Yamaha And Crystal Add The ‘Plus’ To ‘Passport To Music’ Curriculum

LOS ANGELES, August 25, 2008 – In response to the overwhelming success of the keyboard classes offered through Yamaha’s “Passport to Music” program, Crystal Cruises and the pioneering music company are adding a series of progressively challenging classes called “Passport to Music PLUS”. Geared toward more accomplished piano and keyboard players, the new curriculum builds from the basics to more advanced levels.

Available complimentary through the ultra-luxury line’s Creative Learning Institute, the courses are scheduled this year on more than a dozen Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity cruises in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Transatlantic, Panama Canal and South America.

The three new “PLUS” classes are:

  • Playing By Ear – Sharpen listening skills to enhance playing or singing, and discover music without the printed page;
  • Exploring Chords 101 – Learn the basics of harmony, music theory and orchestration and how to create and play chords and the basics of; and
  • Exploring Chords 202 – Progress to higher levels of harmony study.

“The Yamaha ‘Passport to Music’ program has exceeded the expectations of Crystal guests – who are so thrilled with the curriculum that they’ve been eagerly awaiting more advanced courses,” said Kristin Turner, Crystal’s manager of entertainment. “The ‘PLUS’ program is ideal for musicians who are returning to the piano as well as those interested in furthering their musical skills.”

Study materials for each class will include “homework” exercises that participants can complete during lab sessions held during days at sea. The lab sessions will provide guests with additional practice and one-on-one time with instructors. By the end of 2008, an Independent Study option will debut, enabling participants to work on their own selected pieces of music with the aid of step-by-step guidelines and instructor assistance.

Crystal’s exclusive Creative Learning Institute has offered “Passport to Music” keyboard classes through Yamaha aboard every cruise on Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony since 2003 and 2004, respectively. “Passport to Music PLUS” classes began on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in May and June 2008, respectively.

About Yamaha

A long-standing musical pioneer, Yamaha created its first keyboard in 1887. Since 1954, Yamaha music schools and courses have helped people of all ages learn how to play, while a wide range of innovative Yamaha musical instruments have made music more fun to play. The Passport to Music program benefits from Yamaha’s unparalleled education and product development experience to help everyone – regardless of age, ability or prior knowledge – find musical satisfaction.

About the Creative Learning Institute

The Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute is designed to provide comprehensive instruction focusing on enhancing quality of life and improving wellness. The Institute expands upon Crystal’s commitment to enrich mind, body and spirit by extending new opportunities for personal growth. In addition to the Yamaha Passport to Music program, expert instruction is offered through a wide range of Crystal partners, including Berlitz, Tai Chi Cultural Center, The Cleveland Clinic and The Society of Wine Educators.

For additional information on Crystal Cruises’ worldwide itineraries, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at crystalcruises.com.