5 Facts About Our Music School In San Jose
Music lessons provide a myriad of benefits for children, teens and adults. Playing an instrument provides you with a fun, creative outlet and music instruction has been shown to improve memory, concentration and even reduce anxiety and depression. If you or your child or teenager wants to learn how to play an instrument, we can help. Here are a few quick facts about our music school in San Jose.
1. We Offer Private Music Lessons
In schools, group lessons are the norm, but private music lessons provide students with the individual instruction they need to truly master an instrument. Students can opt for a 30-minute, 45-minute or 60-minute weekly lesson. While a 60-minute lesson is recommended, our younger students often prefer a 30-minute or 45-minute lesson as this better suits their typically shorter attention spans. It is important to note that due to Covid-19, all of our music lessons are virtual currently for your safety and the safety of our instructors.
2. Students Learn From Professional Instructors
At our music school in San Jose, we employ experienced, university-trained instructors with extensive performance experience, and we’ve been providing quality music lessons and dance lessons for more than 40 years. While our expertise and experience are important, we also believe that the most important skill our teachers possess is their ability to tailor their teaching to fit the individual student’s learning style. Everybody learns differently, so we will find the method that best suits your needs.
3. No Experience Is Necessary
Our students come to us at all levels from beginners to advanced. Whether you or your child or teen is just getting started or you are an advanced musician or somewhere in between, our music school in San Jose will be a perfect fit. Of course, it’s important to remember that a weekly lesson is just part of the process of learning to play an instrument. Practice is crucial, so we always encourage our students to practice every day to achieve the best results.
4. We Teach Several Popular Instruments
Our instructors can teach many instruments, but the most common instruments we teach include piano, ukulele and guitar (acoustic, electric and bass). If you are interested in learning another instrument, such as viola, flute, etc., give us a call and we will let you know if we can provide you with music lessons, but we do tend to focus on piano lessons, ukulele lessons and guitar lessons.
5. We Also Offer Vocal Instruction
Sometimes people forget that our voice is an instrument, too! We offer private vocal instruction for students ages 10 and up. We don’t usually recommend vocal instruction for students younger than 10 as the younger body generally is not ready for the rigors of vocal technique. Their vocal cords and lung capacity typically are strong enough or developed enough until around age 10.
If you have a child younger than 10 interested in singing, it can be smart to consider enrolling them in private piano lessons. During these lessons, they will learn to read music and begin learning important concepts such as pitch and rhythm, which will help accelerate their learning once they are ready for vocal lessons.
When Should Your Child Start Music Lessons?
Generally, we don’t recommend lessons before age 5, as it can be difficult for small hands to work with an instrument or focus on lessons in general. At age 5, a child might be ready for private piano lessons or ukulele lessons.
Ukulele is a great option for kids that want to learn guitar but are younger than 8. The ukulele is easier for small hands to hold and the skills from the ukulele transfer well once your child is old enough for guitar lessons. We can start a student on violin as early as age 5 provided they have a long enough attention span. There are small violins designed specifically for these younger music students.
We Teach Adults!
It’s never too late to become a musician. If you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument or want to brush up on those skills from your lessons back in childhood or high school, give us a call! We teach adults of all ages, and some of our current students are in their 50s and 60s. Adults tend to be just as successful as our younger students, particularly because our older students often are more committed to practicing.
Weekly Practice Recommendations
As they say, practice makes perfect, but how much practice does it really take to become proficient with an instrument? In general, we recommend that you consider practicing for about an hour each day, however, for our younger students and if you are just getting started, 20 to 30 minutes per day might be enough.
Once you start to become more advanced, though, a 60-minute practice session each day is recommended. Obviously, we all lead hectic lives, so this might not be a realistic goal, but as you become more proficient with an instrument, practice time becomes far less tedious and more relaxing. After all, you will be learning how to play songs you love and enjoying yourself. The more students practice, the faster they reach this point in their learning.
Everyone has a different goal in mind when they begin music lessons. Some people simply want to learn for fun, so that they can enjoy piano or guitar as a leisure activity, while others wish to make a career out of music. If you or your child falls into the latter category, eventually, they might want to consider spending more than an hour per day practicing, but for most students, the hour-a-day practice session is a good target to work toward.
Ready For Music Lessons? Call Us Today! If you’ve been searching for “music lessons near me,” our music school in San Jose is conveniently close for students anywhere in the San Jose area, including Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos and beyond. If you are interested in registering for music lessons, please give us a call at (405) 865-0654.