local youth baseball teams in western and central Shizuoka Prefecture as part of its efforts to contribute to the community and the development of young people in the area through sports. At these clinics, members of the Yamaha Baseball Club provide instructions and examples to teach young ball players techniques such as how to shift their weight when pitching, where to step, basic posture when fielding infield and outfield, play combinations, and how to follow the ball when batting. The clinics help foster healthy young baseball players while nurturing the dreams and supporting the development of young people. Since fiscal 2017, the Company has participated in Hamamatsu City’s Top Athlete Partnership Business* and provided instruction, including lessons for improving pitching and catching techniques to junior high school students. In addition to these clinics, other steps to promote and further the development of baseball were taken in fiscal 2020 including tee ball clinics for kindergarten and preschool students designed to provide a wider range of children with opportunities to enjoy playing with balls and bats. Such clinics took place at eight locations in three different cities in Shizuoka Prefecture and saw participation by 1,192 elementary and junior high school students from 83 teams.
Furthermore, the Junior Baseball Instructing Club, primarily made up of former members of the Yamaha Baseball Club, hold baseball health examinations for children during the clinics. As part of the exams, sports medicine doctors help children with baseball injuries and give them advice to help prevent injuries and accidents.
- * This business has been run by Hamamatsu City since fiscal 2017 and entails holding sports classes by sending local top athletes to sports organizations and schools. By imparting the skills and experiences of top athletes, the objective is to uncover the next generation of top athletes and increase the number of children participating in sports.
Education Solutions Utilizing ICT
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are being increasingly used in school education. In light of this trend, Yamaha is proposing new means of learning in the classroom.
Smart Education System Music Education Solution Utilizing ICT
Since 2014, Yamaha Corporation has been developing the Smart Education System (SES), a music education solution that utilizes ICT, in the educational setting of schools. Utilizing the skills related to music it has developed over the course of many years, as well as its knowledge about music education, Yamaha has repeatedly conducted trial classes with the help of elementary and junior high schools across the country through which it has developed digital classroom teaching materials. In February 2017, the Company released the VOCALOID for Education, Guitar Class, and Koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument) Class. Following this, the Company launched the Alto Recorder Class, Chorus Practice, and Soprano Recorder Class. All of these offerings have been positively received.
Primarily aimed at elementary and junior high school students, these materials are not simply teaching materials, but content packages covering how to lead classes following course curriculum guidelines, cautionary tips to keep in mind when teaching, and videos on foundational knowledge needed for performance. These packages have been designed for ease of use by teachers in schools. Teaching classes while following this system help foster students’ imaginative and theoretical skills while simultaneously allowing teachers to teach easily and effectively.
Through SES, Yamaha plans to not only provide these digital music classroom materials, but also to support the new era of music education by supplying comprehensive solutions, including instruments, network equipment, cloud services, and human support.
Distance Learning Using Web Conference Microphone Speakers
As the utilization of ICT becomes more common in classrooms, ICT-powered distance learning is being proposed more frequently thanks to its ability to bring classes of different schools in the same city together, support exchange classes between sister schools, and provide collaborative classes in remote islands and other underpopulated areas with a shortage of specialized teachers. As Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recognizes distance learning programs and grants accreditation in high schools, more forms of distance learning programs are expected to be offered in the future. The voice quality of classes and lectures is imperative to distance learning as interference or interruptions can impede a student’s ability to understand classes. For this reason, the ability to deliver a clear, uninterrupted voice is absolutely essential.
In cooperation with prefectural education boards, educational institutions, and other companies, Yamaha Corporation promotes the use of voice communication devices, such as web conference microphone speakers, for distance learning programs. Yamaha’s high-quality web conference microphone speakers feature easy installation and configuration and allow for distance learning classes, ranging from small classes with one or two students to larger classes in the area of 40 students, to be held in a hassle-free manner with optimal voice quality not hampered by reverberations or interference.
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