The Music Place, San Jose California, Where Learning Is Fun!

THE place for wholesome MUSIC and DANCE education for children of all ages in San Jose, Sunnyvale and around the South Bay.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Piano Teacher helps Children try Trumpet

GROUP CLASS & AGE QUESTIONS

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At what age is a child ready for piano or some kind of instrumental lessons?

answerThis is by far the most frequently asked question about music instruction. Our experience shows that children who function at a 6-year- old level or higher--no matter what age they are-- are most likely to have a positive experience in instrumental instruction. A personalized assessment  may reveal that your 4-year-old functions like a 6-year-old (visually, auditorially and socially). Our experience indicates that a child who functions at this minumum level, (no matter what their age,) has a great chance of having a positive experience as they learn to play an instrument. And remember, A POSITIVE BEGINNING IS A MUST!
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What do you offer for 2-year-olds?

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We have three different classes for 2-year-olds.

  • Early Music Awareness: 30 minutes. This class is for the younger 2-year-old children who need their parents with them and may not quite have the social readiness for a 45- minute class. Like the 45-minute class, it includes exposure to a special instrument of the day (with a wonderful instrument picture to take home and "color"), solfeggio (do-re-mi-learning), singing, movement, rhythmic memory games, and a tiny bit of exposure to notes.

    Since this last element is more visual, (and young twos are not,) music theory is minimized in this class. The subject changes every 2-6 minutes and is very "hands on"; using lots of props and instruments. The maximum number of kids for this class is 6.

  • Early Music Awareness: (EMA) for 2-5 to 3.5 year olds: This is similar to the EMA above, but in a 45-minute format. It includes a little more exposure to notes, although represented in a child- sized format: For example, a teacher might say: "Let's hold up one finger. Now dip it into some pretend paint... make a face.... then a stem.... now a dirty face. What is it? A QUARTER NOTE! Let's clap it. Let's play it with our rhythm instruments..." etc.

    The kids take home an additional page to color that represents the giant ": dirty face note" (or whatever) they learned about. They will take turns to draw the note on the board, pick songs from the "music machine", and review the instrument families and the rules to be a good audience. Social development is a large part of all younger classes.

    This class changes subject every 3-7 minutes and is available, (by age group) for kids up through 8 years of age. Of course the class gets more sophisticated as the kids get older. 

  • Family Class: For the youngest kids, we also offer a 30-minute parent participation class for kids 6 months through 5 years. This class is built around themes, similar to EMA, but includes no theory, and many more props. It is intended as a music and movement exposure to sounds and rhythmic concepts for the youngest kids and their older siblings. Of course, some of the kids are not yet ambulatory or articulate, but we believe in early exposure of music to stimulate brain development AND in having just plain fun with mommy (or care-giver.)

Question

Why does The Music Place offer voice lessons for children as young as 4 years old?

answerWe believe that it is important to know how to sing correctly BEFORE the voice changes. Simple tools which help the child use air, not pressure, when they sing  help students move through the vocal changes which occur during puberty. This helps the child avoid damaging his or her voice during this rapid  season of growth..
Children who have no previous experience are encouraged to begin in a group class. (Voice is one  of the only instruments for which we find group learning to be at least as effective as private instruction-- this is partly due to  the value of hearing and singing with others. Voice classes for  4-year olds include Vocal Ensembles,  All Arts, Summer Performance Camps and private vocal instruction.  See the current schedule of all group classes… 
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My 4-year-old child is more interested in singing than learning about instruments, what do you have for him?

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  1. In addition to Early Music Awareness for ages 4-6 or 5-7, we offer performance classes for children starting at age 4.  

  2. If a child is more of a "performer personality", you may choose between vocal performance classes or a combination of movement, drama and song in a class called ALL ARTS.

  3. Private vocal instruction is also available for 4-year-olds; however group learning is usually more fun at this age. When your child is developmentally functioning like a 6-year-old (visually, auditorially and socially), he may be ready for private instrumental instruction. See Personalized Assessments

Questions about Early Music Awareness

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Do EMA students take anything home to help them learn?

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Each child receives two handouts at the end of every class. One handout is a cartoon-like picture of a child playing the instrument that they learned about that day, the other is a picture of the note or music theory issue that they explored

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What if EMA parents know nothing about music?

answerAt the end of each class, we have a 15 minute reset time scheduled before the next class. During that time the teacher explains to the parents what the children learned about and what the handouts mean. This helps parents who have no musical background to keep tabs of what the children are learning.
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What if I have more questions?

answerPlease feel to call our office or contact us by e-mail if you have more questions after browsing our website. God bless you!

Questions about Christian Emphasis

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I have noticed that your advertizing indicates a Christian emphasis. Are you affiliated with any particular religious church, denomination or organization?

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We are Christian-owned and operate our business on Biblical principals.  Although all of our administrative staff and most of our faculty are Christians representing a wide variety of churches and backgrounds, we employ teachers of all faiths and cultures who are committed to treat every student and family with love and respect. 

QuestionAre any religious materials used or presented in any classes or lessons?
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Upon request only. Judeo-Christian families may request faith emphasis classes or materials. In the summer, for example, we offer a  Judeo-Christian emphasis Musical Theatre Camp as well as a Christian Worship Arts camp.  Christian Emphasis EMA is also available.


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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