The keyboard Department has one of the most advanced systems for the study of music for keyboard (synthesizer, etc.). It is run under the supervision of the Yamaha Music Foundation and since 1983 has trained more than 52,000 students at its branches throughout Greece and Cyprus.
The teaching methods adopted:
- differ from traditional teaching methods in that they involve rapid learning and are based on learning through recreation
require no previous musical knowledge
- are tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages.
The use of electronic musical instruments in teaching has several advantages (specific position of the note, fixed tonality, stable tuning, variety of sound and rhythm).
The course comprises of:
- Aural exercises
- Introduction to basic orchestration, composition and improvisation
The duration of the course ranges from 18 to 36 months; all classes are held weekly and last for one hour.
The course is open to all types of music.
Students receive tuition in small groups of 4-8 people, which are structured according to the age of the students and their knowledge of music (60' per week), or individually 40' per week.
All teachers in this department are holders of Grade 5 and Grade 4 diplomas from the Yamaha Music Foundation and have attended seminars conducted by Japanese music teachers.
The Yamaha Music Foundation, which devised the teaching methods used in the Electric Organ Department, is a music teaching organization with over 1.5 million students in 38 countries, which seeks to promote music throughout the world by establishing and developing music courses and organizing international festivals and other musical events.