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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What is an apprentice teacher?

answer Apprentice teachers are gifted musicians (usually young) who have completed their initial teacher training at The Music Place, but who have less than 500 hours of teaching experience. 
Question Is an apprentice teacher really qualified to teach?
answer Yes! An apprentice teacher already has many years of personal individualized training before they enter The Music Training Program. Once they are accepted, they spend many more hours studying experienced teachers, choosing and interacting with a master teacher, as well as administrative training about how to prepare invoices, interact with the parents of their students and interact with our admin staff.
In addition they use our DVD training library to study specialized concepts like how to use a wide range of teaching methods (Suzuki, Kodaly etc.) or work with students with various disabilities.



What are the main advantages of choosing an apprentice teacher?

answer Youth. Lower Cost. Enthusiasm. Relatability. Weekend Availability. Children respond well to big brother or big sister teachers who can inspire them by their age proximity, and of course there is the 15-20% discount built into the tuition. Most apprentices are enthusiastic and anxious to teach, so they not only work hard, they are frequently more available on weekends than older teachers who may have established families.
Lower Cost. Tuition charged for apprentice teachers is 15%-20% lower than our already lower-than-market tuition for tenured teachers. Many families realize that at the beginning of their child's learning experience, it may not be necessary to employ a higher-priced teacher, especially if the apprentice is well-trained and the young student is inspired to learn from him/her. 
NOTE: A younger teacher is not limited to teaching beginners since many have extremely high levels of skill and may actually be more comfortable with more serious advanced students.
Question How long does the tuition remain lower?
answer Tuition changes for apprentice teachers are more frequent because they are based on the number of teaching hours they have accrued. ( i.e. Apprentice pay and charge rates are slightly adjusted at increments of 50 -100 hours of teaching, so for busy apprentices, this will occur more frequently than older, tenured teachers.)
Question When does the tuition reduction end?
answer When the apprentice either reaches 500 hours or completes their college degree. After that, the tuition charged is reviewed annually and usually adjusts every two years depending on effectiveness and reduced need for support from our teacher training staff.
Question What other educational advantages do apprentice teachers bring to the table?
answer Because most apprentice teachers are still studying their craft, they are a little closer to current educational methods and trends in pedagogy. In addition, for many it is their first employment which often motivates them to work harder to please their clients by doing a great job.



What are the some of the challenges of having an apprentice teacher?

answer Schedule. Youth. Longevity. Less Experience. Apprentice teachers are more likely to either leave the area for college or graduate school.  They may also reduce their teaching after as they complete their degree and secure full time work. This means their commitment may be more short-term than a tenured teacher. When we know these plans in advance, we do our best to keep parents informed of any upcoming changes so a plan can be in place for that transition.

Schedule Changes more likely. In addition, although most try to keep their teaching schedules consistent, as their school schedules change each semester, it sometimes requires adjustment.

Youth. Although their youth is an advantage in relatability, it also means apprentice teachers  have less experience helping more challenging students or communicating goals and expectations to parents after a lesson. Parents and staff can work together to help if these are issues.

Why are there differences in prices?


Because we train outstanding pre-degree teachers, we do not feel it is ethical to charge the same rate for these intern teachers as for teachers who have achieved higher levels of education and/or experience. Therefore we charge differently based on the following:

1) The number and type of degrees,
2) Total years of education and
3) Teaching experience.

Questions about all teachers

Question Are your teachers fingerprinted?
answer Yes. Livescan DOJ background checks are required for all of our teachers as a condition of hiring.

What about the experience and education of the teachers?


Because we are a training institution, we have a broad range of teachers from gifted high school & college age students (whom we have taught and certified to teach) up through those who have Masters, Doctorate, and/or Conservatory level degrees and have taught for 20-40+ years.


What type of degrees do they have?


With the exception of our apprentice teachers, all instructors have either a college degrees (ranging up through the doctorate and/or conservatory level) or equivalent years teaching experience. The type of degree may vary according to the subject and age being taught. We make sure that teachers are equipped for the age and skill level of the child whom they would teach. For example: We prefer those who teach younger children to have certification in Early Childhood Education rather than a degree in music if they will be teaching pre-school aged children.

Experience is the key factor. We place teachers where they function in their gifts We also require every teacher, even if they are highly educated, to go though a similar type of apprenticeship program where they can learn from other instructors and during which we also have the opportunity to observe them teaching. It is most important to us that teachers can really communicate their skill, not just that they have the skill.

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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