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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Monique R.

Monique R.

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About Monique

Monique graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Christian Worship Leadership. She fell in love with Music as a young child and grew up dancing, playing piano and singing in choirs. She has directed seasonal church choirs and worked with both adult and youth vocalists over the past 12 years. She has taught both private and group piano classes for the last 8 years.

When she's not teaching at the Music Place, she teaches music in Elementary Schools through the non-profit, Music for Minors. She also has 5 years of experience working for a non-profit organization in which she over saw the educational development of children at risk. Monique loves encouraging others and sharing the gift of music. She believes that anyone can improve their singing voice by learning proper singing technique, being in tune with their body (which is their instrument, as a singer) and sharpening their listening skills through ear training.

Teaching Style

Monique is encouraging & gentle, but firm with expectations of appropriate student behavior. She is thorough and works hard to help students pay attention to details. She strives to create well-rounded musicians, teaching skills students can apply as "real world" musicians, whether performing solo, in a group, or ministering in a church. She continually assesses student and family goals to make sure they are on track, and works to challenge them in the areas where they are already gifted while strengthening areas where they have room to grow.


  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Summer Camps


  • Baywood Ave
  • Willowhurst Ave


In an anonymous customer service survey administered by the Music Place in February 2015, parents were asked "Do you feel that this teacher exhibits a joyful and inspiring attitude towards your child?" and 100% of her studentís parents surveyed answered "Yes, Always."

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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