was born in Kansas into a musical family. She comes from a long
line of singers, poets and piano players. Her dad, a jazz pianist
and songwriter was an early IBM research engineer
and holds patents on many early computer devices (like the floppy
The oldest of three girls, she also remembers regularly gathering
around the family piano to sing broadway show tunes with her mom at the
Janice attributes her early music education inspiration to great
teachers like Charlie Pyle and Don Bergstrom in the Campbell Union
School District classroom music programs. In particular, Janice enjoyed
the summer music camps, participating every summer for six years,
learning violin, flute and clarinet and later becoming concertmistress
of her school orchestras.
Janice did not start out with the intention of majoring in music,
but majored first in pyschology and natural science -- not only because
she loved these subjects, but largely because she thought they were
more academic and challenging. She was pleasantly surprised when, after
changing her major to music, she found out how intensely academic the
deeper study of music really was!
After completing her BA with honors, Janice's love for psychology, science and music came together while taking a multi-discipline graduate class at the University of Colorado Medical School. This class (called the Biology of Music Making) was the key to her inspiration to combine child development, pyschology and music education together in a way that would embrace the youngest learners in a fun learning environment. As a follower of Christ, Janice shares that it was God who inspired and helped her to found The Music Place and to develop its signature curriculum, Early Music Awareness (EMA). This was at a time in the early 80's when few other American teachers were approaching these youngest of kids.
Today she enjoys using her unique education and 40+ years teaching
experience to serve as the head of the Educational Placement Team at
The Music Place, bringing valuable guidance to families about how to
navigate the often daunting journey of music education for the whole
She and her husband Mike serve together as co-directors. They
have 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren. Her favorite hobby
is shopping at second-hand stores for furniture and decor and helping
people beautify their home interiors "on a
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Actual Customer Testimonials:
"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents
"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family