Yamaha Music Foundation
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Yamaha Music Foundation is an organization established by the authority of Japanese Ministry of Education for the purpose of promoting music education and music popularization. Its unique, systematic teaching method and teacher training programs are highly evaluated not only in Japan but also in other countries.
The YAMAHA GRADE EXAMINATION SYSTEM has been developed to enable students and teachers to ensure their own progress and thereby obtain selfconfidence in their own music studies.
The YAMAHA GRADE EXAMINATION SYSTEM consists of nine grades, Grade 9 to Grade 1. The examination evaluates the performing ability of the music lovers in general; the performing ability and the musical knowledge and techniques required for the instructors of the fundamentals stage; and also the performing competence of the professional musicians.
From 1970 till 1989 the foundation organized the World Popular Song Festival.