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Brief History

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 System established.
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.
Nemu-no-sato 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 until 1989)
Yamaha Music Schools open in the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, and the Philippines. 
1971  ‘Cocky Pop’ radio program linked to the Popular Song Contest (‘Pop con’) , starts (program continues until 1986).
Yamaha Music Schools open in Italy, Hong Kong, and Austria. Music Foundation and Yamaha Music School established in Indonesia.

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 in Panama.

1982  JOC held in Austria (joint concert with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Horst Stein).
Yamaha Music School opens in Peru. 
1983  Nemu Music Academy renamed Yamaha Music Academy.
Yamaha Music Schools open in Greece and Costa Rica.
1986  JOC 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.
Young Original Concert held.
Genichi Kawakami's ‘Reflections on Music Popularization’ published. 
1987  Broadcast of ‘Original Concert -- Music we created’ begins on TV Asahi (ran weekly until 1998).
1st Teens' Music Festival (TMF) National Finals held.
1st Band Explosion held (held annually until 1991) 
1988  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.
Yamaha 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 of YMF.
1996  Yamaha Music School opens in Columbia.
1998  Yamaha Music Schools open in Vietnam and Poland. 
1999  Yamaha Music Support Program established.
Tsumagoi Music Garden opens.
2000  Yamaha Music School opens in Paraguay. 
2001  Yamaha Music School opens in the Czech Republic.
JOC 30th Anniversary Concert held. 
2002  1st President of YMF, Genichi Kawakami, passes away. Shuji Ito becomes President of YMF.
Ayako Uehara wins the piano division of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition. 
2003  Miyuki Nakajima's ‘Chijo no Hoshi’ records the longest- selling CD in Japanese pop music history.
2004  Yamaha Music School opens in Korea.
1st Yamaha Gala Concert held. 
2005   Yamaha Music School opens in China.
Yamaha Electone Concours held. 
2006  1st YEC Winners Concert held.
2007  Lozada School of Music opens.  1st Accredited Yamaha Music School in Florida U.S.A.
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