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 Learning MusicSince we "teach to the child", we can offer the following customized classes upon request, or even develop more!


Instrument Survey ClassINSTRUMENT 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: Violin/Cello, Piano/Keyboard, Flute/Recorder, Trumpet/Trombone, Clarinet/Saxophone, Drums, Xylophone/Glockenspiel, Guitar/Ukelele, Harp, Euphonium/Tuba

SPECIAL NOTE: The instrument survey class (like any group class) may be taken as a private (one-on-one) lesson for 4-6 weeks and may be customized for your child.

Keyboard Group Class


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. 

GROUP VS. PRIVATE: The first 8-10 weeks of learning most instruments (posture, fingering, technique, navigation, note-reading etc.) is the same for everyone, so it can be successful in a group environment. After that, however, we believe it is best for students to receive one-on-one instruction which can
address the individual learning style of each child. This also helps to ensure that they will make enough progress to be inspired and want to keep learning. Private lessons can of course be supplemented with other other forms of group learning, and often at significant discounts.

Young Violin groupSTRING ENSEMBLES** (Ages 6* and up)

The 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. 50% DISCOUNT! Those who take weekly private weekly lessons may join a string (or vocal) ensemble at 50% the group class tuition.

BOWED (Violin, Viola, Cello), or FRETTED (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin,Ukulele) STRING GROUPS available. 

*Six-year-old students who have completed the Instrument Prep course may join these classes with teacher approval. ** Instruments not provided.

Drums & Beats Jr. ClassDRUMS & BEATS: Level I & II (Ages 4-7 & 7 & up)

NEW! Group drumming classes focus on developing rhythmic coordination 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.


Custom EMA


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.

MUSITherapy ClientC ADVENTURES (for students with Special Needs)

In addition to our individual music therapy sessions, Arts Educators Group is launching Music Therapy Group sessions for children and teens with special needs.  Our groups provide children the opportunity to make music together with peers, facilitating interpersonal interaction, building socialization and communication skills.  Each group is run by two facilitators, including at least one Board Certified Music Therapist. 

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.  Placement assessment required.

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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