GROUP LEARNING & EXPLORATION CLASSES
STEP 4: Instrument Prep (Ages 6-8)
STEP 5: Private Lessons
Wherever your child is along the path, we can help you navigate this life-changing, music-learning journey!
If your child is
between 6 to 36 months
you’ll want to join one of our toddler-parent participation classes. These
classes are a wonderful opportunity for a special time of bonding with
your child in a warm, encouraging environment. In addition to
singing, movement and rhythm games, classes include symphonic and ethnic
instrument exploration in which parents and children have the opportunity
to handle and play real instruments and learn about notes in a fun
30-minute format. Family classes are limited to 6 children.
Offerings include Music or Dance (Mommy & Me)
emphasis. See list of
Current Family classes
Your young child (3 to 7 years) will gain a sense of independence by being a part of a small group of children (no more than 8 to a class) where she will be able to receive personal attention and have her individuality acknowledged and honored. In addition children are prepared for future instrumental instruction by learning to read music and try potential instruments in an active, fun and exciting environment. Learn more about EMA TM
Even as young as three years old, your child will be proud of her ability to identify notes and their values. And she will be excited to share with you the handouts she’ll receive with every lesson.
Available as an ongoing class, the next step for growing students may be
EMA II. In this class, the theory and instrument exploration sections of
EMA are combined in each class to allow students ages 5.5-7 to focus on
specific instruments. In 3-4 week segments, they will learn to play
actual songs on keyboard, flutophone, deskbells, ukulele and/or
glockenspiel as they continue to learn to read music.
In addition they explore instruments like violin, guitar, trumpet and drums that they might choose to play someday. Carried over from EMA I, plenty of rhythm games, movement and singing activities keep the class moving in this older version of Early Music Awareness.
Students 6-8 years may join a 15-week session that is divided into two sections: The first 7-8 weeks they will enjoy a broad range of music instruction similar to Early Music Awareness but with a focus on note-reading and experiencing the 6-8 instruments that are size appropriate for them:
The final 6-7 weeks, students apply their growing note-reading skills with using individual keyboards provided. In this section, students will receive an overview of the geography, technique and others skills needed to play simple songs on the piano or keyboard (see below) a great preparation for playing any other instrument.
Upon completion of this class, most students will be ready to move forward to learn the instrument they have chosen in a private lesson setting.
Class is divided into two different sections that are not sequential and may therefore be taken consecutively or without prerequisite.
After moving through this fun, custom-designed learning path in which kids explore, enjoy, survey, choose and get passionate about his or her perfect instrument, private lessons are the best next step. This one-on-one experience ensures the best success because each child learns differently and the lesson can be customized to his or her own learning.Private lessons are available on almost every instrument and are best enjoyed when students function developmentally like a child 6 years or older (regardless of their actual age). If your child is under 7, an assessment will be a big help before moving forward. In a special time with you and your child, an Educational Specialist trained to help determine your child's developmental age (and readiness) in three areas: Academic, Social & Physical.
Beginning with weekly 30-minute, one-on-one lessons, students are also eligible for special packages that add group vocal, dance or instrumental classes for as little as $45.00 per month to maintain the enjoyment and synergy of learning with others.
Your growing child may love music, but may not have had an opportunity
like EMA to handle a variety of instruments before choosing one. Before
you make an investment in an instrument that your child has never tried
before, consider enrolling in an
10-Week Instrument Survey! Offered in both group and private
settings, this class includes learning about the instruments and their
families, parts of the instruments, how to hold and
make sounds on them, and lots of hands-on time with them. In
addition, students will learn an overview of note-reading that will make
their first lessons on their chosen instrument easier and more fun.
They will be able to learn songs sooner!
INSTRUMENTS PROVIDED! Using Music Place instruments for the survey, parents do not have to worry about investing in the rental of instruments or making an instrument choice without educated guidance from a music instructor.
Instruments explored may be somewhat customized but will always include size/age-appropriate instruments such as:
SPECIAL NOTE: The instrument survey class may be taken as a private (one-on-one) lesson for 4-6 weeks and may be customized for your child..
Students ages 6-9 may join the second half of an Instrument Prep class in which students use individual keyboards to learn the keyboard geography (location of notes on keys), posture & technique and also apply their theory learning to playing simple songs. A private "catch-up" lesson class may be set up separately for students with no previous experience.
Those who take weekly private weekly lessons may join a string (or vocal) ensemble at 50% the group class tuition.
(*Six-year-old students who have completed the Instrument Prep course may join these classes with teacher approval.)
BOWED STRINGS using the Suzuki Method (VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO),
GUITAR, KEYBOARD OR DRUMS ( See Drums &
NEW! Group drumming classes focus on developing rhythmic coordination using using a variety of different drums and percussion instruments. Includes Afro-Cuban and other ethnic drumming techniques. Great preparation for Trap Set, Djembe and Congas. Drum Camps, Workshops and Level II session classes available for Ages 7 & up. See Drums & Beats Class Schedule.
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* Sibling & ministry discounts available... and ask about scholarships!
Last Modified: 2015.01.24
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