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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Tuition Changes


Question Why are you raising rates?
answer Our costs go up too! Increased expenses for facilities (have you seen our upgrades?), utilities, materials, and credit card services could limit the way in which we care for our students and their families. We want to continue to offer free trial classes, great recitals, flexible scheduling & vacation credits, free personal assessments and placement counseling, coordination of make-ups or substitutes, customized curriculum development, scholarships, great teachers, and much more.
Question How do your rates compare to other music schools in the area?
answer In July 2018, we did a Google search for "Bay Area music lessons" to research the tuition rates of local music schools, and found that our average 30 minute rate was more than 21% less than the top competitor in town, and more than 5% less than 91% of the remaining 12 music schools surveyed. When considering the opportunity for taking advantage of discounted classes with intern teachers, our rates are significantly lower than all local schools we found, and about 30% less than the top third of our search results. See the list of local music school rates here.

I just got started (or restarted) within the last 3-6 months and my rate is changing again. Why did this happen, and what can be done about it?


We are sorry that you enrolled while our rates were under their annual evaluation, and that we did not have this information ready to give to you. If your have enrolled within the last 6 months and your rate change is more than $10.00/month, you may request a 6 month extension of your most recent rate by signing up for automatic tuition deductions through which we can adjust your rates at the end of the 6 month extension.


How often do you raise rates?

answer Except for Intern teachers whose rates change as teaching hours accrue, we review rates annually, but do not necessarily raise them. Usually we raise rates for new enrollments/students and wait 6-24 months to raise them for continuing students. the 2017 changes was the the first change announced since January of 2014.
Question Why might my rate change be more than $20.00/month?
answer There are three possible reasons that a tuition change might exceed $20.00 per month:
  • Continuity: If you have been enrolled continuously for more than 2 years, we may have been discounting your tuition from the new current rates as prices increased for new and returning families. That discount will end September 1st.
  • Frequent Intern Rate changes: Intern rates change more frequently. (See below) If you have been receiving a deeply discounted Intern Rate, your teacher's rate may have changed several times since you first enrolled.  If we did not raise your rates (essentially discounting it even further), the difference between what you have been paying and the current tuition may be more significant. Some interns have now completed their degrees and jumped to low-end tenured teacher rates.
  • Advanced degrees: Over the past several years, we have been much slower to raise the highest rates--those of our most highly educated and experienced teachers (most with Master's degrees or higher and 25 + years of teaching.) As a result, these tuition rates have fallen  behind industry standards, and we have absorbed the added cost of paying them at or above industry standards. We can no longer do this.
  • Teacher has had no openings: Tuition for teachers who do not have openings is sometimes not updated regularly. If your teacher found an opening for you at a home studio or other location at which they do not teach frequently, it is possible that you were enrolled at an old tuition rate. Because of this, the tuition increase may be larger than expected. Please contact us to make arrangements if this is the case since it is our error.

What are intern teachers, and how is the tuition change process different for them?

Intern teachers are young teachers who are trained and certified to teach at The Music Place, but whose rates are discounted because they have not yet completed their education and/or have not taught more than 50 hours before joining our faculty.

Unlike some schools, we do not believe families should pay the same for teachers who have less than 1000 hours teaching experience, but also as a teachers' experience grows, the discounts should decrease. For this reason, monthly intern rates are raised  approximately $5.00 per month for every 50-100 hours of teaching completed (up to the minimum tenured teacher rates or 1000 hours--whichever comes first.)

For teachers with fuller loads, this may occur every 2-3 months--but may only effect continuing students once every 1-2 years.

What if this change causes us financial difficulty?

answer PLEASE contact us if this change causes you financial difficulty. We want every child who wants music instruction to be able to have it! OPTIONS INCLUDE:
  • Volunteer work exchange program,
  • Apply to be considered for a 3-month renewable scholarship which upon acceptance may reduce or waive tuition.
  • Switch to a less experienced/expensive teacher
  • Switch from weekly to alternating lessons (2x monthly instead of weekly.)
 Download Scholarship and Work Exchange Application

Are you offering any private lesson DISCOUNTS?

answer YES! We are offering two new discounts: 
  • 10% Discount for the third and subsequent students in a family where at least 3 students are enrolled in weekly private lessons. (Discount applies to the least expensive private lesson.) We continue to offer 10%-50% discounts for siblings in group classes.
  • 5% Discount to any family who pays 10+ months in advance. (This will also lock in the starting tuition rate for that period.)
  • NOTE: Only one discount applies.

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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