1954 Yamaha begins program of music classes -- precursors of the Yamaha Music School.
1956 The program named ‘Yamaha Organ School’ started.
1959 Yamaha Organ School renamed
"Yamaha Music School".
1964 1st Electone Concours held.
1965 1st overseas Yamaha Music
School opens in the U.S.A.
1966 Yamaha Music Foundation (YMF) established.
Genichi Kawakami becomes 1st
President of YMF.
Yamaha Music Schools open in Mexico, Canada, and Thailand.
1967 Yamaha Grade Examination
1st All-Japan Light Music Contest held (until 1971)
Yamaha Music School opens in Germany.
1968 Yamaha Music School opens in Singapore.
1969 Electone Mate Course (for adults) begins.
Music Camp opens.
Junior Music Course established. 1st Popular Song Contest held until 1986
Yamaha Music School
opens in Taiwan.
1970 Nemu Music Academy opens.
1st Nemu Jazz Inn held (held annually until 1984)
1st Tokyo International Popular Song Festival held
(1971: becomes ‘World Popular Song Festival’, held annually
Yamaha Music Schools open in the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, and the Philippines.
‘Cocky Pop’ radio program linked to the Popular Song Contest (‘Pop con’) , starts (program continues
Yamaha Music Schools open in Italy, Hong Kong, and Austria. Music Foundation and Yamaha Music School established
1972 1st Junior Original Concert (JOC) held.
1973 Yamaha Music Schools open in Switzerland,
Luxembourg, France, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, and Brazil.
1974 JOC holds its first overseas concerts in
Germany and Mexico.
Yamaha Music School opens in Malaysia.
1975 Epicurus Recording Studio opens.
1st Nemu Spring Festival held (held annually until 1983)
‘Arranging Popular Music -- Practical Guide I &
II’, compiled by Genichi Kawakami, published.
1976 Yamaha Music Schools open in Venezuela and England.
1st Senior Original Concert held.
1977 ‘Cocky Pop’ TV program, linked to the Popular Song Contest
(‘Pop con’) , starts (program continues until 1986).
Genichi Kawakami's ‘In the Beginning was
the Song’ published. Yamaha Music School opens in Chile.
1978 Yamaha Music Foundation branch offices
open throughout Japan.
Yamaha Music School opens in Argentina.
1981 Genichi Kawakami's ‘Children
are the Best Teachers’ published.
JOC held at the United Nations (joint concert with the US National Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich).
1st International Original Concert held.
Yamaha Music School opens
1982 JOC held in Austria (joint concert with the
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Horst Stein).
Yamaha Music School opens in Peru.
Music Academy renamed Yamaha Music Academy.
Yamaha Music Schools open in Greece and Costa Rica.
held at Carnegie Hall in New York (joint concert with Canadian Brass).
A radio program linked to Teens' Music Festival
starts (2000: renamed ‘Teens' Music Wave’)
Popular Music School Course established.
Genichi Kawakami's ‘Reflections on Music Popularization’ published.
Broadcast of ‘Original Concert -- Music we created’ begins on TV Asahi (ran weekly until 1998).
Music Festival (TMF) National Finals held.
1st Band Explosion held (held annually until 1991)
Music Scholarship Program established (1999:consolidated as the Yamaha Music Support Program).
Yamaha Master Class begins.
1989 20th World Popular Song Festival held.
Yamaha Music Schools open in Uruguay and Bolivia.
Music Foundation of Europe established in London.
1990 Music Research Laboratory established.
1991 1st Asia and Oceania JOC held.
1992 Music Quest 1992 World Convention held.
1995 Hideto Eguchi becomes 2nd President
1996 Yamaha Music School opens in Columbia.
1998 Yamaha Music Schools open in Vietnam and
1999 Yamaha Music Support Program established.
Tsumagoi Music Garden opens.
Yamaha Music School opens in Paraguay.
2001 Yamaha Music School opens in the Czech Republic.
Anniversary Concert held.
2002 1st President of YMF, Genichi Kawakami, passes away. Shuji Ito becomes President
Ayako Uehara wins the piano division of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Miyuki Nakajima's ‘Chijo no Hoshi’ records the longest- selling CD in Japanese pop music history.
Yamaha Music School opens in Korea.
1st Yamaha Gala Concert held.
2005 Yamaha Music School opens
Yamaha Electone Concours held.
2006 1st YEC Winners Concert held.
School of Music opens. 1st Accredited Yamaha Music School in Florida U.S.A.