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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Children Learning Trumpet
Frequently Asked Questions
Piano Teacher helps Children try Trumpet

PRIVATE LESSON QUESTIONS

General Private lesson questions:

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When 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 this child has a good chance of having a positive experience in learning to play an instrument. And remember, A POSITIVE BEGINNING IS A MUST!
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Do you publish a private lesson schedule?

answerWe have about 30 instructors who teach private piano lessons. For that reason we do not publish their schedule availability on our website. To receive options from someone on our Educational Placement Team, simply note your availability on the Enrollment Request Form.
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What IS a private lesson?

answerA private lesson is a one-on-one instruction time between teacher and student.
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Is the parent allowed to observe?

answerBy all means!  As long as the student is responding to the instructor as well as can be expected,  parents are welcome to attend the lesson; however, when teachers notice that the child does better without the parent in the room,  they will discuss this with the parent, in order to determine an alternative approach.  Most rooms have windows through which parents can observe the lesson more discreetly.
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What is the cost of private lessons?

answerThe range of price is between $85.00 and $120.00 for four 30-minute lessons in the month.  Longer lessons or lessons on alternating weeks instead of weekly will vary accordingly.
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Why are there differences in prices?

answer

Because we train outstanding pre-degree teachers, we do not feel it is fair to charge the same rate for these intern teachers as for teachers who have achieved higher levels of education and/or experience. Therefore we charge differently based on the following:

1) The number and type of degrees,
2) Total years of education and
3) Teaching experience.

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Where are private lessons classes taught?

answerMany instructors teach in their home studios, and about 20 of them teach in one of our multi-class facilities.  For an additional feel, a few instructors are available to travel to student homes in certain areas.
For more information, check our location lists, then contact us about availability.
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When are you open for teaching?

answerWe offer classes Monday through Saturday with teaching hours at the discretion of the instructors-- generally between 9AM and 8PM.
For specific schedule availability, you may call our office and help us fill out a survey of you or your child's availability for lessons.
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What does the monthly private tuition fee cover? What about the 5th week?

answerThe charges are based on 4  lessons per month.  When the quarterly  5th week occurs, the parents and teacher decide together whether to
1) Use the 5th week as a make up lesson for a previous or forthcoming absence
2) Skip the lesson entirely
3) Pay for the additional lesson
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How long of a commitment is required?

answerPrivate lessons are not taught by session, that is, they are ongoing, and are usually paid month by month. We do require notice of the withdrawal by the 10th of any month.  More about absences..
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When is a child ready for most band (wind) instruments?

answerSmaller band instruments (flute, percussion and possibly clarinet or trumpet) can be taught as early as 3rd grade, although most specialists prefer to wait until 4th grade because of the dedication required. Larger or heavier instruments (trombone, saxophone, bass clarinet) are best taught in late 4th or even 5th grade, depending of course, on the size of the instrument AND the child.
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Do you offer private lessons for teenagers or adults who have no previous experience!?

answerYes! We love to work with beginners of any age, including adults, although we understand they are usually taking lessons for their own enjoyment rather than pleasing their parents. For this reason, teacher expectations may adjust accordingly

Questions about teachers

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What about the experience and education of the teachers?

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Because we are a training institution, we have a broad range of teachers from gifted high school & college age students whom we have taught and certified to teach up through those who have Masters, Doctoral, and/or Conservatory level degrees and have taught for 20-35 years.

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What type of degrees do they have?

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With the exception of our intern teachers, all instructors have either a college degrees (ranging up through the doctorate and/or conservatory level) or equivalent years teaching experience. The type of degree may vary according to the subject and age being taught. We make sure that teachers are equipped for the age and skill level of the child whom they would teach. For example: We prefer those who teach younger children to have certification in Early Childhood Education rather than a degree in music if they will be teaching pre-school aged children.

Experience is the key factor. We place teachers where they function in their gifts We also require every teacher, even if they are highly educated, to go though a type of apprenticeship program where they can learn from other instructors and we also have the opportunity to observer them teaching. It is most important to us that teachers can really communicate their skill, not just that they have the skill.

Schedule Questions

QuestionHow do I know what private classes are available when? 
answer

To help you determine a specific schedule, we find that it works best one of three ways:

  1. You may E-Mail us with your child's availability and preferred locations OR
  2. You may call us during office hours in which we can ask you some specific questions that will help us make a more educated recommendation of instructors and times OR
  3. You may arrange a personalized assessment appointment in which we can determine your child's learning preferences, musical aptitude and personality needs.  Follwoing this,  paretns can choose together the best teachers, times and locations.

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?

answer

We are Christian-owned and operate our business on Biblical principles.  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?
answer

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