As part of our local contribution activities, the Yamaha Group accepts requests from regional educational facilities in parts of the world where we have business sites and opens our workplaces for visitors to experience hands-on learning. We also offer internships and accept tours at our workplaces and factories.
Support that Helps Foster Future Generations
- Cooperating with On-Site Tours and Hands-On Learning
- Support for Exhibits at Learning Facilities
- Supporting Child Education
- Education Solutions Utilizing Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
Cooperating with On-Site Tours and Hands-On Learning
Accepting Students for Workplace Hands-On Learning
The Yamaha Group contributes to the goals and future work ambitions of young people by providing opportunities such as hands-on work experience for young visitors who are the country's next generation of citizens. In fiscal 2017, we continued to accept junior high school students visiting for hands-on learning, as well as high school students interested in internships.
Work Training for New High School Graduates
Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia (YMPI) offers vocational training to new high school graduates. This project was created in response to requests by high schools and the government of Indonesia to help solve the issue of educating students before starting to work in society.
In the company’s training facility, lectures are offered on basic factory operations, understanding what it means to be a member of society, 5S* methodology, safety and health issues, making improvements, communication, and traffic safety. All of these items are also lectured to educate Yamaha employees. The 5S methodology of YMPI and its employee education system are well-received in the region. The vocational training receives high praise from the government and high schools as well.
YMPI also offers factory tours to high school and university students. In fiscal 2017, 318 students from 10 schools participated.
- *5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of 5 Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke, all of which start with the letter "S." They mean organizing, picking up after oneself, cleaning, cleanliness and discipline, respectively.
Support for Exhibits at Learning Facilities
Hamamatsu Science Museum (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture) opened in 1986 to develop science-oriented minds and includes a planetarium and participation-type exhibits that people can touch to aid in learning. Many parts of the exhibits can be attributed to the participation and support of regional companies and groups, and Yamaha Corporation has also played a role since the museum opened. The following items are currently on display in the "sound" corner. (They were donated in 2012.)
|Variable acoustic room||Exhibit using audio signal processing technology. Visitors can experience sound vibrations virtually in such simulated settings as a theater, echo room, cave and church simply by flicking a switch.|
|Cutaway models of musical instruments||Exhibit where the cross-section of eight different kinds of musical instrument, including wind, string and percussion instruments, can be observed close-up.|
Supporting Child Education
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 classes outside the Company and providing child programs focused on the themes of manufacturing and science. The Yamaha Baseball Club also participates by offering youth baseball clinics and other activities.
Manufacturing Classes and On-site Lessons
Throughout the year, Yamaha Corporation works with local educational institutions to offer classes teaching children about manufacturing. We held a handmade guitar class in which children created their own handmade one-string guitars using everyday items such as cardboard boxes and toothpicks. Another class taught children how to make a folk instrument from Africa called a kalimba using off-cuts from piano and marimba manufacturing.
These classes use musical instruments to offer students a way to experience the process of manufacturing. Upon request, we also offered on-site lessons that included ion plating and universal design classes.
Efficiently Using Piano Off-cuts to Make Wooden Blocks for Children
Yamaha Piano Manufacturing Japan Co., Ltd offers off-cuts generated in piano manufacturing as wooden blocks to kindergartens, elementary schools, and public facilities in Kakegawa City, Fukuroi City, Iwata City, and Hamamatsu City. 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 off-cuts include selling them to local companies that make woodcraft products and providing them to local people at summer festivals after making them into items such as wooden mouse pads, shoe horns, and folding chairs. The off-cuts are also turned into woodcraft kits that Yamaha Corporation uses in its manufacturing classes for children.
The Yamaha Baseball Club Provides Baseball Clinics for Youth Teams
The Yamaha Baseball Club holds clinics for local youth baseball teams in its home region of western-central Shizuoka Prefecture as part of its efforts to contribute to the community and the development of young people in the area. At these clinics, members of the Yamaha Baseball Club provide guidance and instructions, teaching young ball players techniques such as how to shift their weight, stance, basic posture when fielding infield and outfield, play combinations and batting. The clinics help foster healthy young baseball players and the dreams and development of young people.
A total of 54 such clinics have been held since the program started in 2000. In fiscal 2017, they took place at five locations in four different cities in Shizuoka Prefecture, which included 1,027 elementary school students form 87 teams.
Furthermore, the Junior Baseball Instructing Club, made up of many former members of the Yamaha Baseball Club, gave baseball health examinations to 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.
Education Solutions Utilizing Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
The active use of ICT in school education is increasing year by year. In Japan, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has set a target for a tablet terminal to be available for every student in schools by the end of 2020. Today, utilizing ICT in the classroom is crucial.
Yamaha Corporation is acknowledging the advance of ICT and is proposing new means of learning in the classroom.
Music Education Solutions Utilizing ICT Smart Education System
Yamaha Corporation is promoting the Smart Education System (SES) as a new solution for the field of education which primarily focuses on sound and music.
The first SES digital classroom teaching materials—VOCALOID for Education, Guitar Class, and Koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument) Class—were launched in February 2017. Primarily aimed at elementary and junior high school students, the material is a content package covering how to lead the class following the course curriculum guidelines, cautionary tips to keep in mind when teaching, and videos of foundational knowledge needed for performance. Teaching class while following this system helps foster students' imaginative and theoretical skills. Additionally, teachers leading guitar or koto class for the first time can do so in an efficient manner.
Yamaha Corporation developed these teaching materials after receiving cooperation with testing them in 20 elementary and junior high schools across Japan from 2014. Going forward, we will continue to create Yamaha's unique brand of ICT music education solutions that are suited to real classroom situations.
Distance Learning Using a Web Conference System
As the utilization of ICT grows in classrooms, distance learning is being proposed more frequently thanks to its ability to bring classes of different schools in the same city together, support meetings between sister schools, and provide collaborative classes in under-populated 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.
In corporation with each prefecture’s Boards of Education, education institutions and other companies, Yamaha Corporation promotes the use of sound communication devices, such as speakerphones for distance meetings.