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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The Music Place, and its founding director, Janice Morris, have designed an easy-to use, copyrighted music curriculum that uniquely combines the high energy of auditory/kinesthetic hands-on learning, with academic motivation. Children as young as two years old can actually learn to read music using this approach, while elementary school-aged children, using the same format enhanced with more sophisticated tools, get just as excited about learning. Register for a FREE Trial Class

A curriculum that is both fun and academic works because its approach is developmentally sensitive and is adjusted to address the physical, social and mental readiness of the child, so all can learn easily, and therefore happily. 

Child-sized handouts of notes, instruments and composers are a regular part of the outlined Early Music Awareness curriculum that has been used in public and private schools for over 20 years. Happy learning!

Early Music Awareness (EMA)

This engaging, copyrighted curriculum is appropriate in some form for children ages 2-9. Although varying in emphasis depending on the students, the following six elements of Early Music Awareness™ take some form in every class:
  1. Music Theory: taught in a developmentally appropriate manner, in a large visual format.
  2. Singing: age and pitch appropriate, wholesome songs taught with gesture choreography or rhythmic instrument accompaniment. 
  3. Rhythmic Memory: auditory retention development through clapping and drum games.
  4. Instrument Awareness: various ethnic and symphonic instruments are demonstrated and provided for hands on learning.
  5. Solfeggio: "do-re-mi" learning develops pitch and interval recognition.
  6. Movement: Large and small motor rhythmic responses to music.
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FUN weekly handouts representing the theory, instrument or composer portions of each class are prepared in a large visual format and distributed to reinforce the learning at home.

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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