In 2005, Shiho Yamamoto, a Los Angeles-based musician originally from Japan, developed ColorSoundation, a methodology to teach children the fundamentals of music. The school she founded, the Conservatory of Performing Arts located in West Los Angeles and the South Bay, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
This school recently welcomed its 1000th ColorSoundation student, Swara Amare, 4. ColorSoundation is offered in select schools across the U.S. and in parts of Asia.
The Conservatory of Performing Arts offers progressive academic music lessons to a diverse range of students. ColorSoundation blends singing, playing and ear training, along with illustrated activities of seven colorful animated characters and the integration of color-coded stickers and instructional booklets.
“Children reach a greater understanding of music by focusing first on the development of the ‘ear’ and singing voice, and then by concentrating on rhythm and musical notation,” says Yamamoto. “Our ColorSoundation process offers lessons which are broken into small steps, and interactive games, so as to not overwhelm children with too much information at once. These lessons allow students to absorb and grasp the fundamentals of music through voice, handbells and basic percussion instruments, in efforts to ultimately interest them in choosing an instrument to play when they get older.”