If you are interested in becoming a teacher at Children's Yamaha Music School, please email us at [email protected].

CYMS Music Teachers

The Teacher Is the Key ~ "When looking back at one's life, everyone carries somewhere in their heart a teacher that enlightened them in various ways, in terms of character or intellect." - From Children are the Best Teachers, by Genichi Kawakami (Tokyo: Yamaha Music Foundation, 1981) 

With more than 40 years of experience in music lessons, Children's Yamaha Music School provides award-winning instruction to our students. Our team of instructors are motivated by their love of music and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.

The teacher is critical to the effectiveness and success of all methods. Yamaha music teachers must possess a variety of skills; they must be able to sing on pitch expressively, play piano and electronic keyboards, accompany, conduct, transpose, improvise and manage both children and their parents in a group setting. Of course, they also must enjoy young children and have the ability to motivate them and communicate with them effectively.

In every Yamaha music class, the teacher is responsible for creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. This means smiles, laughter and energy, as well as quieter moments- times for closeness between parent and child and moments to appreciate the beauty and intricacies of music-all should be part of the class experience. The teacher engages the students in many ways, all of which are intended to draw children's attention to the music and build a desire to participate. Imagery, story telling, pictures and movement stimulate the children, but the teacher's musical performance of a piece and his or her corresponding facial and physical expressions are of the utmost importance.

In addition, all Yamaha teachers are certified and:

  • undergo rigorous seminar training with national music education department staff at Yamaha Corp of America
  • successfully pass Yamaha Grade Exam, a comprehensive international music examination
  • receive special seminar instruction with Yamaha Music Foundation teachers and staff from Japan
  • have systematic, ongoing development and support through annual study groups and Experienced Teacher Seminars 
  • have a minimum of a bachelor degree in music education and / or performance (BM), and 3-5 years experience teaching, with most teachers holding a master of music (MM) or a doctor of music (DMA)

Children's Yamaha Music School Music Classes and Private Lessons in Edina & Roseville