After 25 years of serving its community at 13201 South Street, the Cerritos (Calif.) Yamaha Music School has moved to new quarters at 17150 Norwalk Blvd., #106, in the Villa Grande Business Park. The opening celebration took place on April 8 at 4 p.m. and featured remarks by Cerritos Mayor Grace Hu, Yamaha personnel and performances by the students.
Since the school’s inception in 1993, thousands of children and adults have taken lessons and learned how to play an instrument. “Being able to appreciate music is one of the greatest treasures in the world,” said Synthia Tjioe, director and owner of the school. “Bringing the love of music to young children creates memories that will last a lifetime.”
“I believe the Cerritos Yamaha Music School is a great example of the lasting value of music education,” added Tom Hemphill, marketing manager, Yamaha Music Education Department. “It’s incredible to consider how many music makers the school has inspired over the years and the new location is ideal to take the business to the next level.”
The Yamaha Music Education System is based in music schools and musical instrument dealers in 40 countries worldwide. In the United States, more than 60 schools nationwide are authorized to teach the Yamaha method. Since its inception in 1954, more than six million students have graduated from the program and many of them have become professional musicians. Currently, almost 600,000 students are enrolled around the globe.
The Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo produces, publishes and distributes music education materials throughout the world. The comprehensive system developed by Yamaha helps students reach a high level of ability not only as performers, but also as improvisers and composers.