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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Kids Start on a Path

  • Riveting Class 5-Step Path Keeps Your Child Engaged and Excited!

Tiny FootprintSTEP 2: Early Music Awareness I (Ages 3-6)

Tiny FootprintSTEP 4: Instrument Prep (Ages 6-8)

Wherever your child is along the path, we can help you navigate this life-changing, music-learning journey!

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Family Class (Ages 6-36 months)


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

Early Music Awareness: E.M.A., our trademark class! (Ages 3-5 & 4-6)

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Footprint #2

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. 

EMA with Christian Emphasis

Available by request, students may enroll in Christian emphasis classes which begin with a short prayer and employ the use of age-appropriate Christian songs. No doctrine or theology is taught, but biblical principles of faith and morality may be referenced. 

EMA-1B: Pre-piano

An EMA class with an introduction to piano!  This class is for students who have mastered the knowledge of the EMA class but are still too young and energetic to sit through a piano lesson or instrument prep class. This class include the movement elements of EMA interspersed with short segments of keyboarding skills broken up by fun activities.

EMA II (Ages 5.5-7)


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.

Instrument Prep (Ages 6-8)

Footprint #2

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. 

Private Lessons


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.

private piano lessonBeginning 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.


Instrument Survey (Ages 8-11)

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.. 

Keyboard Overview** (Ages 6-9)

piano keysStudents 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.

String Ensemble** (Ages 6* and up)

Guitar Group classThe Music Place offers beginning and intermediate instrumental groups for ages 7* & up.  Size-limited classes will be offered for all levels who want to explore or play with others on bowed strings (violin, cello, viola) or guitar.  Beginning students may join group with a paid introductory private lesson. Non- beginners may join any time.
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 & Beats above)

** Instruments not provided.

Drums & Beats: Level I & II (Ages 4-7 & 7 & up)

boys playing drumsNEW! 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.

Music Adventures (for kids with Special Needs)

Classes use tools from Early Music Awareness but are custom designed to build simple social skills and musical enjoyment using musical instruments, movement, listening, rhythm games, listening and song for students with a broad range of learning differences. Grouped by age and level of functionality. Assessment required.


NAME/DESCRIPTION Ages  Length  Max Size Comments
EMA (Early Music Awareness)

A fast paced, small group class for children ages 2-7 years, which includes the following 6 musical elements: Singing, Music Theory/Notation, Rhythmic Memory Development, Symphonic & Ethnic Instruments, Solfeggio (Do-Re-Mi) and Movement. Christian Emphasis classes are available by request.


30m 6

Parent participation encouraged!

3-8 45m 8

Classes are grouped by age, with a maximum 2 year range for school-aged children. (Alternating weeks permitted.)


Emphasizes songs, sounds, instruments & creative play. Involves parents & uses fun 'props' & accessories around a weekly theme.  Slight exposure to notes in a fun format.

0-4yrs 30m 6

50% discount for siblings under 12 months


Similar to EMA, but for children who are almost ready for instrument instruction. Students explore 7-8 instruments that are size-appropriate for their age followed by 7-week Keyboard Overview in which each child learns the geography, technique and  a few simple songs on individual keyboards.

45-50m 8

15-week sessions.


Class includes learning about the instruments and their families, their sounds in a group context (orchestra or band etc.) parts of the instruments, how to hold and make sounds on them, and lots of hands-on time with it.  In addition, students will learn an overview of note-reading that will make the first lessons on their chosen instrument easier and more fun.  

7-10 45-50m 6-8

10 Weeks. Individual class length varies with size of class


One-on-one instruction with well-trained instructors is available on piano, voice and most instruments including but not limited to: drums, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, banjo, harp, euphonium, recorder, saxophone, xylophone,keyboards & more.

5 to adult 30-60m 1

Free Evaluation required for children under 7 before enrolling.


Although the voice is one of the few instruments that may be even more effectively learned in a group setting, private lessons are available as young as 4 years old and should include the following elements taught in an age-appropriate manner: 1) proper breathing technique: to ensure the fullest sound without damaging the voice 2) articulation: singing with clarity so I can be understood 3) presentation: how to present my song in a way that reaches the intended audience. This includes posture, gesture, use of microphones and expression.

4 & up 15-60m 1-1 or grp 3-12

Private Voice Lessons are specific to the needs, schedules and song choices of each student. 

Vocal Ensembles are useful to teach harmony, blending and team work while working together on basic physical skills needed by all singers.

* Sibling & ministry discounts available... and ask about scholarships!

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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