What is Colorsoundation?

The ColorSoundation approach is built on the core beliefs that all children have the ability to hear, understand, play, and create music. ColorSoundation uses a structured and systematic method that incorporates exposure to a broad range of music genres, as well as an emphasis on listening, singing, and exploring a variety of instruments by utilizing technology and a fun and engaging character story. Students will reach a greater understanding of music by first focusing on developing the “ear” along with a “singing voice”, then concentrating on the fundamentals of music notation and rhythm. Over time, this foundation will be applied to the study of instruments, to singing and even to musical composition and arranging. The method has been in practice for over a decade, the graduates are provided with a broad skill set and appreciation that allows them to enjoy both music and learning.

“ColorSoundation was cultivated from my experience studying music as young child and later as an instructor observing the ways children learn, identify and process sounds; the ColorSoundation teaching method explores the innate ability kids have to grasp languages and associate colors with sounds, providing a great foundation for not only music literacy, but learning and processing information.”

– Shiho Yamamoto

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In addition to all of the tactile and physical exercises we have within ColorSoundation, we also include a component that makes use of modern technology.

In implementing the Franklin AnyBook Reader, we have allowed for all children to have a piano substitute in their home. The AnyBook Reader can play the notes on the C Major scale, as well as play lesson instructions, story narration, and engaging dialogue between our characters! Each of these elements reinforce in-class activities with lesson-specific audio. The AnyBook Reader creates more immersion with the material, and makes learning more fun!

The Bright Waves

Unparalleled to other music programs, ColorSoundation’s storyline starring The Bright Waves serves to engage and invest students in a learning experience that is both fun and imaginative. Our narrative is custom-designed to introduce children to a variety of locales and musical genres, touching on various cultures while reinforcing important terminology and supporting the fundamentals of our in-class lessons.


He’s the leader of The Bright Waves band and the one who keeps all seven notes singing and swinging together!


He’s a free spirit who doesn’t say much. He’s a funny little guy who’s always bouncing around, so everyone keeps an eye on him!


He is the brains of the group who tackles problem solving with his high IQ!


She is an adventurous young girl who’s quite the thrill seeker!


Gordon is the most dependable and loyal member of the band!


A loveable rocker likes his music loud!


She is a delicate little lady with an angelic voice!

For Parents


Evidence shows that music training, such as ColorSoundation, rather than passive listening, has a huge impact on brain development. There are many benefits linked to early music education and academic achievement. Young children taking music lessons showed dramatic improvement in their verbal intelligence. Elementary school students in higher quality music education programs had 20% improvement in standardized tests of English and Math. Students who receive music education are proven to have higher IQ scores, show better working memory abilities, and are more creative.

1. Sylvain Moreno et al, Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in Eightyear-old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity, Cerebral Cortex, (Volume 19, Issue 3, 2009)
2. C.M. Johnson and J.E. Memmott, Examination of Relationships between Participants in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results, Journal of Research in Music Education (Winter 2006), Volume 54, Number 4
3. E. Glenn Schellenberg, Music Lessons Enhance IQ (Psychological Science, 15)
4. E.M. George, D. Coch, Music training and working memory: An ERP study, J. Neuropsychologia, Vol. 49, issue 5, April 2011
5. Gottfried Schlaug, The Brain of Musicians – A Model for Functional and Structural Adaptation


Music has become apart of our every day lives. Whether we receive music training or we hear it on the radio, it surrounds us. Music can drastically affect our mood, can improve creativity, can shape our personality, can improve motor and reasoning skills, can be used as therapy, and can even help us exercise!

Daniel Levitin wrote in his book “This is Your Brain on Music”, “Whenever humans come together for any reason, music is there. Weddings, funerals, graduation from college, men marching off to war, stadium sporting events, a night on the town, prayer, a romantic dinner, mothers rocking their infants to sleep and college students studying with music as a background….” He continues to note that…music is and was [always] part of the fabric of everyday life. Only relatively recently in our own culture, five hundred years or so ago, did a distinction arise that cut society in two, forming separate classes of music performers and music listeners. Throughout most of the world and for most of human history, music making was as natural an activity as breathing and walking, and everyone participated. Concert halls, dedicated to the performance of music, arose only in the last several centuries. Understanding why we like music and what draws us to it is therefore a window on the essence of human nature….”.



Mary Okino, Assistant Dean of UCLA’s School of Engineering, and her husband, Ron Sugano, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at UCLA, are the parents of Brady Sugano, age 7, who has been attending the Conservatory of Performing Arts for three years and is a private piano student there. Says Okino, “We think the ColorSoundation system is really great, and we definitely would recommend it to other parents. It’s great exposure for young children to music—something that they don’t always get enough of from their regular classrooms in public school. Learning music through ColorSoundation has been a great embellishment for Brady, and it taps into the artistic part of his brain. Brady also loves to participate in the Conservatory’s annual recital programs, and performing for elderly residents at senior centers. These live appearances have given him great confidence and self-­esteem. By performing in front of large crowds, he has learned how his talents can benefit others through the value of community service. These are accomplishments that will become important to him later in life.”

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Catherine Wang, who works in web design and patient analysis for UCLA Medical Center, is the mother of Alison, 8 year old, a student with the Conservatory of Performing Arts for the past 3 years, where she studies violin and ballet. Wang says, “ColorSoundation is a wonderful program—it begins when children are very small and have no sense of music initially. The program is very clever in that it links colors and visuals to the auditory part of the brain. It provides a great benefit and the fundamentals and training where kids can start before taking up an instrument. ColorSoundation inspired my daughter to learn to play the violin. She performs in the Conservatory’s orchestra, as well as in the All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra which convenes at UCLA. In addition, she is the recent winner of a scholarship in violin from the Los Angeles City Elementary School Music Association.”

Lisa Molinar, who works in the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is the mother of two ColorSoundation students: John, 7, and Declan, 3. She says, “Our son John showed interest in music at a very early age. When he was 4, he began the ColorSoundation program (in 2011,) and has since completed all four levels. Today he continues his music with piano lessons. Declan really enjoys going to the ColorSoundation classes—he likes the colors and characters that he can identify with. The program has really captured his attention. Every week, he enthusiastically asks me, “Mommy, can I go to music today?”

For Teachers


Kimberly Kilmer, DMA University of California San Diego , MFA California Institute of the Arts, has instructed ColorSoundation classes at The Conservatory of Performing Arts. Says Kilmer, “ColorSoundation is a fun and effective way for children to learn about music. The incorporation of the story and characters while learning basic fundamentals of music keeps them interested and excited about music. The progression of the courses throughout are congruent with the learning needs of young children. ColorSoundation develops pitch matching, ear training and rhythm. These skills are invaluable to any musician and become innate when introduced at a young age. This makes music much more accessible and enjoyable in the future!”

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For Licensees


Paul Huff and his wife Tammy, owners of two Kids ‘R’ Kids preschools located in West Frisco, Texas, says, “ColorSoundation is the only program we’ve seen in 10 years of searching that can inspire and engage young children to enjoy learning music so early in their lives. When we launched our schools, we were concerned initially that we needed to get kids between the ages of 3 and 5 interested in math and science, to give them a solid foundation within our curriculum. The 180 children in our schools who are taught ColorSoundation have fully embraced the process and have a great time in class. We are convinced that, as they get older, they will look more favorably to learning science and math as a result of this early exposure to pitch, musical notation, and the reproduction of various sounds.”

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Lianna Rivera is the owner of Jade Moon Performing Arts Academy (formerly Properties of Sound) in Tempe, Arizona. A noted area piano teacher of students between the ages of 3-­15, she began integrating ColorSoundation into her teaching in 2013. She says, “This program helps children learn how to listen with a critical ear—it teaches them how to identify and distinguish different pitches and notes. Previously, parents would come to me seeking traditional piano lessons for their kids. But now I can inform them about the ColorSoundation program and explain to them that it provides an excellent foundation for learning music in general, not just piano. Students are given a solid musical education through colorful music notations and rhythms and tones within a fun, and highly interactive social environment. My students and I really enjoy this program very much.”

Shari Cai, Operating Manager of Flushing, New York-­based preschool Kon Wah Day School, was the first licensee of ColorSoundation in 2012. Her school includes the ColorSoundation program within its curriculum for its 60 students, ages 3-­5. She says, “ColorSoundation is successful here because it is age appropriate, very user friendly, and highly visual. The kids here enjoy these classes very much.” Cai adds, “Most of our students are Asian, and many Asian parents wish to have their children learn how to play the piano or violin later in life. ColorSoundation lays a solid musical foundation for young children, enabling them to quickly pick up instruments when they get a bit older. It begins their musical literacy by developing their pitch and their ear.”



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North America

Jade Moon Performing Arts Academy

123 E. Baseline Road Suite D101
Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 458-7190

Extera Public School (Extera Breed)

2226 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 870-8300

Extera Public Schools (Extera Lorena)

1015 South Lorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 262-3600

Extera Public Schools (Extera 2nd Street)

1942 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 0780-8600

The Conservatory of Performing Arts – West Los Angeles

2372 Veteran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 470-6006

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Alpharetta

3455 Webb Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 442-3400

Chalise Wallace

3770 Comet Linear Drive
Sparks, NV 89426

Kon Wah Day School

13527 38TH Avenue, Suite 2
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 353- 4388

Kon Gen International School

196-25 42nd Ave.
Bayside, NY 11358
(718) 281-2338

Dreams Fulfilled Through Music

San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 771-5809

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lakeshore

16325 W. Lake Houston Pkwy
Houston, TX 77044
(281) 545-4244

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Legacy West

5365 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX 75034
(469) 287-3185

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Legends

29910 Aldine Westfield Rd.
Spring, TX 77386
(281) 363-2227

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Field

10606 Liberty Field Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78254
(210) 681-5437

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Sugar Land

11118 Highway 6 South
Sugar Land, TX 774498
(281) 575-0011

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Frisco

2660 Main Street
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 712-7332

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney

9070 Westridge Blvd.
McKinney, TX 75070
(972) 346-3000

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of The Woodlands

320 Valleywood Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 362-9222

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of South Riding

25160 Loudoun Country Pkwy
South Riding, VA 20152
(703) 442-3037


ColorSounsation Japan Machida School

1887-2 Tsuruma Machida-shi
Tokyo, Japan

Pianoforte School Of Music

15 Jalan Midah 5
Taman Midah, Cheras, 56000
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Musical Inn Kota Damansara

B-1-17 Block B, Pelangi Square
PJU 6, Persiaran Surian
47800, PJ
Selangor, Malaysia
+60 12-212-0122

Senses Lab Preschool -Damansara Heights

65 Jalan Setiamurni 6 Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 16-231-5237

Gateway Music Studio

02-02 Crown Centre
557 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269694
+65 6463 8687

Child Development Center, Babybees

MD6 Nguyen Luong Bang St, Tan Phu Ward
District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
(281) 575-0011


11th Floor Kam Fung Commercial Building,
2-4 Tin Lok Lane, Wanchai,
Hong Kong
+852 35202628



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