Enroll in Toronto’s Yamaha Music School (http://www.yamahamusicschool.ca) and you get more than a program of music lessons. You get the experience of history and the wisdom of a musical philosophy designed by school founders to spread the joy of music around the globe.

Yamaha Music Courses were first taught in Japan during the 1950’s under the direction of Genichi Kawakami (http://www.economist.com/node/1165151), who became president of the same Yamaha Corporation once presided over by his father. Although he studied business, Kawakami had developed an interest in Western classical music at a young age. Following trips to the United States and Europe, where he observed the growing interest in musical instruction, Kawakami founded the first overseas Yamaha Music School in Los Angeles. This eventually led Kawakami to establish the non-profit Yamaha Music Foundation (YMF), an organization dedicated to developing and promoting music education internationally (http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/english/index.html).

The driving philosophy behind the Yamaha Music School is the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES). The system represents the realization of YMF’s goal of promoting music globally by developing students into “musical ambassadors.” The YMES is now established in 40 countries, teaching students to express themselves creatively through the language of music. Equally important is the ongoing research conducted by the Foundation into both child development and creative new teaching techniques.

Whether you are enrolling your child or considering enrolling yourself, the objective of the Yamaha System is to develop each student’s musical ability in a creative and inspiring environment that nurtures a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation. The YMES taught by school instructors helps students develop their musical skills using three fundamental principles (http://yamahamusicschool.ca/programs/yamaha-music-education-system.html). First, the system emphasizes timely education, introducing music fundamentals at a time when a child’s hearing capabilities are rapidly developing. Secondly, it relies on group lessons that enable students to enjoy rich musical experiences and positive peer influences. Thirdly, it focuses on developing a student’s creative capabilities, helping him or her acquire and enhance sensitivity and imagination.

To register, call 416-224-5590.