GROUP LEARNING & EXPLORATION CLASSES (Instrumental)
If your child is
between 12 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. Music 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 distinguish their values. And she will be excited to share with you the handouts she’ll receive with every lesson.
Available as a session or 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,
guitar 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.
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.
Students 6-8 years may join a 14-15 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:
- GLOCKENSPIEL, DRUMS,
- FLUTE/ RECORDER
The final 6 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, students may choose any one of four group instrumental classes on keyboard, drums, guitar or violin.
Class is divided into two different sections that are not sequential and
may therefore be taken consecutively or without prerequisite. They
differ in the following ways:
- Instrument Prep "A" includes hands-on Keyboard Overview with theory tracks 1 & 2 (Note Values and Rests with)
- Instrument Prep "B" includes hands-on Recorder Overview with theory
track 3 (Staff Reading)
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 notereading 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:- Violin/Cello
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 &
Beginning with weekly 30-minute, one-on-one lessons, students are encouraged to purchase special packages that add group vocal, dance or instrumental classes for as little as $40.00 per month to maintain the enjoyment and synergy of learning with others.
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* Sibling & ministry discounts available... and ask about scholarships!
Last Modified: 2014.06.18
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