Yamaha, as a comprehensive manufacturer of musical instruments, has been spreading the merits of music education learned through actual performance with musical instruments, to many schools in various countries and regions.
Vietnam is one of the countries where Yamaha has engaged in these activities. Vietnam is on the verge of introducing a revised "Course of Study" in 2019 and, as part of this, Yamaha is aiming to introduce instrumental music education and establish it as a permanent part of Vietnam's education curricula. Yamaha is actively helping creating model cases through organizing music clubs in 10 cities in Vietnam, providing support for revising music textbooks, and offering active support for training music teachers.
Yamaha is implementing this series of initiatives in Vietnam with the cooperation of Yokohama National University, Kyoiku Geijutsu Sha Co., Ltd. (one of Japan's music textbook publishers), and the Japanese School of Hanoi. In 2016, these activities in Vietnam were selected as a "2016 EDU-Port Certified Project" *1, which is being conducted by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to disseminate Japanese-style education overseas. In October 2017, an MOU was signed with Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training regarding instrumental music education.*2.
With this as background, in June 2018, this Yamaha educational initiative in Vietnam was selected to receive support from JETRO, which has given them the name "J-Challenge Program."
The objective of this MOU is to create a framework to facilitate promotion of music teacher training initiatives, which are being conducted with the cooperation of JETRO, as part of Vietnam's instrumental music education initiatives. From August through December of 2018, a new course named "Teaching Methods for Instrumental Music" is being offered at the Hanoi National University of Education. This course, which will involve the seconding of specialist personnel from Japan, will train local students learning in the university who can provide direction in instrumental music education in primary and middle school classes. This course will be open not only to students enrolled in the Hanoi National University of Education but also to core members of Vietnam's music education community. With a view to possible expansion of these activities to other universities of education, we will aim to structure frameworks that will enable others to take autonomous initiatives in teacher training in Vietnam.
Following the recent signing of this MOU, Yamaha and Yamaha Music Vietnam will implement even stronger initiatives to place the introduction and spread of instrumental music education on a sound footing. Through these activities, we are committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration.