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July 04, 2014 11:47 AM

Yamaha Music Teaching System Chosen Among Japan’s Greatest Innovations

Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) recently announced Japan’s 100 greatest innovations after the war which include Yamaha Music Teaching System. It’s part of the organization’s commemorative activities in celebration of its 100 years anniversary.

The announcement cites the remarkable innovations contributed to Japanese technical, medical, cultural and economic growth in the last 66 years. JIII sent a questionnaire to more than 5,000 individuals and 148 industry leaders in search of qualified innovations. As the first experiment, it picked up 38 most influential achievements from 1950 to 1964.

Yamaha Music Teaching System won high recognition for development of original music teaching system based on a unique concept, and establishment of original teaching method to encourage people of all ages to enjoy music and music making.(photos: Yamaha Studio in ’60s (top) and now.)

Other distinguished innovations during the period include medical video scope inspection camera (1950), instant noodle (1958), cartoon/animation (1963), and super express train (Shinkansen) (1964).

Yamaha (then Nippon Gakki) opened an experimental music teaching studio at basement of its Tokyo Branch in April, 1954. It made a turning point of Japanese music education from raising professionals to encouraging all ages of population to enjoy music making. Initiated with 150 students, Yamaha Music Teaching Studios grew to a huge music educational organization with 200,000 students and 2,400 educators at 4,900 locations throughout Japan by 1963.

All-round music education, early education matched to children’s age, and group lesson represent core philosophy of Yamaha Music Teaching System. First overseas studio opened in the suburbs of Los Angeles in June, 1963.

Today, 650,000 children from more than 40 countries study at Yamaha Studios, and 5 million students have completed studying music through the Yamaha System throughout the world so far.

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