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

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Carolyn S.

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Carolyn is a gentle but enthusiastic young woman and has a genuine love for music, children, and God. She is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with a bachelor's in Applied Violin, and she intends to pursue a graduate certification in Music Therapy. She fell in love with music at an early age when her parents helped her pick out tunes on the piano. She began formal music lessons at age 5, started piano lessons at age 6, and expanded her music study to violin at age 10. Her involvement in school orchestras, choirs, and a competitive chamber ensemble in high school, gave her the opportunity to overview viola and cello. This equipped her to later lead a string quartet and sing in a chamber ensemble.

Throughout her teen years, Carolyn had the opportunity to care for a child with Down's Syndrome and later in college acquired a broad range of experience while tutoring in a special needs classroom where she assisted students of varying levels of functionality. She expanded from her university study of violin and strings performance to include non-requisite study in music education. Carolyn joined The Music Place / Arts Educators Group faculty in 2013 and began teaching violin, piano, string ensemble, special needs, music exploration, and EMA. In September 2013, she used her passion for orchestra and ensemble to start building a string program at the Music Place.

Teaching Style

In private violin lessons, Carolyn uses a hybrid of the Suzuki Method. She loves following the pathway of Suzukiís classical pieces while incorporating supplementary books that vary by student. In piano, Carolyn begins with a diverse foundation which she funnels into the Alfred series and adds varying styles to, following the studentís interest. She enjoys working with students of all levels and capabilities and is always excited to incorporate a unique lesson plan to fit the skills and goals of each student.


  • Violin
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Special Needs


  • Willowhurst Ave
  • Los Altos Christian School


Hi Carolyn, I am writing this email to thank you for making my daughter part of the ensemble group. I can not tell you enough how much it is helping her as well as how much joy it brings us. Becoming a part of something is very very hard. It always has been one for her. Every summer we used to try and find social groups or other therapeutic interventions to address these social deficits. How much was she invested in them we never knew. Until Violin Ensemble classes started. She is looking forward and she wants to be a part of it and she genuinely puts the effort. As her parents we don't ask for anything more. You make all these effortless. Today I felt blessed to be in the practice. I have accompanied her for the past 14 years to various classes, Therapies and various schools, out of them first 3 years without knowing about her issues and the rest 11 years after knowing. and today I felt everything was worth it to see her in the group doing everything like others. I pray god that he showers you with his best.

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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